The DEPG's Class 14, D9526, returned to traffic after a very extensive overhaul. Its first working was a special - Teddy Bear's Picnic on 12 April 2003 - so called because the 95's have the nickname of Teddy Bears. This page has a few photos of the day and its star.
D9526 stood at the head of its special train at Bishops Lydeard.
A close up of the centre cab, they were built just before the BR Blue era at a time when two tone green was being applied to more and more classes - though alongside them Swindon had just started painting D800 Warships maroon.
A close up of her works and shed plates, 82B was Bristol St. Philips Marsh depot, long a freight shed it is now an HST depot.
The engine covers were open to show off the immaculate condition of the Paxman Ventura engine.
Another view showing the doors open. Easy access for fitters.
A view of loco and train waiting in Platform 1 at Bishops Lydeard.
Another recently restored loco is ex GWR 2-6-2T 5542 which arrived with the 10.15 from Minehead as the Teddy Bear was waiting.
At last D9526 was on its way to Minehead through the avenue of trees outside the station.
After an interval, when as often happens I'd taken a short ride to Williton and back to have a pasty, D6566, which was working the diesel diagram that day, was caught on camera running round its train at Bishops Lydeard.
Next sees D9526 at Crowcombe Heathfield on its return run from Minehead.
D6566 then came up the bank from Bishops Lydeard on its way back to Minehead. The "Crompton" has had some work done over the winter and is claimed to be running better than ever - I wouldn't have disagreed at the time but see below!!
D6566 and D9526 cross at Crowcombe.
D9526's driver checks the staff and collects a ticket to enter the single line to Bishops Lydeard.
Having got both the ticket and the road D9526 heads off towards Bishops Lydeard.
A last view of the Teddy Bear heading for Lydeard.
The main role for D9526 is intended to be as a "Thunderbird" to rescue any failed trains, but I doubt anyone expected it to be needed on its first day in traffic!! These photos by WSR volunteer Rodney Greenway tell the tale:
D6566, which was running so well earlier, failed outside Williton Station with the 16.00 Minehead to Bishops Lydeard. D9526 was summoned to its aid and is seen here coming down to couple up.
They then arrived in Williton station where after much debate it was decided that D9526 should haul loco and train to Bishops Lydeard.
This site was last updated 29-04-2013
Photos not otherwise credited are ©2001/2002 S G J Huddy. Other photos are included with permission of the copyright holders.