Friday, 29 April 2011

Watchet Marina

Here is the Marina at the former Bristol Channel port of Watchet.

The large vessel in this picture is 'Vita'. Built by Camper and Nicholson she was once a Gosport Ferry before moving to the Thames for further use as a passenger vesssel.

Unlike many Marina's in the Bristol Channel Watchet is not locked, water is retained by a flap gate that closes around half tide to maintain a suitable depth of water for vessels to remain afloat at all times .

West Somerset Railway - 26 April 2011

Here are a selection of pictures from a trip to the West Somerset Railway this week.

Former GWR loco 4160 wait to depart Bishops Lydeard with the first train of the day to Minehead.

Class 117 DMU stands at Blue Anchor station.

Former GWR locomotice 3850 arrives at Blue Anchor with a train for Minehead.

Watchet station with the Class 117 DMU about to depart.

WSR 9351 at Minehead, this loco was originally the same as 4160 but rebuilt specifically for operation on the Somerset line on shed at Minehead with SDJR 7F No 88.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

ETV Anglian Princess

Poised to respond when required to protect the UK Coastline the Anglian Princess and her type are an endangered species. The Government seems likely to cancel the contract for the provision of Emergency Towing Vessel's (ETV's) in its cutbacks to save £15 Million. We see the Anglian Princess on station in Mounts Bay on 8th April 2011.

Scillonian III

Preparing to depart the lighthouse Pier, Penzance on 9th April 2011.

Departing Penzance.

Scillonian III

Appledore built Isles of Scilly ferry Scillonian III arriving back at Penzance on 8th April. The long serving stalwart of the route continues to give good service, now in her 34th year. Long may she rule the Lyonesse route!
Fleetmate Gry Maritha departing for the Islands as Scillonian discharges.

Gry Maritha, Penzance April 8th 2011

The Isles of Scilly Freight ship Gry Maritha at Penzance on Friday 8th April.
Departing for Scilly

Alongside fleetmate Ivor B

High and dry.