If you register, you can do a lot more. And become an active part of our growing community. You'll have access to hidden forums, and enjoy the ability of replying and starting conversations.

WSR Autumn Steam Gala 27-30 September 2018

Discussion in 'Galas and Events' started by West Somerset Wizard, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. Ian Monkton

    Ian Monkton Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2011
    Messages:
    813
    Likes Received:
    683
    Location:
    South Somerset
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    That's a possibility - but more likely is that it may be used for photo charters or private driving experiences. We have a small number of regular clients who hire a train for the day just to drive it themselves. These trains are classed as Steam Engineman Courses and would not be available for the public to ride on.
     
  2. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    15,975
    Likes Received:
    22,640
    Location:
    21C102
    There may also be an element of simple logistics to an early departure, i.e. finding a date for which there is availability of a WCRC diesel and driver for the move (plus the positioning move of the diesel prior to that); etc.

    Tom
     
  3. Colin Allcars

    Colin Allcars Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2016
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    354
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Newport
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    On the official website there is a list of planned double headers, 4 or 5 per day. This is an interesting feature. I haven't yet seen the souvenir programme advertised, though, which will give the full picture.
     
  4. Colin Allcars

    Colin Allcars Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2016
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    354
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Newport
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    On the official website there is a list of planned double headers, 4 or 5 per day. This is an interesting feature. I haven't yet seen the souvenir programme advertised, though, which will give the full picture.
     
  5. Colin Allcars

    Colin Allcars Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2016
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    354
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Newport
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    On the official website there is a list of planned double headers, 4 or 5 per day. This is an interesting feature. I haven't yet seen the souvenir programme advertised, though, which will give the full picture.
     
  6. Colin Allcars

    Colin Allcars Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2016
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    354
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Newport
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    On the official website there is a list of planned double headers, 4 or 5 per day. This is an interesting feature. I haven't yet seen the souvenir programme advertised, though, which will give the full picture.
     
  7. 45076

    45076 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2011
    Messages:
    447
    Likes Received:
    279
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    34004
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    DOUBLE-HEADED LOCOMOTIVE WORKINGS
    Day 1, 27th September
    73082 and 34052
    73082 and 6046
    80104 and 41312
    7822 and 6960
    7820 and 7822

    Day 2, 28th September
    73082 and 53808
    34052 and 53808
    80104 and 41312
    7820 and 7822

    Day 3, 29th September
    73082 and 53808
    73082 and 41312
    34052 and 53808
    7822 and 6960

    Day 4, 30th September
    41312 and 53808
    34052 and 41312
    34052 and 53808
    34052 and 80104
    7820 and 7822
     
    6960 Raveningham Hall likes this.
  8. johnofwessex

    johnofwessex Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2015
    Messages:
    4,368
    Likes Received:
    2,653
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Thorn in my managers side
    Location:
    72
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    When I managed to find it, the souvenir brochure was only available on the Thursday booking site, not any other day, could perhaps @Robin Moira White raise it with the appropriate people?

    Also is it posted out to you?
     
  9. 6026 King John

    6026 King John Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2006
    Messages:
    1,118
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Hampton Court, Surrey
    Can't help feeling that they are overdoing it a bit with the double-heading. What do others think?
     
  10. green five

    green five Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2006
    Messages:
    5,810
    Likes Received:
    1,335
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Hampshire
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Don't get me started on double heading.
    I don't mind it if smaller loco's double head on decent length trains but some larger loco's double heading look frankly ridiculous on short carriage rakes. One Gala I visited years ago had two 9F's hauling four carriages.
    The WSR have come up with some good combinations for this event though. Very suitable combinations for the train formations they operate over the challenging gradients.
    Sorry for a little rant.

    Sent from my D6603 using Tapatalk
     
    6026 King John likes this.
  11. Colin Allcars

    Colin Allcars Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2016
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    354
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Newport
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    I haven't seen the full timetable yet but double headers do add something to a gala, especially if the timetable is a little bland.
     
  12. 6026 King John

    6026 King John Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2006
    Messages:
    1,118
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Hampton Court, Surrey
    I agree but I think a couple of double-headers a day should be enough. 4 or 5 is overkill in my view. Furthermore I like double-headers that are realistic combinations from steam days. So 73082 and 34046 is a good one (very Somerset and Dorset) and the GWR Maoor/Hall combinations are good but I'm not sure about some of the others. Not a major gripe - just a personal viewpoint.
     
    green five and nanstallon like this.
  13. 6960 Raveningham Hall

    6960 Raveningham Hall Member Friend

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2016
    Messages:
    298
    Likes Received:
    475
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    St. Austell and Blue Anchor.
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    I'm looking forward to travelling behind the two Manors. Should be a good soundtrack on Washford Bank and the climb from Williton to Crowcombe Heathfield.

    Stef.
     
    green five and Copper-capped like this.
  14. horace

    horace New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2006
    Messages:
    477
    Likes Received:
    92
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Somerset
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Too many double headers. One a day is plenty.
     
  15. peckett

    peckett New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2006
    Messages:
    351
    Likes Received:
    128
    I hope the are all chimney first ,not tender to tender.
     
  16. nanstallon

    nanstallon Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2005
    Messages:
    3,872
    Likes Received:
    1,290
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Westcountry
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    I don't generally like double headers, especially when they are silly combinations, but on the S&D on a summer Saturday up to 1962 pretty well anything could happen! The planned ones for the gala aren't in the silly category, but one or two should be enough. I suppose when there are so many visitors, it is the only way to ensure that every loco gets a decent amount of running.
     
  17. Gladiator 5076

    Gladiator 5076 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2015
    Messages:
    1,012
    Likes Received:
    663
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Swanage
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    There do seem a lot and apart from the S&D not sure how many Cross Country services were double headed. Most seem good (apart from Camelot and the S160). Not yet having my programme, I am concerned Camelot may never run on its own. Still at least it is a line with a few hills.
     
  18. Ian Monkton

    Ian Monkton Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2011
    Messages:
    813
    Likes Received:
    683
    Location:
    South Somerset
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    The number of double headers will probably reduce when the S160 fails and locos have to be rediagrammed to cover! (ducks to avoid the flack!)
     
  19. Brockenman

    Brockenman New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2018
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    3
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Poole
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    An up and coming steam Gala,4 days, 10 locos with a few services paired up and guess what people are already critising this descision.For those who will be attending and dont like double headers,dont go on that train.I think its a good idea and will be looking forward to the Gala,im doing all four days.I was also pleased when the railway reverted to running this Gala at the end of September rather than the first full week of October like the last 2 years.Couldnt attend as not a weekend off work.
    Hoping for plenty of clag,sunshine and some nice beer in Minehead,staying there is always nice.
    Cheers
     
    nanstallon and Colin Allcars like this.
  20. Gladiator 5076

    Gladiator 5076 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2015
    Messages:
    1,012
    Likes Received:
    663
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Swanage
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    People are making valid comments about what they like to spend their leisure money on. I will be attending this year (even though I am not a great fan of the line and do not normally go) because most of the locos are BR Black. That does it for me, many on here would deride that, and that is their choice. Everyone's opinion is valid.
     
    horace likes this.

Share This Page