DIESELGEN – 19-20-21 April 24

DIESELGEN – 19-20-21 April 24

Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) stands outside the ‘Swindon Shed’ at Williton while Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 forms the rear of the departing ‘Watchet Shuttle’ on 29th May 2021. Photo by Josh Brinsford © CC BY-NC 3.0 


On Friday 19th April, Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 will be in use on an infrastructure working between Williton and Kentsford (between Watchet and Washford). There are no booked timings for this working, but the signalbox at Williton will be open between 0845 and 1645 so all movements are likely to be taking place within this window.


On Saturday 20th April, Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33057) will be undergoing a test run from Williton to the Norton Fitzwarren section, picking up sister D6566 (33048) at Bishops Lydeard to both act as a load and provide insurance. If the tests are successful, the locos will swap roles and D6575 (33057) will then remain at Bishops Lydeard on standby duty, allowing D6566 (33048) to head for Williton for maintenance. The booked timings are:

     0950 D6575 departs Williton (WN) arriving Bishops Lydeard (BL) at 1043

     1110 D6575 and D6566 depart BL arriving Norton Fitzwarren (NF) at 1120

     Test runs will be performed in the setion between NF and BL

     1430 D6575 and D6566 depart NF arriving BL at 1440

     1510 the loco requiring attention departs BL arriving WN at 1600


The above two workings are not public services and are being run for operational and engineering purposes. Any change in requirements may result in change or cancellation. Actual running may vary from the booked timings.


On Sunday 21st April, one of the Class 33 ‘Cromptons’ will be in use on the 1230 departure from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and back under the RED timetable. The booked timing for this public service working is as follows:

1230 depart BL arrive MD 1350

1430 depart MD arrive BL 1550


Our DIESEL RUNNING DATES page is regularly updated and carries the list of diesel-hauled public services for 2024. This page is used in conjunction with DIESELGEN to provide a complete picture of diesel locomotive activities on the WSR:

The webcams provide a very good way of watching the action from afar. Click this link: http://www.wsr.org.uk/cams.htm or click on the image below to go to the webcams via wsr.org.uk:

Webcams are available at Bishops Lydeard, Crowcombe Heathfield, Williton, Blue Anchor, Minehead Seaward Way and Minehead Station. Select the appropriate webcam by clicking on the blue button on the webcam page. Many thanks to Railcam UK and the WSR for providing these webcam services.


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