West Somerset Railway Mixed Traction Weekend – We’ll see you there!

Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 digs in to the 1 in 75 gradient as she approaches Longlands Bridge on the climb from Norton Fitzwarren to Bishops Lydeard on 7th August 2021. Photo © Mark Ireland.

Railcam are delighted to be joining the West Somerset Railway and The Diesel and Electric Preservation Group for the upcoming Mixed Traction Weekend where we hope to bring you some behind the scenes footage throughout the two days, and beyond…..

You can keep up with all the action across our extensive camera coverage from the railway, with cameras at Bishops Lydeard, the beautiful Blue Anchor, Crowcombe Heathfield, Minehead (No services currently serving Minehead) and Williton.

The West Somerset Railway is proud to present a weekend of mixed traction with a selection of home fleet diesel and steam locomotives running our intensive timetable on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th September.

There will be mainly diesel haulage on the Friday plus one steam loco in service, then a mix of three diesels and two steam engines on the Saturday, and then a more normal steam-only ‘red timetable’ service will operate on the Sunday.

Diesel locos planned to run during the event are all home based locomotives in care of the Diesel Electric Preservation Group (DEPG) in the shape of Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7018 and Class 33’s ‘Crompton’ D6566 and D6575.

On the Saturday, two of the home-based WSR steam fleet of former GWR locos in newly painted Large Prairie No. 5199 and No. 7828 “Odney Manor” will join the diesels.

On both days most of the trains are expected to run between Bishops Lydeard and Blue Anchor & Dunster stations, plus maybe a couple of workings over the little used Bishops Lydeard to Norton Fitzwarren section. Meanwhile on the Saturday Large Prairie No. 5199 will be providing local services between Bishops Lydeard and Williton

The short section between Dunster and Minehead will be unavailable, however, as engineering works continue the renewal of the Seaward Way level crossing at Minehead, but a heritage bus link will be provided for passengers to travel on to Minehead if desired.

The Mixed Taction Weekend highlights include:

  • Four locomotives in action on Friday. Five on Saturday
  • A short local service hauled by GWR 2-6-2T 5199 making three return trips Bishops Lydeard – Williton on the Saturday
  • Top and Tailed Class 33s on a full length set on the Friday. Over 110 miles available.
  • Two runs to Norton Fitzwarren on the Friday. Five runs on Saturday (dependent on occupancy of the Bishops Lydeard – Norton Fitzwarren section by the mainline ballast train operation)
  • 64 miles of ‘Hymek Haulage’ available on Friday with Saturday allowing 85 miles
  • Two Saturday afternoon/evening trips, one hauled by D6575 and the other by D7018

Timetable for the event can be found HERE

We are also throwing open all our West Somerset Railway cameras on our YouTube Channel for the event, and you can find those below…..

Railcam/West Somerset Railway – Bishops Lydeard
Railcam/West Somerset Railway – Blue Anchor
Railcam/West Somerset Railway – Crowcombe Heathfield
Railcam/West Somerset Railway – Minehead
Railcam/West Somerset Railway – Williton (for the DEPG depot)

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