LOCO HAULED SERVICES:


Locomotive Haulage has provided the railways with a wide variety of interest for enthusiasts, photographers and passengers. Since the railways were first invented the tradition has always been to haul rolling stock with a locomotive, it was relatively late in the progressive nature of the railway that the trend switched to using multiple units, thus providing an under frame engine and a driving compartment at either end of the train.It's fair to say that the 1960's through the end of the 1980's were probably some of the best in the Taunton area for variety and interest, with a multitude of locomotives classes, types and rolling stock to choose from. Enthusiasts 'Bashers' would travel miles around the UK to travel behind some of British Rail's most popular classes. Class 47's held the fort for many years working Cross Country and London diagrams until the introduction of Virgin Voyagers and Adalantes, which cleared these services off the map forever as well. Since then the days of plenty the amount of loco hauled services in the Taunton (and the UK) has hugely declined making this once common sight rather rare!

While loco hauled trains can still be sampled on the mainline in the UK they are few and far between compared to those operated in the past. Perhaps the best way to rekindle these memories are via mainline tours operated by charter companies.

In this section of the website we aim to record some of the more significant 'loco hauled' events which have bought back traditional locomotives and rolling stock to the Taunton area. We have chosen three such events which revived locomotive haulage in the Taunton area for a period of time, showing how useful and current locomotives and rolling stock can be to the modern railway.

 

THE GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL SHUTTLES

Most music fans will remember the once yearly event of the Glastonbury Festival for loud music, good bands, camping, mud and a good weekend, many however will forget how they got to and from the event. For many years the start of the Glastonbury Festival was marked on the railways several days before the festival weekend by the appearance of of locomotives and coaching stock. Taunton and Westbury were once used as a gathering/ interchange points to allow festival goers to travel on a dedicated services to Castle Cary for onward bus transfer to Glastonbury. Often two shuttle services would operate between Taunton and Westbury, each one each direction, crossing in the Castle Cary area. These services provided additional capacity to booked train services and were locally known as 'Hippy Ex' services. This practice occurred for many years, each year providing something a little different for enthusiasts to capture. Class 37's, 47's and Mk2 stock were part of the normal operations, but even the Hastings Unit was used for several years.

2007 was the final year of the Glastonbury Festival 'extras'. These services used EWS Class 67's on two sets of coaching stock. 67006, 67013, 67015 and 67029 were all used on various diagrams over the festival period. First Great Western no longer provide dedicated services for the Glastonbury Festival, choosing only to transport customers on their own scheduled services, with a few additional through HST services. Details of the workings from 2007 can be found on our Archive Page.

 


THE BUTLINS EXPRESS

The Butlins Express was an experimental operation which was given a trial by Vitca Westlink and the West Somerset Railway in 2007, the service was operated by a pair of Class 31's in 'top and tail' formation, using a set of Mk2 intercity coaches. The idea was to provide holiday makers heading to Minehead and Butlins a direct link from Bristol to Minehead without the near to change onto a bus at Taunton. The idea in principle was brilliant, but the service was put together so quickly that Butlins and the WSR had little time to advertise the service or offer it to Butlins customers. Therefore may didn't know about the existence of the train. The concept of the operation has never been progressed since 2007, and in today's climate of 'carbon friendly and efficiency' you would think a service such as this could easily be operated in the Summer months to take the strain away from Taunton Station and Firstgroup bus services. The coaching stock provided ample seating, luggage capacity and even contained a working buffet able to serve hot cooked food. While operating on the WSR metals the service was also valid to travel on using normal West Somerset Railway tickets, which meant it was an attractive addition to the Summer Diesel Diagram and could be worked into several 'moves' during the course of a Saturday.

Coaching stock delivered on the 11th July 2007 was formed as: 3312 9500 5797 5866 5906 6168 9497 1211, however the main set only used 6168 5866 5797 5906 9497, the others being used as spares or to form longer charter rakes.

The service operated on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays as the 1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol Temple Meads and the 1Z39 14:06 Bristol Temple Meads - Minehead return. It ran from the 20th July 2007 to the 28th July 2007. This service also gave the people of Minehead the opportunity to go shopping in Taunton, as the service stopped at Taunton in both directions. While the stock was on the West Somerset Railway it was also utilised to provide several mainline weekend charters direct from Minehead, further utilising the locomotives and stock. Charters from Minehead visited both Weymouth (via Frome) and Canterbury West (returning via Dover!).

