Class 25, D7523 “John F Kennedy” on the @WSomRailway ‏

Back in 2007, I used to chase the visiting locomotives on the West Somerset Railway.

Class 25, D7523 “John F Kennedy” in the rain, pulling into Williton station on the West Somerset Railway, pulling GWR 5553, small prairie 2-6-2T.

D7523 was built by British Railways at Darlington in 1965.  It was at Toton TMD before moving around various London Midland Region sheds. I understand in 1974 it was renumbered 25173. 

This Diesel engine, I currently believe, as of 4th December, 2015 is on Epping Ongar Railway undergoing a full overhaul.

Ever visited West Somerset Railway? Please do leave your experience of the railway in the comments below.

Don’t forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark’s score for the West Somerset Railway : 7 out of 10.

Class 35 at #Williton #WSR

Class 35 ‘Hymek’ Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive

No D7017 in Livery-BR Blue at Wilton on the West Somerset Railway. Built by Beyer Peacock at Manchester in 1962.

First allocated Depot was 82A Bristol Bath Road Withdrawn in March 1975.

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88 Leaving #Dunster #WSR

Steam Locomotive 88 leaving Dunster station on the West Somerset Railway. LMS 13809, a preserved 7F locomotive, working the Hellifield to Carnforth leg of a Cumbrian Mountain Pullman in 1983. S&DJR 7F 2-8-0

Lord Nelson E850

Steam Locomotive Lord Nelson E850 on its first run after preservation at Eastleigh on the West Somerset Rail in September 2006. The Maunsell LN Class 4-6-0 No. E850 was the last steam engine built preserved out of Eastleigh

Fire Fire Fire

Three old fashion Fire, water buckets on the West Somerset Railway.

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Nice to chat at the history village #Dunster, #Exmoor

A stunning example of the quality of life on Exmoor, people care and have time to stop and have a chat.

This British Rail Class 115 DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) running on the West Somerset Railway stopping at the historic village of Dunster.

DMU 51880 was preserved by the West Somerset Railway in 1995 for use on off-peak services. The railway had previously run a variety of different DMU sets but wished to standardise their maintenance, so acquired five Class 115 power cars along with several trailer cars as a direct replacement for the earlier sets.