DIESELGEN

  • DIESELGEN – D6575 Driver Experience 29 Oct

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) was pictured at Williton on a DIESEL DRIVER EXPERIENCE COURSE on 15th June 2013 by Ian Robins© CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    UPDATE 28-Oct-22 at 15:00 hrs : the DDEC course that is planned for SATURDAY 29th is still expected to take place. Timings are shown below.

     

       Depart WN 09:30 arrive MD 10:06

       Depart MD 10:55 arrive NF 12:32

       Depart NF 12:57 arrive MD 15:06

       Depart MD 15:25 arrive WN 16:09

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) will be in action again on Saturday 29th October, on a DIESEL DRIVER EXPERIENCE COURSE (DDEC) that starts at Williton (WN) with a brake van in tow and travels first to Minehead (MD) where the goods train is collected before travelling the full length of the line to Norton Fitzwarren (NF) and back. Upon return to MD, the goods train is returned to the siding and the loco returns to WN with the brake van.

    The four DDEC participants will share the roles of driver and secondman interspersed with sessions riding in the brake van, so a highly enjoyable and interesting day is on the cards, regardless of the weather.

    This is a special train, subject to variation according to operational requirements, so timings may differ from those given. The steam-hauled public service trains that will be operating under the RED timetable will have priority.

     

    Our DIESEL RUNNING DATES page has been updated and now carries both the detail and a summary of the 2022 diesel-hauled public services. 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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  • DIESELGEN – D6575 on freight 30-SEP-22

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) stabled in the headshunt at Minehead on Saturday 24th September 2022. Photo by Josh Brinsford © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) will be in action tomorrow, Friday 30th September, on a freight working from Minehead through to Bishops Lydeard and return. This is an engineering train, subject to variation according to operational requirements, so timings may differ significantly from those given below. The planned times are as follows (approx):

     

         Depart MD 09:00 arrive BL 10:40

         Depart BL 14:00 arrive MD 15:25

     

    D6575 (33 057) will also be in operation on public services on Saturday and Sunday 8-9th and 15-16th October. Our DIESEL RUNNING DATES page carries the latest information on diesel-hauled public services:

     

    D6575 (33 057) is rostered to work three DIESEL DRIVER EXPERIENCE COURSES in late October, as follows (timings not yet available):

         Saturday 22nd October

         Friday 28th October

         Saturday 29th October

     

    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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  • Diesel Running Dates Page

    Our website includes a dedicated page that provides information on planned diesel running days. This page is under the DIESELGEN menu heading and shortcuts are also included on many of the most popular pages. Click on the icon for details:

  • DIESELGEN – FOUR CROMPTONS !

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) was pictured on 8th August 2022 while preparing to shunt delinquent sister loco D6566 (33 048) to the DEPG yard at Williton for attention to an oil leak that she had developed in her Serck system (radiator fan drive). Photo by Geoff Miles © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Following the temporary suspension of steam haulage from 08th August due to the prolonged dry weather, the WSR turned to our two ‘Cromptons’ to handle the running under the BLUE timetable, only for D6566 to fail on the first morning of the new arrangement with an oil leak from the Serck tank (the hydraulic system that powers the radiator fan). The DMU stepped in valiantly to keep services running on the Monday afternoon through to Wednesday, and D6566 returned to service on the morning of Thursday 11th August and is now fully operational. Apologies to all for the inconvenience caused to those affected by this technical issue.

     

    All public services on Saturday through Monday 13-15 August will be hauled by the two ‘Cromptons’ although a steam special will run with the Quantock Belle Dining Train on Sunday 14th.

     

    IMPORTANT NOTE FOR SATURDAY 13th AUGUST 2022: (TIMINGS UPDATED 12AUG22 at 11:40)

    The WEST SOMERSET STEAM EXPRESS railtour from Paddington being operated by the Railway Touring Company is due to arrive on the WSR on Saturday. This special was to be steam hauled but is now going to be hauled by WEST COAST RAILWAYS Class 33s 33025 and 33029 throughout from Paddington to Minehead and back.

    The planned arrival times are as follows (approx):

    1Z50 : Depart BL 11:05 arrive MD 12:15 (these are updated timings)

    1Z51 : Depart MD 15:45 arrive BL 17:00

     

    This means that there will be FOUR ‘CROMPTONS’ RUNNING ON THE WSR ON SATURDAY 13-AUG-22 !

    West Coast Railways 33025 was pictured at Bristol Temple Meads on 28th July 2019 by Geoff Sheppard © CC BY-SA 4.0

     

    A decision regarding a possible resumption of steam services from Tuesday 16th August onwards will be taken after a review of the situation nearer the date. The WSR timetable page and WSR news pages are being updated accordingly.

