SLS Special

7029 Clun Castle

Saturday 25th September 2021

We celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Stephenson Locomotive Society’s special trains originating from Birmingham and organised by Arthur ‘Cam’ Camwell, the Midland Branch Secretary of the SLS. These trains became an annual event, sought after by ferro-equinologists, as they regularly featured either the last of a Great Western Railway locomotive class or a famous GWR locomotive and visited Swindon works, GWR mecca.

Our train will place the correct locomotive in the correct setting; a double-chimney Castle back on home-ground steaming through the picturesque Cotswold Hills to the GWR town of Swindon. Moreover, Clun Castle continues the tradition set by Cam as she is the last of her class to be returned to main line service in the preservation years and a record breaker in her own right.

The day begins at Tyseley Locomotive Works as we head north and west from the heart of Birmingham, heading for Kidderminster and Worcester. After a spirited run through Cheltenham, we turn east past Stroud, heading for the Golden Valley and up the demanding and twisting climb of Sapperton Bank.

Passing Kemble, a well-preserved classic Great Western station, we steam along the newly doubled track towards the birthplace of our engine Swindon, where we will pause to allow a visit to the STEAM Museum or the acclaimed shopping centre, both located at the very heart of the old Swindon Works.

On our return journey, Clun Castle will make a short sprint along Brunel’s billiard table to Didcot where we turn northwards towards Birmingham on the GWR Northern Main Line. After a photo stop at Banbury we continue north, climbing the famous Hatton bank before returning to Birmingham.

Joining arrangements

Board and leave the train only at Tyseley (limited pre-booked free car parking available avoiding Birmingham’s congestion charge) and Birmingham Snow Hill.

Seating Arrangements

Seating is available in  “Bubbles” of two or four Pullman Cars and Open Coaches. Private Compartments for six people are also available. You will be seated at tables of two or four or in a Private Compartment in your selected Coach according to your booking. You will not be allocated specific seats.

Limited individual tickets are available on shared tables – select quantity required at Step Four when booking below

Boarding Card

A boarding card confirming your booking details and allocated coach will be emailed to you upon completion of your booking. Please print this boarding card to access the train. Separate tickets are not issued.

Final Details and Timings

The following times are confirmed:

Tyseley Locomotive Works Depart 08:15
Birmingham Snow Hill Depart 08:35
Swindon Arrive 11:26
  Depart 15:40
Birmingham Snow Hill Arrive 18:46
Tyseley Locomotive Works Arrive 19:17

Book Seats

Step One
Select Class of Travel

Step Two
Select Coach

Step Three
Select Indvidual or Passengers in Bubble

Step Four
Complete Details & Quantity Required

Step  Five


Select the station from which you intend to join the train

Meals are included in Pullman and Club Class. If you would prefer a vegetarian option please indicate Number of Vegetarian Meals Required

Passengers who require assistance to travel should contact us at to discuss their requirements prior to booking.