- The world’s most famous steam locomotive ‘Flying Scotsman’ makes first public appearance in Midlands
- The second annual Birmingham Heritage Week takes place Thursday 8th to Sunday 18th September showcasing the history, secrets and places that make this city so great
- A jam-packed programme of over 170 events will be taking place across Birmingham offering something for everyone
Birmingham’s vibrant history and buzzing culture will be celebrated this September as Birmingham Heritage Week takes over the city again. This year the week will see the world’s most famous steam locomotive, ‘Flying Scotsman’ visit Tyseley Loco Works for the public to see.
Following on from its mammoth overhaul and successful inaugural run, the locomotive is scheduled to be on display in Tyseley from Friday 16th through Sunday 18th September. The locomotive is on loan courtesy of the National Railway Museum
‘Flying Scotsman’ will join the Tyseley-based fleet of steam locomotives including ‘Clun Castle’, ‘Earl of Mount Edgcumbe’ and the stalwart of the ‘Shakespeare Express’, ‘Rood Ashton Hall’. The ‘Shakespeare Express’ is Birmingham’s own steam train service that operates on summer Sundays between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon, now in its eighteenth year of continuous operation.
The 'Flying Scotsman visit' is part of over 170 events taking place during Birmingham Heritage Week, with many of them free for the public to enjoy. Visitors will be able to explore venues that are rarely open to the public, enjoy interactive storytelling, take part in workshops and discover Birmingham’s hidden gems on guided tours.
Highlights of the week include seeing what lies beneath Snow Hill station on a tour with Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces, an illustrated talk with Carl Chinn, a dark discovery of the streets of Digbeth with ‘Peaky Tours’ and learning how J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by Sarehole Mill. A full list of events is online here.
Young people are encouraged to get involved this year. Award winning creative youth engagement agency, Beatfreeks, will be helping to showcase the city’s fascinating heritage to the next generation.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar, chairman of the Heritage Week Steering Group, said: “It’s great news that this iconic steam engine will be on display at Tyseley Locomotive Works. It’s just one of the many events on offer during Birmingham Heritage Week, which runs from September 8 to 18.
“There really is something for everyone, so I would urge people to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to learn more about Birmingham’s heritage and see their city in a way they may not have seen it before.”
For train lovers, not only will the public be able to see ‘Flying Scotsman’ in steam in all its glory, but there will be a limited number of tickets available to climb onto the footplate to view the driver and fireman’s controls, then walk through the tender corridor and into the passenger carriage coupled behind.
Many of the Tyseley collection of locomotives will be in steam and on display, giving shuttle rides, turntable demonstrations and the locomotive cavalcade. Trade & society stalls and refreshment stands will be available.
Full Details of the three day event, admission prices and instructions for the purchase of tickets can be found at VintageTrains.co.uk/FlyingScotsman
Ben Mason of Vintage Trains, said: “This is a terrific opportunity for the public to see the result of all the hard work, long hours and millions of pounds that has going into restoring ‘Flying Scotsman’, the world’s most famous steam locomotive. The work that has been undertaken by the National Railway Museum, Riley & Sons of Bury and countless sub-contractors, including Tyseley Locomotive Works, is second to none.
“‘Flying Scotsman’ has featured prominently in so many people’s lives. Now we can reacquaint ourselves with this iconic British steam locomotive, and introduce it to future generations.”
Notes to editors
For general Birmingham Heritage Week PR requests please contact:
Zoe Turton, PR Officer at Birmingham Museums Trust on 0121 348 8281 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For Flying Scotsman and Tyseley Locomotive Works requests please contact:
Ben Mason at Vintage Trains on 0121 708 4960 or email@example.com