Williton

  • Western Cinderella awaits attention at Williton

    Western Cinderella awaits attention at Williton

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    THE Diesel & Electric Preservation Group’s Class 52 No. D1010 Western Campaigner is seen alone in Williton diesel depot, West Somerset Railway, on June 22.  For nearly a quarter of a century this loco, when in the shed (completed late 1997), has had Class 35 No. D7018 for company. However, on this day the ‘Hymek’ was out…

  • Highs and lows at the West Somerset

    Highs and lows at the West Somerset

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    THE West Somerset Railway reopened on March 30 after a three-month winter closure.  There was much celebration, but a lot of work is required and money spent to bring the railway back its former glory. Weight restrictions have been introduced, down-grading the line to a GWR Blue route (17.9T axle loading). This follows advice from…

  • Restoration of West Somerset’s little-known diesel ‘shunter’

    Restoration of West Somerset’s little-known diesel ‘shunter’

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    RUSTON & Hornsby 200793 of 1940 has been beautifully restored and is used as yard shunter by West Somerset Restoration, the commercial engineering arm of the West Somerset Railway Association at Williton.  The 48DS-type arrived on the West Somerset Railway from South Wales in 2016, but as far as is known, has never made a…

  • West Somerset rescued from the brink of collapse

    West Somerset rescued from the brink of collapse

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    THE West Somerset Railway has been saved from closure by a whisker – after failures were found in its finances, infrastructure and safety systems. In an open and frank meeting, 320 supporters gathered at the Oake Manor Golf Club, Wellington, Somerset on March 2 to hear first-hand of the plc’s dire position, as well as…

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