Most of the services and charters were handled by 31452 (Former Fragonset Livery) and 31454 (Intercity Livery). 31128 was also used as a spare locomotive, but at the time this was not in good working order. It did venture out on a charter to Weymouth but struggled for the majority of the day, and was not used again.

DATE
LOCO
WORKING
Notes
3rd July 2007
31128
0Z31 Salisbury - Bishops Lydeard via Westbury
Light Engine
11th July 2007
31454+31452
5Z33 16:15 Gloucester - Minehead
Empty Stock
20th July 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
Service Starts
21st July 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
22nd July 2007
31454+31452
T4 in the Park Shuttle Trains (Weston-super-Mare)
Extra Services

23rd July 2007

31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
27th July 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
28th July 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
30th July 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
3rd August 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
4th August 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
6th August 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
10th August 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
11th August 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead

13th August 2007

31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
17th August 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
18th August 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
20th August 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
24th August 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
25th August 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
26th August 2007

31128+31452+31454

1Z30 08:50 Minehead - Weymouth (Via Frome) & 1Z31 18:50 Weymouth - Minehead (via Castle Cary)

Charter
27th August 2007
31454+31452
1Z53 11:10 Minehead - Bristol & 1Z39 14:06 Bristol - Minehead
Service Ends
6th September 2007
31452+31454
5Z50 10:00 Bishops Lydeard - Gloucester Horton Road
Empty Stock
27th September 2007
31452+31454
5B47 08:50 Barrow Hill - Bishops Lydeard
Empty Stock
29th September 2007
31452+31454
1Z91 07:05 Minehead - Canterbury West & 1Z92 16:30 Canterbury West - Minehead via Dover
Charter
30th September
31452+31454+31128
5Z92 11:10 Minehead - Yeovil Junction via Westbury
Empty Stock

 

 


FIRST GREAT WESTERN

December 15th 2008 to December 11th 2009

After a long period with no booked locomotive haulage in the Taunton area, it came as a complete surprise when First Great Western decided to employ a pair of EWS Class 67's and 4 Mk2 coaches to work booked diagrams between Taunton and Cardiff. The set would be based at Bristol Barton Hill depot. The loco hauled option was provided as a temporary solution after a shortage of FGW's own DMU's/ Units was identified. The 'temporary solution' lasted nearly two years and provided a second diagram after 2009.

Coaching stock for the First Great Western Class 67 hauled diagram was formed of former Virgin Trains Mk2 stock which was owned by Cargo D. The stock was fully repainted into the ubiquitous and striking BR Blue livery. Interiors still carried the former Virgin Trains moquet seat covers. They were built at Derby between 1972-73 and contain 60 seats per coach. The coaches sit on B4 bogies and were fully air conditioned. A 4 coach top and tailed set provided around 210 seats (approx 60 more than the standard Class 150 unit) and generally produced an additional 360 seats per day on the Taunton - Cardiff corridor.

LOCO HAULED SET 1 (CLASS 67'S)
HEADCODE
WORKING
ARRIVAL AT DESTINATION
NOTES
5D04
05:22 Bristol Barton Hill - Taunton
07:22
EMPTY STOCK
2D04
07:28 Taunton - Bristol Parkway
09:03
2Y10
09:13 Bristol Parkway - Weston-super-Mare
10:01
5Y10
10:10 Weston-super-Mare - Taunton
10:35
EMPTY STOCK
2U14
11:02 Taunton - Cardiff
13:24
2C79
14:00 Cardiff - Taunton
16:02
2U24
16:16 Taunton - Cardiff
18:17
2C89
19:00 Cardiff - Taunton
21:08
2C89
21:10 Taunton - Bristol Barton Hill
-
EMPTY STOCK

 

Locomotives:


66006
66153
67001
67005
67016
67017
67022
67024
67025
67028
67030



Loco Pairings:

