The DTG’s Class 17 ‘Clayton’ D8568 arrived at Bishops Lydeard on Wednesday 8th June 2022 and is expected to enter service on the 10:38 service from Minehead on Thursday 9th June 2022 as planned. Photo by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0
South Devon Diesel Traction’s Class 25 D7612 (25 262, 25 901) arrived at Bishops Lydeard on Tuesday 7th June 2022 and is expected to enter service on the 09:45 service from Bishops Lydeard on Thursday 9th June 2022 as planned. Photo by Ian Camp © CC BY-NC 3.0
The two visiting locos have arrived at Bishops Lydeard and are being prepared so that they will be ready to enter service tomorrow as planned. The owning groups will be working into the evening with DEPG and WSR staff to get the locos unloaded, inspected and fuelled prior to them being accepted as ready to enter service on the WSR.
As the Class 17 ‘Clayton’ D8658 starts its diagram from the Minehead (MD) end, it will reposition tomorrow morning, either as a ‘light engine’ move or attached to the first service out of Bishops Lydeard (BL).
For the first day of the WSR’s SIXTIES DIESEL GALA, Thursday 9th June 2022, the following locos will be in action:
|Loco Type||Loco No.||First service||No. of return trips||Mileage|
|Class 35 ‘Hymek’||D7018||09:00 BL-MD||2||80 miles|
|Class 33 ‘Crompton’||D6575||09:42 MD-BL||2 + 1 x NF*||86 miles|
|Class 25 ‘Rat’||D7612||09:45 BL-MD||2||80 miles|
|Class 17 ‘Clayton’||D8568||10:38 MD-BL||2 + 1 x NF*||86 miles|
|Class 35 ‘Hymek’||D7017||10:25 BL-MD||2||80 miles|
|Class 33 ‘Crompton’||D6566||Standby Loco||–||–|
*NF = Norton Fitwarren extension (BL-NF-BL)
Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 will join in with the running on Friday and Saturday.
|Thursday 9th June||TT for 09JUN22||D6575, D7017, D7018, D7612, D8568|
|Friday 10th June||TT for 10JUN22||D6566, D6575, D7017, D7018, D7612, D8568|
|Saturday 11th June||TT for 11JUN22||D6566, D6575, D7017, D7018, D7612, D8568|
|Sunday 12th June||BLUE timetable||D8568|
NOTE – although Sunday is not a Diesel Gala day, the 1000 MD diagram in the BLUE timetable on Sunday 12th June is rostered for the visiting Class 17 ‘Clayton’ D8568.
The webcams provide a very good way of watching the action from afar. Here are the links:
Bishops Lydeard : http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm
Crowcombe Heathfield : http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ch1.htm
Williton : http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-wn2.htm
Blue Anchor : http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ba1.htm
Seaward Way : http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-md2.htm
Minehead : http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-md1.htm
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