Rob Lindley photographs 92214 taken from Bishops Lydeard outer home signal this morning during the West Somerset Spring Gala which last another 4 days over next weekend
Many Thanks Rob
Remembered on the West Somerset
Special features of this Gala being classes of engines which worked on the line together with stations being renamed of those on the former Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway. By Roger Winnen and David Tozer
There was no Sunday service on the S & D and therefore the last service trains ran on the Saturday, however the line was still officially open on the Sunday and therefore two railtours could run. These were the R.C.T.S. Somerset & Dorset Farewell Rail Tour and the Stephenson Locomotive Society (Midland Area) railtour. Overnight the signalbox at Evercreech mysteriously burnt down and trains had to be hand signalled.
Not only did all the S & D stations close but also several relatively close by :- Pinhoe (happily re-opened), Broadclyst (now Cranbrook is close by), Sidmouth Junction stayed open another year (Since reopened as Feniton) but the branch to Tipton St Johns and the branches to Sidmouth & Exmouth closed thus eliminating the stations at Ottery St Mary, Tipton St Johns, Newton Poppleford, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Littleham, and Sidmouth. Also closed was Seaton Junction and the Seaton branch thus eliminating Colyford and Colyton, and Seaton from the network. In addition Milbourne Port, Semely, Dinton and Wilton South were closed.
at Okehampton Mike Morant