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Special events have their own pages, this page has photos of the "everyday" scene on the West Somerset.

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9351 and 6695 on Minehead shed

Small Mogul 9351 and 0-6-2T 6695 on Minehead shed in the spring sunshine on 1 March.

 

88's tender

While S&D 88 was away for wheel turning her tender was on view outside Minehead shed, a rare glimpse of the loco/tender coupling gear.

 

Minehead turntable

The turntable at Minehead is complete and in service, this was taken during the Spring Steam Gala 2009

 

No 88 just arrived in Minehead station

S&D 2-8-0 88 has just arrived at Minehead in this view from the top deck of a heritage double deck bus during Quantock Running Days 2009

 

9351 on shed for a washout

Small mogul 9351 on shed for a washout.

 

 

34046 pulling away from Minehead

34046 Braunton leaving Minehead

Two photos of 34046 Braunton pulling away from Minehead.

 

 

34046 glimpsed while running round

Braunton glimpsed over the passers-by while she was running round.

 

 

A1 pacific 60163 Tornado arriving at Bishops Lydeard

On 30 May newly built Peppercorn A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado arrived on the West Somerset at the head of an excursion from Gloucester, she is seen here coming in to Bishops Lydeard.

 

D6566 hauling the DMU at Bishops Lydeard

Whilst 60163 was taking water Crompton D6566 arrived from Minehead hauling the Class 115 DMU - as its engines were running I'm not sure that the headcode "AA" indicates it was being rescued by the 33.

 

60163 Tornado at Bishops Lydeard

60163 Tornado at Bishops Lydeard

Two more views of 60163 Tornado at Bishops Lydeard before leaving for Minehead.

 

 

60163 Tornado arriving at Minehead

This photo shows the crowd that awaited 60163 Tornado as she arrived at Minehead, news of this run had been well spread by the local media.

 

60163 after arrival at Minehead

60163 after arrival at Minehead

Two photos of Tornado after arrival at Minehead, stopped as planned by the white post!

 

Tornado's nameplate

Tornado's nameplate and a plate commemorating her naming by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

 

D832 Onslaught arriving at Bishops Lydeard

The Mixed Traffic Weekend (13-14 June) saw a variety of diesels in service - mostly hydraulics as with Warship Class 42 D832 Onslaught seen arriving at Bishops Lydeard on the Saturday morning.

 

60163 Tornado at Bishops Lydeard

60163 Tornado at Bishops Lydeard Class A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado was the only steam loco in action, here she has come on to the train that the Warship had brought in ready to return it to Minehead.

 

60163 Tornado and D832 Onslaught

After the A1 had coupled up D832 ran into Platform 1 ready to come on the back of the next arrival.  Odd to think that the steam engine is 48 years younger than the diesel!

 

Class 42 D832 Onslaught

Swindon built Warship D832 Onslaught

D832 cab profile

Three more photos of the Swindon built Warship including one showing the curves of the front end - and a Newton Abbot (83A) shed plate.

 

 

 

D1062 Western Courier passing D832 Onslaught

D1062 Western Courier arrivng at Bishops Lydeard

The next arrival was hauled by another maroon diesel hydraulic, D1062 Western Courier (which was in superb condition), and is seen in these two photos running in past D832.

 

D832 coming on to her train

D832 then came across to attach to the rear of Western Courier's train.

 

 

Coupling D832 to her train

The young secondman coupling D832 to the train wasn't even born when she was withdrawn!

 

 

D832 on the rear of a train to Norton Fitzwarren

The train then left for Norton Fitzwarren with the Warship on the rear, D1062 was to be detached and "locked in" there before the Warship worked non stop to Minehead.

 

Hymek D7017 surrenders the token at Bishops Lydeard

Things were looking good for the non-stop run as Hymek D7017 arrived with the next up train dead on time, the signalman has got the token ready to get the road for the down train.

 

 

D832 with the "Cornish Riviera" at Bishops Lydeard

D832 Onslaught then came through complete with "Cornish Riviera Express" headboard on her way to Minehead.

 

D7017 waiting at Lydeard with a down train

After the passage of the express Hymek D7017 was able to run round ready to follow with the next down working.

 

5553 on turntable and 9351 at Minehead

A week later sees small prairie 5553 being turned on the turntable at Minehead prior to working the "Quantock Belle" whilst small mogul 9351 has just come off the incoming "QB" in the bay platform.

 

5553 is turned as 9351 goes to shed

As 5553 was being turned 9351 ran down the bay loop on her way to shed.

 

 

5553 on turntable with headboard

5553 had acquired the "Quantock Belle" headboard as she was turned in view of that train's passengers.

 

 

9351 on the blocks at Minehead

While the prairie was turned 9351 had gone right down to the seafront end of the station to be admired by passers by.

 

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Photos not otherwise credited are 2001-2009 S G J Huddy.  Other photos are included with permission of the copyright holders.