Council Chair lets off steam!

12 Aug 2019

The Chair of Somerset West and Taunton District Council, Councillor Hazel Prior-Sankey, visited the ever popular annual steam and vintage rally held by the West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA) at Norton Fitzwarren on Saturday and Sunday 3/4th August. Councillor-20Priory-Sankey-(1).JPG

She spent the Sunday afternoon taking in the varied sights and sounds of a host of traction engines, vintage military and commercial vehicles and cars, plus craft and trade stalls.

But she couldn’t resist an offer from West Somerset Railway plc Chairman, Jonathan Jones-Pratt to take a ride on the footplate of his GWR locomotive No. 9466 which was on site giving short brake van rides to visitors.  

And, judging by the smiles on the attached photograph, she certainly enjoyed it!

Jonathan Jones-Pratt said: “It was great to see so many West Somerset Railway volunteers working together to give folk a great day out at the Association’s rally and getting another generation involved with steam and heritage.  

“Our community connections are very important to us, so I was pleased to welcome Hazel and her partner to the rally.  And she seemed very much at home on loco 9466 too, so perhaps she would maybe like to join the footplate as a volunteer in future? Maybe not!”

An especially popular feature of the rally on Saturday were the five shuttle trains run by main line operator GWR from Taunton station to Bishops Lydeard, but also calling at the WSR’s Norton Fitzwarren station right by the rally site.  The shuttles will run on further selected Saturdays until 5th October.

The West Somerset Railway now operates steam and diesel train services almost every day until the end of October and the Railway’s next big event is the Autumn Steam Gala from 3 - 6 October. See: for details.

For further information about Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey’s visit, please contact: WSRA Chairman Paul Whitehouse on 07813 802783 or Robin Moira White on 07710 336807.

Council Chair lets off steam!
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