If you register, you can do a lot more. And become an active part of our growing community. You'll have access to hidden forums, and enjoy the ability of replying and starting conversations.

West Somerset Railway General Discussion

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by gwr4090, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. Steve

    Steve Resident of Nat Pres Friend

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2006
    Messages:
    10,527
    Likes Received:
    7,336
    Occupation:
    Gentleman of leisure, nowadays
    Location:
    Near Leeds
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Never miss an opportunity to knock the WSR, do you?
     
  2. Robin Moira White

    Robin Moira White Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2014
    Messages:
    10,643
    Likes Received:
    16,456
    Gender:
    Female
    Occupation:
    Barrister
    Location:
    Stogumber
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    My favourite WSR Santa story is about the day that I was Minehead signalman / line controller on Xmas Eve some years ago. The Blue Anchor signalman rang me at the start of the day to inform me that he would be changing into his 'elf' costume as was his normal Xmas Eve practice. I enquired whether he was a red/green elf and whether the costume included a hat. The response was in the affirmative on both counts. I explored with him how that might appear to a driver stopped at the Up Home if he put his head out of the window... 'Oh dear' he said, 'You arent going to let me dress as an elf then?' 'Nope', I replied. 'But I am prepared to let you dress as a signalman..' We compromised on that.

    Merry Christmas.
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2020
    Forestpines, TseTT, maddog and 3 others like this.
  3. Wenlock

    Wenlock Well-Known Member Friend

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2008
    Messages:
    1,787
    Likes Received:
    1,089
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bus Driver
    Location:
    Loughton Essex
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    I remember many years ago being amazed when I found that one of the TOCs had decided to issue old-fashioned greatcoats to platform supervisors or managers, in RED. I think it was Virgin Trains. I know it wasn't a bright red, but still seemed a strange decision.
     
    TseTT likes this.
  4. bishdunster

    bishdunster New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2015
    Messages:
    90
    Likes Received:
    81
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    dunster somerset
    I see this morning the Bishops Lydeard webcam has been altered, currently good definition B&W with a wider field of view, well done !
     
  5. gwilialan

    gwilialan Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2012
    Messages:
    1,501
    Likes Received:
    3,658
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Out there somewhere
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Nor would I miss an opportunity to praise if there was one.

    This whole mess is a self inflicted injury fed by overinflated egos, personal vendettas and self interest.

    The only good thing in this disaster are the volunteers who are managing to keep the place at least ticking over despite the best (or should that be worst?) efforts of the management and many so called 'supporters'

    Edit: added:- And if you look closely you'll see that my criticisms always refer to the senior management. I have always made a point of ensuring that I do not criticise the 'WSR railway' but have no admiration whatsoever for those who are supposed to be running it.
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2020
  6. jnc

    jnc Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2012
    Messages:
    1,500
    Likes Received:
    2,687
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Western Atlantic
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Look, I hear you, but: one of two things is going to happen:

    * The line will succeed, in which case there's nothing to say
    * The line will fail, in which case there's no point in saying anything

    The WSR community pretty clearly isn't interested in our opinions, so we might as well save our breath.

    Noel
     
    Fixit, Sheff, Andy Moody and 4 others like this.
  7. Bayard

    Bayard Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2015
    Messages:
    1,585
    Likes Received:
    3,397
    Gender:
    Male
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    AFAICS, there is a third option, which is that the line will limp on for years, not actually failing, but certainly not succeeding, even in the loosest definition of the word.
    Internationally, the British are known as the worst customers, because, if you get it wrong, they don't complain, they simply walk away and never come back leaving you with no idea where you went wrong, then they tell all their friends how rubbish you are. This is, of course, what we are being constantly recommended to do on here.
     
  8. Gladiator 5076

    Gladiator 5076 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2015
    Messages:
    2,649
    Likes Received:
    2,091
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Swanage
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Except these days the write a negative report on something like Tripadvisor
     
  9. nanstallon

    nanstallon Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2005
    Messages:
    4,280
    Likes Received:
    2,322
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Westcountry
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    About the size of it.
     
