Four panniers and ‘Foxcote’ farewell for WSR’s country railway event

THE West Somerset Railway’s (WSR) Autumn Steam Gala will take place just days after this issue of The RM goes on sale, with a no fewer than four GWR Collett panniers taking centre stage.

Three of the ever-popular 0-6-0PTs will be visiting the railway for the October 3-6 A Country Railway-themed event, including one-time resident ‘64XX’ No. 6412, from the South Devon Railway (SDR). 

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The auto-fitted pannier has had a close relationship with both the Minehead and Ashburton branches during its preservation career, hauling the inaugural trains on both lines.

Collett ‘64XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 6412 stands at Buckfastleigh, having arrived with a re-creation of the Dart Valley Railway’s ‘Reopening Special’ from Totnes on April 13 during the South Devon Railway’s 50th anniversary gala. KENNY FELSTEAD

After its sale from the Dart Valley Railway (now the SDR) to the WSR in 1976 it went on to find fame as the ‘Flockton Flyer’ in the 1977 children’s television programme of the same name.

The loco went full circle in 2008 when the WSR, having deemed the pannier too small for general use on its line, agreed to sell No. 6412 back to the SDR. 

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Read more in the October 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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