Tyseley (TYS)

Tyseley is at the junction of the lines from Birmingham Moor Street to Stratford-upon-Avon and London Marylebone via Leamington Spa. It is also adjacent to a motive power depot and the Birmingham Railway Museum / Tyseley Locomotive Works (see below).
Information
Type: National Rail
(Chiltern Main Line)
Station code: TYS
Opened: 1906
Platforms: 4

The station was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1906 on what was originally the line from London Paddington to Birkenhead Woodside at the junction of the North Warwickshire Line down to Stratford-upon-Avon [1], the station was known as Tyseley Junction for a time. The station has a ticket office and entrance on the main road bridge that crosses a wide cutting. The four platforms consist of two islands both of which retain their GWR canopies and platform buildings.

Tyseley did lose use of two of its platforms for a time but were restored by Network Rail in 2008. The station is remarkably unchanged from its GWR days though the track layout has been greatly simplified [2].
London Midland 172 336 stops at Tyseley, notice the GWR canopy and buildings

Station on the right, on the left is the line to the MPD

A Cross Country service passes through the station

London Midland 172 336 arrives at the station

Birmingham Railway Museum / Tyseley Railway Works

A large motive power depot and carriage sidings were built next to Tyseley railway station to cater for GWR's Birmingham division. The steam shed was closed in 1967. A couple of years a charitable trust was set up to build and maintain a workshop for steam locomotives now entering preservation. Lease of a site at Tyseley depot was purchased, flanked either side by parts of the remaining MPD and work began on the new steam workshop in 1969 [1].

By 1972 facilities were sufficient to allow the first trial run of a steam locomotive on the main line after BR withdrawal between Tyseley and Didcot. The site is now usually known as the Tyseley Railway Works (though the Tyseley station nameboards still refer to the railway museum). The works are the base of the steam excursion operator Vintage Trains as well as being host to a number of rebuild, restoration and new build projects as well as looking after the museum's collection and other rolling stock.


Tyseley Loco Works is host to a number of new build and restoration projects

Not just steam! 86 259 at an open day

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Banbury to Birmingham (Middleton Press, 2004) map. XXVI
[2] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham (Moor Street) (Middleton Press, 2006) fig. 94 
[3] Birmingham Railway Museum Guide Book, p. 5