Archive for April 18, 2013

7821 Ditcheat Manor was part of the final batch of GWR manor class locomotives and was built in 1950. The locomotive mainly saw service in Wales and the west Country. Withdrawn from service in 1965 the locomotive was sent to the famous (infamous?) Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry South Wales where it remained until rescued in 1980. There followed a series of different homes including the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, the Llangollen Railway, Swindon and following restoration which was completed in 1998, the West Somerset Railway, the Great Central Railway, the Cambrian Railway and the Churnet Valley Railway where she spent its last months of its boiler ticket in traffic. 7821 was then sold to the West Somerset Railway Association in 2007 and was displayed at Williton station and then at Bishops Lydeard station whilst funding was being raised for its overhaul. In November 2010 the loco was moved by road to STEAM-the Museum of the Great Western Railway at Swindon for static display until the money can be found so that it can be restored to running order.

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The cab of 7821

The cab of 7821

A couple of videos of 7821 Ditcheat Manor in action

This video by churnetvalley

This video by SwanleyJack1

Following a SW gale all night my first stop today was at Selsey bill, which is at the southern end of the Selsey peninsular jutting out into the channel. Surprisingly, given the conditions, there was little bird movement with some Gannets, Red-breasted Mergansers and a Sandwich Tern being the total count for me. Did find 2 Northern Wheatear however on the beach and a Peregrine Falcon flew over.

Moved back to RSPB reserve at Pagham for the afternoon. The cast was very similar to a few days ago but an unexpected bonus was a Little Gull was found resting on the Ferry pool. This small ‘tern-like’ gull is uncommon in SE England and so it was a lovely sighting.

Day species total: 42

Trip species total: 73