• Paddington will be making appearances at intervals both days

  • Vintage Fairground Rides

  • Traction Engines and Vintage Vehicles

  • 7029 Clun Castle in steam

  • Visiting locomotive Battle of Britain class Bulleid Pacific No. 34053 Sir Keith Park in steam

  • Pannier Tank 7752 repainted in “Great Western” Livery hauling site shuttle trains.

  • Miniature Railways - 15”, 10 ¼” and 7 ¼” gauge

  • Pre-booked vintage and classic cars receive free entry to the event

Vintage Trains and Tyseley Locomotive Works are proud to present the second open weekend of 2019 on September 28th and 29th.

Paddington™ comes to Vintage Trains – don’t forget your camera!

The major highlight of the weekend will be the opportunity to see Paddington who will be making personal appearances at intervals on both event days, so don’t forget to bring your camera as there will be photo opportunities.

For 60 years, British-born writer Michael Bond has delighted children and families all over the world with his stories about Paddington, the bear from Darkest Peru, famous for his love of marmalade. Paddington’s adventures have been adapted several times for television and at the end of 2014 Paddington made his debut onto the big screen, a further film Paddington 2 followed in 2017.

Historic miniature railways return to Tyseley

15”, 10 ¼” and 7 ¼” gauge miniature railways will be available for rides.

This weekend will see the return of historic miniature railway locomotives rarely seen in public. The famous 15’’ gauge Count Louis is a Bassett-Lowke Class 30 Atlantic locomotive built for Count Louis Zborowski (later of Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway fame) in 1924. The loco worked on the Fairbourne Railway near Barmouth from 1925-1987.

Alongside Count Louis will be the Sutton Miniature Railway railcar, built as a miniature GWR diesel railcar. It will be accompanied by SMR rolling stock. Rides will be available behind each of these locomotives.

The 10 ¼” miniature railway will feature Stanley Baldwin, an historic locomotive dating back to the early 1920’s and for many years, in the ownership of the Bassett-Lowke Director, Harry Franklin.  He had a private garden Railway at Radwell in Bedfordshire, right next to the Midland Mainline. In the 1960’s the locomotive was owned by the Dorman family from Nottinghamshire and travelled nationwide to steam fairs with a portable track. In the 1970’s the engine left for the United States as part of a private collection but was eventually repatriated in 2002.

Locomotives in steam and road going steam engines too plus a Vintage Fairground!

Tyseley’s flagship engine, 7028 Clun Castle, will be in steam on both days and Tyseley’s Great Western Railway pannier tank number 7752 will be hauling shuttle trains on the site’s demonstration line.

Battle of Britain class Bulleid Pacific No. 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ will also be in steam for the first time in many months, courtesy of the locomotive’s owners, Southern Locomotives Limited. The loco has been resident at Tyseley Locomotive Works for a number of months for overhaul and maintenance work and will leave for its Swanage home following the Open Days.

The Works will also be open for viewing. Come and see the rebuild and restoration work that is being carried out on a wide variety of steam locomotives from heritage railways across the UK. Preservation society stands will also be in attendance inside the workshop.

Vintage fairground rides will include a steam-powered carousel built in 1893 and a children’s carousel dating back to 1910.

Traction engines will also be in attendance and of course, catering will be available including: Farmer Lou - Hog Roast, Roast Lamb, Artisan Sausages and Bacon; Coffee from Cafe2; The Hungry Penguin Pancake Co – sweet and savoury pancakes; Pizza Traders – Wood fired Pizza and an Ice Cream Trike will also be in attendance. There will also be a Buffet coach on Platform 2 where you can rest your legs for a while.

Classic cars are welcome with free admission

Drivers and passengers of pre-September 1980 classic cars receive free entry to the event but must pre-book online via

Open Weekend Admission Prices and Opening Times  

In Advance                                         On The Day

Adult                                                                     £15                                                         £17

Young person (5-16 yrs)                                £4                                                           £5

Family (2 adults/2 children)                        £30                                                         £35

The site opens at 10.00 on both days with last admission at 16.00. The event closes at 17.00 on both days.

There is no parking on site so visitors are encouraged to park at local stations and use the Open Day shuttles or other rail and bus services.

A limited number of disabled parking spaces will be available on site but these must be booked via

Vintage and pre-September 1980 classic cars receive free entry to the event but must pre-book online via


Count Louis

Stanley Baldwin

Sir Keith Park