Uncategorised

GWR 0-6-0PT no 9466 will be a surprise operating guest exhibit for the West Somerset Railway Association’s Steam and Vintage Rally at Norton Fitzwarren on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August 2019, As a red route engine, no 9466 is restricted to the Norton – Bishops Lydeard section of the WSR but is likely to head the empty stock of the evening Somerset Coast Express from Bishops Lydeard to Norton Fitzwarren on Friday 2 August 2019. The Somerset Coast Express is a special excursion for those folks involved in the Rally. The loco will then bank the excursion from Norton to Bishops Lydeard, then cut off and return to Norton.
Over the Rally weekend, the loco will spend some time on static display and footplate visits, plus will also share duties with Barclay 0-4-0ST no 1219 on brake van duties on the Barnstaple Branch section of the Norton Triangles helping to raise more funds for the WSR’s current £250,000 track appeal.

Download the full press release HERE

The WSRA has two pieces of good news to share with supporters.


Firstly, we are very pleased to announce that on Friday Locomotive 9351 was handed back to the WSR plc in Minehead.  After a little more gentle running-in the loco is expected to return to traffic within a few days. The overhaul of this locomotive was a truly collaborative venture.  The boiler was overhauled at LNWR Crewe and the bottom end was overhauled at Minehead. The re-assembly and refurbishment of a suitable tender were then completed at WS Restoration in Williton. The total cost of the re-assembly and tender work was just short of £30,000, which has been funded by donations from supporters and by the WSRA.

 


Our second piece of good news relates to our own locomotive, Small Prairie 4561.  On Friday we received a cheque for £20,000 towards the cost of the restoration of the loco, from Garfield Weston Foundation. This is a result of the work of our Trusts and Foundations fundraiser Kate Williams.  Kate has also sourced £5,000 from the Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust and £15,000 from the Pilgrim Trust for this project and the total now held in donations and pledges for restoring 4561 is over £120,000.  We still need more, but we are well on the way and now that 9351 has been returned to Minehead the team at Williton will be able to turn their attention to 4561.  More details on the restoration of 4561 can be found at https://www.wsra.org.uk/restoring4561/

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust are to host a railway themed Retrospective Exhibition of the work of the late Peter Barnfield,  in the Gauge Museum on platform 1 at Bishops Lydeard.  The exhibition will run from 13th to 28th July and will feature over 50 artworks as well as models, books and greeting cards.  The exhibition will launch with a private view on 13th July at 2:00pm.

For more information about Peter Barnfield and his work please visit the website

Peter Barnfield’s books will also be on sale in the WSRA station shop on platform 2 where you can also relax with a tea or coffee or if the weather is favourable why not treat yourself to an ice cream.