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…

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…

Another MHR steam gala blogger!

925 “Cheltenham” rests at Alresford awaiting her next duties. As you are no doubt now aware by now, a little while ago now (been rather busy since!) three locoyard bloggers assembled together for the MHR Spring (!?) Steam Gala. As a first time visitor to the railway it was great to be shown round by…

Catching Up Photo Gallery

Last year, it was still in the early days of this blog when the Watercress Line’s Spring Gala was reported on in the post There was no smoke, but there was a fire…  As comprehensive as this blog post was, it did not include many pictures, so at long last today we catch up!