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Resident magician Don announces like-for-like replacement

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Don Bishop, Chairman of the WSR's Gala Planning Team, has managed to work his magic and arrange a loco to replace BR 2-6-4T no 80104 which is now unable to attend the Autumn Steam Gala. Don explains:

After much effort and many phone calls I'm pleased to be able to advise that I have secured another BR Standard tank to replace no 80104 which became unavailable at late notice. The loco is sister Class 4MT no 80072 from Llangollen Railway. So - a huge thank you to our friends at Llangollen Railway and the loco owning group for pulling out the stops and getting the loco back fit again in their workshops to help us out and testing the loco out on their line this morning. Also Reid Freight Services who are going to move the loco for us at very short notice, having dropped no 70013 at Quorn, GCR, this afternoon they are then diverting to Llangollen to collect no 80072 tomorrow morning. So, no 80072 is expected to arrive at Bishops Lydeard late on Wednesday, maybe not until Thursday morning.

25 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Latest minutes from the Steam Trust Board Meeting

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The draft minutes from the Board Meeting of the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust held on 13 September 2018 are available on the Documents page of the Trust's website.

Go to the Documents page

25 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Steam Railway Trust

No 80104 will not attend the Autumn Steam Gala

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Don Bishop, Chairman of the WSR's Gala Planning Team, writes:

Sadly BR Standard Class 4MT 2-6-4T no 80104 from the Swanage Railway is now unable to make the Gala as they have suffered an engine failure (the T9) leaving them a bit short of locos so they are unable to send it. Along with WSR General Manager Paul Conibeare I am actively looking for another loco, but of course time is very tight.

24 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Make tracks for the Model Railway Sale at Watchet Station

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Watchet Secondhand Model Railway Equipment Sale will be held on Saturday 29 September 2018 in the pagoda waiting room from 10am to 3pm. There will be engines, coaches, wagons, track, books and so on. Come along to help raise funds for the maintenance of Watchet Railway Station which is run entirely by volunteers. Steve Sutherland adds:

Have you any unwanted model railway equipment that you could donate to help us? The Station is open all this week and we are all looking forward to next weekend's Gala.

23 September 2018
Details kindly provided by the volunteers at Watchet Station

New Director appointed to WSR Plc Board

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The Board of the West Somerset Railway Plc (WSR) met last week (Thursday 13 September), and agreed unanimously that Jonathan Jones-Pratt be co-opted as a director with immediate effect. Mr Jones-Pratt is already well known on both the WSR and within the heritage railway sector through his ownership of two ex-GWR steam engines Kinlet Hall and Thornbury Castle. He also has strong local commercial credentials via his business interests in JJP Holdings which operates a number of commercial transport activities through North Somerset and Somerset. The full announcement can be read by using the button below.

Full announcement

22 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Latest WSRA Trustee Board meeting documents now available

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The approved minutes from the July and August meetings of the West Somerset Railway Association Trustees are now available for viewing on the Association's website along with a brief synopsis of the September meeting.

Documents page

21 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

Quantock Belle Breakfasts during Autumn Steam Gala

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The very popular Quantock Belle Gala Breakfasts are available to pre-order via the official website (see link below). The breakfasts will be served on the 9.05am Bishops Lydeard to Minehead service on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the 2018 Autumn Steam Gala.

Book Breakfast Gala details and online tickets

20 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Historic Somerset peatland Lister loco fired up at Washford

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At Washford on 15 September 2018, Ryan Pope from West Somerset Restoration managed to start up the Lister petrol 2 foot gauge locomotive for perhaps the first time in several years. The loco once worked the busy Eclipse Peat Works tramway systems on the Somerset Levels. The Somerset & Dorset RailwayTrust is understood to be giving thoughts as to how this interesting narrow gauge exhibit could be better promoted and developed, given its clear local heritage. During its recent brief running the little locomotive drew quite a crowd, it seems.

