DIESELGEN

  • DIESELGEN – D7018 running on 07-Aug-21

    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 prepares to depart from Williton to Bishops Lydeard to pick up her train on the morning of 31st July 2021. Photo by Martin Howard © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Beyer-Peacock ‘Hymek’ D7018 is the booked locomotive for this Saturday’s diesel-hauled excursion from Bishops Lydeard to Dunster and back plus an extension to Norton Fitzwarren on the return journey. This gives a total running distance of 42 miles, departing from Bishops Lydeard at 11:35 and returning from Norton Fitwarren at 15:25.

    Advance bookings on this service are looking strong so BOOK NOW to ensure that you get a chance to ride and enjoy the ‘Maybach Music’ !

    Space will be allocated for walk-up passengers on the day, but BOOK NOW to make sure that you don’t get left behind.

    The remaining diesel running days for 2021 will be as follows (both are Saturdays):

    • 21 August        (Crompton pair, top and tail, celebrating their 60th birthdays!)
    • 25 September  (‘Hymek’ D7018, with extension to Norton Fitzwarren)

     

         

    Please try to support these diesel running days as a way of showing your support for running diesels on the WSR. Thanks !

     

    IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE, we have been advised that our diesels will be in use for the MIXED TRAFFIC WEEKEND on 17-18 September, the timetable for which has not yet been released but promises to be diesel-action-packed on both days. This event will feature an extension to Norton Fitzwarren to provide both additional mileage and additional interest from this little-used section of the line. We will send out a DIESELGEN bulletin as soon as we have firm details. Meanwhile, mark the date in you diary and buy a ticket using the link below !

     

    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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  • DIESELGEN – dates for Summer 2021

    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 climbs towards Washford during the 2019 “Diesels to the Seaside” event on 21st  June 2019. Photo by Mark Ireland © CC BY-NC 3.0

    The WSR have announced the dates and times for the DIESEL RUNNING DAYS and have also released the ticketing, which can be found by following these links:

       

    The running days will be as follows (all are Saturdays):

    • 17 July              (‘Hymek’ D7018, with extension to Norton Fitzwarren)
    • 31 July              (‘Hymek’ D7018)
    • 07 August        (‘Hymek’ D7018, with extension to Norton Fitzwarren)
    • 21 August        (Crompton pair, top and tail, celebrating their 60th birthdays!)
    • 25 September  (‘Hymek’ D7018, with extension to Norton Fitzwarren)

     

    Please try to support these diesel running days – we need to show the strength of support for running diesels on the WSR, even though the offering this year is far from ideal. Please consider this as way to show your support for the WSR and the DEPG. Thanks !

     

    IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE, we have been advised that our diesels will be in use for the MIXED TRAFFIC WEEKEND on 17-18 September, the timetable for which has not yet been released. This new running opportunity will feature an extension to Norton Fitzwarren to provide both additional mileage and additional interest from this little-used section of the line. We will send out a DIESELGEN bulletin as soon as we have firm details. Meanwhile, mark the date in you diary !

     

    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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  • DIESELGEN – 26-Jun-21

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 climbs the 1 in 65 section of Washford Bank with the route refresher special on 18th June 2021. Photo by Mark Ireland © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    This is a short-notice bulletin to let you know that Class 14 D9526 is lined up to perform a loaded test run between Williton and Bishops Lydeard today, with our Class 33 ‘Crompton’ pair D6566 (33 048) and D6575 (33 057) in tow. 

    Planned movements are as follows:

    Saturday 26th June 2021

         1315 WN to BL (passing CH at 1340) arriving 1352

         1420 BL to WN (passing CH at 1435) arriving 1455

     

    Following completion of the Route Refresher workings yesterday, Class 33 D6575 (33 057) will move the WSRA’s Hawkworth-designed Taunton Inspector’s Observation Saloon W80976W to BL on Monday and will remain at BL in support of WSR operations.

    Planned movements are as follows:

    Monday 28th June 2021

         1100 WN to BL and stable at BL (timings are approximate)

     

    Other workings (scheduled or otherwise) may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

     

    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.

     

    You can join the DIESELGEN mailing list at any time by emailing contact@depg.org with DIESELGEN ADD as the subject.

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  • DIESELGEN – 20-Jun-21

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) prepares to propel the WSRA’s Hawkworth-designed Taunton Inspector’s Observation Saloon W80976W to Dunster on Saturday 19th June 2021 as sister loco D6566 (33 048) and Class 47 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ reposition in the background. Image courtesy of Railcam UK and the WSR ©

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) will be working a crew training (route refresher) special between Williton (WN) and Dunster (DR) this week in support of the extension of WSR public services to Dunster (DR). Info – there will be a connecting bus service to Minehead during the period of reconstruction of the Seaward Way level crossing.

    Planned movements are as follows:

    Monday 21st and Friday 25th June 2021

         0930 WN to DR to WN 1300

     

    Other workings (scheduled or otherwise) may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

     

    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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  • DIESELGEN – 11-Jun-21

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) at Blue Anchor with the WSRA’s Hawksworth-designed Taunton Inspector’s Observation Saloon W80976W on the return leg of the route refresher special working on 5th June 2021. Photo by Tom Courtney © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) will again be working a crew training (route refresher) special between Williton (WN) and Dunster (DR) on several days this week and next, in support of the extension of WSR public services to Dunster (DR). Info – there will be a connecting bus service to Minehead during the period of reconstruction of the Seaward Way level crossing.

