The first of the Gala visitors to arrive was Beattie well tank 30587 seen here on the preceding Saturday shortly after arrival at Bishops Lydeard.
On the Thursday of the Gala 30587 was working shuttles between Minehead and Blue Anchor, she is seen here approaching Blue Anchor with one of these workings with the Conygar Tower on the hill behind it.
30587's train included a milk tank on the rear, nice to see one as a reminder of a traffic now lost by the railway.
This view of her running round makes it look as if she's shunting the camping coaches - it's a long time since they moved!
A last one of 30587 as she left for Minehead, even the milk tank dwarfs her!
The crossing down train was hauled by Merchant Navy pacific 35005 Canadian Pacific, a somewhat larger loco than the other ex Southern visitor!
Canadian Pacific getting away effortlessly from Blue Anchor.
Moving on to Williton and the demonstration goods train was stood in the down platform prior to going back up to Bishops Lydeard.
I'd made good time by car and beaten 5553 to Williton, her train was terminating here and returning to Minehead behind mogul 9351 which can be seen waiting for the signal beside the incoming train.
9351 was soon coming on to the back of the train.
Meanwhile 5553 had come on to the goods in the other platform ready to return it to Bishops Lydeard.
Two photos of the goods leaving Williton, a reminder of what railways used to be about before the age of the juggernaut.
While 9351 was leaving from the the up platform 5542, which had brought in the goods train, was making her way back to the yard where she was replacing 9351 on "Thunderbird" duties.
The down train was hauled by ex LNW "Super D" G2 class 0-8-0 49395 which is on the WSR for this Gala.
Visiting Bulleid 35005 was stood on the loop at Minehead while the other Southern visitor 30587 left for Blue Anchor.
A different view of 35005 after she'd come on to her train taken from the cab of the class 04 diesel shunter D2271 which had just done a shunt release.
Another view from the diesel as it propelled a milk tank into the loco sidings while 49395 was stood at the water tower.
Resident pannier 6412 was coupled to visiting auto trailer 178 ready for the auto shuttles to Norton Fitzwarren the next day.
The Super D was by the water tower waiting her next turn, a very unusual sight in Somerset!
A view of the 0-8-0 from the other side along with D2271 which had finished pilot duties for a while.
35005 Canadian Pacific ready to leave Minehead for Bishops Lydeard.
After a pleasant ride during which I had an enjoyable pasty a last view for the day of 35005 leaving Williton.
Another view of Canadian Pacific, this time ready to leave Bishops Lydeard. Photo by Ian Monkton
Another from Ian of the Super D 0-8-0 49395 moving off at Bishops Lydeard while running round. Photo by Ian Monkton
Resident small prairie arriving at Williton on the Saturday afternoon seen from the end of the Swindon Shed.
Long term visitor BR Std 4 tank 80136 leaving Williton for Minehead.
In the Swindon Shed West Country pacific 34046 Braunton looks almost complete in this view but in fact her boiler isn't yet fitted. However it is hoped that it will be soon with a steam test possible in November.
Meanwhile 35005 and 9351 were stood in the station with a down train with a fair proportion of Braunton's tender components and a steam roller in the foreground.
35005 and 9351 then left for Minehead, the pacific had had problems earlier hence being double headed on this train.
At the opposite end of the shed to Braunton work is well under way on the restoration of ex GW auto trailer 169 with new timber being cut in preparation for replacing the first 15' of framing.
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This site was last updated 13-08-2012
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