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust

20 September 2018
Details kindly provided by local correspondent

Successful first 'Forties' event along West Somerset Railway

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The West Somerset Railway supported the 'Forties' event, organised by Robin Wichard from the Mobile Living History Museum, with help from a number of volunteers, including Andy Norman and other volunteers associated with the railway. Paul Conibeare, WSR General Manager, reflects on a busy weekend:

We were delighted with the turnout. All of our trains were busy throughout the weekend. Re-enactors travelled up and down the line, including 'Winston Churchill', 'King George VI' and 'Charles De Gaulle'!

The West Somerset Railway wishes to say a big thank you to Robin Wichard for his dedication in organising the event, and Andy Norman for his part in making the event happen. In addition to all of the activities up and down the line, we operated an authentic military train hauled by an S160 USA steam locomotive.

19 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Bishops Lydeard Station Shop during Autumn Steam Gala

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Kate Beard, Retail Manager reports:

The Model Railway team will be offering 15% off the RRP of all locomotives currently in stock as well as 20% off the marked price of any 3 or more coaches and wagons on our shelves, with attractive clearance prices on several locomotives from Hornby and Bachmann while stocks last. Our Book department will also have a wide selection of second hand and out of print railway titles and a range of new books at around half the publisher's price. If you are looking for back numbers of historical railway magazines, we shall have many available.

On Saturday 29th September, we shall be holding a 'Meet the Author' session with longstanding WSR volunteer Richard Derry, who has written or co-written many titles on locomotive classes, including his latest 'The Book of the Stanier 8F 2-8-0s'. We shall have many of Richard's books available to purchase, and Richard will be very happy to sign your copy and to reminisce about the great days of working steam. Richard will be with us from 10 am to 3 pm.

The shop will be open from 9.00 am on each of the four days and will close at 6pm each day, apart from Sunday when we shall close at 5.00 pm. The cafe will open at the same time as the shop, but will close at 4.30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 4.15pm on Sunday to allow our staff to undertake cleaning duties.

The official Station Shop webpage

18 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

That was the 1940s Weekend, that was

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WSR Plc Director Ian Coleby writing in his personal blog, 'Steaming Along' gives a big thank you to everyone involved in this successful event:

Wow, what an event! The 1940s weekend is now packing up after a truly fantastic couple of days. Throughout the entire railway, everybody got into the spirit of the time and there was a real buzz of enthusiasm and excitement everywhere. I am sure lots of lessons were learned for next year, but this year was outstanding.

A huge amount of effort had been put in everywhere, the displays at Bishops Lydeard, land girls encampments, the timber corps, military vehicles...and of course the whole event at Watchet where the entire town seemed to be out with displays and entertainment. Thank you to everybody who helped make this a such a success.

A massive thank you from me to Robin Wichard who oversaw the event and to everybody who took part. I appreciate how much effort goes into this sort of thing and how much dedication is required. Well done, you should be proud of what you achieved. The railway looked at its best and everywhere i heard only positive comments. Well done and thank you.

The full article in Ian's blog

18 September 2018
Details kindly provided by Ian Coleby

Ten engines for the Autumn Steam Gala

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The West Somerset Railway's Autumn Steam Gala is always a major event, attracting visitors from all parts of Britain and some from further afield. This year's event, being held between September 27th and 30th promises to be another popular occasion.

Taking as its theme 'Cross Country Trains in the Days of Steam', the four days will recall such trains as The Cornishman (Wolverhampton to Penzance following the tracks of the Great Western Railway), The Devonian (Bradford to Paignton) and The Pines Express (Manchester to Bournemouth, including the Somerset and Dorset line). Ten steam engines will be in action, all bar two from classes of locomotives that headed those trains and other similar services.

Read more Gala details and online tickets

17 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Organisers report the 1940s Weekend was a great success

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Andy Norman writing in an online discussion group has reported:

It has been an overwhelming success. The Saturday night 1940s Dance on Minehead platform saw everybody getting very involved and enjoying themselves. We don't know the numbers yet but advance tickets sales exceeded other events and busy days this year and Minehead Cafe had its busiest day ever by far (even exceeding the Flying Scotsman event takings wise), others along the line reported the same and every train was full with seats difficult to find. Most importantly there were a lot of existing and new faces on the WSR smiling and enjoying themselves. Thanks to all who played a part, it is all about people working together and getting involved for their own enjoyment. I'm happy to say that we have the 2019 event in the calendar and confirmed as 14-15 September 2019.

