Steam train enthusiasts were treated to a rare sight when a vintage locomotive chugged through Old Hill station.

Around 20 people gathered to glimpse the 7029 Clun Castle as it passed through Old Hill train station at around 8.25pm last Thursday (March 7).

And all is not lost for anyone who missed as it will return to the line, travelling from Oxford to Tyseley Steam Trust, stopping at Stourbridge and passing through Cradley Heath, Old Hill and Rowley Regis, on Saturday April 6.

Lewis Allin was there to witness the atmospheric sight.

He said: "It's always wonderful to see steam engines hard at work past Old Hill, a lot of time and effort has gone into the 7029 Clun Castle engine in particular, by the group at Tyseley Locomotive Works, having last hauled a train 31 years ago."

Tyseley Locomotive Works restored Clun Castle with the aid of staff, volunteers and donors, over seven years.

It was built in the former Great Western Railway works at Swindon in 1950 as part of the last batch of Castle Class locomotives ordered by British Railways.

After touring throughout England to mark the end-of-steam, in 1967 Clun Castle was bought from British Railways by a group led by Patrick Whitehouse for the scrap value of £3.6k.

The loco was placed in trust and moved to the former steam depot at Tyseley, Birmingham where it has been for 50 years.

Clun Castle was seen throughout England in the 70s and 80s hauling steam railtours and took a leading role in the 1985 ‘GWR 150’ celebrations, running daily shuttles between Gloucester and Swindon. Clun Castle was last seen on the mainline in 1988.

The train will travel from Oxford to Tyseley Steam Trust on April 6 - stopping at Stourbridge Junction at 8.01pm till 8.05pm - passing through Rowley Regis at 8.17pm and Smethwick Galton Bridge at 8.23pm.

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