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« Reply #420 on: June 23, 2022, 11:50:27 »

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 »

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, 14:36:18 »

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, 20:45:09 »

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, 14:05:01 »

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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« Reply #425 on: September 12, 2023, 09:39:13 »

I observe that there is castle HST (High Speed Train) at Minehead. Does anyone know why ?
Have they purchased it ?
Also although HSTs have previously visited Minehead, I thought that were now out of gauge and therefore not allowed.
Surprised to see that the lights were on throughout the train last night, Has a shore supply been installed ? surely they did not leave a power car running all night,  for reasons of noise and fuel cost.
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« Reply #426 on: September 12, 2023, 09:52:39 »

I observe that there is castle HST (High Speed Train) at Minehead. Does anyone know why ?
Have they purchased it ?
Also although HSTs have previously visited Minehead, I thought that were now out of gage and therefore not allowed.
Surprised to see that the lights were on throughout the train last night, Has a shore supply been installed ? surely they did not leave a power car running all night,  for reasons of noise and fuel cost.

Warm storage while Laira is busy decommissioning the Cross Country sets, I believe.
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« Reply #427 on: September 12, 2023, 11:40:55 »

5Z12 0958 Laira to Minehead ran 11/09 2023

43 162 and 43 042 locos

5Z25 0958 Laira to Bishops Lydeard running today

43 122 and 43 094 locos
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« Reply #428 on: September 12, 2023, 13:43:46 »

Will the WSR be allowed to use these HSTs (High Speed Train) ? perhaps instead of the resident DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) on diesel diagrams. They ARE borderline heritage after all.
The first HSTs ran only a few years after the end of steam.
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« Reply #429 on: September 12, 2023, 15:10:33 »

Warm storage I've been told, but I doubt their drivers have unit knowledge?
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« Reply #430 on: September 12, 2023, 16:30:51 »

AFAIK (as far as I know) several WSR drivers know HSTs (High Speed Train) and one regularly drove them on the main line.
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« Reply #431 on: September 12, 2023, 16:53:02 »

I read somewhere that one set would be in service on the 23rd and 24th
Link from Twitter/X

https://x.com/stpeterslayout/status/1701252602392961178?s=61&t=VlafMC5gF9tidw36b1Y8JQ
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« Reply #432 on: September 12, 2023, 21:01:33 »

I read somewhere that one set would be in service on the 23rd and 24th
Link from Twitter/X

https://x.com/stpeterslayout/status/1701252602392961178?s=61&t=VlafMC5gF9tidw36b1Y8JQ

Can't believe everything you read of course ... but I think they're main line certified and could run to and from Taunton - ppppplease.  Perhaps that might work on dates too like 1st, 2nd, 3rd ... 31st.  Thought for next year?
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« Reply #433 on: September 12, 2023, 21:10:28 »

Probably won't be there that long - just until XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) 125s are decommissioned.
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« Reply #434 on: September 13, 2023, 01:22:09 »

Probably won't be there that long - just until XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) 125s are decommissioned.

Presumably, if HSTs (High Speed Train) are due to be scrapped, then they should be available to purchase for little more than the scrap price ?
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