Pictures

17 September 2018
Details from local correspondent

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust need a volunteer secretary

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Ian Young of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust explains:

We would like to recruit a volunteer secretary, take minutes, coordinate agendas and so on.

Please contact Ian Young for further details.

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust

17 September 2018
Details kindly provided via West Somerset Railway Plc

Camelot to travel by main line to West Somerset

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Some interesting news for all followers of the WSR's 2018 Autumn Steam Gala preparations. The BR Standard Class 5 no 73082 Camelot from the Bluebell Railway will be arriving in light steam at the West Somerset Railway next Tuesday afternoon (18 September) by rail, towed by a West Coast Railways diesel in a single move from East Grinstead. Arrival is currently expected at Bishops Lydeard at 3.56pm.

Gala details

14 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Working timetables for the 2018 Autumn Steam Gala

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The West Somerset Railway have made available the Working Timetables for each of the four days of the forthcoming Autumn Steam Gala on 27-30 September 2018. Use the buttons below to download or view the train times. Please note the loco allocations are not included with these files but they are shown in the Souvenir Programme for the event.

27 September 2018 28-29 September 2018 30 September 2018 Book online

13 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

The Military Goods Train during the 1940s Weekend

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The Military Goods Train is scheduled for haulage by USA Transportation Corps S160 2-8-0 no 6046 during the 1940s Weekend. On Saturday 15 September 2018 the train will depart from Minehead at 11.15am and from Bishops Lydeard at 1.15pm - please note the loco will probably be tender first out of Minehead and smokebox first from Bishops Lydeard. Then next day, Sunday 16 September, leaving Minehead (smokebox first this time) at 11.15pm and, then after the loco is turned on the Norton Triangle, from Bishops Lydeard at 3.10pm. Please note the turning of the loco may be subject to change.

And news of another special train - folks making their way by train to the 1940s Dance at Minehead Station in the evening of Saturday 15 September might like to note the special train for dance ticket holders only will leave Bishops Lydeard at 6.35pm (arriving Minehead at 7.55pm) and return from Minehead at 10.30pm (arriving Bishops Lydeard at 11.45pm). Travel tickets are £10 return in advance please and available only to dance ticket holders.

Full details of the 1940s Weekend

10 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Memory Walking on the WSR

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Travelling Ticket Inspector Jennie Dunse swapped her normal smart uniform for hi-vis, sturdy walking boots and a Memory Walk T shirt this week to undertake a sponsored walk on behalf of the Alzheimer's Society on a stretch of WSR track this week. Having seen the TV ad promoting the concept of a Memory Walk for the Society Jennie was keen to do something, having lost both her mum and her dad to dementia. Her husband, Mike, a WSR Track Patroller, came up with the idea of accompanying him on a track patrol, which would provide a different type of sponsored walk. The plan was kindly supported by Andrew Young, Head of Infrastructure Engineering, who gave permission for the walk to take place, and the appeal to potential sponsors started. Jennie comments:

I found it quite a challenge to walk from Washford Station to Williton along the track on an operational day. I was spurred on by the support I have received from friends and colleagues across the railway. I thought I might achieve a modest sum for the Alzheimer's Society, but people have been very generous...

Many sponsors have already paid their contribution but any that have yet to pay can do so by sending a cheque (made out to the Alzheimer's Society) or cash to Jennie c/o Infrastructure Engineering, Bishops Lydeard Station, Station Rd, Bishops Lydeard TA4 3BX, or internally by OCS to BL INFR. If you haven't already offered sponsorship it's not too late to donate to this worthwhile cause, please send any donation as above and your name will be added to the list of sponsors.

Use the button below to read Jennie's full account of this fine venture...

