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The West Somerset Railway Gallery

Images taken on The West Somerset Railway

23rd December 2017
GWR Manor No. 7822 'Foxcote Manor' 'Foxcote Manor' climbs Crowcombe Bank with the 10:30 Bishops Lydeard - Williton 'Santa Express' special service on the 23rd December 2017.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd December 2017
4-6-0 GWR Manor No. 7822 'Foxcote Manor' stands at Williton Station on the 23rd December having arrived with the 10:30 Bishops Lydeard - Williton 'Santa Express' service. The loco is pictured being uncoupled before returning to Crowcombe Heathfield and Bishops Lydeard.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd December 2017
BR Black 7F No.53808 climbs the grade to Crowcombe Heathfield Station on Saturday 23rd December working one of three Santa Specials operating on the West Somerset Railway that day. The 10:10 Bishops Lydeard - Williton passes Nornvis Bridge.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd December 2017
DEPG Locomotives No.D7017 and No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' stand on depot at Williton Shed on the 23rd December 2017.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd December 2017
Tamping Maching No.DR73309 is pictured stabled in Williton Yard on the 23rd December 2017. The Tamper has been delivered to the line to carry out contract tamping work during the Winter closed season.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


4th October 2017
Bridgwater Berkley ROF No.579 stands at Blue Anchor waiting the road through to Minehead on the 4th October 2017. The locomotive was being moved from it's base at Washford to become a yard shunter at Minehead, making a rare outing on the West Somerset Railway. Note also the tail lamp hanging from the coupling hook.
(Photo: Sclub)


4th October 2017
A incredibly rare movement took place on the West Somerset Railway on the 4th October 2017 when one of the two Bridgwater ROF's which reside on the West Somerset Railway was moved between Washford and Minehead. No.579 powers awary from Washford towards Minehead.
(Photo: Sclub)


4th October 2017
DEPG Class 47 No.D1661 (47840) moved Class 04 No.D2271 from Minehead to Willton on the 4th October 2017. The Class 04 has spent the majority of it's overhauled life based at Minehead but having recently been restored it will now become the new Williton Yard shunting locomotive. The convoy is seen arriving at Williton.
(Photo: Sclub)


9th September 2017
World Famous steam locomotive No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' ‘Flying Scotsman’ spent a week hauling passengers along the West Somerset Railway between the 5th and 12th September 2017. The railway provided additional parking and special boarding procedures to cope with the passenger numbers expected. The locomotive is pictured at Watersmeet Bridge on the 9th September heading for Minehead.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


26th August 2017
Passengers on board the West Somerset Railway's 'Quantock Belle' dining train were treated to an fireworks display on Saturday 26th August 2017. The train was hauled by GWR Hall No. 6960 'Raveningham Hall' 'Raveningham Hall' from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead during which time passengers enjoyed a three course meal during their journey. After a quick turn around the train departed Minehead at 21:30 to arrive into Watchet in time for the Watchet Festival Fireworks. No. 6960 'Raveningham Hall' is pictured at Watchet after passengers had re-boarded the dining train to complete their journey back to Bishops Lydeard.
(Photo: Thomas Coutney/ Brian Garrett)


25th July 2017
The DEPG Western No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' based at Williton on the West Somerset Railway was called upon to work the Quantock Belle on the 25th July. The locomotive has been extensive use during the 2017 operating season and has been the locos most successful period of availability in many years. It's pictured here on the approach to Doniford Halt having just departed from Williton.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


25th June 2017
Class 35 Hymeks No.D7017 and No.D7018 are pictured at Williton works on Sunday 25th June, with D7018 nearing completion of its 20 year overhaul it may enter traffic before the end of 2017.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


25th June 2017
D1010 'Western Campainger' operated the Maybach Memories diagram on the 25th June 2017. The locomotive is pictured at Crowcombe Heathfield while working the 15:20 departure from Bishops Lydeard seen here passing BR 4F heading from Minehead.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


24th June 2017
You could be forgiven for thinking your seeing double at Williton Shed on the West Somerset Railway, as the DEPG locomotive overhauls near completion there will soon be two operational Class 33's and two operations Class 35's on the line, all wearing the same locomotive liveries. On the 24th June 2017 Class 33 No.6575 (33057) is seen at Williton on a driver training experience, passing sister locomotive No.6566 (33048) which is due to have its fuel tanks refitted this coming week. Very soon the Crompton Twins will be reunited and could provide some interesting pairings in the future.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


