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Author Topic: West Somerset Railway - heritage line, Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - possible link to main line at T  (Read 91975 times)
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« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2010, 03:36:52 am »

Bumping this thread to see if any other Coffee Shop member would care to join us on this jolly.

You need to be at Taunton station for 1030ish for the bus to Bishops Lydeard at 1047. And the day out as I've planned will get us back to Taunton station at 1914.

If the full day out is not an option then there are other opportunities for a ride behind Tornado for a half-day out. PM me and I can give you details.

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« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2010, 11:32:02 pm »

I would love to but need to be at work on the 13th :-(
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« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2010, 11:36:06 pm »

Sorry to learn that you can't join us, Jo: I'll take a few photos, and post them here, to show you what you'll have missed!  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2010, 11:45:24 pm »

Thank you.. Hopefully there will be a similar thing but at a weekend soon... Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2010, 11:54:51 pm »

Ill be driving through Taunton in the evening if that is any consolation  Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2010, 12:00:20 am »

I'll give you a suitable wave, then!  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2010, 08:57:38 pm »

From the Bridgwater Mercury:

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A Bridgwater writer^s work has been published in a collection of stories on the West Somerset Railway.

Joe Tiernan, of Halesleigh Road, has written A Special Delivery for the book Ticket To Read.

The book is a selection of 16 short stories that will make you think, laugh and give readers a glimpse of life on and around the West Somerset Railway.

He is part of a Somerset-based writers^ group that came up with the idea to write a book surrounding a local tourist attraction.

Joe said: ^We approached the West Somerset Railway and they thought it was a good idea.

^It has been a really good experience writing the story. The group writes about anything.

^I enjoy writing black humour stories and there are parts of this in my story.^

The book is on sale on a trial basis at Bridgwater Bookshop and Joe will be signing copies of Ticket To Read at the Quantock Gateway on Thursday, September 16 from 6.30pm.
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« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2010, 08:18:46 pm »

An update, from the WSR website:

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Following a hugely successful visit by the A1 Pacific locomotive 60163 ^Tornado^ to the West Somerset Railway in 2009 the WSR is delighted to welcome back this historic machine for two more visits in 2010.
The locomotive will be working trains between 4 and 19 September Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) to Minehead.

The Locomotive will also be working on the 4th and 5th September for our Late Summer Weekend and the 11th and 12th September for the CAMRA Real Ale Festival Weekend on our Minehead Service (1015 and 1415).
We would like to apologise for the non-running of Tornado on Friday 17 September, however it will now be running on the 18 and 19 September. Please see the timetable below.

Tornado will work the following Train services over the CAMRA Real Ale Festival on the 11 and 12 September: On Saturday 11 September 1015 from Minehead; 1230 from Bishops Lydeard; 1405 from Minehead; 1600 from Bishops Lydeard and the 1755 from Minehead. On Sunday 12 the locomotive will work the 1025 from Bishops Lydeard, 1220 from Minehead, 1425 from Bishops Lydeard and 1605 from Minehead.

Two round trips per day will be run and normal fares will apply on the trains headed by ^Tornado^. Advance booking of tickets is possible and although this will not guarantee a booked seat it will allow ticket holders to walk past any queues that have formed at the booking offices. The tickets will also be valid on other WSR service trains on the day. During the two weeks ^Tornado^ will head the 11.40 a.m. and 3.05 p.m. from Bishops Lydeard and the 1.15 p.m. and 5.35 p.m. from Minehead on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays whilst on Tuesdays and Wednesdays the first departure from Bishops Lydeard will be at 11.05 a.m. with the departures for the rest of the day being at 1.15 p.m. from Minehead, 3.05 from Bishops Lydeard, and 5.35 p.m. from Minehead - see the timetables below
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« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2010, 11:42:08 am »

Well worth going to Beer Festival It's excellent you can watch them turning locos with a pint in your hand.

Been a couple of times on Hertfordshire through trains, first class, breakfast on way down, straight into the beer festival and dinner on way back. Probably beats my favourite ICE3 although not for speed.
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« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2010, 11:46:15 pm »

A grand day out! Tornado was in fine fettle. Scared the bejaysus out of Jess when she was shunting at Bishops Lydeard. Even left me with a ringing in the ears. And I thought Valenta engined HSTs were loud.....

Pictures to follow over the next day or two.....
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« Reply #25 on: September 14, 2010, 07:52:30 pm »

Some pictures of 60163 Tornado at Bishops Lydeard along with a few others from the day out.









D1010 Western Campaigner at Williton.


The West Somerset Railway crosses the trackbed of the West Somerset Mineral Railway near Watchet.


Walking from Watchet to Washford along the former West Somerset Mineral Railway trackbed.


BR(W) 5101 Class 2-6-2T 'Large Prairie' no. 4160 running round at Minehead.


GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 no. 5029 Nunney Castle on shed at Minehead.


GWR 5100 Class 2-6-2T 'Large Prairie' no. 5553 on the turntable at Minehead.


Sunset and 'Right-Away' at Stogumber.


Can we have more stations as immaculately turned out as this on the national network please?
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« Reply #26 on: September 15, 2010, 12:00:19 am »

My own 'first impressions' of Tornado:

Is that her, in the distance?


Can't see a bluddy thing, for all that steam!


Ah ... that's better!


My thanks to members bignosemac and robert.nash for a Grand Day Out!  Grin
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« Reply #27 on: September 15, 2010, 12:19:42 am »

i saw it at work in watchet.... if i knew you were about i would have said hello
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« Reply #28 on: September 15, 2010, 05:55:31 am »

Time for me to shamelessly drop in a photo of the beast, which was taken neither recently nor (obviously!) at the WSR. Still the best kettle out there by an absolute country mile though!

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« Reply #29 on: September 15, 2010, 09:36:18 pm »

well as a few other people seem to have seen it on the wsr in the past week.......  Grin





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