Spring Steam Gala 2008

 

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This years West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala is being held on Saturday and Sunday 8-9 March and Thursday to Sunday 13-16 March.

Saturday 8 March

Steam lorry at Williton

Not all the steam was on the rails, this steam lorry was running around at Williton and is seen passing between D9526 and S&D 88.

 

5619 at Williton

Visiting 56xx 0-6-2T 5619 at Williton with an up train.

 

 

5619 leaving Williton

5619 leaving Williton

Two views of 5619 heading out of Williton towards Bishops Lydeard.

 

35011 at Williton

Merchant Navy pacific 35011 General Steam Navigation is at WS Restoration's Williton Works for some contract repair work.  It's worth remembering that many locos operating today were in this sort of condition before restoration began.

88 spare at Williton

S&D 2-8-0 88 was the spare loco for the first Saturday, the spare waits at Williton as the central point in case of need.

 

5542 and 4160 double headed at Williton

Small prairie 5542 - returning for a few weeks after too long an absence - and large prairie 4160 double heading a down train at Williton.

 

45110 approaches Williton

Black Five 45110 approaching Williton with an up train under darkening skies.

 

5619 running round at Bishops Lydeard

Visiting 0-6-2T 5619 again, this time at Bishops Lydeard waiting to come on to the back of an incoming train to work it back down to Minehead.

 

5619 waiting to cross at Crowcombe

5619 seen again at Crowcombe Heathfield with her down train waiting to cross.

 

Super D 49395 arriving at Crowcombe

The up train 5619 was waiting for was brought in by LNW "Super D" 0-8-0 49395.

 

Sunday 9 March

88, 5224 and 5553 on Minehead shed

S&D 2-8-0 88 and GW small prairie 5553 on shed and GW 2-8-0T 5224 on the loop at Minehead.

 

4160 on Minehead shed

GW large prairie 4160 on shed at Minehead.

 

 

5542 and 4160 on Minehead shed

4160 and 5542 at Minehead The large prairie was then joined on shed by small prairie 5542.

 

Three prairies at Minehead

Three prairies at Minehead

They were then joined by another small prairie 5553 - the Three Prairies at Minehead.

 

45110 at Minehead

Black Five 45110, which was one of the locos working on the "last day of steam" in 1968, by the water tower at Minehead.

 

Super D 49395 at Minehead

LNW Super D 0-8-0 49395 in the headshunt at Minehead.

 

 

You too can be part of the action - new volunteers are always welcome, you can find out more on Volunteers, there's a big perk in exchange for your efforts - free travel!

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Photos not otherwise credited are 2001-2007 S G J Huddy.  Other photos are included with permission of the copyright holders.