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Author Topic: West Somerset Railway - heritage line, Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - merged topic, ongoing discussion  (Read 157579 times)
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« Reply #420 on: June 23, 2022, 11:50:27 am »

The Seaward way level crossing was again not functioning correctly today.
The 11-35 steam hauled service to Minehead was held for some minutes at the signal on the London side of the crossing.

After some delay the train passed over the crossing with all four barriers still up. Road traffic was halted by lookouts/hand signalers.
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« Reply #421 on: June 23, 2022, 12:36:18 pm »

For the 12-20 steam hauled departure from Minehead the level crossing barriers appeared to work correctly, but the new semaphore signal near the crossing did not clear and was passed at danger, after permission was given.
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« Reply #422 on: June 23, 2022, 02:36:18 pm »

Crossing barriers and signal appeared to work correctly for the 14-30 departure from Minehead.

The number of orange clad workers suggested a certain lack of faith.
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« Reply #423 on: June 23, 2022, 08:45:09 pm »

The number of orange clad workers suggested a certain lack of faith.

And/or a lot of work having taken place. Or a small amount, with a lot of supervision.
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« Reply #424 on: September 23, 2022, 02:05:01 pm »

I am told that the Autumn gala has been canceled, regrettable in my view. Details here https://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/news

On a more positive note I am told that the last years very successful Winterlights trains will be repeated this winter.

I hope that this years event will be a bit greener than last years. Last year, a number of trackside illuminations were powered by hired diesel generators, not green even if indulgences are purchased.
This year hopefully mains electricity can be used, despite the cost of long cables from the nearest suitable mains supply.
Money spent on generator hire is gone forever, expensively purchased long cables can be used year after year.
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