WSR SSG Part 2

Our first stop off on our WSR gala trip was at Washford station. This station is quite exposed with quite a lot of the things to look out being outside, it was this time, naturally, then, that it absolutely tiddled it down. Washford is the base of restoration for the S&D trust. There were some…

Stogumber

Whilst traveling with my wife and friends on our way for a couple of nights in north Devon last weekend, we had a brief (35 minutes to be exact) moment to stop en-route at the delightfully quaint station at Stogumber on the West Somerset Railway.  The line was in the midst of it’s Autumn steam…

West Somerset Autumn Steam Gala

Good evening, The West Somerset Railway marked the 50th anniversary of the closure of Taunton’s steam locomotive shed during its Autumn Steam Gala this weekend. A line-up of ‘guest’ engines has been hired for the event, including the Manor Class 7820 Dinmore Manor. Some of the WSR-based ‘residents’ will also assume the identities of long-vanished…

Not quite “Back to Black” 4575 class 5542

  5542 is a very popular engine full of character, known to many as the “Sweet sixteen” (sum of its digits) or the PFP (Planet’s favourite prairie)  it is a regular runner to the GWSR, as well as many other lines including the South Devon Railway and the West Somerset Railway. Somehow I managed to…