     

    Our DIESEL RUNNING DATES page carries the latest information on diesel-hauled public services:

     

    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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  • DIESELGEN – D6566 and D6575 running

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) is at the tail end of the 1230 service to Dunster on Saturday 18th September 2021 as sister loco D6566 (33 048) prepares to depart with the 1225 service to Norton Fitzwarren. Photo by Josh Brinsford © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT affecting services on the WSR for Monday 8th through Thursday 11th August 2022:

    Due to the increased risk of lineside fires arising from the prolonged dry weather, the planned steam-hauled services running under the blue and yellow timetables will be will be replaced with diesel-hauled services running under the BLUE timetable for the dates defined above.

     

    • The 10:00 Minehead to Bishops Lydeard and subsequent diagram will be hauled by D6566 (33 048)
    • The 10:15 Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and subsequent diagram will be hauled by D6575 (33 057)

     

    A decision regarding services from Saturday 13th August onwards will be taken after a review of the situation nearer the date. The WSR timetable page has been updated accordingly.

     

    Our DIESEL RUNNING DATES page carries the latest information on diesel-hauled public services:

     

    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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  • DIESELGEN – D7018 and D6575 running

    BRCW Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) was pictured during the Williton station stop while tagging along at the rear of a steam-hauled service to Dunster during the Mixed Traffic weekend on 18th September 2021 while Beyer Peacock Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 waited alongside with a service to Norton Fitzwarren. Photo by Brenden Hill © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    The 10:00 MD diagram (two MD-BL-MD trips totalling 80 miles) will be hauled by Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 on Sat/Sun 23rd/24th July.

    The Sunday morning services (10:00 MD and 12:30 BL) offer a volunteering presentation where prospective volunteers can meet and talk with representatives of the DEPG alongside the WSR, WSRA and WSRHT. There is no need to purchase a ticket on these services. Return travel is free of charge in return for providing your contact details and engaging in discussion about how you could help and what is involved in joining up. Click here for more information.

    If you are interested in offering your time, regardless of background or skillset, we will have tasks to suit everyone, so COME ALONG AND JOIN THIS ‘HYMEK’ HAULED SERVICE on Sunday !

     

    AN IMPORTANT ANNOUCEMENT FOR THE YELLOW TIMETABLE that starts next week, the 11:00 BL-MD and the 15:25 MD-BL will now be hauled by Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) on all YELLOW TIMETABLE days throughout July and August.

    The basics of the timetabled workings are as follows:

         Depart BL 1100 arrive MD 1215

         Depart MD 1525 arrive BL 1705 (total 40 miles)

     

    Other public services are also scheduled – see the WSR timetable page for details.

     

    See our new DIESEL RUNNING DATES page for the latest information on public services:

     

    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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  • DIESELGEN – D6566 being swapped for D6575

    BRCW Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) was pictured during the Williton station stop while working the afternoon leg of the 80-mile Minehead diagram on Sunday 10th July 2022. Photo by Josh Brinsford © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) will be handing over to sister D6575 (33 057) upon arrival at Bishops Lydeard (BL) from Minehead (MD) on Saturday 16th July 2022. The loco will remain attached to the Taunton end of the train upon arrival at BL and will ‘hitch a ride’ back to Williton on the back of the 1230 BL-MD service and will be uncoupled at Williton.

    This will allow D6566 (33 048) to enter the South Yard at Williton so that an ‘A’ exam can be performed (required after every 50 hours of operation).

     

    The basics of the timetabled workings are as follows:

         Depart MD 1000 arrive BL 1130

         Depart BL 1230 arrive MD 1350

         Depart MD 1430 arrive BL 1555

         Depart BL 1635 arrive MD 1800

    Other public services are also scheduled – see the WSR timetable page for details.

     

    ADVANCE INFORMATION – the 1000 MD diagram (two MD-BL-MD trips totalling 80 miles) will be hauled by Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 on Sat/Sun 23rd/24th July. See our new DIESEL RUNNING DATES page for the latest information on public services.

     

     

    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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  • DIESEL RUNNING DATES

    A new page has been set up on our website to provide information on planned diesel running days. This new page is under the DIESELGEN menu heading and shortcuts will be placed on the most popular pages ASAP. Click on the icon for details:


  • DIESELGEN – Crompton D6566 on Freight

    BRCW Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) was pictured while running around its train at Minehead on the Saturday of the Diesel Gala, 11th June 2022. Also in the picture is Barclay 0-4-0DH 579 (ROF 2) on the far left and the tender of BR(W) 4-6-0 7822 ‘FOXCOTE MANOR’ on the right. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) will be hauling freight wagons on TuesdayWednesday and Thursday 5/6/7th July in connection with driver training courses being run by WSR Diesel Traction Inspector John Leach. The three drivers involved are currently steam loco drivers and they are adding the Class 33 diesel to their ‘tickets’.

