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East Somerset Railway

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by nick813, May 15, 2016.

  1. MAPLE CHRIS

    MAPLE CHRIS Member

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    thanks for reply ref Pannier
     
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    Anyone know if L.92 is out this weekend? Thanks
     
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    Thank you hopefully see it on sunday for the first time!
     
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    D1039 Part of the furniture

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    I visited on Sunday (yesterday) for the first time in a couple of decades.

    Ivatt 46447 had failed early that morning (6 a.m.) and pannier L92 was steamed instead, running three round trips. Unfortunately, it didn't have enough steam in time and the 11.00 eventually left 100 minutes later, in effect the 11.00 was cancelled and it ran as a 10 minute late 12.30. I skipped the first train which was quite crowded, and took the next train at 2.00. These things happen and kudos for steaming L92 for just 15 miles running.

    Part of the reason I waited was I fancied a bite to eat and lunch would finish at 2.30, so there'd be a rush from returning passengers at 1.20 and those trying to get the 2.00. Lunch was good: three Greek dishes and I had the souvlaki at £7. Really good, and I told the cooks that too.

    Cranmore West is out of use for work, as is the signalling at Cranmore. The flooring on the Mark 1 TSO was noticeably quite worn and the tables loose. There's obviously some catching up to do.

    Everyone was friendly and welcoming (though the informative briefing at the ticket office caused a long queue first thing). It's off season so as would be expected a number of attractions were closed to the public, such as the signalbox and miniature railway. The works was open though and you could see (and hear) rivetting to the lower firebox of 4110. Partly dismantled was 'Nan'. Outside was GWR 4247 and the Ivatt which was under investigation/repair and in steam. It's a real attraction to be able to wander safely through the works. The shiny LU carriage is a picture. The age profile of the volunteers is encouragingly young. The 'trail' and exhibits are well done.

    A few bugbears. A personal dislike is the canned music in the station and platform (Do they know it's Christmas?). The family in the bay behind me were cleaning their own table. There's a fair bit of linear scrapyard although there's a lot well concealed by trees in the yard.

    There's information about being able to combine a ride with a walk back, but it's not signed or routed in the handouts. With such a short run I think that would be an advantage.

    Communication was sporadic, waiting for the 11.00 we were told at quarter past that 'I've just been told there'll be no steam for quarter of an hour. At least'. It was another 80 minutes. As I was lunching a chap went to the car park (12.30) and had been told they hoped there'd be steam for the 2.00 departure: then the Pannier turned up and the train went!

    One last thing, I was surprised there wasn't a bar of some sort, which might earn more money?

    Thanks to all at the ESR.
     
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    MellishR Resident of Nat Pres Friend

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    Thanks for the warning as that's a major bugbear for me. I won't be going -- though to be fair I would not have been very likely to visit anyway.
     
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    If late May double bank holiday week is out of season when is in season ?
     

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