67017 + 67028 Mon 15/12/2008 - Mon 12/01/2009
67016 + 67028 Tue 13/01/2009 - Fri 23/01/2009
66006 + 67028 Fri 23/01/2009 only
67016 + 67017 Mon 26/01/2009 - Mon 02/02/2009
67016 + 67028 Tue 03/02/2009 - Wed 04/02/2009
67016 + 67017 Thu 05/02/2009 - Thu 09/04/2009
67017 + 67025 Fri 10/04/2009 - Fri 24/04/2009
67016 + 67030 Mon 27/04/2009 - Mon 18/05/2009
67016 + 67017 Tue 19/05/2009 - Fri 10/07/2009
67017 + 67025 Mon 13/07/2009 - Wed 22/07/2009
67005 + 67025 Thu 23/07/2009 - Fri 21/08/2009
67005 + 66153 Mon 24/08/2009 only
67005 + 67016 Tue 25/08/2009 - Mon 31/08/2009
67001 + 67016 Tue 01/09/2009 - Thu 24/09/2009
67017 + 67016 Fri 25/09/2009 - Tue 27/10/2009
67016 + 67024 Wed 28/10/2009 - Fri 30/10/2009
67022 + 67024 Mon 02/11/2009 - Tue 17/11/2009
67016 + 67022 Wed 18/11/2009 - Mon 23/11/2009
67016 + 67017 Tue 24/11/2009 only
67016 + 67022 Wed 25/11/2009 - Thu 03/12/2009
67016 + 67017 Fri 04/12/2009 - Fri 11/12/2009

 

Notable workings:

Thu 19/02/2009, 67s on 1A37 2118 TAU-BRI vice HST.
Tue 18/05/2009, 67s on 1A37 2129 TAU-BRI vice HST.
Thu 25/06/2009, 5C89 Taunton to Barton Hill via Tiverton Loop.
Thu 20/08/2009, 67s borrowed for Dawlish Air Day shuttles.

 

FAILURES AND CANCELLATIONS
23rd January 2009
67016 coolant leak on 5Y10 at WSM. DMU 150263 on 2U14 TAU-BRI.  66006 2C79 ex BRI.
29th January 2009
Coaching stock defect, DMU vice 67s all day.
5th February 2009
2U24 cancelled at Newport. Set ran empty to Bristol.  Reason unknown.
6th February 2009
2C89 swap for DMU at BRI.  Reason unknown.
10th February 2009
2C79 cancelled at Bristol wit a door locking fault. DMU 150243 2U24/2C89. Next 2 days, 67s ran with 3 coaches vice 4.
10th March 2009
2C79 cancelled at Cardiff, train fault. DMU 153380 2C79 BRI-TAU, 2U24 TAU-BRI.  67s restart 2U24 from Bristol BRI later in the day.
26th March 2009
2D04 cancelled at Bristol, train fault. Received attention at Barton Hill and then ran empty to Taunton for 2U14.
27th March 2009
2Y10 cancelled at Bristol?, train fault Class 153 DMU 2U14 TAU-BRI.  67s restart 2C79 from Bristol later in the day.
1st April 2009
Major signaling failure at Taunton. Services start/terminate at Highbridge.
6th April 2009
2U14 cancelled at Bristol Temple Meads, defective drivers seat in 67017. 67s restarted 2C79 Ex Bristol once seat was fixed.
10th April 2009
2U24 cape at BRI. 67s borrowed for change of diagram, 2C85 BRI-TAU, 2M68 TAU-BRI.
12th April 2009
Signal fault at Bridgwater.  2U14 divert via Westbury to Cardiff.
8th June 2009
2U24 cancelled at BristoI, due to late running (police attendance to train at WSM). DMU 150233 2C89/5C89.
22nd July 2009
2C89 caped at BRI.  67017 wheel set problems.
23rd July 2009
DMU on 5D04/2D04 (2D04 start from Highbridge).
11th August 2009
2C89 cancelled at Bristol.  Coaching stock defect.  DMU forward.
18th September 2009
DMU 2C79/2U24 BRI-TAU-BRI, due to signaling faults Severn Tunnel area.
5th October 2009
DMU 2C89/5C89, due to brake defect on coaching stock
22nd October 2009
2D04 cancelled at Taunton.  Defective locking.  Set ran empty to Bristol.  Fixed for 5U14.
16th November 2009
2U14 cape at BRI.  Door locking problem.  ECS to BK. DMU 2C79/2U24. 67s back on 2C89 Newport-TAU.
25th November 2009
DMU 5D04/2D04/5U15/ 2U14.  67017 not fit to run. 67016+022 2C79 ex-BRI.

