The Lickey Incline

6233 Duchess of Sutherland

Saturday 20th November 2021 (Afternoon Train)


Steam trains on the Lickey incline are a rare sight so twice on the same day with two different locomotives is rare indeed! Two identical trains will start at Tyseley Locomotive Works and pick up at Birmingham Snow Hill for a fast run to Worcester. Here the train will turn before we head for Bromsgrove where Duchess of Sutherland will commence an unassisted climb up the 1 in 37 incline to Blackwell. We continue to Birmingham New Street, another rare steam location. 

Unfortunately, Pannier tank No. 9466 is not available for banking theses trains as originally planned, therefore both trains will operate unassisted. 

Joining arrangements

Board at Tyseley Locomotive Works (limited pre-booked free car parking available avoiding Birmingham’s clean air zone), and Birmingham Snow Hill. The return journey will drop-off Snow Hill passengers in News Street station.

Seating Arrangements

Seating is available at tables of 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.

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

Final details and timings will be published on this web page  7 – 10 days prior to the date of the train.

Book Seats

Step One
Select Class of Travel

Step Two
Select Coach

Step Three
Select Individual Seats or Compartment

Step Four
Complete Details & Qunatity 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.