Read more

9 September 2018
Details kindly provided by local correspondent

No 80104 is the final guest for the Autumn Steam Gala

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The Chairman of the WSR's Gala Planning team, Don Bishop, brings rather exciting news:

I'm pleased to be able to confirm the last loco we have agreed for the line up for our big Autumn Gala. This is Swanage Railway based (owned by Southern Locomotives Limited) BR Standard 4MT no 80104. These locos were often seen on 'cross country' type trains in various parts of the country so fits our theme quite well.

The engine now joins our full line up of BR Standard 5 no 73082 Camelot (Bluebell Railway), Ivatt Class 2 no 41312 (Mid Hants Railway), Bulleid Pacific no 34052 Lord Dowding (no 34046 Braunton in reality), Manors nos 7820 Dinmore Manor and 7822 Foxcote Manor, Hall no 6960 Raveningham Hall, S&D 7F no 53808 and S160 no 6046; and shunting at Washford will be Ryan Pope's little saddle tank no 1219, making a total of 10 steam locos to enjoy over the weekend of 27 to 30 September.

Book online

6 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Passenger numbers increase on the West Somerset Railway

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The Somerset County Gazette reports a successful summer for the West Somerset Railway thanks to an increase on last year's figures. The number of passengers has increased by nearly two per cent compared to the number of users during 2017. Paul Conibeare, WSR's General Manager, adds:

It's been a very busy summer so far and it is thanks to our team, most of whom give up their time freely as volunteers. Two of our Wednesdays in August broke records, with visitors in excess of 1,600.

For the full story on the Gazette website, please use the button below...

Full Gazette story

6 September 2018
Details gleaned from the Somerset County Gazette

Food rationing is to be introduced in West Somerset

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Food rationing is to be introduced in West Somerset - or at least advice on how to cope with feeding yourself and your family in times of shortage. The exercise actually is nothing to do with poor vegetable and fruit harvests caused by this summer's hot and dry summer but a reminder of what it was like to face a lack of supplies through the Second World War.

It is part of a spectacular 1940s Weekend event being supported by the West Somerset Railway on September 15 and 16 which will involve hundreds of enthusiasts, most of the stations along the line and the whole of Watchet.

Read more

Official WSR event page Facebook page Leaflet Programme

6 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

A new set of lever leads for Williton Signal Box

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Peter Mann from the Railway's Signal & Telegraph team writes:

A small team from S&T, comprising Peter Mann, Bob Birkenhead and Bernie Martin, have successfully installed a new set of lever leads in Williton Signal Box. This was made possible by the funding support from the WSR Association, which was much appreciated. The leads were engraved by Phil Taphouse of P&S Engraving in Carhampton. The job itself turned out to be more difficult than we anticipated as we hit a number of problems. The main issue was that to meet the specification laid down by Signal Engineer John Jenkins, the font on the new leads needed to be as similar as possible to the fonts used on an original set of leads in John's possession, which came from the old Westbury Signal box. It turned out that these exact fonts were not now available in the digital world, so we had to work very closely with the engraver over a number of months to match the fonts, necessitating many trials and test versions. In the end we had to select a variety of fonts for different letters and numerals. We are very grateful for Phil Taphouse's expertise and perseverance. We are pleased with the final result, the leads look very good and they help to complete the Williton loop extension project. The photos attached show the new leads in place.

5 September 2018
Details kindly provided by local correspondent

The WSR's Forties Weekend 15-16 September 2018

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The event will centre around the historic harbour town of Watchet, where the majority of the events and attractions take place. Washford and Minehead will also be holding various events and displays for visitors to explore. Throughout the event attractions such as a military train loaded with vehicles to run from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard and back each day; military and civilian vehicles and displays at Minehead, Washford and Watchet; a 'Forties' dance on Saturday evening under the Minehead Station canopy; Land Army, Civilian Life and Home Front displays at both Watchet Station and Watchet Town; uniformed British and American troops who were both stationed in the area during the war. For more information, please see the links below.