10th June 2017
The first two days of the West Somerset Railway Diesel Gala weekend have gone without a hitch.The event attracted lots of visitors to the line and the Ale Trail (at Bishops Lydeard, Stogumber and Minehead) seemed popular and busy. On Saturday 10th June 2017 BR Green Class 20's No.D8188 (20188) and No.D8059 (20059) at pictured at Bishops Lydeard ready to depart with the 16:55 to Minehead. The pair have been experiencing problems with dual power throughout the weekend but continue to operate and keep to time on their diagrams, and seemed well received by gala visitors.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


26th May 2017
The unsung heroes of the railway and charter industry at the Class 47's which continue to provide sterling service operational availability, painted in the most unworthy colour's these locomotives are painted in such a way to be inconspicuous to the devoted steam lovers who pay to travel on such locomotives at Flying Scotsman. But without these veteran machines still providing a frontline service many charters would ever get to their start locations or return to the correct depots on time. Class 47/7 No.47746 assisted over week long visit of Flying Scotsman in the Taunton area. Built in 1964 the locomotive has carried 7 liveries and two names. It's probably best known as a frontline member of the Rail Express Systems pool in the 90's hauling parcels and mail traffic UK wide, at the time it was named 'The Bobby' which had been transferred from a crash damaged classmate No.47743. The West Coast maroon locomotive is seen at Bishops Lydeard ready to shunt stock.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


26th May 2017
In order to get stock in the right position for the start of Flying Scotsman's two trips on the 26th May 2017, stock was delivered to the West Somerset Railway early on the 26th May by West Coast Railways Class 47 No.47746. This locomotive was then removed at Bishops Lydeard and replaced by the DEPG's own former mainline Class 47/8 No.D1661 (47840) 'North Star'. Early on the 26th May D1661 arrives into Williton heading for Minehead looking very at home on the maroon coaching stock rather than it's normal Chocolate and Cream stock it normally hauls along the length of the line.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


23rd May 2017
After arriving onto WSR metals as the 1Z63 16:30 Bristol Temple Meads - Minehead, the switch between the WSR's 7F No.53808 to work forward to Minehead happened at Norton Fitzwarren on a non public viewing location. No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' 'Flying Scotsman' later worked forward to Bishops Lydeard where the locomotive was then taken onto the servicing shed where it was then stabled for the next three days. The locomotive is pictured at Bishops Lydeard on the 23rd May 2017.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


13th May 2017
The third charter to visit Taunton on the 13th May 2017 was the GWR/125 Group's 'Somerset Explorer' this used Green GWR set LA15 with powercars No.43093 and No.43002 'Sir Kenneth Grange'. It had been hoped INTERCITY liveried No. 43185 'Great Western' would lead the set however a failure in traffic resulted in 43093 deputizing. The HST set operated the 1Z66 08:36 Paddington - Bishops Lydeard where passengers were transferred to the waiting DEPG Western No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' 'Western Campaigner' for the trip to Minehead and back. Originally the HST was booked to have traveled through to Minehead however operational issues resulted in the traction change at Bishops Lydeard, D1010 'Western Campaigner' being a fine replacement service. The two iconic designs are seen next to one another at Bishops Lydeard.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


22nd April 2017
Locomotives started arriving for the West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala during April 2017, one such visitor to the railway was operating service trains during the week before the gala weekend. Large Prairie No.5199 from the Llangollen Railway used to haul the 12:40 departure from Bishops Lydeard on the 22nd April. The train had two additional coaches added to the consist running a memorial event for the late WSR Association founder member John Pearce who passed away aged 79 in February.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


5th June 2015
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45060 'Sherwood Forester' 'Sherwood Forester' arrives into Blue Anchor on the 5th June 2015 hauling the 11:45 Minehead to Bishops Lydeard service during the West Somerset Railway 2015 Mixed Traffic Weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


