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West Somerset Railway 5/7

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.

West Somerset Railway 5/7

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.

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Sep 2011, 00:39
I love the verdant backdrop, Brian.
Brian Walbey: It is in the county of Somerset and in the background are the Quantock Hills. If you can spare a few minutes you might enjoy this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdv9qnqiZG4
hope you do Brian. you would enjoy the Black country Museum
Brian Walbey: I have had a bloody awful cold this week hence the way I phrased my narrative. We must cancel our hotel booking by 4pm.today in order not to pay, I'm sure all will work out and we will see you on Sunday.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Sep 2011, 07:55
Ahh...shad of the S&D. Looking forward to seeing you at Dudley Brian
Brian Walbey: That's what I thought Chris. This loco is coming to the GCR in October for the big gala I believe. WE should be o.k.for Sunday. I found this video if you have a few minutes to spare http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdv9qnqiZG4
A sturdy old workhorse!
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Tom.
  • Chantal
  • Germany
  • 2 Sep 2011, 10:29
I really enjoy the series, brings back time
Brian Walbey: I'm really glad when one of you ladies on SC says how much you have enjoyed railway picture Chantal, it is more normally considered a man's subject of course.
I can imagine this train rolling along your beautiful English countryside Brian. A fine picture.
Brian Walbey: It is especially lovely countryside round that way Frances, our county of Somerset and the Quantock Hills.You can see a bit of that here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdv9qnqiZG4
Another great engine, hope to see you Sunday Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, we are looking forward to meeting you also Martin.
Lovely shot Brian. I remember Tornado getting water here
Brian Walbey: Then you got a very good view of Tornado then Janet.
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Sep 2011, 18:52
I do like Bishops Lydeard for decent locomotive photographs Brian, the 7F looks just great by the water tower.
Brian Walbey: Yes, sadly being in a party I had to catch the next train back rather than hang about for a while.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Sep 2011, 21:21
I like the signals and water tank - pure nostalgia!
Brian Walbey: Yes this is a good place for atmospheric shots like this Mike.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Sep 2011, 08:47
A proper old timer smile
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed SAVO but still going strong.
Nice capture Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.

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