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'Fergus', a Traction Engine on rails joins the line-up for 'Day Out With Thomas'

(25/04/2011 @ 10:53:00)

An unusual locomotive is joining the line-up for the annual visit of "Thomas” the Tank Engine to the West Somerset Railway on Saturday and Sunday July 2nd and 3rd.

The engine concerned will by recognised by fans of "Thomas” as "Fergus”, one of two working examples of an Aveling and Porter tank locomotive.  Aveling and Porter were a Kent Company best known for building traction engines and steam rollers and "Fergus” is very clearly a traction engine adapted for use on rails. The main user of these unusual machines was the cement industry in Kent and the example now known as "Fergus” was used for light shunting duties for many years by the Blue Circle company. During the "Thomas” weekend it will shunt "the troublesome trucks” at Minehead Station, along with "Percy”.

As for the star of the weekend "Thomas” himself will give rides in and out of Minehead station whilst his larger friends such as "Henry” and "Gordon” will bring in passengers from Bishops Lydeard and the other stations along the line. Naturally Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller” will keep matters in order.  The day out also features children’s entertainers and bus rides around Minehead.
Purchase your tickets online or by ringing 01643 704996. Visit our Day Out With Thomas page for full event information.

For further information contact WSR General Manager Paul Conibeare via paul.gm@wsrail.netor 01643 700388.

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