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Special events have their own pages, starting with Spring Steam Gala followed by Mixed Traction 2012, this page records the everyday variety on the West Somerset Railway.

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March 2012

Boiler of small prairie 4561 at Williton.

Tanks from small prairie 4561 at Williton.

WSRA owned small prairie 4561 is in the early stages of an overhaul, the boiler and tanks are seen outside the Swindon Shed workshops at Williton on 17 March during the Spring Steam Gala

 

The underframe of Auto trailer 169 at Williton.

Auto trailer 169 is being restored at Williton, the underframe and part of the body are in the Swindon Shed at Williton, also seen during the Gala.

 

Cab end of auto trailer 169.

The cab end of 169 was in a nearby industrial unit and is seen here filling the doorway.

 

 

GWR toplight 6705 being painted at Williton.

Another GWR carriage being restored at Williton is the Heritage Carriage Project's toplight 6705 which was in the early stages of painting in this view taken on 17 March.

 

D7017, D832, D9526 and D1661 at Williton.

Sidelined during the Steam Gala the DEPG's diesels were on shed at Williton, in this line are Hymek D7017, Warship D832 Onslaught, Class 14 D9526 and Brush type 4 D1661 North Star.

 

Cab of D832 Onslaught.

Warship D832 Onslaught was looking very smart after its repaint in green livery.

 

 

D1010 as D1035 at Williton.

"Western" D1010 Western Campaigner was largely sheeted over on 17 March but was carrying the nameplate of D1035 Western Yeoman.

 

 

Class 33 D6575 in the DEPG's workshops at Williton.

In the DEPG's workshops Class 33 D6575 was looking very smart and will hopefully soon be back in traffic after restoration.

 

Class 14 D9518 awaiting restoration.

A recent addition to the DEPG's fleet is Class 14 D9518 which is awaiting much needed attention!

 

Chaning scene at Minehead station.

On Sunday 25 March clear sidings allowed a view of the new Friends of Minehead Station workshop building, part of a general tidy up of this part of the station site.

 

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April 2012

Large prairie 4160 at Minehead

Large prairie 4160 basking in the sunshine on 15 April with no clue that the sea front is just behind the vans.

 

SDJR 88 having Quantock Belle headboard fitted.

SDJR 2-8-0 No. 88 having the "Quantock Belle" headboard fitted ready for the return run from Minehead.

 

88 with the Quantock Belle at Minehead.

No. 88 waiting in the sun with the "Quantock Belle" on 15 April with North Hill in the background.

 

5553 and 7828 Norton Manor on Minehead loco.

Small prairie 5553 (stopped for overhaul) and recently out shopped "Manor" 7828 Norton Manor - 40 Commando outside the shed at Minehead on 15 April.

 

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July 2012

34067 Tangmere at Bishops Lydeard

On 21 July 34067 Tangmere worked Paddington - Minehead  to Bishops Lydeard where she is seen waiting to go to Norton Fitzwarren to turn on the triangle.

 

Tangmere nameplate and crest

34067 is a Bulleid Southern Railway "Battle of Britain" class pacific named after the WWII fighter base in Kent whose crest she carries under her nameplate.

 

 

 

34067 leaving for the triangle.

Tangmere setting off for the triangle passing a Southern diesel, Class 33 "Crompton" D6566 stood in up sidings with Tangmere's support coach.

 

 

3850 at Bishops Lydeard with Paddington to Minehead train.

Resident GW 2-8-0 3850 took over the special for the run on to Minehead.

 

 

3850 leaving Bishops Lydeard

Plenty of steam from her drain cocks as 3850 gets her 10 coach load smoothly away.

 

 

3850 leaving for Minehead

3850 accelerating up the bank away from Bishops Lydeard station.

 

 

 

 

Tail end of the excursion

The whole train on the bank and still accelerating comfortably.

 

 

4160 arriving at Bishops Lydeard

The special crossed at Crowcombe Heathfield with a service from Minehead which is seen here arriving at Bishops Lydeard behind large prairie 4160.

 

4160 running round at Bishops Lydeard

4160 coming through platform 1 in the course of running round its train.

 

 

4160 running round

4160 coming back into its train in platform 2.

