Month: June 2019


9531’s completed front end, new chimney casting now with copper cap, old chimney casting in foreground acting as a donations box. The BR style cast smoke box door number plate provide a clue as to the finial livery 9351 will carry for the next 10 years.


An overview of 9351 ready to receive visitors over the 40th Anniversary celebrations weekend with viewing platform strapped to the rear of the locomotive, note the tender behind.
The boiler cladding is now with a flattened gloss coat to provide depth of colour when the final gloss coat is applied. Copper injector feed pipes to be fitted to the top feed/safety valve casting, then the covers can be fitted to allow for the final gloss coat to be applied. Brass bonnet under repair. Expansion link assembly on the bench to the rear of the locomotive to show visitors this normally hidden key item of steam locomotive engineering.


9351’s current tender being prepared to receive the overhauled wheel sets “donated” from the WSR plc spare tender chassis that was moved to Williton in January. The tender wheel sets on 9351 were at the end of their service life hence being swapped with those from the WSR plc spare tender. Tender brake rigging and pipework on floor as part of the preparation to lift the tender off it wheel sets.


Another view of the new tender wheel sets that are part of the final push to complete 9351. The collared ends to the axle journals are shown, as well as the large root radii where the journal meets the wheel. This arrangement reduces the stress raising aspect of the change in section of the axle but allowing the replaceable bearing bronzes (white metalled) to provide side control on the wheel sets via the axle box castings when installed in the frame.


9351’s footplate, new hardwood floor now fitted with just the boiler pressure gauge to fit. The displacement lubricator (bronze casting behind regulator handle) shown clearly. Sanding controls are below the reverser handle. Fire-hole “flap” and chain to flick it open or closed shown. With the tender attached, this wide view would not be so easy to obtain.

Over the weekend of 8th and 9th June, the West Somerset Railway (WSR) will be holding a special 40th anniversary event to mark it becoming England’s longest heritage railway forty years ago in 1979.

As Quantock Brewery is one of the closest businesses to Bishops Lydeard station,  Quantock have brewed an exclusive new beer to mark this special occasion.

The new beer is called ‘QUANTOCK STEAMER’ which is a light amber ale at 3.8% ABV, brewed with light roasted malts and two great English hops. These combined give fantastic notes of orange and citrus, plus a hint of spice.

This new brew will only be available via the WSR’s train buffet cars, the Turntable cafe on Minehead station and the Quantock Brewery Shop & Taproom at Bishops Lydeard. The ‘Quantock Steamer’ will sit well alongside ‘Gold ’76’, another beer brewed by Quantock just for the WSR to mark the line’s initial 1976 reopening.