New bridge sections at Saveock.
By Mick House.
This is one of them. The restoration of Fowler 22900'SAM' which has taken 10/12 years to complete.
IT entered service about two months ago and is used for shunting when our Ruston is not available. It cannot operate passenger trains at present as it has no vacuum brake, only a hand brake.
But it makes a welcome addition to our fleet of small loco's.
'IT' was named 'SAM' after one of our members 'Jack Russell' dog, who was a regular visitor with his master at the centre for several years and nick named 'the railway dog' cheers JOHN C.
A lovely story John, many thanks.
Morning Keith, 'SAM' belonged to John Barrett,who was our treasurer at Yeovil for several years.
SAM always accompanied him on his visits and became a friend to all the members who came to work at the centre,hence the nickname 'the railway dog'. Sadly when he was about 12 years old,he was out walking with john
one day,both had stopped at the side of the road to let a car pass, when Sam suddenly ran out in front of it and was run over with fatal results.
As John had loaned the money to buy the diesel loco,he suggested that when the loco was restored it be named Sam in memory of his dog.
However not long after Sam's passing, John bought another 'jack Russell'puppy from near Barnstaple and named it 'BARNY' and of course it comes to Yeovil when ever John comes.
So their we are, hope this is of interest. cheers JOHN C.
Pity about 'Sam', welcome to 'Barny'.
Railtour Mike Morant