During my visit to this railway in June/July all passenger strains were being hauled by this S.& D.J.R. 2-8-0 7F number 88.
The 7F 2-8-0 is the iconic engine from the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway, the railway that used to link Bath with Bournemouth. Designed for heavy freight, a total of 11 engines were built in 2 batches between 1914 and 1925. No.88 comes from the 2nd batch of 5 and has a larger boiler compared to the 1st batch.
The 7F's were very successful hauling trains over the Mendip hills on the S&D and could often be seen double-headed with other types, such as West Country's and BR standard classes. Here she stands at Bishops Lydeard ready to take on water from that fine water tower before the return journey to Minehead.
I believe she may be coming to the Great Central Railway at Lougborough in October for the Autumn Gala.
All being well we will be joining Tiff's gathering in Dudley on Sunday, hopefully we may get the chance to meet a few of you U.K.Shutterchancers there as well.
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