    Planned movements are as follows:

    Friday 11th June 2021

         0930 WN to DR to WN 1300

    Saturday 12th June 2021

         1030 WN to DR to WN 1415 (waits at Blue Anchor to cross the steam service on the return leg)

    Monday 14th and Friday 18th June 2021

         0930 WN to DR to WN 1300

     

    Other workings (scheduled or otherwise) may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

     

    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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  • DIESELGEN – 03-Jun-21

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 at Bishops Lydeard on 22nd May 2021. Photo by Paul Fleet © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    On Saturday 5th June 2021, the DEPG will be shunting at Williton depot to reposition several locos. The shunt will include several locos running and moving under their own power in a complex shunt that will take several hours. The locos that will (hopefully!) be moving under their own power will be:

      1. Class 33 D6566 (to leave WN for DR on a route refresher training turn)

      2. Class 14 D9526

      3. Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’

      4. Class 47 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ 

    Movements start at approximately 1030. Please note that NO VISITORS WILL BE ALLOWED ON SITE at WN diesel depot during the shunt period for safety reasons.

    Class 33 D6566 (33 048) will be working a crew training (route refresher) special between Williton (WN) and Dunster (DR) on several days, in support of the extension of WSR public services to Blue Anchor (BA). Planned movements are as follows:

    Saturday 5th June 2021

         1030 WN to DR to WN 1415

    Monday 7th and Friday 11th June 2021

         0930 WN to DR to WN 1300

    Other workings (scheduled or otherwise) may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

     

    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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  • DIESELGEN – 27-May-21

    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.

     

    Other workings may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

    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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    Thank you very much for supporting the DEPG and the WSR !

  • DIESELGEN – 24-May-21

    Class 33 D6566 (33 048) detaches from the stock of the 1510 crew refresher training service from Bishops Lydeard to Williton on Sunday 16th May 2021 while Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ watches from number 3 road in the South Yard. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    On Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th May 2021, Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) will operate between Bishops Lydeard and Dunster covering special workings in support of the extension of public services towards Watchet and Blue Anchor. Here’s the OUTLINE details:

     

    TUESDAY 25th May 2021

         1140 BL arriving WN 1215 with the Hawksworth Saloon then onwards to Dunster (DR) light engine (LE) to work ballast hoppers as required.

    WEDNESDAY 26th May 2021

         Work ballast hoppers as required, then return to WN LE

    FRIDAY 28th May 2021

         0930 WN to DR with Hawksworth saloon for route refresher workings, then return to WN.

     

    Trains may depart early. Timetabled workings and other workings may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

     

    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.

    You can join the DIESELGEN mailing list at any time by emailing contact@depg.org with DIESELGEN ADD as the subject.

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    Take care and stay safe!

  • DIESELGEN – 13-May-21

    Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 pauses at Crowcombe Heathfield while working a service train towards Minehead on a wet Sunday 23rd June 2019. Photo by Simon Purvis © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    On Saturday 15th May 2021, Class 14 D9526 will depart from Williton (WN) and head to Bishops Lydeard (BL) and then to Westridge shed for positioning over the pit for an underframe examination. This is the penultimate step towards making her ready for service – the last step being a set of loaded test runs that will take place as soon as possible. Here’s the details of the workings for Saturday:

         0945 WN arriving BL 1018 then to Westridge shed.

         When ready and when a path is available, return from BL to WN.

    It may only be a light engine run this time, but it will still be great to see her out and about again.

     

    On Saturday 15th May 2021 and Sunday 16th May 2021, there will be diesel-hauled crew training specials running between Bishops Lydeard (BL) and Williton (WN) with Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) covering the duties. Here’s the details:

     

    SATURDAY 15th May 2021

         1030 BL arriving WN 1105 (diesel hauled)

         1145 WN arriving BL 1220 (diesel hauled)

     

    SUNDAY 16th May 2021

    The first two return services of the day will be steam-hauled but Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) will take over in the afternoon. The booked movements are:

         1015 BL arriving WN 1050 (steam hauled)

         1120 WN arriving BL 1155 (steam hauled)

         1300 BL arriving WN 1335 (steam hauled)

         1405 WN arriving BL 1440 (steam hauled)

         1510 BL arriving WN 1544 (diesel hauled)

         1605 WN arriving BL 1640 (diesel hauled)

     

    Trains may depart early. Other workings may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

    Please note that the stations remain closed to the public and trespassing is not allowed.

     

    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

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

    After a long absence, we are pleased to note that the Crowcombe Heathfield webcam is back online. Here’s the link:

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

     

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

    You can join the DIESELGEN mailing list at any time by emailing contact@depg.org with DIESELGEN ADD as the subject.

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    Take care and stay safe!

  • DIESELGEN 07-May-21

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) pilots BR(W) 4-6-0 No. 7828 ‘ODNEY MANOR’ past Castle Hill on the climb out of Williton on 6th May 2021. Photo by Mark Ireland © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    On Saturday 8th May 2021 and Sunday 9th May 2021, crew training specials will again be running between Bishops Lydeard (BL) and Williton (WN).

    The first two return trips of the day will be steam-hauled, but Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) will take over in the afternoon and will provide training and refresher opportunities for DEPG and WSR diesel crew members.

    The booked movements are:

         1015 BL arriving WN 1050 (steam hauled)

         1125 WN arriving BL 1200 (steam hauled)

         1315 BL arriving WN 1350 (steam hauled)

         1420 WN arriving BL 1455 (steam hauled)

         1515 BL arriving WN 1548 (diesel hauled)

         1610 WN arriving BL 1645 (diesel hauled)

    Trains may depart early. Other workings may take place. The railway is to be considered as LIVE at all times.

    Please note that the stations remain closed to the public and trespassing is not allowed.

     

    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

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

    After a long absence, we are pleased to note that the Crowcombe Heathfield webcam is back online. Here’s the link:

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

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

    Take care and stay safe!

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