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GWR locos lead Manor ‘invasion’ for Minehead summer season

THREE GWR 78xx Manors, maybe two visiting pannier tank engines, and the West Somerset’s own mogul No. 9351 and resident Somerset & Dorset 7F No. 53808 are expected to be the line’s principal all-steam, star motive power this summer, making it a feast for GWR fans.

The trio of Manors will be home-based No. 7828 and No. 7822 from Llangollen, plus hopefully No. 7802 from the Severn Valley Railway too. All of this will rekindle the sight, sound, smell and memories for many of the Blue route diagrammed, popular Class 4 types on Cambrian lines in Wales towards the end of steam.

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