The Original Slogger

It’s not often that I’ve seen GWR 28xx class steam engines. So during my whistle stop ride on the Severn Valley Railway, it was good to see an example, no. 2857 sitting in Bridgnorth’s loco yard. As with many of Churchward’s creations, the 28xx class was revolutionary for its time. It was the first 2-8-0…

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…

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…

Autotrain

This locomotive and coach combination is one of the most iconic in the history of western region steam.  The autotrain is the last of the visitors to be covered here, of the Watercress Line’s Autumn Spring Steam Gala.  Although the last it wasn’t the least for me, although the little tank engine was certainly the…