DIESELGEN

  • 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.

    Have you considered joining the WEEKLY ROUNDUP e-newsletter list? Click here for details.

    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!

  • DIESELGEN 30-Apr-21

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) pictured while basking in the sunshine at Williton on 20th April 2021. Photo by Chris Shields © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    On Saturday 1st May 2021 and Sunday 2nd May 2021, there will be diesel-hauled crew training specials running between Bishops Lydeard (BL) and Williton (WN).

    The first services will be hauled by Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057), but to even out the workload, D6566 (33 048) will take over from the 1420 departure on the Saturday and then run for the rest of the weekend.

    The booked movements are:

         1015 BL arriving WN 1050

         1125 WN arriving BL 1200

         1315 BL arriving WN 1350

         1420 WN arriving BL 1455

    Also booked for Thursday 6th May 2021, to run as lower priority to the weedspraying work that is scheduled to be carried out by a RRV along the full length of the line that day, is the following Empty Coaching Stock (ECS) move (timings are approximate):

         0900 BL to Minehead (MD) arriving approx 1030 (D6566 plus 2 coaches)

         1200 MD arriving BL approx 1330 (D6566 plus 7828 ‘ODNEY MANOR’ plus 3 coaches)

    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. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the best way to view these workings is via the webcams.

    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:

    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!

  • DIESELGEN 16-Apr-21

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) approaches Govier’s Lane crossing in Watchet on 22nd March 2021 with a short train of empty ‘DOGFISH’ hopper wagons destined for the PW depot at Dunster. Photo by Tom Courtney © CC BY-NC 3.0

     

    Tomorrow, Saturday 17th April 2021 at approximately 11:00 after the arrival into Williton (WN) of the steam-hauled crew training special from Bishops Lydeard (BL), Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) will run from WN to BL light engine and stable there in preparation for some movements that have been planned by the WSR Infrastructure Engineering Department for Tuesday and Wednesday, 20-21 April.  The details are as follows (timings are approximate):

    Tuesday 20th April 2021

      Off shed from BL at 09:00 to collect the engineers’ train from the ‘up’ sidings at BL and depart for WN where sleepers and other PW materials will be loaded. Continue towards Minehead (MD) and/or other locations as determined by the Infrastructure Engineering Department.

    Wednesday 21st April 2021

      Continuation of the previous days’ working, the final leg of the working being to depart Minehead (MD) at an undetermined time to move a ‘LOWMAC’ wagon to BL where the loco will stable and remain on standby duties.

    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. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the best way to view these workings is via the webcams at BL and WN.

    BL: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm

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

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

    Take care and stay safe!

  • DIESELGEN – 21-Mar-21

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) basking in the sunshine alongside Platform 2 at Williton Station on 13th March 2021. Photo by Tom Courtney © CC BY-NC 3.0

    Some movements have been planned by the WSR Infrastructure Engineering Department for Monday 22nd March as follows (timings are approximate):

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057):

      08:30 Shunt sister Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) to the DEPG yard. Depart Williton (WN) with loaded ballast hoppers and deliver ballast to Doniford (and/or other locations as determined by the Infrastructure Engineering Department).

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

    Please note that the stations are closed to the public and trespassing is not allowed. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the best way to view these workings is via the webcam at WN.

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

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

    Take care and stay safe!

  • DIESELGEN 09-Mar-21

    Class 33 ‘Cromptons’ D6566 (33 048, ahead of the ballast hoppers on the ‘down’ line) and D6575 (33 057, alongside Platform 2 on the ‘up’ line) at Williton, ready to support the engineering trains that will run during the rest of this week and early next. Class 14 D9526 and ‘Hymek’ D7017 continue their hibernation with ‘Western’ D1010 and Andrew Barclay No. 578 (ROF Puriton No. 1) also visible outside the main shed. Image captured on 9th March 2021 from the Williton North webcam, courtesy of Railcam UK and the WSR ©

     

    Some movements have been planned by the WSR Infrastructure Engineering Department for Wednesday 10th through Friday 12th March and again on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th March as follows (timings are approximate):

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048):

      08:30 Depart Williton (WN) with loaded ballast hoppers and deliver ballast to several locations, as determined by the Infrastructure Engineering Department.

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057):

      Remain at WN on standby

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

    Please note that the stations are closed to the public and trespassing is not allowed. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the best way to view these workings is via the webcam at WN.

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

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

    Take care and stay safe!

  • DIESELGEN 29-Dec-20

    Class 33 ‘Cromptons’ D6566 (33 048) on the left and D6575 (33 057) on the right after inspection over the pit at Westridge Shed, Bishops Lydeard, on 2nd November 2020. Photo by Martin Howard. (c) CC BY-NC 3.0

    As a result of Somerset going into Tier 3 on 26th December, the WSR had no choice but to sadly cancel the “Winter Steam Journey’ specials that were booked to run on 29th and 30th December and also cancel the staff specials that were booked for the 31st.

