Broken piston sidelines Bradley Manor for ‘considerable period’ at West Somerset

COLLETT ‘Manor’ No. 7802 Bradley Manor has been withdrawn from traffic at the West Somerset Railway (WSR) after suffering a broken piston rod while in service on the line.

The Erlestoke Manor Fund’s (EMF) 4-6-0 was working the 10.15 Bishops Lydeard- Minehead service on July 7 when the incident occurred, busting the cylinder end cover off and damaging the cylinder casting.

Just over a week before its withdrawal, No. 7802 Bradley Manor passes Castle Hill, near Williton, with the 14.30 Minehead-Bishops Lydeard service on the West Somerset Railway on June 27. PAUL A BIGGS

The train and locomotive were subsequently recovered to Bishops Lydeard, where No. 7802 was removed.

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