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A Glorious Gala at the West Somerset Railway

50033 Glorious has certainly lived up to her name during her star appearance at the Somerset based railway last weekend.

The West Somerset Railway Summer Diesel Festival (6th - 8th June ) featured a varied array of traction for visitors to enjoy, with 50033 proving a very popular choice.

Photo 50033 Glorious on her final trip with the 14:30 from Minehead - Bishops Lydeard at Castle Hill, just outside Williton 9th June 2024 by Cranbourne Junction

The locomotive made her very 1st visit to Minehead on the opening day with a almost faultless trip.

Unfortunately a small issue halted the 09:00 from Bishops Lydeard for a short time at Blue Anchor.

The experienced C50A crew,swiftly rectified the issue, with no impact to the timetable.

Anyway,it was a great opportunity for passengers to capture the beauty of 50033 ,at this charming coastal setting.

The Fifty Fund sales stand was in action on Saturday at Minehead station by the sales team of Christine & Joe Burr

Operating on all 3 days of the summer diesel festival and the Mixed Traffic Event on the Sunday, where Glorious started the day with a Minehead departure at 10:00am with a very special headboard ,a surprise for one of the C50A members, as it was my 50th Birthday- what a way to celebrate !

Tony Middleton ,chairman of C50A said

“We were delighted to been asked to provide 50033 Glorious to appear at West Somerset Railway Summer Diesel Festival as it’s been a brilliant event ,even the weather has was perfect !

The C50A team have been looked after extremely well and we wish to thank everyone involved at the West Somerset Railway and we look forward to a return visit in the near future.”

Pictured Mike Matthews,James Gregory & Tony Middleton - our C50A technical team at the event

A huge thank you to all our supporters who made the trip to enjoy the gala as I’m sure you will agree ,it was a wonderful event.

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