    These special workings start at Minehead and run to Norton Fitzwarren and back in the morning, then run to Bishops Lydeard and back in the afternoon. The timings below are approximate and may be varied on the day to suit operating conditions:

     

         Depart MD 0915 arrive NF 1056

         Depart NF 1130 arrive MD 1253

         Depart MD 1317 arrive BL 1510

         Depart BL 1526 arrive MD 1703

     

    Public services are also scheduled – see the WSR timetable page for details.

     

    ADVANCE INFORMATION – the 1000 MD diagram (two MD-BL-MD trips totalling 80 miles) will be hauled by Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) on Sat/Sun 9/10th July and by one of our two ‘Cromptons’ on Sat/Sun 16/17th July. See our new DIESEL RUNNING DATES page for the latest information on public services.

     

    We have just introduced a new DIESEL RUNNING DATES page and we will be maintaining this in parallel to DIESELGEN bulletins. This new page is a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to PUBLIC SERVICE diesel running on the WSR.

     

    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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  • DIESELGEN – WSR Sixties Gala Day 3

    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 stands at Williton Station on Friday 10th June 2022 alongside sister D7017 who is now on the wrong side of the fence, having failed with a leaking Number 1 cylinder head joint when working the last service of the previous day. Photo by Josh Brinsford © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    The second day of the gala went well with all services operating, albeit with different traction on the diagrams that were affected by the failure of Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7017 on the previous day.

    The 87-litre V16 engine in the errant ‘Hymek’ was test run by Maybach specialist Bob Clegg on Friday 10th June and Bob’s verdict was that the number 1 cylinder had developed a cylinder head joint ring leak that had compromised an adjacent transition rubber that carried the oil supply to the cylinder head. This explains both the abnormal noise and the oil that was seen to be leaking from around the cylinder head area.

    Although this is not a major failure, the engine needs a partial strip down to access the cylinder head and this will take several weeks, so the loco is going to be out of action for a while until the work is completed.

     

    To ensure the integrity of the timetable for Saturday 11th June, BR(W) 4-6-0 steam locomotive 7828 ‘ODNEY MANOR’ will take over the morning services that would have been worked by D7017. This move allows all services to run as scheduled (NOTE – the 1815 BL-MD and 2200 MD-BL services were removed from the timetable earlier in the week. The 1710 BL departure will run through to MD).

     

    The revised running for SATURDAY 11th June 2022 is covered in the table below:

    Loco Type Loco No. First service No. of return trips Mileage
    Class 25 ‘Rat’ D7612 08:00 BL-MD 2 + 1 x NF* 86 miles
    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 08:45 BL-MD 2 + 1 x NF* 86 miles
    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 09:00 BL-MD 2 + 1 x NF* 86 miles
    Class 17 ‘Clayton’ D8568 09:35 MD-BL 2 + 2 x NF* 92 miles
    BR(W) 4-6-0 ‘Manor’ 7828 09:42 BL-MD 1 40 miles
    Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 12:45 BL-MD 2 80 miles

    *NF = Norton Fitwarren extension (BL-NF-BL)

    Basically, the morning turns (09:42 BL-MD and 12:05 MD-BL) that were rostered for D7017 will now be hauled by BR(W) 4-6-0 Steam Locomotive 7828 ‘ODNEY MANOR’. The afternoon double-headed turns will be operated by a single locomotive.

     

    We apologise to all for the unexpected loss of Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7017 and we hope that the revised arrangements work out well and provide another decent diesel gala day.

     

    For the planned timetables for each of the gala days, see below or visit our new DIESEL RUNNING DATES page by clicking this link but please make the adjustments outlined previously.

    Date Timetable  Locos rostered
    Thursday 9th June TT for 09JUN22 D6575, D7017, D7018, D7612, D8568
    Friday 10th June TT for 10JUN22 D6566, D6575, D7018, D7612, D8568
    Saturday 11th June TT for 11JUN22 D6566, D6575, D7018, D7612, D8568, 7828 (steam)
    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.

     

    We have just introduced a new DIESEL RUNNING DATES page and we will be maintaining this in parallel to DIESELGEN bulletins. This new page is a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to diesel running on the WSR.

     

    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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