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A new water tank for the West Somerset Railway locomotive department arrives from Reading

(10/01/2014 @ 15:48:00)

A 22,500 gallon water tank has arrived at Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway from Reading GWR loco shed beside the Berks and Hants line west of the station. The move was done by Allelys Heavy Haulage and it left Reading at 4 a.m. on January 7th. Reading loco shed had a number of tanks on the site, this was one of the hard water tanks associated with the water softening plant which was intended to reduce the build-up of deposits in the boilers of steam locomotives. It was erected there around 1952 although it may have previously been located elsewhere. Approximate size is 30ft by 16ft foot and 8 foot high with a capacity of 22,500 gallons or 110 tons of water - enough for five days of water demand from WSR steam engines at Bishops Lydeard. The supporting structure will follow later.

The final position for the tank will be near the existing, life-expired example at Bishops Lydeard. The tank was donated to the WSR by Network Rail as part of the redevelopment at Reading station where it was in the way of new track alignments. Ian Jonas of the West Somerset did much of the liaison work with Network Rail. To whom the WSR extends its thanks for the contribution to the future of steam trains through the Quantock Hills and along the Exmoor coast.

FOR COMMENT ON THIS RELEASE PLEASE CONTACT:  Paul Conibeare, West Somerset Railway General Manager on 01643 700388 or via paul.gm@wsrail.net.

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