Official WSR event page Facebook page Leaflet Programme

4 September 2018
Details kindly provided by local correspondent

A plea for heavy duty polythene to protect Toplight no 7538

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A request from Claire Sheppy of the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust:

7538, the second oldest passenger coach on the West Somerset Railway, is maintained (ie looked after to try to arrest its further deterioration) on a shoestring, ie a budget of zero pounds. The frames in the window openings on which the polythene is fixed, was all rescued from scrap timber. But I have run out of polythene! What I need is for some clear polythene. It needs replacing regularly - I have used polythene such as that found on protecting new mattresses in the past. The heavier the gauge the better though. If you can help please contact Claire via the email address at the foot of this page.

2 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Steam Railway Trust

Alan appointed Acting Station Master at Minehead

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Geoff Cross, Stations Co-ordinator, writes:

Please be informed that the current Minehead Deputy Station Master, Alan Smithers, will be taking on the role of Acting Station Master from 3rd September 2018.

Alan has been Deputy Station Master at Minehead for some time, and we believe that he is ideally suited to fill the position.

I'm sure you'll all join me in wishing Alan good luck in his enhanced role.

1 September 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

September promotion at Bishops Lydeard Station Shop

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Kate Beard, Retail Manager WSRA Promotions, writes:

For the month of September, Bishops Lydeard Station Shop is offering 15% off the list price of all locomotives currently in stock except where items are already marked with a 'Reduced' ticket. Our offer of 20% off the price of three or more coaches and/or wagons will also continue throughout the month.

Official page

31 August 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association

Ivatt Class 2 no 41312 to visit the Minehead Branch

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Don Bishop, Chairman of the WSR's Gala Planning Team writes:

We are pleased to be able to announce another visiting loco for our forthcoming autumn gala between 27th and 30th September. Courtesy of owner John Jones and the Mid Hants Rly we will be having a visit by little Ivatt Class 2 tank No. 41312. This loco has a long pedigree of service in both the west country and south coast branch lines of the old Southern Region of BR. We plan to use the loco on some short local services in between the full line trains and on some shuttles down to the platform and triangle at Norton Fitzwarren.

We are still working an a possible further visitor, but our planned additional guest is now not available so it's back to the drawing board. We'll update when and if we have something confirmed.

The Ivatt will be joining visiting BR Class 5 no 73082, Bulleid no 34052 Lord Dowding (actually 34046 Braunton of course) and Manors nos 7820 Dinmore Manor and 7822 Foxcote Manor, Hall no 6960 Raveningham Hall, S&D 7F no 53808 and S160 no 6046. Our own Manor no 7828 Odney Manor may well be on display at Minehead but will not be ready in time to take part in this gala. Advance tickets are now available online via the WSR Plc website or by calling Minehead station on 01643 704996.

Book online

29 August 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Peter Barnfield

Graham Robinson has some sad news for WSR folks:

I have been asked to contact the railway by Ginny Barnfield to advise that her husband Peter, one time WSRA Magazine Editor, founder and curator of Blue Anchor Railway Museum, a station where he was also a regular volunteer for many years along with his wife, has recently passed away. Peter was also responsible for designing the ticket printing plates used at Dunster as well as various post cards and posters that the railway both used and sold. Many of his rich collection of photographs appear in railway books including the recently published history of the Taunton to Barnstaple line. What follows is an extract from a longer email sent [to Graham].

Extract

Chris Austin - a long time friend of Peter and Ginny - has posted a fine tribute on the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust website www.wssrt.co.uk

27 August 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

A statement by the Board of the WSR Plc

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The West Somerset Railway Plc have issued a statement:.

The Board of the WSR plc were pleased to welcome to Thursdays meeting Chris Austin, on behalf of the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust and Paul Whitehouse, on behalf of the West Somerset Railway Association.

Their offers of help in this difficult period were appreciated, which they have now confirmed in their recent joint statement.

The West Somerset Railway Plc Board welcomes constructive engagement by all who have the best interests of the WSR at heart.

Richard Maw, Company Secretary

25 August 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

The West Somerset Railway Plc Board Chairman

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The West Somerset Railway Plc have issued a statement concerning the Board Chairman (see link below).

