MIDSOMER NORTON SOUTH
Thursday 18th February 2016:After many years of hard work, Sentinel 7109 finally leaves the shed under its own steam.
Pic copyright Alan Price
The triumphant restoration duo of Andy Chapman and Nigel Dickinson are joined by ex Bath Green Park fireman Geoff Akers after a successfultest run of the Sentinel up the 1:50 bank from Midsomer Norton .
This restoration is a marvellous achievement. ThisSentinel Steam Loco 7109 is planned to be in steam over the two commemorative weekends. Come along and see it. You will be made very welcome.
Text and pics above both via https://www.facebook.com/somersetanddorsetrailway
Video of the event
I remember the Sentinel loco arriving at Midsomer Norton many years ago. It's steam, but not as we know it! The boiler sits astride the footplate which makes it the most inconvenient working area I've been in since DJing in Germany with the lighting console - and lighting operator - being between the two decks!
I think I own a share or two in the loco! Whilst I was there working 2 or 3 days a week occasional work would be done on it, amongst a thousand other jobs. But now she's finally in steam and actually running! A huge step forward for the S&D and great to see that such an unusual loco is back in the land of the living.
So Midsomer Norton will be running TWO steam locos over the coming two weekends, I shall wait for a nice sunny day and get down there myself to see a little bit of history in action. Whatever next?