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« Reply #360 on: July 29, 2021, 03:27:32 pm »

According to a news report on the WSR website a charter train is due to run from Paddington to Minehead in August. Minehead as the destination is mentioned more than once without any reference to a bus connection from Dunster.

Yet the level crossing works are not expected to be completed by then.

http://www.wsr.org.uk/news.htm


edit to add that the above was accurate WHEN I TYPED IT, but that the information on the WSR website has now been corrected and no longer shows train to Minehead. Connecting bus via Watchet. Also see the following post.
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A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #361 on: July 29, 2021, 03:37:22 pm »

The article - https://www.railwaytouring.net/the-west-somerset-steam-express-2-21 - says main line steam Paddington to Bishops Lydeard, WSR steam loco(s) taking the carriages to Watchet, with coach connections to Dunster and Minehead.
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« Reply #362 on: August 31, 2021, 04:02:44 am »

The latest news on the Seaward lane level crossing project may be found here.
http://www.wsr.org.uk/news.htm

But it is very well written so as to sound vaguely optimistic without including any hard facts such as an opening date.
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It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #363 on: September 30, 2021, 02:14:18 pm »

Looking a bit more hopeful WRT (with regard to ) the infamous level crossing works at Seaward Lane, Minehead.

Signs are up near the crossing warning of overnight road closures on several dates during October, and of temporary traffic signals at other times.
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It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #364 on: October 03, 2021, 09:19:54 pm »

After all the reports of infighting and power struggles, I was pleasantly surprised by what I found on a recent visit for a gala weekend.  Plenty of keen and helpful volunteers of all ages, well organised including the Minehead bus, and everything apparently well-maintained in contrast to the lines of rusting stock and the faded paint on the carriages in use that you see at many heritage railways.  It all looked very hopeful
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« Reply #365 on: October 04, 2021, 04:06:41 am »

The infighting and divisions are very regrettable, but as you point out a lot is nevertheless achieved.
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« Reply #366 on: October 07, 2021, 01:37:57 pm »

It seems unlikely that we will see any passenger trains to or from Minehead this year, which is a backward step to that previously expected.

It seems that the level crossing is "on target for handover on October 21" but that "handover" does not mean being able to run a regular train service.

It seems that "handover" means limited ECS (Empty Coaching Stock) and staff training runs only, with no regular passenger services expected until the Spring service in 2022.

It was certainly implied even if not categorically stated, that the Santa trains and the Winterlights services would run to/from Minehead.
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It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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