| ****Mixed Traffic Gala 2008****
Friday 13th-Sunday 15th June
Diesels in the South West 1968
|Firstly a very big thank-you if you came to support the mixed traffic event. We were fortunate to have excellent
weather on all three days of the event. Initial reports suggest the Friday turnout in terms of passenger numbers was
very similar to Friday last year. Saturday numbers were also very impressive. Sunday was of course Fathers day and
two steam loco diagrams were operated in addition to the diesel fleet.
Overall the event was a success in terms of loco operations. More detailed figures regarding passenger numbers and
revenue will be released in due course.
The Friday and Saturday saw us run shuttles between Bishops Lydeard and the Norton direction using the 08
Shunters. At the Minehead end, the Shuttles to Dunster were Class 03 hauled.
We would like to thank the owners and operators from the Devon Diesel Society and South Devon Diesel Traction.
Both these groups are based on the South Devon Railway. D6737, D7612 and 20110 were the visiting locos. The
Crews were an absolute pleasure to work with.
A big thank-you to Gordon and the team from the Nene Valley Railway for bringing Class 14 D9520 to the event.
The other visitor was 08643 usually found working for Mendip Rail. Thanks to them for sparing the Shunter for a
D832 is a very welcome medium term visitor to the Railway at the moment kindly on loan from the East Lancs
Highlights on the Saturday included a â€˜non-stop runâ€™ with the two Class 25â€™s along the length of the line,
the â€˜Cambrian Coast Expressâ€™. Before departure it was found that the locos could be run in multiple so this
was done. Possibly the first multiple worked Class 25 passenger train for a while in preservation. At Norton the
specially made headboard was fitted to the front of the train and the locos really looked the part for the 23 mile run
ahead of them.
D6566 was resplendent in its new green livery with full yellow ends. I am sure you will agree an excellent job by the
The Class 14â€™s made a fine sight operating together over the length of the line.
A problem with the Warship D832 on the Saturday resulted in the train it was hauling at the time being assisted in the
rear to Bishops Lydeard by D1661. Following some work the loco was then able to provide â€˜super powerâ€™ on
several of the Norton shuttles along with the 08 Shunter before working the goods to Williton towards the end of the
After the service had finished on Saturday, the volunteers involved in the event were invited to a barbeque at our
Williton Depot. A nice way to spend an evening with a chance to chat and socialise with the visiting loco crews.
We welcomed many visitors to our shed over the three days with a chance to â€˜cabâ€™ D1010 and D1661 when it
Several goods trains were run over the weekend adding to the variety of the event.
Sunday was a slightly quieter day possibly due to the reduced number of loco turns.
Before we knew it the weekend had come to an end and it was time to return home. The South Devon visitors were
scheduled to go back mid-morning on Monday on the mainline. The visiting Class 08 and Class 14 were returning to
their respective locations by road. Once again thank you for attending if you did and enjoy the many photos that will
be appearing on the site.