'Moguls' bring Great War memories to WSR Steam Gala

This is The West Country: THE 5322 ‘mogul’ train will be making an appearance at the Spring Steam Gala. PHOTO: Submitted. THE 5322 ‘mogul’ train will be making an appearance at the Spring Steam Gala. PHOTO: Submitted.

TO MARK the start of the First World War, the West Somerset Railway is hiring the oldest of the two surviving ‘moguls’ for its Spring Steam Gala.

This year also marks 50 years since steam trains ceased to run on the former Great Western Railway line, which ran between Taunton and Barnstaple.

Some 342 ‘moguls’ were constructed, and the number 5322 will be appearing in the Spring Steam Gala on March 27-30.

The main theme of the event will reflect the operations of the railway system of North Devon and North Cornwall.

The 5322 was built in 1917 and was one of a batch of the class which was used in France during WW1 where it was used for hauling ammunition and hospital trains.

It returned to England in 1919, serving the GWR and British Railways until 1964.

In a further connection with the war, the Great Western ‘Toplight’ coach 3639 is at Williton awaiting restoration as part of the West Somerset Railway Trust’s “Heritage Carriages Project”.

This train was used in the ambulance trains which brought the wounded home from the Western Front.

For more information or to book tickets for the gala, call 01643-704996 or visit www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

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3:14pm Sun 19 Jan 14

nat_11 says...

your paper is full of the utter most amount of toss I've ever seen, pig ignorant of readers opinions and deleting comments to suit your singular opinion, its about time they got a change of editor at that place!
your paper is full of the utter most amount of toss I've ever seen, pig ignorant of readers opinions and deleting comments to suit your singular opinion, its about time they got a change of editor at that place! nat_11
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4:31pm Sun 19 Jan 14

MrSlightlyAnnoyed says...

Surely 'To mark the ANNIVERSARY of the start of the First World War'. More sloppy writing.!!!!
Surely 'To mark the ANNIVERSARY of the start of the First World War'. More sloppy writing.!!!! MrSlightlyAnnoyed
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9:08pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Soundmaker9 says...

To call a loco 'The' 5322 is as incorrect as calling someone The Mike Smith.
To call a loco 'The' 5322 is as incorrect as calling someone The Mike Smith. Soundmaker9
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9:39pm Sun 19 Jan 14

nat_11 says...

Soundmaker9 wrote:
To call a loco 'The' 5322 is as incorrect as calling someone The Mike Smith.
not really the train is an object not a person , e.g. the train ( 5332) was built in .....
[quote][p][bold]Soundmaker9[/bold] wrote: To call a loco 'The' 5322 is as incorrect as calling someone The Mike Smith.[/p][/quote]not really the train is an object not a person , e.g. the train ( 5332) was built in ..... nat_11
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