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Visitors 2002-2004

 

There are several diesels based on the line, this page includes the ex BR ones including DMU's, there are also some former industrial shunters that I haven't go details/photos of.  There is also details of visiting diesels during the year.

D1010  D2119  D2133  D2205 D2271  D3462  D6566  D7017  D7018  D7523  D9526 Class115 DMU  Class 117 DMU  Park Royal DMU  Industrial Shunters Big Railway Visitors

D1010

D1010 at Bishops Lydeard

D1010 at Bishops Lydeard

A Swindon designed and built loco, the DEPG's D1010 Western Campaigner is a member of the once 74 strong Western Class of C-C diesel hydraulics.

 

Engines: Two Maybach MD655 V type of 1,350 bhp at 1,500 rpm.

Transmission: Hydraulic, two Voith-North British L630rV hydraulic transmissions, each containing 3 torque converters.

Weight: 108 tons

Maximum tractive effort 72,600 lb

Driving wheel diameter: 3' 7"

D2119 and D2133

D2133 shunts 5224 and 4160 at Minehead

03119/D2119 at Williton

D2133 (left), seen shunting 5224 and 4160 at Minehead and 03119/D2119 are both ex BR Class 03 0-6-0 diesel mechanical shunters.  D2133 was at one time Cellophane's shunter at their Bridgwater factory, it was donated when Thatcher's policies led to the chemical traffic going on to the roads.

Engine: Gardner 8L3 of 204 bhp at 1,200 rpm.

Weight: 30 tons 16 cwt

Maximum tractive effort: 15,650 lb

Driving wheel diameter: 3' 7"

Transmission: Mechanical, Vulcan-Sinclair type 23 fluid coupling, Wilson-Drewry CA 5 type 5 speed epicyclic gear box.

D1010  D2119  D2133  D2205 D2271  D3462  D6566  D7017  D7018  D7523  D9526 Class115 DMU  Class 117 DMU  Park Royal DMU  Industrial Shunters Big Railway Visitors

D2205 and D2271

D2242 at Minehead with D2133

D2205 (11106) (DEPG) and D2271 (WSR plc) are ex BR Class 04 0-6-0's, very similar to the Class 03 they were built by Drewry.  Their technical details are the same except they weigh 29 tons 15 cwt and have 3' 6" diameter driving wheels.

 

D3462

D3462 at Bishops Lydeard

This is an example of a BR built Class 08 0-6-0 shunter, often called Gronks.  There are many still in service on the "big railway" but D3462 is a very useful part of the WSR fleet.

 

Engine: English electric 6 cyl 6KT of 350 bhp at 630 rpm.

Weight: 49 tons

Maximum tractive effort: 35,000 lb

Transmission: Electric, 2 English Electric nose suspended traction motors.

Driving wheel diameter: 4' 6"

D1010  D2119  D2133  D2205 D2271  D3462  D6566  D7017  D7018  D7523  D9526 Class115 DMU  Class 117 DMU  Park Royal DMU  Industrial Shunters Big Railway Visitors

D6566

D6566 waits with the Chippy at Bishops Lydeard

The Class 33 type 3 Bo-Bo's, of which D6566 is a member, were built by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Co for the Southern Region

 

Engine: Sulzer 8 cyl 8LDA28 pressure charged of 1,550 bhp at 750 rpm.

Weight: 73 tons 8 cwt

Maximum tractive effort: 45,000 lb

Transmission: Electric, 4 Crompton Parkinson 305 hp axle hung, nose suspended traction motors.

Driving wheel diameter: 3' 7"

D7017 and D7018

D7017 at Minehead

The Diesel and Electric Preservation Group have two Class 35 "Hymeks" on the WSR.  D7017, seen here, is restored and in operation whereas D7018 is undergoing major repairs at Williton.  They were built by Beyer Peacock Hymek for the Western Region, they are type 3 B-B's.

Engine: Bristol-Siddeley/Maybach MD870 of 1,700 bhp.

Weight: 74 tons

Maximum tractive effort: 49,700 lb

Transmission: Hydraulic, Stone-Maybach Mekydro type 6184U

Driving wheel diameter: 3' 9"

D7523

D7523 at Williton

D7523, another member of the DEPG's fleet, is a BR Derby built Class 25 Type 2 Bo-Bo diesel electric.

 

Engine: Sulzer 6 cyl 6LDA28-B pressure charged of 1,250 bhp at 750 rpm.

Weight: 72 tons 17 cwt

Maximum tractive effort: 45,000 lb

Transmission: Electric, 4 AEI253 AY axle hung, nose suspended traction motors.

Driving wheel diameter: 3' 9"

D1010  D2119  D2133  D2205 D2271  D3462  D6566  D7017  D7018  D7523  D9526 Class115 DMU  Class 117 DMU  Park Royal DMU  Industrial Shunters Big Railway Visitors

D9526

D9526 works and shed plates

D9526 at Bishops Lydeard

Paxman power in D9526

D9526 has recently been completely overhauled and is seen here on its return to traffic special working, 12 April 03.  The Class 14 type 1 0-6-0s were built by BR at Swindon in 1964/5 by which time the traffic they were intended for had gone so they spent many years with industrial users.

