Gartell Light Railway

30-07-2012

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The Gartell Light Railway is situated near Templecombe in Somerset, the 2' gauge line is partly laid on the course of the old and much missed Somerset & Dorset Railway.

To start a view of the depot at Common Lane station.  A spare diesel loco on shed and bottom right what I assume is turntable

Gartell Light Railway depot

Looking the other way from the bridge over the station with a diesel hauled train waiting to leave platform 2 with the signal box and behind that the carp park which was partly in use for the Gartell Steam Fair

Common Lane station and signal box

The steam loco arriving at Common Lane, No.9 Jean is an 0-4-0 tender tank engine, built at the railway she entered service in 2009.  By chance two of my one time colleagues as guards on the West Somerset Railway are leaning on the fence watching her arrive.

Steam loco arriving at Common Lane station.

Another view of Jean hiding behind the rear of another train by the Signal box.  In between the Gartell Steam Fair and some heavy showers I didn't get as many photos as I could have of her this time but I'll be back there soon.

No. 9 Jean at Common Lane

Jean leaving Common Lane station.

Jean leaving Common Lane station.

B-B diesel No 1 Amanda in the course of running round.  No. 1 was working a "short" service to Park Lane while No 9 and diesel No. 2 Andrew were top and tailing a whole line service.

B-B diesel No. 1 Amanda

No 1 passing the stationary engine section of the show.

Stationary engines and a passing train

No 1 at Pinesway Junction behind part of the showground.  The line is fully signalled using a mixture of upper and lower quadrant semaphores and colour lights.

Part of the Steam Show site with No 1 behind at Pinesway Junction.

No 1 again, this time about to shunt her train across to platform 2 which is used for all departures.  No 1 is ex Southend pier, she is fitted with a Perkins engine and hydraulic transmission.

No 1 Amanda in Common Lane station.

After setting back towards the depot she then came back into the departure platform.

No 1 entering Common Lane station

Last one for now, No 1 awaiting departure for Park Lane.

Gartell Light Railway No 1 in the station.

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Photos not otherwise credited are 2012 S G J Huddy.  Other photos are included with permission of the copyright holders.