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.
A second view of them arriving at Bishops Lydeard from Minehead.
After changing places they are seen here in the process of running round their train prior to returning to Minehead.
The pair then came back over the crossing and on to their train.
5542 in the lead, awaiting the off.
80136's driver was Dick Wood, taken by surprise by my camera just before departure.
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.
After a good run to Minehead D7017 is seen awaiting return to Bishops Lydeard from Minehead.
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.
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.
A second view of D1010 at Minehead waiting to depart for Bishops Lydeard.
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.
I rode behind D1010 as far as Watchet where she is seen ready to continue to Bishops Lydeard.
Rodney Greenway, another Ticket inspector on the WSR, grabbed this shot of 5542 and 4160 double heading a down train at Williton.
Another of Rodney's photos shows D7017 dappled by the evening sunshine at Crowcombe Heathfield.
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