Spring Steam Gala 2013

 

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This years West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala was held on March - this page has photos from Saturday 16 and Monday 18 March so far.

Saturday 16 March 2013

This days photos were all taken at Williton.

777 Sir Lamiel and 7828 Norton Manor

Southern Class N15 4-6-0 777 Sir Lamiel waits with a down train as resident "Manor" 7828 Norton Manor (40 Commando) arrives with an up service.

Nameplate of 777 Sir Lamiel

Sir Lamiel's nameplate.

3850 at Williton

Another resident loco, 2-8-0 3850 with a down train, tender first running was necessary due to a Network Rail ballast train occupying the triangle.

4160 at Williton

The next down train was worked by another resident, large prairie 4160.

USA  S160 6046

The Up train was worked by visiting US Army S160 2-8-0 6046, a very unusual sight in Somerset!

7828 Norton Manor

7828 Norton Manor then returned form Bishops Lydeard with a down train.

777 Sir Lamiel at Williton

777 Sir Lamiel also returned with an up train, the first coach is one of the "Quantock Belle" carriages recently repainted in Pullman livery.

Monday 18 March 2013

A quick visit to Williton where 5542 and Auto-trailer 178 were crossing with Didcot's GWR Railmotor 93

Railmotor 93 arriving at Williton

The Railmotor arriving at Williton from Bishops Lydeard.

Railmotor 93 at Williton

Another view of this unique machine.

Railmotor 93 at Williton

The "engine" end of the railmotor with small prairie 5542 just arrived on the up platform.

Small prairie 5542 and Auto 178

5542 with Auto 178, both gleaming in the very welcome sunshine.

Railmotor 93 moves off

The Railmotor then drew down before taking water by the Swindon Shed.

Railmotor 93 and small prairie 5542

The Railmotor next to the Autotrailer, an interesting comparison.

Railmotor 93 moving off to take water

Railmotor 93 moving off with cyclinder cocks open - a very different sight and sound.

Small prairie 5542 and auto 178

5542 then left for Bishops Lydeard with impressive exhaust in the cold air.

5542 leaving Williton

Another view of 5542 leaving Williton.  The loop will hopefully soon be extended under the road bridge.

5542 and auto trailer 178

A view of Auto 178's driving end to compare with 93's seen above.

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This site was last updated 18-03-2013

Photos not otherwise credited are 2001-2013 S G J Huddy.  Other photos are included with permission of the copyright holders.