 

 

4160 ready to leave for Minehead.

Ready to leave for Minehead.

 

Floral jubilee tribute at Bishops Lydeard.

A floral tribute for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on platform 2 at Bishops Lydeard.

 

 

34067 leaves the water tower

34067 then returned from the triangle where she had been coaled from a lorry as well as turning.  She then took water - filling her tender to overflowing.

 

34067 at Bishops Lydeard

Tangmere then shunted across en route to the loco compound.

 

 

Ex Stockport Leyland Titan as Bishops Lydeard

At the other end of the station Quantock Heritage's ex Stockport Leyland Titan PD2/40  HJA965E was outside their depot.

 

 

D832 arriving at Bishops Lydeard.

The diesel diagram was being worked by Warship D832 Onslaught which was the next arrival from Minehead.

 

D832 running round

D832 passing her stock as she runs round.

 

Leyland Titan PD2/40 HJA965E

After the Warship passed me Quantock's Leyland Titan went past on the approach road.

 

D832 coming back on to her train.

Onslaught then came back under the bridge towards her train.

 

D832 and train in Bishops Lydeard station.

Coupled up and ready to return to Minehead.

 

 

D832 headcode doors open.

Before departure though, a chance to see inside the headcode doors.

 

 

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August 2012

4160 on Minehead shed

On to August 19 and large prairie 4160 receiving attention on Minehead shed.

 

 

7828 Norton Manor running round at Minehead

7828 Norton Manor passing 4160 whilst running round her train at Minehead.

 

6960 Raveningham Hall at Minehead

In the other platform modified hall 6960 Raveningham Hall was working a two coach charter.

 

September 2012

SDJR 88 at Bishops Lydeard

All too soon its September, 8 September started misty, SDJR 88 was wreathed in steam as she stood by the water tower at Bishops Lydeard.

 

SDJR 88 with Pines Express at Bishops Lydeard

SDJR 2-8-0 88 running round at Bishops Lydeard.  This was the 50th anniversary of the last "Pines Express" via the Somerset & Dorset, she was carrying the "Pines Express" headboard to mark this.

 

88 running round

88 coming back on to her train ready to work back to Minehead.

 

 

88 tender first

Coupled up and with "Pines Express" headboard on her tender 88 awaits departure time.

 

66737 and saloon 6320 arrive at Bishops Lydeard.

Hardly had the "Pines" departed when GBRF Class 66 66737 Lesia arrived with saloon 6320 forming 2Z02 10.45 Bristol Parkway to Bishops Lydeard.

 

Saloon 6320

6320 is the former LMS General Managers saloon much modified including buckeyes, dual heat and dual brakes.

 

Saloon 6320 at Bishops Lydeard.

The special working was carrying a number of senior railwaymen some of whom can seen along side 6320.

 

End detail of 6320

A closer view of the end of 6320.

 

 

 

66737 Lesia

The body side number of 66737 is unusual in the last two digits being much larger than the others.  It is named Lesia which is a girls name but which one the loco is named after I'm not sure.

 

66737 Lesia setting back

The 66 set back to up sidings after the guests had disembarked.

 

 

SDJR 88 at Bishops Lydeard

On 29 September there was a through special from Paddington to Minehead, SDJR 2-8-0 88 was piloting from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead.  Here she is heading off to attach at the down home signal where the special was stood.

 

92203 Black Prince in BL loco compound

BR Standard 9f 2-10-0 92203 Black Prince in Bishops Lydeard loco compound, the 9f was here ready for the following weekend's Autumn Steam Gala.

 

 

88, 4160 and 34067 at Bishops Lydeard

88 with 34067 approaching the station as large prairie 4160 waits in the Loco Compound with a Steam Engineman's Course.

 

88 and 34067

88 and Battle of Britain pacific 34067 Tangmere, 88 is carrying a "Somerset Coast Express" headboard.

 

34067 taking water

Their train stopped for 34067 to take water - she was early on to the WSR due to missing the booked water stop at Taunton so needed a good fill.

 

34067 Tangmere

Tangmere was carrying a Western style train reporting number with the correct headcode for the working.

 

88 and 34067 taking water at Bishops Lydeard

A shot of the pair waiting in the autumn sunshine.

