Bumper update 27th September. By Jon Tooke and Ian Robins.
Its been a busy couple of weeks for the team at Williton.
On the Tuesday 19th September D7017 arrived safely back on the WSR from the Great Central Railway.
Last weekend 23/24th September we had the Maybach Memories trains again, unfortunately there were
some issues with D1010 on the Saturday- so D7017 worked instead.
There was also an incoming HST charter on the Saturday.
D1010 is now out this coming Saturday 30th so we can try and get to the bottom of the fault.
Jon Tooke takes up the story of last weekend below:-
On Saturday following a minor niggle with the Western who didn't want to come out to play, driver
Graham Perry and myself took a fast car from WN to BL to prep the Hymek to work the days diagram. It
was a bit of nip and tuck as departure time approached but we managed to get it all sorted but
unfortunately we were a bit late departing BL. At Minehead we managed to position the Hymek alongside
the HST 125 charter set in the bay sidings for some pictures, then we had to put the loco back
on the stock over in the main for the back working to BL! (playtime over!) As the pictures show, many
had turned out to see the Western but were not disappointed when the Hymek dropped onto the stock.
At CH the loco was photted by a great many of the pax whilst we waited to cross the up train.
Later in the day the Western was passed as 'fit to run' on the Sunday. (Hoorah!)
Come early Sunday morning (yawn) the mighty Western was prepped in readiness for the days service
trains as part of the Maybach Memories diagram. While waiting for the LE moves I managed to grab a
few pix of the loco and other bits in the WN South yard. The Hymek still looks splendid in her new coat
following outings to OOC and the GC railway. The DEPG Ferryvan is receiving attention to the bodywork
from Terry and Martin who made the most of the fine weather last weekend.
We ran LE with the Western to BL and then sat on the stock in P1 'waiting time.
As we were limited stops we had some 'spirited running' in-between the principle crossing points on the
line, but we still only were given 15minutes to run 'round at MD so only just enough time for a quick snap
or two. Back to BL, we were held at CH for the down service to cross and I managed a couple of pix as
the steamer approached us. A quick run 'round then back to MD. Again we were held waiting to cross the
up train, this time at BA. More pictures taken! Another D1010 was spotted in the field at Dunster Sea
Lane which I think is the first time ever that D1010 has met another D1010 on the WSR!
Ian provides an update on D6566.
Our new volunteer, Andy, was set to work thoroughly cleaning the inside of the control cubicle and
making a very good job of it!
The last incorrectly mounted heater in No.1 cab has been now been corrected.
The very tatty old vacuum hoses have been exchanged for brand new ones on both buffer beams.
John Cooke and Neil have been assisting with the feasibility study into reinstatement of AWS.
We got the power convertor off but both the convertor and the base are in poor condition and will
However, we have found some fully overhauled but never used AWS bells in a box and also some spare
But not much more to be done before we are ready for test running.
A nice selection of photos below from last weekend courtesy of Jon and Ian.