S&D 7Fs 53808 and 53809 double head out of Williton

West Somerset Railway S&D 50th anniversary Gala

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to visit the West Somerset Railway for their Spring steam gala commemorating the 50th anniversary of the closure of the much lamented S&D line. The stations were all renamed after suitable S&D stations for the week, and an impressive loco lineup was formed, with GWR locos banished into the…

HLF Grant for Somerset and Dorset Trust’s Travelling Exhibition

£58,000 has been awarded to the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help them deliver their planned 50th Anniversary Commemorations of the closing of the line in 1966.  This will fund a travelling exhibition that will visit around 30 locations throughout Somerset and Dorset locations in 2016.  The trust are based at Washford on the West…

WSR SSG Part 6

Finally, for our return journey from Williton back to Bishop’s Lydeard, we passed Kinlet hall at Crowcombe Heathfield. Once we arrived back there was time to explore the station, as when we arrived everything was still being set up. Once again Odney Manor greeted us, this picture shows quite well the fact that the boiler…

WSR SSG Part 5

Our penultimate stop off at the WSR gala was at Williton. This is one of the main passing places on the line so is a good place to watch the trains go by. Also at Williton are some of the railway’s workshops. Here they restore some of the WSR’s stock as well as undertaking contract…

WSR SSG Part 4

We spent an hour or so at Minehead, the railway’s seaside terminus, during the gala, although there was so much to do we never got to see the sea. The most important thing first of all of course was to find lunch, a perusal of the menu in the turntable cafe suggested a breakfast bap…

WSR SSG Part 3

After leaving Washford, we had a brief pause at Blue Anchor station. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to get off here, but I stuck my camera out of the window and it looked a delightful station; we’re looking at staying in the area at some point soon to take in the rest of the…