West Somerset 40th Anniversary

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Peter Hachard

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On Saturday 8th June 2019 the West Somerset Railway celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a mini-gala which extended on to the next day. The highlight of the celebrations was a 14 coach Special train which ran over the line from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and back, leaving the former at 19.15 hrs on Saturday evening. It was headed by the line's own GWR (but BR-built) "Manor" no 7828 "Odney Manor" which piloted its visiting classmate no 7802 "Bradley Manor" from the Severn Valley. Here we see them departing from Blue Anchor station along the sea-front to Minehead as the sun goes down.

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