Wednesday, 28 December 2011

West Somerset Railway - Winter Steam Festival 28 December 2011

A selection from the West Somerset Railway today, most of the home fleet in action for an end of season outing!



ex GWR 2-8-0 3850 at Bishops Lydeard awaiting her departure time of 1100 with a service for Minehead.




ex SDJR 7F 88 with the 1005 for Minehead at Bishops Lydeard





88 departing Washford for Minehead.





3850 arriving at Watchet.



3850 at Minehead and heading onto the turntable for turning.



ex GWR Manor class, 7828 'Odney Manor' as 'Norton Manor' at Minehead.



'Odney Manor' was renamed 'Norton Manor, 40 Commando' to honour the work that the Marines have done and are still doing in various parts of the world. A great shame 'Odney Manor' has lost its true identity. A more permanent name could have been given to WSR's 9351 to honour the Marines work and raised that loco's profile.



ex GWR 6960 Hall Class locomotive 'Raveningham Hall' fresh from a recent overhaul arrives at Minehead. Before going 'on shed' the Hall was used to demonstrate the use of the line's turntable as seen below. One of the best looking British steam locomotive classes around . .

















ex GWR 7828 ex Odner Manor prepares to depart for Bishops Lydeard with the 1500 service.



Ready for departure.



ex GWR 6960 'Raveningham Hall'





Driver Colin Henderson on ex GWR 7828





ex GWR 6860 'Raveningham Hall' 'on shed' at Minehead being prepared to work the 1600 to Bishops Lydeard.

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