5th June 2015
BR Blue split headcode Class 45 No. 45060 'Sherwood Forester' 'Sherwood Forester' arrives into Dunster on the 5th June 2015 hauling the 13:55 Bishops Lydeard to Minehead service during the 2015 WSR Mixed Traffic Weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd January 2011
Sunday 2nd January 2011, saw the West Somerset Railway celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the lines closure, when the last scheduled passenger and freight trains operated over the line on the 2nd January 1971. To coincide with with the achievements made since this date, the WSR operated a number of special workings during the day. A special charter service provided passengers with the chance to travel from Exeter to Minehead on board a First Great Western Class 150 DMU. First Great Western provided one of their 'local lines' Class 150 units as part of a charter train to allow passengers to travel from Exeter to Minehead and provide a modern day comparison to the final DMU service which operated on the 2nd January 1971. The Class 150's themselves are older than many would think, originally built between 1984 and 1987 by BREL. The Class 150 No.150234 had also received a full body and window wash prior to being used on the special charter. It's seen departing from Crowcombe Heathfield with the 2Z10 Exeter St Davids - Minehead service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd January 2011
DEPG Class 35 'Hymek' No.D7017 stands at Crowcombe Heathfield Station on the 2nd January 2011 recreating the scene of the final freight which would of operated over the line before closure.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


12th June 2010
BR Maroon Western No. D1062 'Western Courier' rounds the cuvre into Turks Cutting on the West Somerset Railway on the 12th June 2010 while working a Minehead bound service during the 2010 Mixed Traffic Weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


12th June 2010
BR Maroon Western No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' and Warship No.D832 pass Bicknoller on the 12th June 2010 while working a Minehead - Bishops Lydeard service during the 2010 Mixed Traffic weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th May 2007
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' visited the West Somerset Raillway on the 28th May 2007 on Heatland Rail's 'North Star' charter to deliver Class 47 No.47840 into preservation. The Class 45 is seen at Castle Hill shortly after leaving Williton in torrid conditions hauling the 1Z48 Minehead - Derby.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd December 2005
BR Class 52 Western No. D1015 'Western Champion' stands at Minehead on the 2nd December 2005 ready to depart with the 1Z53 19:55 Minehead - Trowbridge charter. The Railtour 'Dunster by Candlelight' was operated by EWS and Past Time Rail.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


7th May 2005
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' passes through Leigh Woods between Stogumber and Crowcombe on the 7th May 2005 hauling a Minehead to Bishops Lydeard service during the West Somerset Railway Mixed Traffic Weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


7th May 2005
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' (D61) 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' pilots BR Bunswick Green Class 50 No. 5007 'Rougemont Castle' 'Sir Edward Elgar' through Leigh Woods on the West Somerset Railway on the 7th May 2005. The locos were taking part in the 2005 Mixed Traffic Weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


11th May 2003
BR Blue Class 46 No.46035 visited the West Somerset Railway in 2003 to take part in a small cross country gala running alonside the newly introduced Virgin Voyager. The loco is pictured at Bishops Lydeard on the 11th May 2003.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


1st January 1998
2-6-2T No.4561 stands at Bishops Lydeard on the 1st January 1998 waiting to depart with a passenger service to Minehead.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


6th October 1996
Class 45 No.D120 arrives into Crowcombe Heathfield on the 6th October 1996 hauling a service to Minehead during a Diesel Gala Weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


5th July 1992
In July 1992 the West Somerset Railway held a cavalcade to celebrate the Taunton 150th. Modern Traction was represented by a Class 150 No.150272 along with Class 50's No. 50007 'Hercules' & No. 50050 'Fearless' and Class 47 No.47835. On the 5th July 1992 No.47835 leads No. 50007 'Hercules' and No. 50050 'Fearless' under the B3227 road bridge at Norton Fitzwarren returning the locomotives to Bristol Bath Road.
(Photo: Richard Giles)


28th March 1992
British Rail Green Western No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' (Running as D1035 'Western Yeoman') is pictured at Bishops Lydeard on the 28th March 1992 during a Diesel Gala Weekend on the West Somerset Railway.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


13th September 1987
2-6-2T No.5572 hauls a Park Royal DMU and three Mk1 Chocolate and Cream coaches away from Washford on the 13th September 1987 heading for Minehead.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


1st June 1985
Class 07 Ruston Shunter No.D2994 was once based on the West Somerset Railway and could often be viewed at Minehead Station. The Locomotive is seen here stabled on Williton Shed on the 1st June 1985.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


1st June 1985
BR Green Class 14 No.D9551 is pictured at Williton Shed on the 1st June 1985.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Class 103 Park Royal DMU No.P200 was previously based at Plymouth (Laira) and used on the Kingswear Branch before clousure. It's seen here at Minehead wearing the West Somerset Railway colours of the time, taken on an unknown date.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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