28th March 2009

UK Railtours
The West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala

Locos Used 67026, 67030 & steam: 60019 'Bittern' (1)
Stock Used 5950+5985+5929+1200+3364+3330+1692+3356+3348+1699+3426+3397+2834

Route :
1Z28 : Cambridge to Minehead
1Z29 : Minehead to Cambridge

Loco(s) Route
67030 + 67026 Cambridge - Royston - Stevenage - Potters Bar - Finsbury Park - Ealing Broadway - Slough - Taunton - Norton Fitzwarren - Bishops Lydeard
60019 + 67030 + 67026 Bishops Lydeard - Crowcombe - Williton - Minehead LC
67030 + 67026 Minehead LC - Minehead
67026 + 67030 (3) Minehead - (?reverse of outward route?) - Cambridge

Notes .
(1) Substituting for failed 6024.
(2) Nick Bartlett comments: I passed this train at Crowcombe on its inward working from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead, and it had 60019, 67030 and 67026 all on the front. As it pulled away I could hear the A4 and the sound of one or more class 67s (chime whistle and spin dryer).
(3) 67030 was reported as dead-in-tow (on the WSR at least - was it used on the return leg at all?).
(4) Gordon Lacy comments: Running this train caused utter chaos to an already ambitious WSR gala timetable. John Clifford adds: The West Somerset was already running late due to problems earlier in the day. The train I was on arrived at Bishops Lydeard at 1802 (40 late) & the charter was behind us & due there at 1800. I understand that the train did not stop at Bishops Lydeard to pick up passengers as expected which caused further delays. There were problems on the main line with a track circuit failure near Castle Cary. I heard that the train got to Cambridge about 2 hours late.

Sources : Gordon Lacy, Nick Bartlett & John Clifford

Photo Review

67030 & 67026 approaching Fairwood Jn on the outward leg  (photo: Guy Vincent)

67026 leads the train through Dunster at walking pace (photo: Gordon Lacy)

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Gordon Lacy)


Booked (out)

Booked (rtn)




Bishops Lydeard

??L??a ~ 11.40d

18.00 ~ ??.??







Blue Anchor






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