Class 56 on the Bodmin and Wenford for Diesel Gala.
It is hoped that Colas are going to send 56 078.
Due to depart Exeter Riverside Yard Friday 23rd at 17.10 and arriving at Bodmin Parkway at 19.10.
If you hadn't already heard S&D fireman Ian Bunnett died aged 70 on Thursday 8th September after a long battle against cancer. His funeral took place on the Isle of Wight on Friday last. It was his dearest wish that his ashes are scattered over his beloved S&D via the firebox of a loco on the line and we will be fulfilling that wish in the next few weeks using our steam Sentinel which was the prototype of the Radstock Sentinels. We are not sure whether Ian ever fired the Sentinels but we do know that a number of the Bath Green Park firemen did on occasions.
It was a real joy to be able to give Ian what turned out to be a final S&D footplate ride in March on the 50th anniversary of the closure of the line back in 1966 and there were tears in his eyes as he stepped down from the footplate saying "John, I never ever thought I would see the day that I would once again be on the footplate of a passenger train on the old S&D". Sadly as time passes there are fewer and fewer ex S&D staff left and it has been a real privilege to know Ian. Along with his old mate John Sawyer, we worked together on the original Millennium bid to try and get the line reopened all the way from Radstcok to Shepton Mallet but it was not to be. However it was because of men like Ian that we started to work at Midsomer Norton to fulfil a promise made many years ago to bring back standard gauge steam to the S&D.
Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust
Midsomer Norton Mainline Project
Thank you, John, for advising us.