Week ending 29-May-22

Week ending 29-May-22

DIESEL RUNNING DATES – we have created a new page on our website and we will be updating it on a regular basis to provide a quick and easy reference to diesel running for the whole of the 2022 season. We will be adding the link to all of our most-visited pages soon, but meanwhile the link can be found on our home page or by looking under the DIESELGEN menu header.

The usual caveats of loco availability apply, but we will be aiming to deliver the above program of running with the locos indicated and we will provide as much advance notice of any change as possible, using our DIESELGEN and Twitter feeds, so please sign up to keep up to date.


FAST APPROACHING – the WSR’s 2022 DIESEL GALA will take place from Thursday 9th through Saturday 11th June 2022, so keep these dates free and make a plan to attend ! Click this link to the WSR website to view the dates for other WSR events that are planned for 2022. We will be opening our depot to the public on these special event days, so please come along to view our major restoration projects and chat to our volunteers. We look forward to seeing you.



Class 52 D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ – our CAMPAIGN for CAMPAIGNER is still running and WE NEED YOUR HELP, so click on the images below for an update of fundraising status or to make a donation. We are making good progress on the restoration of this massive locomotive, but our fund raising needs to keep pace so that our volunteers can obtain the materials and spare parts as we go along. We know that there are a lot of competing causes at present, but please do what you can to help.

Major progress on D1010 last week was the repair of the driver’s side window surround and handrail attachment at the ‘A’ end of the locomotive (currently the ‘Minehead’ end). The side windows are putting up a fight and don’t want to come out, but they have to be removed so that we can attend to the corroded steelwork that supports them. No doubt we will get them out soon. Here’s some photos showing the progress made during the last week:

D1010 – the corner of the driver’s side window at ‘A’ end shows the evidence of a stress corrosion fracture that has allowed rain water to enter and cause further damage. This corroded metal was subsequently cut out so that new steel could be built up from the solid structure around the door frame. Photo taken at Williton on Monday 23rd May 2022 by Colin Foxhall © CC BY-NC 3.0


D1010 – the strength has been restored by welding a new steel section into the vertical stanchion which in turn provides support to the horizontal window frame section. The handrail attachment area was also cleaned out by Geoff and the handrail welded over by Colin. Photo taken at Williton on Monday 23rd May 2022 by Colin Foxhall © CC BY-NC 3.0


D1010 – the corner of the driver’s side window at ‘A’ end cannot be repaired until the aluminium window frame has been removed. This is putting up a fight because the steel screws have corroded into the steel below the frame and do not want to come out. In the end, brute force and ingenuity will be applied in appropriate measure to get the window frames out without damaging them. Photo taken at Williton on Monday 23rd May 2022 by Colin Foxhall © CC BY-NC 3.0


D1010 – the top corner surround of the driver’s door at ‘A’ end was showing a bulge in the skin, so an exploratory cut was made to find out what was going on. A cracked weld just below the gutter had allowed rain water to get in and the subsequent corrosion had pushed the skin outwards. This has now been repaired and resolved by Colin and Tim. Photo taken at Williton on Tuesday 24th May 2022 by Colin Foxhall © CC BY-NC 3.0


To support the work that is progressing in multiple areas on D1010, we launched our CAMPAIGN for CAMPAIGNER by offering ‘SPONSOR A PATCH’ where you can donate in support of the bodywork repairs that are taking place on D1010 ‘WESTERN CAMPAIGNER’ and HAVE YOUR NAME ENGRAVED ON THE SPONSORED PATCH or PART.

For the sum of £25, this scheme offers you a chance to sponsor the restoration of this much-loved locomotive, with your personal contribution being recorded and documented on a set of drawings that will be made available at our Williton depot on running days and open days. For those who prefer to remain anonymous, a unique reference number will be allocated and engraved instead.

See our CAMPAIGN for CAMPAIGNER web page for more details !

NOTE: EVERYONE WHO HAS ALREADY DONATED £25 OR MORE SINCE JULY 2021 WILL BE RECOGNISED and will be allocated an appropriate area on one of the patches or parts that have already been applied to the loco. Donations of smaller sums that accumulate to £25 are also eligible, so donate what you can when you can, and we will keep track of your total donations. Use our CONTACT FORM if you want to register your previous donations to D1010 for this campaign.


