DIESELGEN – Autumn Steam Gala 01-03 Oct

DIESELGEN – Autumn Steam Gala 01-03 Oct

Class 33 ‘Crompton D6575 (33 057) arrives at Crowcombe Heathfield with a service to Dunster (for Minehead) on 18th September 2021 as GWR 2-6-2T ‘Large Prairie’ 5199 waits with the ‘up local’ from Williton to Norton Fitzwarren. Photo by Malcolm Anderson © CC BY-NC 3.0


To allow you to plan your visits and pick your photopgraphic locations, we can now release the detailed timetables covering the AUTUMN STEAM GALA of Friday 1st through Sunday 3rd October during which the home-based steam loco fleet will be supported by the DEPG’s Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) and Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018. Both locos will share a top-and-tail steam-diesel working covering the full length of the line between Norton Fitzwarren and Dunster (for Minehead), with the ‘Crompton’ covering the morning turns and the ‘Hymek’ covering the afternoon turns.

The working timetable for FRIDAY 1st OCTOBER 2021 is:

The working timetable for SATURDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2021 is:

The working timetable for SUNDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2021 is:

Note: B/F and T/F refer to ‘Bunker First’ and ‘Tender First’ in the case of the steam locos.


Both D6575 (33 057) and D7018 will be hauling trains up the 3-mile incline from Norton Fitzwarren on several occasions throughout the event, and additional photo opportunities are provided by running the last train of the day (steam-hauled both ways) after sunset on the Saturday adding to what already promises to be a very interesting event.


Please do your best to attend to support both the DEPG and the WSR at this event. We look forward to seeing you. Thanks in advance!


Both pre-booked and walk-up tickets are available for this event.  


If you are unable to attend, the webcams provide a very good way of watching the action from afar. Here are the links:

BL: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm

CH: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ch1.htm

WN: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-wn2.htm

BA: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ba1.htm


Many thanks to Railcam UK and the WSR for providing these webcam services.


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