OCTOBER 2015 NEWS : 


The final Torbay Express of the season operated on the 25th October with No.70000 'Britannia' in charge of the final trip. The locomotive is pictured departing from Taunton passing under the new 40 Steps footbridge. (Photo: Stephen Ginn)
Colas Rail Freight Class 60 No.60096 passes through Cogload Junction on the 14th October with the empty 6V54 Chirk to Exeter Riverside. Once arrived in Exeter the train spent a day loading with logs before returning to Chirk on the 15th October with the loaded train. (Photo: Paul Wilkins)

 

Who would of thought that when DEPG Hymek No.D7018 failed in 1995 while working the Quantock Belle, it would take some twenty years to get the locomotive operational again. After a lengthy engine rebuild spanning two decades D7018's engine finally came back to life on Friday 9th October. There is still much work to do on the locomotive before it can be let loose on the WSR metals again but it's a huge step forward for the DEPG volunteers. This image shows the loco in happier times during April 1993 at Bishops Lydeard giving brake van rides to Norton Fitzwarren and back. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
The West Somerset Railway held their Autumn Steam Gala on the 3rd and 4th October celebrating 40 years of the WSR. The lineup saw most of the home fleet in action along with visiting locomotive No.60163 'Tornado'. On the 3rd October GWR Gall No.4936 'Kinlet Hall' passes along Kerr Moor on route to Bishops Lydeard. After years of painting all stock in chocolate and cream livery the decision to form a rake of Carmine & Cream Mk1's up is being celebrated as a huge step forward for the line, bringing much needed colour and variety and operational interest. The first coach to the treated to the new colour scheme is No.5030 and it looked resplendent behind the various engines at the gala. (Photo: Lee Robbins).
Visiting LNER A1 No.60163 'Tornado' is pictured passing along Kerr Moor on route to Minehead on Saturday 2nd October looking superb in the Autumnal sunlight. Other visiting locomotives at the gala weekend included GWR Manor No.7812 'Earlstoke Manor' and 2-8-0 No.2857 which was visiting from the Severn Valley Railway. (Photo: Lee Robbins)
2-10-0 No.2857 visiting from the Severn Valley Railway is pictured rounding the curve at Washford playing fields on the approach to Washford Station. The heavy freight steam locomotive was operating a Bishops Lydeard - Minehead passenger serivce. (Photo: Phil Izzard)
GWR Hall No.4936 'Kinlet Hall' is seen powering through Woolsten Moor on Saturday 3rd October, working a Minehead - Bishops Lyeard service. (Photo: Phil Izzard)
On the 2nd October GWR (First Great Western) sent Class 57/6 No.57605 from Old Oak Common to Penzance light engine. The loco was sent to operate the overnight sleeper after problems had occurred with the previous nights locomotive. No.57605 is seen passing 40 Steps, Taunton operating the 0Z78 12:45 from Old Oak Common to Penzance. (Photo: Chay Farzaneh)

 

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