 

88 and 34067 passing Bishops Lydeard station

88 and Tangmere running through platform 1 The special wasn't booked to call at Bishops Lydeard so once Tangmere's thirst was quenched they ran through Platform 1 non-stop.

 

88 and 34067

The next weekend is the WSR's Autumn Steam Gala with a Somerset & Dorset theme, this pairing is a very good prelude.

 

4160 on an SEC working

Large prairie 4160 was working a Steam Engineman's Course in the Bishops Lydeard - Norton Fitzwarren section and was waiting to get going again after the special had cleared the line.

 

4160 by BL box

The crew of the SEC in discussion with the signalman outside Bishops Lydeard Signal Box.

 

Black Five 45379 arriving at Bishops Lydeard

Another early arrival for the Gala was Black Five 4-6-0 45379 which was working one of the regular steam turns, she's seen here arriving at Bishops Lydeard with a train from Minehead.

 

45379 running round

45379 run round 45379 then ran round ready to return to Minehead.

 

 

Black Five's cab

A glimpse in to the Black Five's cab.

 

 

Bringing coal forward on 45379

The fireman bringing coal forward in the Black 5's tender.

 

 

45379 leaving Bishops Lydeard

45379 leaving for Minehead - the light through the trees makes her appear blue in this one!

 

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October 2012

The next weekend was the Autumn Steam Gala, I visited Williton on Saturday 6 Oct.

43106 and 45379 double head at Williton

43106 and 45379 double headed

Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0 43106 and Black Five 45379 swathed in steam double heading a down train at Williton.

 

7828 Norton Manor

7828 Norton Manor 40 Commando then arrived with an up train.

 

 

88 at Williton with a down train

SDJR 2-8-0 88 with the next down train.

 

92203 with the Pines Express

As noted above this year is the 50th anniversary of the last Pines Express via the S&D, to mark this Br Std. 9f 2-10-0 92203 Black Prince worked the Pines Express non-stop from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard and return complete with the Quantock Belle dining train.

 

6960 arriving at Williton

The next up train was worked by 6960 Raveningham Hall.

 

9351 at Williton

9351 with a down train

The crossing up train was worked by "small mogul" 9351.

 

 

6960 and D6566 at Williton

After 9351 had departed a view through the station with Raveningham Hall about to leave under the recently completed footbridge and Class 33 diesel D6566 on standby in case of need.

 

Williton station footbridge

A closer view of the footbridge.

 

 

43106 with an up train

43106 then returned from Minehead with an up train.

 

92203 with the down Pines Express

92203 passing Williton non stop 92203 Black Prince then came through non-stop with the down "Pines Express"

 

Triumph Herald and Morris Minor

As usual during a Gala there were some non railway heritage vehicles on display, first a Triumph Herald and a Morris Minor 1000 Traveller.

 

Three wheel car E27VTU

Next to them was this three wheeler V27VTU, a BRA CX3 which uses a Honda CX500 motorcycle engine - different!

 

MG car and Ferguson tractors.

Nearby was an MG sports car and two "little grey Fergie" tractors - beyond them a 1920s Elddis caravan complete with an oak chassis.

 

Toplight 6705

Also on display outside the Swindon Shed was Toplight 6705, part of the Heritage Carriage Project, which looked really good.

 

Auto 169 in the Swindon Shed.

Inside the Swindon Shed great progress has been made with Autotrailer 169, there's more of my photos of 169 on www.auto169.co.uk

 

Barclay 0-4-0ST 1219 being overhauled

Barclay 0-4-0ST 1219 under overhaul

In front of 169 Barclay 0-4-0ST saddle tank is in course of a major overhaul.

 

Bogie for 6880 Betton Grange

Behind 169 was the bogie for new build 6880 Betton Grange, I'm looking forward to her completion and visiting the WSR.

 

Buckeye coupling

BR Mk1 TSO under overhaul

At the north end of the shed a WSRA owned Mk1 TSO is undergoing a major overhaul.

 

Inspection Saloon W80796W

Also at that end was Inspection Saloon W80796W which has recently been acquired by the WSRA.

 

View of workshop

West Somerset Restoration have a range of large machine tools in the Swindon Shed.

 

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