Spring Steam Gala 2012

 

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This years West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala was held on 17,18 & 22-25 March - this page has photos from Saturday 17, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March.

Saturday 17 March 2012

This days photos were all taken at Williton.

700000 Britannia at Williton.

BR Std 7MT 4-6-2 70000 Britannia arriving with a down train.

 

70000 Britannia at Williton

Britannia waits to cross with an up train.

 

Front end detail of 70000 Britannia

Front end detail and nameplate of 70000 Britannia.

 

 

7828 arrives as 70000 arrives.

7828 Norton Manor arrives with an up train as 70000 Britannia waits.

 

70000 ready for right away.

70000 is ready to depart for Minehead.

 

Std 4MT 80072 waits to cross at Williton.

Std 4MT 2-6-4T 80072 waiting to cross with a down train.

 

 

Driver of 80072 looking back before departure.

The instantly recognisable driver of 80072 looking back to see where the token was - tea mug in in hand of course, tea fuels the railway not coal!

 

2-8-0 3850 with a down train.

Resident 2-8-0 3850 was on the next down train.

 

9351 crosses with 3850 at Williton.

Another resident mogul 9351 then arrived with the up train.

 

SDJR 2-8-0 88 at Williton.

Another resident 2-8-0 was on the following down train, SDJR No. 88, the crews refreshments are being delivered by the TTI.

 

70000 Britannia arriving at Williton with an up train.

Britannia then returned having been turned at Minehead.

 

 

7828 and 6960 at Williton.

7828, recently renamed Norton Manor 40 Commando, and 6960 Raveningham Hall waiting with a down train.

 

7828 Norton Manor at Williton.

Name and number plates of 7828 Norton Manor.

 

 

6960 Raveningham Hall at Williton.

6960 Raveningham Hall.

 

7828 crosses 80072.

The up train was hauled by 80072.

 

 

A split screen Morris Minor and a three wheeler at Williton.

WSR Steam Galas aren't totally about steam - there's often old road vehicles such as the split screen Morris Minor seen in company with a more modern three wheeler.

 

Saturday 24 March 2012

7828 arriving at Crowcombe Heathfield

7828 Norton Manor - 40 Commando arriving at Crowcombe Heathfield.  I've included this tender first view as with progress on the Norton Triangle this might be the last gala with tender first working.

 

70000 at Crowcombe Heathfield

70000 Britannia leaving Crowcombe Heathfield

70000 Britannia leaving Crowcombe Heathfield with a down train.

 

70000 and D1661 at Williton.

Britannia again at Williton with a later BR Standard type - D1661 North Star a Brush Type 4/Class 47.

 

 

70000 leaving Williton

70000 leaving Williton for Minehead.  David Smith tells me that "when King George VI died at Sandringham in February 1952  his body was transported back to London by Royal Train hauled by 70000.  The cab roof was painted white and I believe this is what is being replicated now on Britannia in the Diamond Jubilee year".

BR Std 4MT tank 80072 at Williton.

Another BR Standard, 4MT 2-6-4T 80072 stands in Williton with a down train.

 

Old cars at Williton

As the previous week there were some old(er) cars outside the Swindon Shed - the split screen Morris Minor was joined by a Triumph Herald and a SAAB convertible.

Sunny day at Williton.

The previous week was decidedly chilly, this week was beautiful sunshine as seen from the people sat out enjoying it between trains.

 

7828 Norton Manor/Odney Manor at Bishops Lydeard.

7828 Norton Manor (formerly named Odney Manor) waiting to depart from Bishops Lydeard for Minehead.

 

Auto 178 with 1450 at Bishops Lydeard.

0-4-2T 1450 and Auto 178 were working the Norton shuttles from Bishops Lydeard, they are seen here on Platform 1 with the crew taking a breather.

 

6960 and 6024 in the loco compound.

6024 King Edward I and 6960 Raveningham Hall swathing Bishop Lydeard loco compound in smoke while being prepared for their next working which was together double heading.

 

1450 and auto 178 at Bishops Lydeard.

1450 and Auto 178 still waiting in Platform 1.

 

 

Auto 178 at Bishops Lydeard.

Auto 178 basking in the sunshine, a very similar autotrailer Auto 169 is being restored at Williton.

 

6024 and 6960 wait their next duty.

6024 and 6960 coupled together ready to take over the next train which can just be seen approaching behind 3850.

 

6960 and 6024 at Bishops Lydeard.

6960 and 6024 waiting to depart.  The King and the Hall waiting to leave for Minehead.

 

 

 

1450 and 3850 at Bishops Lydeard.

1450 waiting while 2-8-0 3850 passes by light engine.

 

 

70000 Britannia arriving at Bishops Lydeard.

70000 Britannia arriving at Bishops Lydeard and passing her support coach stabled in the down siding.

 

1450 and auto 178 returning from Norton Fitzwarren.

The auto train returning from Norton Fitzwarren.

 

 

70000 heading for Norton Fitzwarren triangle.

70000 heading off chimney first towards Norton Fitzwarren.

 

 

70000 having turned at Norton Fitzwarren.

She reappeared 45 minutes later having been turned via the triangle, the second time this had been done, allied with the turntable at Minehead tender first running at Galas could be a thing of the past soon.

 

70000 alongside the autotrain.

70000 alongside the autotrain.

 

 

70000 Britannia taking water.

A last one of the day, 70000 Britannia taking water at Bishops Lydeard.

 

Sunday 25 March 2012

6024 on the turntable at Minehead.

6024 King Edward I on the turntable at Minehead.

 

 

6024 on shed at Minehead.

6024 had gone across to the shed leaving a seemingly fairly empty station - in fact there were lots of people clear of the canopy enjoying the sunshine.

 

6024 on shed at Minehead.

Another view of 6024 on shed, next to the King is its support coach and a Class 03 diesel shunter D2133.

 

80072 arriving at Minehead.

Visiting BR Std tank 80072 then arrived with a train from Bishops Lydeard.

 

 

80072 on Minehead shed.

80072 then went across to shed for coal and water.

 

 

6024 waiting to leave.

6024 leaving Minehead

6024 leaving Minehead with the 2pm to Bishops Lydeard - the headcode 542 was apparently once the 2pm Minehead to Paddington!

 

9351 doing driver for a fiver at Minehead.

The reason trains were using the bay platform was that 9351 was doing "Driver for a Fiver" trips along  the main platform.

 

Crowds enjoying the sun on Minehead station.

There were plenty of people enjoying the sun while 9351 went up and down.

 

 

SDJR 88 just arrived at Minehead.

SDJR 2-8-0 88 just in from Bishops Lydeard.

 

 

Crowds watch 88 being turned.

Turning locos, such as 88 seen here, is a great attraction to visitors to the station.

 

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