    This disappointing situation shows the importance of the ongoing fight against Covid-19. We all need to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions to minimise the risk of spreading the disease.

    Some movements have been planned by the WSR Operations Department for Thursday 31st December, as follows (timings are approximate):

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057):

      10:15 BL arriving WN at 10:50 (light engine)

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048):

      12:45 WN arriving BL at 13:20 (light engine)

    Between these two light diesel engine movements, there will be an Empty Coaching Stock move from BL to MD, hauled by ex-BR(W) 4-6-0 No. 7828 ‘ODNEY MANOR’ and a light engine move of visiting ex-GWR ‘Large Prairie’ No. 5199, also from BL to MD.

    Please note that the stations are closed to the public and trespassing is not allowed. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the best way to view these workings is via the webcams at BL and WN.

    BL: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm

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

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

    Take care and stay safe!

  • DIESELGEN 17-Dec-20

    Class 33 D6575 (33 057) is ready to depart from Williton with the return leg of the first SANTA EXPRESS of the 2020 season on 12DEC20. Webcam image (c) by Railcam UK and the WSR

    Following the success of last weekend, our Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) is going to be in action again on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December and again on 22nd – 24th December in support of the WSR’s “Santa Express” workings between Bishops Lydeard (BL) and Williton (WN).

    The “Santa Express” is steam-hauled but the Covid-19 precautions have introduced a strict requirement for all services to run to time, to ensure that the guests from one service are clear of the station before the guests for the next service arrive.

    D6575 will be coupled up to the rear of the train on departure from BL to provide assistance on the climbs to Crowcombe Heathfield. This will be a risk mitigation measure to ensure good timekeeping on the first service of the day, when railhead conditions could be at their worst. The diesel will come off when the train returns to BL and will spend the rest of the day on shed at BL, on standby.

    These services have been well patronised and it is great to see the results of so much work coming to fruition. Only a small number of seats remain available to book – follow this link :

    https://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/events/detail/santa-express

    Well done to the volunteers and staff of the WSR family for making this return to service a reality. Have a happy Christmas !

    The booked movements (steam and diesel) are:

         1100 BL arriving WN 1135 (dep. BL 1000 on 24-Dec)

         1150 WN arriving BL 1222

    Note that services may leave BL early if all of the pre-booked guests are on board.

    The remaining steam-hauled (unassisted) services are:

         1345 BL arriving WN 1420 (dep. BL 1225 on 24 Dec)

         1440 WN arriving BL 1512

    and

         1630 BL arriving WN 1705 (dep. BL 1450 on 24 Dec)

         1725 WN arriving BL 1757

    Please note that the stations are closed to the public (except where pre-booked) and trespassing is not allowed. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the best way to view these workings is via the webcams at BL and WN.

    BL: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm

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

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

    Take care and stay safe!

  • DIESELGEN 11-Dec-20

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) stands in the snow at Williton yard on 18th March 2018. Photo by Graham Perry (c) CC BY-NC 3.0

    Our Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6575 (33 057) is going to be in action on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December in support of the WSR’s “Santa Express” workings between Bishops Lydeard (BL) and Williton (WN).

    The “Santa Express” is steam-hauled but the Covid-19 precautions have introduced a strict requirement for all services to run to time, to ensure that the guests from one service are clear of the station before the guests for the next service arrive.

    D6575 will be coupled up to the rear of the train on departure from BL to provide assistance on the climbs to Crowcombe Heathfield. This will be a risk mitigation measure to ensure good timekeeping on the first service of the day, when railhead conditions could be at their worst. The diesel will come off when the train returns to BL and will spend the rest of the day on shed at BL, on standby.

    It is great to see revenue-earning services re-commence on the WSR and we all hope that they will be a great success and provide plenty of seasonal enjoyment to the many guests that have pre-booked. Many thanks to all of the volunteers from so many organisations in the WSR family and all of the WSR staff who have been involved in making this return to service a reality. Have a happy Christmas !

    The booked movements (steam and diesel) are:

         1100 BL arriving WN 1135

         1150 WN arriving BL 1222

    Note that services may leave BL early if all of the pre-booked guests are on board.

     

    The remaining steam-hauled (unassisted) services are:

         1345 BL arriving WN 1420

         1440 WN arriving BL 1512

    and

         1630 BL arriving WN 1705

         1725 WN arriving BL 1757

    Please note that the stations are closed to the public (except where pre-booked) and trespassing is not allowed. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the best way to view these workings is via the webcams at BL and WN.

    BL: http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm

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

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

    Take care and stay safe!

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