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…

Another New Member of the Locoyard Team!

I am very pleased to announce yet another member to the Locoyard team!  Following our request for new members for locoyard bloggers, we’ve had another response! I would like to introduce you to Shirl aka Fireboxchaser, who will be contributing to the Locoyard blog. Shirl already has a wonderful website (click here), YouTube channel (click…

West Somerset Railway 21st Gala March 1997; My Journey in becoming a Steam Enthusiast, Part 7 Chapter 2

Continuing from last Saturday’s post is the final chapter of part 7 in my journey in becoming a steam enthusiast.  I hope all locoyard followers will enjoy these photographs! Todays post begins in Minehead and then follows 43xx Class 7325 and Castle Class 7029 Clun Castle double-heading to Bishops Lydeard. Post thread continues – click…

West Somerset Railway 21st Gala March 1997; My Journey in becoming a Steam Enthusiast, Part 7 Chapter 1

Following on from my previous post, this is one of the final of this series of memories and a fantastic one at that!  One of my most fond steam memories from my younger years came from a visit to the West Somerset Railway when it was celebrating its 21st anniversary in March 1997.  An incredible…