This is another of those unplanned diversions that you sometimes grudgingly make and yet turns out to be a highlight. We were travelling between Bristol and Lynton on our way into Cornwall and desperately needed to stop for diesel, so a detour via Minehead seemed the best option for a chance to refuel without losing too much time. We hit the coast, turned right along the Esplanade and found both the service station and the railway station. I smelled the coal-smoke first and realised what it was pretty quickly, but the size of the place surprised me. The tail-end of a fairly long passenger train was disappearing along the line as we stopped in the station car park. Minehead station is now one of the termini of the West Somerset Railway.
A camera and the right attitude is sufficient authorisation in most cases…
GWR turntable with a three-car diesel multiple unit train in Southern Railway malachite green.
3850 is presented here in its later BR freight black livery.
That’s Class 03 No D2133 diesel hydraulic shunter behind the DMU.
BR diesel multiple unit train. There’s a British Railways Mark I coach sitting on the road near the turntable.
Men are forbidden to pass between an engine or vehicle and the girder of this table.
We’d meet up with the Swanage Railway again just before we came home, more of that story later.