WSR Plc Statement

23 August 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Personal Statement from Ian Coleby

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Ian Coleby, WSR Plc Director, has made a personal statement and has asked that we place this link on this page:

Personal Statement

23 August 2018
Details kindly provided by Ian Coleby

Draft minutes of Steam Trust Board Meeting

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The draft minutes of the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust Board's meeting held on 16 July 2018 have been published on the Trust's website.

Draft minutes

22 August 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Steam Railway Trust

Take in a concert at Blenheim Gardens before the return trip

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There are still a number of the summer programme of concerts at Minehead's splendid Blenheim Gardens. The concerts all start at 2pm and with the Gardens just ten minutes from the Station, passengers can enjoy the music before making the return trip along the Branch.

Full programme Blenheim Gardens on Facebook

21 August 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Photographs of WSR volunteers wanted for recruitment project

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Here's a chance for those who take a photograph or two to support a railway project. The Railway is looking for some quality images showing WSR volunteers at work. The pictures are needed for a series of posters to help promote the current drive for more volunteers on the line and the message would be enhanced by showing the range of ages and the range of tasks undertaken. High resolution images - straight from the camera or phone - would be preferred. Please send direct to rodney.greenway@wsrail.net

20 August 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

More news about the 1940s event in September

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Much of the area is to be put on a war footing as the clock is wound back 75 years, with air raid sirens wailing, service personnel on patrol with weapons at the ready, and the Home Guard on alert. The occasion is a special 1940s weekend - 15-16 September 2018 - being staged along the route of the West Somerset Railway, which will have hundreds of enthusiasts, a number of stations, and the town of Watchet taking part. Organiser Robin Wichard from Living History Mobile Museum said:

As a retired history teacher I think it is important to show today's generations what their parents and grandparents endured during the Second World War, and to attempt to recreate as accurately as possible some of the sights and sounds that might have been experienced here during those turbulent times.

Full update Full details of the event

18 August 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Colleagues set up a fund in memory of Stephen Kirby

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A memorial fund has been set up in memory of Stephen Kirby. As Stephen was a volunteer on the West Somerset Railway - latterly at Williton Station - the fund will cover the cost of the two platform lights at the Minehead end of Williton's Up platform. We encourage folks to read the full message (see link below) about the fund and other plans.

Full message

18 August 2018
Details kindly provided by local correspondent

Visiting locomotives at the 2018 Autumn Steam Gala

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The Gala Planning Team have announced some of the locomotives that will be visiting the line and working trains at the four day Autumn Steam Gala between 27 and 30 September 2018. The event's theme of 'Cross Country Railways' aims to celebrate the large variety of locos and trains that worked lines all around the UK on routes that served many towns and cities away from the capital.

The first visiting loco confirmed by the Team is BR Standard Class Five no 73082 Camelot from the Bluebell Railway. This will be the first time the engine has left the Bluebell in preservation.The Standard Five will be joined by Bulleid Pacific no 34046 Braunton (currently running as no 34052 Lord Dowding as part of the RAF 100 celebrations) which of course as a strong history with the WSR having initially been restored in the workshops at Williton.

The current home based fleet of nos 7820, 7822 and 6960 will represent the Western Region routes and Somerset & Dorset 7F no 53808 will represent that most famous cross country railway. No 6046 will also be appearing. Sadly, home-based Odney Manor undergoing overhaul, will not be quite ready this Gala, but may make an appearance in light steam at Minehead. A further visiting loco or two is still under discussion. Please do note that all locomotives are, as always, subject to final availability.

Full update

16 August 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

A statement by West Somerset Railway Plc

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The West Somerset Railway Plc have issued a statement concerning recent events (see link below).

WSR Plc Statement

16 August 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Plc

Two WSR Association Trustees removed from office

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Rodney Greenway and Frank Courtney have been removed as Trustees of the West Somerset Railway Association. Statements are available from the Association and from Rodney and Frank (see links below).

WSRA Statement version 2 Greenway/Courtney Statement

Please note, since this news item first appeared, the WSRA have requested replacement of the earlier document; the current document (version 2) includes an extra sentence at the end of paragraph 4.

15 August 2018
Details kindly provided by West Somerset Railway Association and the two former Trustees

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