More about the coach
I have been a member at Yeovil Railway Centre for over 20 years. It was the middle coach of a dmu set, No 59515, at the WSR.
It was purchased by one of our members in 2013.The first pic is of it shortly after arrival at Yeovil.
It was modified for our use by our members, the carriage connctions at each end were removed and blanked off and with windows fitted at each end. The toilets in the centre of the coach were removed to make way
for wheel chair access and a wider door fitted. A cab has been fitted at the leading end and a vacuum brake fitted for the trailer driver[brakeman] to control stopping the train at the end of the out ward runs.
Its first public appearance was on the 2013 Santa specials then in undercoat grey livery. Since then it has been painted in a light green livery of our choosing and not representing any particular railway livery. It is normally used on the busier days, on other occasions the 'GWR' brakevan only is used. I thought this may be of interest. cheers JOHN C
Many thanks John
More info. John Cornelius
History The South West Main Steam Co was formed in 1993 to preserve the turntable at the junction for future steam railtour locos that required turning. Of course things have moved on a lot since then, from erecting a 15000 gall water tank, recovered from Morlands at Glastonbury in 1994 and building a two road locomotive shed in 1997-1998,plus a myriad of other things over the years. Our greatest coup to date was the signing of a new lease which included the south chord and two small fields. The former Transfer shed is our visitor centre and refreshment area. We have five locos on site, two steam, 'Lord Fisher' and 'Pectin'[which is having its ten year overhaul], and three diesels, Ruston 4wd 'River Yeo', two 0-4-0 Fowlers 'Cockney Rebel' and 'Sam',plus several goods vehicles. A temperory platform was constructed of scaffolding at the east end for special events. Trains normally run on 1st & 3rd Sundays March to October,any other as required plus our
Santa Specials at Christmas.
The future There is talk of south west trains reusing platform 3 again and reinstating the footbridge and possibly the south chord so Weymouth trains could use the junction station. But this is only hearsay at present.
So Keith,this is a quick preamble of the 'Yeovil Railway Centre' as we are better known.
I hope this is of interest cheers JOHN C.
Many thanks John
By pure chance I was on the 1425 to Minehead from Bishops Lydeard today, courtesy of a coach trip with friends. Managed to take these off my video footage. Hampshire unit 1118 left Williton behind 66552 'Maltby Raider'.
Bit surprised that the Booking Office at Bishops Lydeard would not accept cash for tickets, payment by credit card only. Is cash being phased out!. I had to purchase my ticket on the train.
Best I could do, Dave
Your best is just the ticket for us, many thanks to you David
It was 30 years ago that Tiverton Parkway Station opened on 12 May 1986. The previous station for the area, Tiverton Junction, closed the previous day on 11 May 1986. The distance between the two locations is 1 mile 62 chains. The platforms of Tiverton Junction can still be seen alongside the goods loops. Passenger numbers for Parkway have climbed every year recently and were 447,000 for 2014/15 the latest year for which figures are available. The car park is often completely full, and the station can surely be declared a major success story.
Many thanks for this reminder Mike.