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WSR Gala Action 2001

See also
Picture Gallery 1 Images of the West Somerset
Picture Gallery 2 Spring Steam Gala 19-21 March 1999
Picture Gallery 3 Autumn Steam Gala 10-12 September 1999
Picture Gallery 4 WSR Gala Action 2000
Picture Gallery 5 WSR Gala Action 2001

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Autumn Steam Gala 14-16 Sep 2001

   pic 00092311    Visiting Hawksworth pannier 9466 departing Minehead with the 08.50am Minehead to Bishops Lydeard Class K goods on Saturday 15-Sep-01.

   pic 00092311    Later the same day, 9466 pauses at Minehead between duties. This engine was making its final visit to the WSR before withdrawal for overhaul, later this year. Saturday 15-Sep-01.

   pic 00092311    Making a return visit to the WSR was GWR (ex Port Talbot Railway) 0-6-0 saddle tank no 813. This unique engine worked a branch mixed train on both Saturday and Sunday. Here it is seen waiting at Minehead before departure with two coaches and a trailing milk tank on the 9.25am to Bishops Lydeard on Saturday 15-Sep-01.

   pic 00092311    Resident WSRA pannier no 6412 was used during the middle of the day as the Minehead station pilot, shunting arriving trains from Platform 1 to the bay Platform 2. Here 6412 awaits the next arrival at Minehead on Saturday 15-Sep-01.

   pic 00092311    Later 6412 about to shunt the stock of the 10.12am from Bishops Lydeard complete with dining car set and trailing CCT van to the bay, ready to form the 12.23pm departure.

   pic 00092311    Newly restored GWR 42xx 2-8-0 tank no 4247 featured extensively on both passenger and freight services, working two round trips each day, and covering more than 230 miles. Here it is seen at Crowcombe on the 8.50 am Minehead-Bishops Lydeard goods train. Sunday 16-Sep-01.

   pic 00092311    The final gala visitor was Stanier 5MT 4-6-0 no 45337 on holiday from the East Lancs Railway. 45337 has been a useful and reliable perfromer on the heavier trains during the peak season on the WSR. Sunday 16-Sep-01.

   pic 00092311    Several trains were double headed by the two panniers 6412 and 9466. Here they are seen taking water at Bishops Lydeard after arrival with the 15.25pm from Minehead on Friday 14-Sep-01.


Silver Jubilee Steam Gala 30 Mar - 1 Apr 2001

   pic 00092311    Visiting GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 no 5029 Nunney Castle at Bishops Lydeard on Friday 30-May-01.

   pic 00092352    Newly commissioned semaphore signals at the London end of Bishops Lydeard station on Friday 30-Mar-01.

   pic 00092352    A busy scene at Bishops Lydeard with 4936, 6024 and 5029 (rear).

   pic 00092352    64xx 0-6-0PT no 6412 attaches to the rear of the 14.05 Bishops Lydeard to Minehead, prior to banking the train to Crowcombe on Friday 30-Mar-01. Banking by 6412 or 9466 featured on several occasions over the weekend.

   pic 00092352    LNER B1 4-6-0 no 61264 waiting for the road at Williton on the 14.40 Bishops Lydeard-Minehead on Sat 31-Mar-01.
   00092327    GWR 4575 Class 2-6-2T no 5542 in the S&D shops at Washford, awaiting return of its boiler before final assembly and commissioning. Sun 01-Apr-01.

   00092327    Peckett 0-4-0ST 1788 Kilmersdon on a shunting turn at Washford Sun 01-Apr-01.

   00092327    Resident WSR Pannier no 6412 pulls away from Washford with the 3 coach 11.40 local service Bishops Lydeard-Minehead Sun 01-Apr-01.

   00092326    LNER B1 4-6-0 no 61264 climbs Washford bank with the 12.13 Minehead-Bishops Lydeard on Sun 01-Apr-01. The embankments here are typical of the excellent state of the lineside following very extensive pruning and cutting back of lineside vegetation over the winter months.

   0009243    GWr 78xx Manor Class 4-6-0 no 7820 Dinmore Manor approaching Crowcombe at the summit of the 4.5 mile 1 in 80 climb at from Bishops Lydeard on the 13.45 to Minehead. At the rear is banker no 9466. Sun 01-Apr-01.

   0009241    Banker GWR 94xx 0-6-0PT no 9466 being uncoupled from the rear of the 13.45 Bishops Lydeard-Minehead on Sun 10-Apr-01.

   0009241    9466 departing light engine from Crowcombe back to Bishops Lydeard ready to bank the next down service on Sun 01-Apr-01.

   00092302    5029 and 6024 pause at Blue Anchor while doubleheading the 15.30 Bishops Lydeard-Minehead service on Sun 01-Apr-01.