Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 arrives at Watchet Station on the 19th September 2019 during the WSR’s ‘Forties’ weekend event. Photo by Steve Edge © CC BY-NC 3.0
On Saturday 29th May 2021, Class 33 D6566 will operate a crew training (route refresher) special between Williton (WN) and Dunster (DR) and Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 will operate between Williton and Watchet in support of the extension of WSR public services to Watchet (WT).
The steam-hauled public services from Bishops Lydeard (BL) to Watchet (WT) will stop at Williton to attach the booked Diesel to the rear of the train. Upon arrival at Watchet and after the passengers have disembarked, the Diesel will haul the Empty Coaching Stock (ECS) and steam loco back to Williton where the two locos will change places. Then, the Diesel will haul the ECS and loco back to Watchet to pick up the passengers. On the return leg, the steam loco will lead and the Diesel will be uncoupled and will remain at Williton. These special arrangements are necessary because there is no passing loop at Watchet so the loco cannot run around its train while there.
Class 14 D9526 will cover the Saturday working but Class 33 D6566 is the booked diesel for these top-n-tail workings to Watchet that continue through to Wednesday 2nd June. The timings for these workings are as follows:
SATURDAY 29th May 2021
0910 WN to DR – D6566 plus the Hawksworth Inspection Saloon
Returning to WN at approx. 1215
1200 BL arriving WN 1234 – attach D9526 at the rear of the train
1245 WN arriving WT 1252 – steam loco leading
1300 WT ECS arriving WN 1307 – D9526 leading
1330 WN ECS arriving WT 1337 – D9526 leading
1345 WT arriving WN 1352 – detach D9526 from the rear
1402 WN arriving BL 1435
1530 BL arriving WN 1605 – attach D9526 at the rear of the train
1615 WN arriving WT 1622 – steam loco leading
1630 WT ECS arriving WN 1637 – D9526 leading
1700 WN ECS arriving WT 1707 – D9526 leading
1715 WT arriving WN 1722 – detach D9526 from the rear
1727 WN arriving BL 1803
SUNDAY 30th, MONDAY 31st May and TUESDAY 1st June 2021
As above except there is no crew training working so Class 33 D6566 will be the booked Diesel and the timings are brought forward by one hour as follows:
1100 BL arriving WN 1135 – attach D6566 at the rear of the train
1145 WN arriving WT 1152 – steam loco leading
1200 WT ECS arriving WN 1207 – D6566 leading
1230 WN ECS arriving WT 1237 – D6566 leading
1245 WT arriving WN 1252 – detach D6566 from the rear
1302 WN arriving BL 1335
1430 BL arriving WN 1505 – attach D6566 at the rear of the train
1515 WN arriving WT 1522 – steam loco leading
1530 WT ECS arriving WN 1537 – D6566 leading
1600 WN ECS arriving WT 1607 – D6566 leading
1615 WT arriving WN 1622 – detach D6566 from the rear
1627 WN arriving BL 1703
WEDNESDAY 2nd June 2021
Timings as Saturday 29th May except there is no crew training working so Class 33 D6566 will be the booked Diesel.
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