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The West Somerset Railway

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Blue Anchor to Minehead


The line now crosses an open coastal plain, on its way to Dunster:

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ST0143 : 'Lord Dowding' crosses Ker Moor by Roger Cornfoot ST0143 : The Beach near Blue Anchor station by Robin Lucas ST0143 : Stop, Look, Listen! by Roger Cornfoot ST0143 : West Somerset Railway, Ker Moor by Ian Taylor

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ST0043 : Foxcote Manor passes WW2 bunker on Ker Moor by Roger Cornfoot ST0043 : Former GNR tank loco crosses Ker Moor with a train for Bishops Lydeard by Roger Cornfoot ST0043 : The Minehead Train looking towards Dunster Castle by John Hardy

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ST0044 : 5199 approaches River Avill with a train for Minehead by Roger Cornfoot ST0044 : DMU crosses River Avill by Roger Cornfoot ST0044 : Rail bridge over the River Avill by Roger Cornfoot ST0044 : A train from Minehead crosses Dunster Marsh by Roger Cornfoot

Dunster

Almost a mile from the centre of Dunster village. Has sidings and storage facilites used by the WSR permanent way department.

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SS9944 : Dinmore Manor approaches Dunster with the Cambrian Coast Express by Roger Cornfoot SS9944 : Odney Manor arrives with a train from Minehead by Roger Cornfoot SS9944 : 92214 approaches Dunster by Roger Cornfoot SS9944 : Tornado passes Dunster by Roger Cornfoot SS9944 : River Avill Bridge by Steve Edge

SS9944 : Dunster Station by Ian Rob SS9944 : 5026 Criccieth Castle approaches Dunster by Roger Cornfoot SS9944 : Timeless - shame about the plastic bag by Chris Allen SS9944 : Minehead train arrives at Dunster by Roger Cornfoot SS9944 : Dunster Station, Goods Shed. by Andrew Riley



From Dunster, the line was once double-track over a long straight approach to the terminus at Minehead:

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SS9945 : Railway across Dunster Marsh by Steve Edge SS9945 : Goods train passes Dunster by Roger Cornfoot



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SS9845 : West Somerset Railway near Minehead by Gareth James SS9845 : Train from Bishops Lydeard passes Marsh Common by Roger Cornfoot SS9845 : Steam auto-train leaves Minehead, with a shuttle service for Dunster by Roger Cornfoot

Minehead

With the longest platform on any UK heritage railway and a signficant platform canopy, turntable, railway works, carriage shed, shops and cafe, this has the atmosphere of a a busy, important terminus, where passengers disembark almost directly onto the seaside promenade in one direction and the high street in the other.

This is also where the headquarters of the WSR is located.

SS9745 : Flying Scotsman approaches Minehead by Roger Cornfoot SS9745 : 'Sir Lamiel' approaches Minehead, with a train from Bishops Lydeard by Roger Cornfoot

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SS9746 : 34052 'Lord Dowding' departs from Minehead by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : 9466 heads a train bound for Bishops Lydeard by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : 7714 arrives with a train from Bishops Lydeard by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : 44422 on the turntable at Minehead by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : Departure from Minehead station. by Roger Cornfoot

SS9746 : The crowds gather at Minehead to see Flying Scotsman by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : Diesel Gala weekend on the West Somerset Railway by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : Diesel Gala weekend on the West Somerset Railway by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : Antiques Road Show visits Minehead by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : Pannier tank takes on water at Minehead by Roger Cornfoot

SS9746 : West Somerset Railway at Minehead by Gareth James SS9746 : End of the line, Minehead by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : Departure from Minehead by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : King Edward 1 leaves Minehead by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : The signal box, Minehead by Roger Cornfoot

SS9746 : Minehead departure, viewed from the signal box by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : Station building, West Somerset Railway, Minehead by Roger Cornfoot SS9746 : Seaward Way Level Crossing by Steve Edge






Credits:


Particular thanks due to Martin Bodman, Gareth James, Steve Edge, Derek Harper and Martin Southwood for their excellent contributions.
























































































































































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