  10. 6960 Raveningham Hall

    6960 Raveningham Hall Member Friend

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2016
    Messages:
    548
    Likes Received:
    883
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired.
    Location:
    St. Austell and Blue Anchor.
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    It’s now reverted to its original format.
     
    malcolm imps likes this.
  11. free2grice

    free2grice Well-Known Member Friend

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2005
    Messages:
    4,904
    Likes Received:
    2,149
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired Rolls-Royce engineer
    Location:
    Bath Green Park / Mangotsfield
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Somerset will be placed into tier 3 from Boxing Day.

    Presumably the only WSR services that may be cancelled are the Winter Steam Journeys on 29th and 30th. <BJ>
     
  12. flying scotsman123

    flying scotsman123 Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    9,752
    Likes Received:
    15,770
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    "SERVICES BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
    West Somerset Railway is currently in a Tier 2 area until 00:01 Saturday 26th December 2020 when Somerset will enter Tier 3. Santa Express services up to and including 24th December 2020 remain unaffected and will go ahead as planned. It is with great regret that we will no longer be able to operate services for our planned Winter Steam Journeys after Christmas. We look forward to welcoming you back to the railway in 2021, but in the meantime please stay safe. Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year." - From a WSR member of staff in a Facebook group.
     
  13. RailWest

    RailWest Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2011
    Messages:
    2,877
    Likes Received:
    5,111
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    West Country
    Not ALL of Somerset - Bath & NE Somerset is still Tier 2, though frankly I can't see it lasting like that for long.
    At the moment we can still go to Wilts (Tier 2) and also Dorset, so maybe the Swanage Rly will get a lot of visitors!
    132056609_10157920410062406_1799774553178929390_n (1).jpg
     
    jnc, nine elms fan and TseTT like this.
  14. Gladiator 5076

    Gladiator 5076 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2015
    Messages:
    2,649
    Likes Received:
    2,091
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Swanage
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    And I guess even that may be impacted on where volunteers actually live.
    Edit
    Swanage advised today only lights trains will run after Christmas due to new tiers impacting on staff availability.
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2020
  15. nick813

    nick813 Well-Known Member Loco Owner

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2010
    Messages:
    1,389
    Likes Received:
    1,258
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    poole dorset
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
  16. nine elms fan

    nine elms fan Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2012
    Messages:
    2,439
    Likes Received:
    855
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Wessex
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
  17. staffordian

    staffordian Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,349
    Likes Received:
    1,920
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    The Potteries
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Me too now, but the link worked a couple of hours ago
     
  18. Sim

    Sim New Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2015
    Messages:
    424
    Likes Received:
    86
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Trainee Tea Boy (retired)
    Location:
    Darzet
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
  19. John Palmer

    John Palmer Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2015
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    638
    Gender:
    Male
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    I would like to draw attention to the following passage in the Christmas Message from the WSR plc's Chairman, at http://www.wsr.org.uk/plc-chairman-2020-christmas-message.htm:
    It comes as no surprise to me that Mr Jones Pratt has no wish to dwell on the execrable conduct of the board of directors over which he presided when it decided, quite unjustifiably, to eject the Somerset & Dorset Trust from its Washford site. This was an 'unnecessary distraction' entirely of his board's own making, but evidently it was too much to hope that an apology to the railway's staff and volunteers for the poor perception of it engendered by the eviction might now be forthcoming, or that there would be some expression of contrition for the resulting loss and anguish caused to the S&DRT.

    Mr Jones Pratt's hand-wringing expessions of 'genuine sadness' cut no ice with me. My antipathy towards the WSR plc and those members of its board who were complicit in the S&DRT's ejection continues undiminished whilst they remain in post.
     
  20. jnc

    jnc Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2012
    Messages:
    1,500
    Likes Received:
    2,687
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Western Atlantic
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Perhaps someone could explain to him the concept of 'least said, soonest mended'; it would seem to me to apply here.

    And now I will take that to heart myself.

    Noel
     
    fred and flying scotsman123 like this.

Share This Page