All of the four home-based steam fleet of former GWR locos are expected to be in action with GWR liveried Large Prairie No. 5199, Mogul No. 9351 and Manors No. 7822 “Foxcote Manor” and No.7828 “Odney Manor”, plus one diesel -- probably the Hymek -- to give a reasonable gala service level and that will give a distinct British Railways Western Region branch line feel.
All of the above is subject to availability, budgetary pressures and Covid 19 restrictions of course, so would-be visitors are advised to check the WSR websites and social media pages for updates.
As with the ‘Mixed Traction’ weekend, WSR steam trains for the October ‘Autumn Steam Gala’ are planned 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.
The short section between Dunster and Minehead is also likely to still be unavailable then as engineering works are expected to continue on 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.
But, if things do change on Seaward Way and it is open sooner, then the WSR will be making an announcement nearer the time alongside Somerset County Council as the highway authority.
A breakfast meal is available for advance bookings on the “Quantock Belle” dining train, which will be attached to some trains during this weekend. The breakfast menu is as follows - Orange Juice Fried Egg, Lean Back Bacon, Pork Sausage, Black Pudding, Hash Browns, Baked Beans and Tomato Toast and Marmalade Tea or Coffee with free refill. Yo0u must have a gala ticket as well as a gala breakfast ticket in order to dine on this service.
The WSR has repainted most of its coaching stock into a variety of liveries during the lockdown period, and it is planned to run a Maroon, Red/Cream and Choc/Cream sets for these galas in order to recreate some authentic scenes of BR Western Region secondary and branch lines.
We will run a special Fish and Chip evening train on 2nd October leaving Bishops Lydeard at 18.25 travelling to Blue Anchor for a planned arrival time of 19.25 with both dining and non-dining tickets available. This train will leave for its return journey at 20.15 and arrive at Bishops Lydeard at 21.20. Tickets are available HERE
Tickets for this event will be day rover tickets - a discount is available online when purchasing multi-day tickets. Rover tickets will not be valid for use on the 18.25 evening train from Bishops Lydeard but are available separately with both Fish and Chip dining tickets and travel only tickets available.
TIMETABLE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD HERE
|Quantock Belle Breakfast||£12.50|
|Autumn Steam Gala Adult 1 Day Individual||£30.00|
|Autumn Steam Gala Child 1 Day Individual||£15.00|
One Day Ticket £30 / Two Day Ticket £55 / Three Day Ticket £75
When booking a multiple day ticket, please click on the booking link above for the first day you would like to book tickets for. If it is the 3 day ticket, please click on the 'Friday' booking link. If it the 2 day ticket, you may choose the two individual days you would like tickets for - they must be in order but they do not need to be successive.
Gala breakfasts must be purchased for the same date as you gala ticket.
Gala Breakfasts on the Quantock Belle
A breakfast meal is available for advance bookings on the “Quantock Belle” dining train, which will be attached to some trains during this weekend.
The breakfast menu is as follows -
Orange Juice Fried Egg, Lean Back Bacon, Pork Sausage, Black Pudding, Hash Browns, Baked Beans and Tomato Toast and Marmalade Tea or Coffee with free refill. Yo0u must have a gala ticket as well as a gala breakfast ticket in order to dine on this service.