Class 33 D6566 (33 048) – this loco has now moved to Bishops Lydeard to take up her duty as the standby locomotive.


Class 33 D6575 (33 057) – this loco is currently based at Minehead and is available for use as required.


Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7017 – this loco was the subject of attention last weekend, with an engine run and brake test being performed in readiness for a test run that will be fitted-in between now and the Diesel Gala.


Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 – attention will soon shift to preparing this loco for her brake test and test run, in advance of a charter working that is booked for next Tuesday 7th June – but more about that in the next roundup. This loco will be locked in second gear for the rest of this season, which means that the power controller may need to be opened up a bit more to maintain timings with a 6-coach load. This should result in plenty of ‘Maybach Music’ to entertain the travellers !


Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9518 – some visible progress on this loco over the last weekend was the re-installation of the two Reavell exhausters that create the vacuum for the train braking system. These machines were overhauled some time ago by Terry Deacon and an interesting story about the challenges of the restoration work is told by specialist materials supplier TENMAT on their website. Click here for details.

D9518 – the pair of reconditioned Reavell exhausters were treated to a coat of paint by Colin C at Williton on Saturday 28th May 2022, to make sure that they were properly dressed before they were hoisted back into position on the locomotive. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0


D9518 – the two Reavell exhausters are now back in position on top of the subframe that holds them clear of the transmission heat exchanger, towards the front of the locomotive. Another excellent piece of progress by team D9518 ! The Voith L217u hydraulic transmission is in the foreground. Pictured at Williton on Sunday 29th May 2022 by Simon Purvis © CC BY-NC 3.0


D9518 – The engine-driven (via the transmission) 110 VDC auxiliary generator has been prepared for re-installation and is soon to be back in position on top of the frames. This machine was completely reconditioned by well-known firm BOWERS ELECTRICAL, in Heanor, Derbyshire. Pictured at Williton on Saturday 28th May 2022 by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0


This loco is the subject of a fundraising appeal so please follow this link to find out more. We need your help ! In addition to funds, we also need plenty of HANDS. If you love the ‘Teddy Bears’ and you are not already a member of the DEPG, please join us so that you can become one of the team that is going to return D9518 to full operational condition as ‘NCB No. 7‘.


Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 – this loco continues to be in regular use on the Kent & East Sussex Railway. The latest news is that loco has now clocked up 350 hours of use and continues to be well looked after by the Class 14 experts at this railway. One duty that she performed very carefully last week was the move of 1872-built Stroudley ‘Terrier’ Class A1X number 70, named ‘POPLAR‘ from Tenterden to Rolvenden, as pictured below:

Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 was in charge of moving 1872-built Stroudley Class A1X ‘Terrier’ number 70 ‘POPLAR’ from Tenterden to Rolvenden on Wednesday 25th May 2022. Photo provided by the K&ESR © CC BY-NC 3.0


Class 47 47077 ‘NORTH STAR’ – this loco is currently stabled at Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and is expected to move to Grosmont during the coming week (yes, delayed from last week!) to enter the loco works for completion of some overhaul tasks, including the replacement of the ‘triple pump’ using the spare that has been shipped from Williton to Grosmont. We hope to share the news of the move soon.

Class 47 47077 (D1661, 47613, 47840) ‘NORTH STAR’ was pictured from a passing train while residing in the new carriage shed near Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in mid-May 2022. Photo by DEPG member and volunteer Cameron Walker © CC BY-NC 3.0


Andrew Barclay 0-4-0DH 578 – this loco benefited from a wash that was provided by Ian and Tom on Sunday 29th May 2022 after it had attracted the unwelcome attention of the seagull population. Suffice it to say that the loco has now returned to her proper livery of deep bronze green !



If you can help by donating your time, then please JOIN US and come along to the depot for an introduction to what we do and how we do it. We currently have people on site from Saturday through to Tuesday and we can open on other days if we can be sure of getting at least two volunteers on site at all times, so there is plenty of scope. We have tasks of all types to suit most capabilities, both skilled and unskilled.

Many thanks to all of our volunteers who give up so much of their time to work on the cleaning, painting, maintaining, restoring, managing and fund raising for our fleet of heritage locomotives !


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