Engine: Paxman 6YJX Ventura of 650 bhp at 1,500 rpm.

Weight: 50 tons

Transmission: Hydraulic, Voith L217U

Driving wheel diameter: 4'

Diesel Multiple Units Classes 115 and 117

Class 115 dmu

Class 117 DMU

The railway operates two D.M.U. sets at present, along with some trailers used as hauled stock.  In addition there are some vehicles stored out of use.  The Class 117 unit (in green livery) was restored by a Territorial Army unit .

Power Cars - Class 115

All these are Driving Motor Brake Seconds, each fitted with 2 BUT (AEC) 6 cyl horizontal engines of 230 bhp with mechanical transmission with 70 seats as converted for improved disabled access. The fleet is as follows:-

In service: 51859 and 51880 with 51887 listed as serviceable spare.

Out of service: 51663, 51852.

Power cars - Class 117

These are of two types, both with 2 BUT (Leyland) 6 cyl horizontal of 150 bhp with mechanical transmission.

Motor Brake Second: 51352, 65 seats as built.

Motor second: 51376, 91 seats as built. Both will have lost some seats when the gangways were fitted by BR.

Trailer Cars - Class 115

There is only 1 115 Trailer Lavatory Composite in the fleet, 59678, though the first class isn't used as such.  It also has a buffet in place of one of the lavatories and is currently in use with the 115 power cars. It is in crimson and cream livery.

Trailer Cars - Class 117

These are Trailer Lavatory composites, 59506 is in use in the "Army" DMU in matching green livery but belongs to the WSR, it is fitted with a buffet in place of one of the lavatories

The following are in use as hauled stock in chocolate and cream livery:

59493, 59505, 59510, 59515.  In addition 59514 is out of service with fire damage.

The Park Royal Diesel Multiple Unit

Back in the late 70's the WSR plc bought two 2 car Park Royal DMUs, both were used for some years before being withdrawn, one was sold off the railway and has since been scrapped, the other has been acquired by the Diesel and Electric Preservation Group.

The two cars are Driving Motor Brake Second W50413, 52 seats, two BUT (AEC) 6 cyl engines of 150 bhp and Driving Trailer Composite W56169 which has 16 first and 48 second seats.  Both vehicles are in the process of a major overhaul at Williton.

Industrial diesel shunters

The WSR plc has two Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 diesel hydraulic shunters based at the Permanent Way depot at Dunster, there is a Ruston Hornsby 0-4-0 diesel mechanical shunter at the S&DRT's base at Washford while the DEPG have a master and slave pair of Bagnall 0-4-0 diesel electric ones at Williton where they also have a Sentinel 0-4-0 diesel hydraulic from the Manchester Ship canal.

Big Railway Visitors

The following mainline diesel locos are among those that have visited the line since 2003:

67006 at Minehead

EWS 67006 worked a through special from Finsbury Park on to the line on the Saturday of the Spring Steam Gala 2003

 

67010 at Bishops Lydeard

Another EWS 67, 67010, visited the line for the Cross Country Weekend and is seen here at Bishops Lydeard.

 

47732 at Bishops Lydeard

EWS also sent 47732 along for the Cross Country Weekend, it is seen here at Bishops Lydeard top and tailing with another visitor, 46035.

 

46035 at Bishops Lydeard

Preserved Class 46 "Peak" 46035 seen at the other end of the train seen above at Bishops Lydeard.

 

 

Virgin Voyager 220 001 at Minehead

The centrepiece of the Cross Country Weekend was the naming of Virgin Trains Voyager 220 001 "Somerset Voyager" at Minehead. Jon Tooke

 

Fragonset's 47709 visited on 17 May with a through special from Leeds which had a record 668 passengers on board.

66226 at Minehead

EWS sent 66226 with a through special from Paddington on 13 September.  It is seen here in the sidings at Minehead with its stock, RCS's Pride of the Nation dining set.

In 2004 the West Somerset Railway held a Diesel Gala for the first time for some years, the visiting locos can be seen on that page.

37047 and 37057 at Minehead

On 17 April 2004 EWS's 37047 and 37057 visited with a special from Milton Keynes.

 

37203 at Minehead

On 26 June 37203 took a through special back as far as Westbury while the steam loco went light to Westbury to turn.

 

HST stored at Minehead

In late September 2004 an HST belonging to First Group arrived at Minehead for storage, it is an ex Virgin set that had been used by MML on Operation Rio and was joined by several other HST vehicles, all of which have now left.

Hastings unit at Bishops Lydeard

In October '04 a Hastings "Thumper" unit visited on a special from Hastings to Bishops Lydeard.

 

The visiting locos for the the Spring Diesel Gala 05 can be seen on that page.

D1010  D2119  D2133  D2205 D2271  D3462  D6566  D7017  D7018  D7523  D9526 Class115 DMU  Class 117 DMU  Park Royal DMU  Industrial Shunters Big Railway Visitors

 

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This site was last updated 25-02-2006

Photos not otherwise credited are 2001- 2003 S G J Huddy.  Other photos are included with permission of the copyright holders.