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WSR Autumn Steam Gala 27-30 September 2018

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

  1. Hemerdon

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    My video taken over the Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning of the 2018 WSR Autumn Gala:

     
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    Great video. It’s Great weather this weekend. Double manors was my highlight.
     
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    I’d more than happily pay for a complete WTT that showed every movement. Don’t know if there is any railway that does this. Presumably staff are given something like this.
     
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    The only railway I know that puts the complete WTT for galas into the public domain is the Severn Valley. In case you haven't seen their WTTs they are extremely detailed showing not just the full WTT for every day with every train / light engine movement shown plus full diagrams for every loco and every coaching set as well as shunting instructions.

    The West Somerset used to sell something a bit like this (although simpler) going back to about 15 years ago. Then they introduced the idea of a souvenir booklet. Despite what they may claim this does not contain a WTT as I understand it - just a public timetable with loco allocations. As you say I suspect the actual WTT is issued to staff only.
     
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    I bought one. Not cheap, £5.00 + p&p. Very well produced and comprehensive. Almost too complicated for me!
    Never made it to the Gala because of the weather, so I’m prepared to sell it for a knockdown price;) .
     
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    Great gala, managed two morning visits before work on Thurs and Fri. Camelot and Braunton were obviously highlights but the double-headed Manors were the absolute stars - such an incredible sound.

    I'm hoping to be back up at the line on Wednesday for the normal running day. Any of the visitors likely to still be around/running/being loaded up that day?
     
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    There’s a path for Camelot to go back mainline today, collection by diesel. And I think I read somewhere 41312 will be leaving for the south Devon railway on Tuesday
     
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    To work on the SDR, or just attention at the Buckfastleigh works? I shall not be a million miles away if she's going to work on the line - just love those Ivatts, the classic branch line loco!

    John
     
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    41312 on low loader at BL currently. Not sure when it leaves
     
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    Just left
     
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    On its way to the SDR
     
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    This was my first WSR gala - I went on Saturday and had a great time! One of the highlights for me was actually the Hymek diesel - the driver kindly invited me into the cab at Bishops Lydeard just as the Standard 4 tank was arriving, which made for a unique photo/video opportunity (see below).
    I also enjoyed the 7F & Battle of Britain double header and of course the bright sunshine helped too.
    As others have said, I think the Mid Hants provide some of the best gala timetables with the loco allocations available for free, I think it's something the WSR could learn from. Also, my ride in the Quantock Belle set was a bit squashed in standard class as most of that set is first class and not many people wanted to pay the £2 supplement, so there were a number of empty first class seats while the standard class carriages were full (just like on many trains on the 'big railway'!) I think the Mid Hants also do well here waiving the first class supplement for the weekend.

    All in all, a great day out though - thanks so much to everyone who was involved in putting the event on. I'll be back for another WSR gala soon!

    Here's my video from Saturday:
     
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    Very enjoyable day on Sunday, which my wife and 5 year old daughter also accompanied me on. The £2 kids fare was a great idea. Missed the chance to ride behind Camelot, but the double headed manors were fantastic. Also my first visit to the set up in Norton Fitzwarren, hadn't realised how extensive it was! The timetable was frequent, interesting and seemed resilient - an issue at previous galas! Great variety of locos and the organisers did well to replace those unavailable at the last minute.
    There were a few more speed restrictions compared to my last visit. Being an SVR member I know full well how difficult (& expensive) infrastructure issues can be - the West Somerset is a few miles longer too. I hope their well publicised political and financial issues are resolved so a good long term plan can be implemented to take the line forward - it really is a gem and needs some stability.
    From loadings on Sunday this event looked a success with all trains comfortably loaded. I look forward to a return next year.
     
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    My footage from the Saturday and Sunday. I think the highlight, for me, has to be the rather monstrous soundtrack provided by 6960 up Washford Bank on the Sunday evening. I hope you enjoy it! :)
     
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    I wonder what the theme of next years spring gala could be.
     
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    From Saturday
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    Further photos from Saturday can be found at https://paulsimpson.zenfolio.com/p72480955. Visited Crowcombe Heathfield Station twice for refreshments during the day.
    Spent Sunday travelling and had very enjoyable run behind 7822 from Minehead and Bishops Lydeard. On the return behind 7820 we stopped between Blue Anchor and Dunster so the crew could put out a lineside fire.
     

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