Saturday, 7 November 2015

Tyseley Shed Day...

Good day all. Well, its Saturday so todays route must have taken me to Tyseley. Today was another volunteering day at the former 84E shed, hidden in the industrial heartland of Birmingham. On my way, there was just enough time to visit a new haunt: the Tyseley Corner Cafe. They do a cracking breakfast cob and, naturally, it was only fair to partake before a day swinging about underneath Great Western engines!...
Stomach replenished and ready for the days work ahead, only a short journey remained before reaching the home of Tyseley Locomotive Works. Once again, maintenance was continuing on the stalwart Castle Class No5043 "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe". This 1936-built example has won several heritage railway awards and is regarded as one of preservations most notable performers. It is certainly a pleasure to work with her. Elsewhere in the shed languished immaculate Hall Class 4-6-0 No4965 "Rood Ashton Hall", built at Swindon in 1929...
The Hall is off to Oxford on November 21st, taking the route via Worcester from her Birmingham home. This engine has been a notable performer in recent years and is resplendant in Great Western colours: she's a beautiful loco. Having helped all day with 5043, it was soon time for home and the A45 beckoned for my run back out of the Birmingham suburbs. Another very enjoyable and worthwhile day. All the best guys, Sam...

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