1960's Weekend

 

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5542 and 80136 at Blue Anchor

The 1960's weekend featured the appearance in traffic of "Small Prairie" 5542 after 23 years of restoration work, she is seen here at Blue Anchor piloting Standard 2-6-4T 80136 on a train to Bishops Lydeard.

 

5542 and 80136 arriving at Bishops Lydeard

A second view of them arriving at Bishops Lydeard from Minehead.

 

5542 and 80136 running round at Bishops Lydeard

After changing places they are seen here in the process of running round their train prior to returning to Minehead.

 

5542 and 80136 coming back on to their train

The pair then came back over the crossing and on to their train.

 

5542 and 80136 ready to depart

5542 in the lead, awaiting the off.

 

 

Driver Wood on 80136

80136's driver was Dick Wood, taken by surprise by my camera just before departure.

 

D7017 at Bishops Lydeard

The theme of the 1960's Weekend was the changeover from steam to diesel, Hymek D7017 was seen waiting to take the next train out of Bishops Lydeard, which I was working.

 

D7017 at Minehead

After a good run to Minehead D7017 is seen awaiting return to Bishops Lydeard from Minehead.

 

D7017 has the road

Ready for the off, the signal has been pulled off for D7017 to start her return run, much as I like steam it does make a change to ride behind a diesel.

 

D1010 on a red train

Another Maybach engined diesel in action was D1010 Western Challenger which is seen here at the head of train largely consisting of matching maroon liveried vehicles.

 

D1010 on a red train

A second view of D1010 at Minehead waiting to depart for Bishops Lydeard.

 

5542 being readied for the Coastal Belle

Before D1010 left I spotted 5542 being readied for duty on the Coastal Belle dining train later in the evening, her first solo working of the weekend.

 

D1010 at Watchet

I rode behind D1010 as far as Watchet where she is seen ready to continue to Bishops Lydeard.

 

4160 and 5542 at Williton

Rodney Greenway, another Ticket inspector on the WSR, grabbed this shot of 5542 and 4160 double heading a down train at Williton.

 

D7017 at Crowcombe

Another of Rodney's photos shows D7017 dappled by the evening sunshine at Crowcombe Heathfield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This site was last updated 29-04-2013

Photos not otherwise credited are 2001/2002 S G J Huddy.  Other photos are included with permission of the copyright holders.