Successful test run for West Somerset ‘Hymek’

CLASS 35 ‘Hymek’ No. D7018 completed its first loaded test run over the West Somerset Railway on October 24.

This was a significant landmark in the extensive overhaul being undertaken by its owners the Diesel & Electric Preservation Group (DEPG).

Something not seen on the West Somerset Railway for nearly 25 years – double-heading ‘Hymeks’. Nos. D7018 and D7017 (not under power) enter Williton station, returning from Minehead on the successful test run on October 24. PETER NICHOLSON

No. D7018 failed at Williton station in August 1995 while heading a Saturday evening dining train. The restoration has cost many thousands of pounds and taken an enormous number of volunteer man hours, but is now in its final stages.

The six-coach test run included sister ‘Hymek’ No. D7017 for ‘insurance’, but this was not needed.

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