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47798 and the Royal Train at Bishops LydeardOn Friday 1 November 2002 Prince Phillip visited the West Somerset Railway travelling on the Royal Train.  It actually arrived during the night and spent some time just outside Bishops Lydeard station before moving off punctually at 8.15 for Minehead.

47798 Prince William on the Royal Train at Bishops Lydeard

It was headed by 47798 Prince William which is seen here passing 6566 which was "Thunderbird" for the day and was ready to follow on in  case of need.


47798 leaving BL

47798 leaving BL

47798 leaving BL

Three shots of the train leaving Bishops Lydeard through the autumn countryside.


Arrival at Minehead

It was damp but the rain was still holding off as the 47798 drew into Minehead right on time.


Prince Phillip and Hein Burger

Once he had left the train Prince Phillip was introduced to various members of the West Somerset's team, here he was talking to Hein Burger, the line's Commercial Manager.



Prince Phillip, Mark Smith and Trackers

Mark Smith, the Managing director, then introduced him to some of the Trackers, the WSR's Youth Section.


On Dinmore Manor

On the footplate

After many more introductions Prince Phillip had a short footplate ride on 7820 Dinmore Manor, he seemed very interested in the loco.  After this he left for Lynton and Lynmouth by road.  This visit is the 50th. anniversary of a previous one he made in the aftermath of terrible floods there.

Royal headcode

The Royal passenger meant that Dinmore was carrying the Royal Train headcode of 4 lamps.


By appointment to HM The Queen

The Royal Cypher on 47798

Royal nameplate

The various plates on the sides of 47798.



Running round

Running round

Running round

The next three views are of 47798 running round the Royal Train.


Royal drivers

The Royal Train is crewed by EWS, whose driver is on the left, with the WSR conductor driver, Trevor Barnett.





Two photos of the Royal Train leaving as empty stock for Wolverton, the Prince was going on by other means.


Wet locos at Minehead

A final view, after all the excitement, the rain started and the loco yard's occupants, 5224, 4160 and 7828 Odney Manor were looking decidedly wet.

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Photos not otherwise credited are 2001/2002 S G J Huddy.  Other photos are included with permission of the copyright holders.