WSR Spring Gala shuttle service

I’ve had two conducting turns this weekend. On Saturday I was conducting on LFM 302, a 1950 ex-Crosville Leyland PS1. We have been contracted by the West Somerset Railway to provide a bus service linking their station at Bishops Lydeard with the railway station in Taunton for the duration of the Spring Gala. We had three buses running, one of which was the aforementioned Leyland.

The weather was rather grey and dismal but that didn’t seem to stop families and enthusiasts alike from enjoying the spectacle of an intensive train service up the line to Minehead. Motive power was boosted by a good number of visiting locomotives. At one point I counted five locos in the station, only one of which was resident on the line.

Our single decker can seat 35 people and almost all of those were taken on our second journey of the day. Several folks commented that it was very pleasing and suitable to have a heritage bus bringing people in to the WSR event. I had to agree! At last I was able to get my Crosville badges out and wear them on my newly-acquired winter uniform. I was asked by one passenger who had noticed our destination blind “Are we really going to Llandudno?” I couldn’t help answering “Yes sir, we’ll be there by teatime. Tomorrow.”

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