Update 15th April By Andy Royal with photos by Martin Howard.
The WSR continues to operate the "top and tail" services between Bishops Lydeard (BL) and Watchet
(WT) with a steam loco at the WT end and one of our "Cromptons" at the tail (BL) end. These workings are
due to end on Thursday 18 April because the line is supposed to be opening through to
Minehead (MD) on that day. However, a point failure at Blue Anchor is holding up the re-opening and there
may have to be extensions to the partial working or some other restrictions introduced instead (such as a
single bloc section between WN and MD). An appeal for a replacement point blade has been send out by
the WSR, as follows:
"West Somerset Railway urgently needs a left-hand C or D switch point
for Blue Anchor if it is to fully re-open to Minehead on April 19 as
planned. Please contact Jonathan Jones-Pratt on 07525 761791 or via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org " via Facebook."
Other loco news from last weekend:
Class 52 D1010: As reported last week, the transmission is now ready to move to unit 8 so that the
detailed investigation and repair work can be started.
Class 47 D1661: As reported last week, work is progressing on the Serck hydrostatic radiator shutter
assemblies and several new parts are on order to allow us to fully refurbish all four assemblies (28 shutter
louvres in total).
Class 14 D9526: Some further work is planned on the upgraded fuel system on this loco and also in
preparation for the annual examination, prior to a return to service. We will be relying on this loco a lot
more during this coming year, due to the weight restrictions that have been applied to the WSR line
pending track renewal, and the need to provide some variety of haulage.
We understand initial running dates will be confirmed shortly for Diesels.
Couple of photos below from Martin showing D6575 on a train at Norton loaded with ballast!