Chairman of the Gala Planning Team, Don Bishop, is pleased to announce the first visiting loco for the Autumn gala between 3rd and 6thOctober 2019. Courtesy of our friends at the South Devon Railway we will have a visit from old WSR favourite and stalwart Pannier No. 6412. The smart BR lined green loco was of course based on the WSR between 1976 and the early 2000’s when it was sold to the SDR as it was no longer suitable for regular use on the WSR which requires more powerful locos for its heavier trains and gradients. The loco is expected to work on some of the “local trains” planned for the gala theme of country railways. It will be good to see the loco return to the WSR in the 40th anniversary year of reopening through to Bishops Lydeard in 1979.
Another different attraction we are planning at this year’s autumn event is the carriage of parcels, luggage and light goods between stations on our passenger services. In scenes that were once common place at country stations as passengers luggage in advance and local produce was loaded onto passenger trains and porters were seen wheeled trolleys of goods and parcels around stations in anticipation of the next arrival. We hope to recreate these scenes to add interest to our wonderful stations in between trains at the gala. More details will be announced later as these are confirmed.
Work continues on finding a few more visiting locos to visit the line that fit the theme and we have a couple of enquiries active and details will be given in due course.