 

 


FIRST GREAT WESTERN

From December 14th 2009 a second loco hauled diagram was added by First Great Western to cover for further unit shortages. The second diagram would be operated by First GBRF using Class 57/3's (Which carried Virgin Trains livery). The Class 57's would work the original 2008/09 diagram, working between Taunton and Cardiff. The only difference being that the sets would be serviced at Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway during the week, returning to Cardiff for maintenance at the weekends. The Class 67's (operated by DB Schenker, formerly EWS) would switch to a new diagram which would see them work between Cardiff and Paignton in the morning, returning to Taunton and Bristol in the evening. The allowed the Class 67's to reduce the amount of empty stock movements as they would start and finish their day closer to their Bristol depot.

The Class 57/3's combined with coaching stock from Riviera Trains proved to be a troublesome combination, after only 6 months there had been so many in service failures, faults and operational issues the contract with First GBRF was revoked and given to DB Schenker. As a result from the 5th July 2010 Class 67's were working both loco hauled diagrams.

LOCO HAULED SET 1 (CLASS 57'S)
December 14th 2009 - July 2nd 2010
HEADCODE
WORKING
ARRIVAL AT DESTINATION
NOTES
5D04
07:05 Bishops Lydeard - Taunton
07:22
EMPTY STOCK
2D04
07:28 Taunton - Bristol Parkway
09:03
2Y10
09:13 Bristol Parkway - Weston-super-Mare
10:01
5Y10
10:10 Weston-super-Mare - Taunton
10:35
EMPTY STOCK
2U14
11:02 Taunton - Cardiff
13:24
2C79
14:00 Cardiff - Taunton
16:02
2U24
16:16 Taunton - Cardiff
18:17
2C89
19:00 Cardiff - Taunton
21:08
5C89
21:12 Taunton - Bishops Lydeard (M-ThO)
-
EMPTY STOCK
5U89
11:21 Taunton - Cardiff (SO)
16:22
EMPTY STOCK
5C04
17:21 Cardiff - Bishops Lydeard (SuO)
19:25
EMPTY STOCK

 

13 locos were used:

57302
57303
57304
57305
57306
57307
57308
57309
57312
57315
57316
66402
66721




 

 

 



Loco Pairings:

57315 + 57316 Mon 14/12/09
57303 + 57315 Tue 15/12/09 - Tue 05/01/10
57303 + 57316 Tue 05/01/10 - Wed 06/01/10
57315 + 57316 Wed 06/01/10 - Fri 08/01/10
57303 + 57315 Mon 11/01/10 - Fri 15/01/10
57312 + 57316 Mon 18/01/10 - Wed 20/01/10
57309 + 57316 Thu 21/01/10 - Fri 22/01/10
57312 + 57316 Mon 25/01/10 - Fri 29/01/10
57309 + 57316 Mon 01/02/10 - Fri 05/02/10
57305 + 57309 Mon 08/02/10 - Fri 19/02/10
57307 + 57309 Mon 22/02/10 - Fri 26/02/10
57305 + 57309 Mon 01/03/10 - Fri 05/03/10
57305 + 57306 Mon 08/03/10 - Fri 12/03/10
57306 + 57312 Mon 15/03/10 - Fri 26/03/10
57302 + 57312 Mon 29/03/10
57302 + 57306 Wed 31/03/10 - Fri 02/04/10
57302 + 57312 Mon 05/04/10 - Fri 16/04/10
57302 + 57309 Mon 19/04/10 - Fri 30/04/10
57306 + 57309 Mon 03/05/10 - Wed 05/05/10
57306 + 57308 Wed 05/05/10 - Fri 14/05/10
57305 + 57306 Mon 17/05/10 - Thu 20/05/10
57306 + 57308 Thu 20/05/10 (half day)
57305 + 57306 Mon 24/05/10 - Fri 28/05/10
57305 + 57308 Mon 31/05/10 - Fri 04/06/10
57304 + 57305 Mon 07/06/10 - Thu 10/06/10
57304 + 57305 Tue 15/06/10 - Wed 16/06/10
57305 + 66721 Thu 17/06/10
57304 + 57305 Fri 18/06/10
57305 + 57309 Mon 21/06/10 - Tue 22/06/10
57303 + 57309 Tue 22/06/10 - Thu 24/06/10
57309 + 66402 Thu 24/06/10 - Fri 25/06/10
57308 + 66402 Mon 28/06/10 - Fri 02/07/10
Notable workings:

Tue 08/12/09 and Sat 12/12/09, Crew training runs, all stops.
Mon 14/12/09, first day of operations. 57316 failed. Entire set to Oxley for loco swap.
Mon 29/03/10, 57312 'borrowed' for 1A40 Sleeper.
Fri 21/05/10, 57308 sent to rescue 1C99 sleeper at Exeter.

 

 

LOCO HAULED SET 2 (CLASS 67'S)
December 14th 2009 - October 15th 2010
HEADCODE
WORKING
ARRIVAL AT DESTINATION
NOTES
5C67
Bristol Barton Hill - Cardiff Central
?
EMPTY STOCK
2C67
08:00 Cardiff Central - Paignton
11:25

TAU 10:01-10:03

2U20
12:47 Paignton - Cardiff Central
16:29
TAU 14:09-14:11
2C85
17:00 Cardiff Central - Taunton
19:15
2M68
19:18 Taunton - Bristol Temple Meads
20:20

 

13 locos were used:

67003
67005
67006
67016
67017
67018
67019
67020
67022
67026
67027
67028
67029

Loco Pairings:

67016 + 67017 Mon 14/12/09 - Wed 06/01/10
67016 + 67022 Fri 08/01/10 - Wed 13/01/10
67016 + 67017 Thu 14/01/10 - Fri 05/02/10
67005 + 67006 Mon 08/02/10 - Fri 12/02/10
67016 + 67017 Mon 15/02/10 - Mon 01/03/10
67017 + 67022 Tue 02/03/10 - Fri 30/04/10
67022 + 67029 Mon 03/05/10 - Fri 07/05/10
67018 + 67022 Mon 10/05/10 - Fri 21/05/10
67016 + 67018 Mon 24/05/10 - Fri 28/05/10
67003 + 67018 Mon 31/05/10 - Fri 04/06/10
67016 + 67017 Mon 07/06/10 - Fri 09/07/10
67017 + 67029 Mon 12/07/10 - Wed 28/07/10
67016 + 67018 Thu 29/07/10
67017 + 67029 Mon 02/08/10 - Fri 13/08/10
67017 + 67028 Mon 16/08/10 - Tue 17/08/10
67016 + 67027 Wed 18/08/10 - Mon 06/09/10
67016 + 67020 Tue 07/09/10 - Wed 08/09/10
67026 + 67028 Thu 09/09/10 - Fri 10/09/10
67016 + 67020 Mon 13/09/10
67026 + 67028 Tue 14/09/10 - Fri 24/09/10
67020 + 67022 Mon 27/09/10 - Fri 08/10/10
67003 + 67019 Mon 11/10/10 - Fri 15/10/10
Notable workings:

Thu 19/08/10 - Set 2 used for Dawlish Air Day shuttles.

 

From the 5th July 2010 Loco Hauled Set 1 returned to Class 67 haulage operated by DB Schenker, after the poor performance and service disruptions caused by the Class 57/3's which proved not to be reliable enough for the daily diagram. The final 5 months of the loco hauled contract were operated by DB Schenker until the service finally reverted to booked DMU's after the 12th November 2010.

LOCO HAULED SET 1 (CLASS 67'S)
(July 5th 2010 - November 12th 2010)
HEADCODE
WORKING
ARRIVAL AT DESTINATION
NOTES
5D04
05:22 Bristol Barton Hill - Taunton
07:22
EMPTY STOCK
2D04
07:28 Taunton - Bristol Parkway
09:03
2Y10
09:13 Bristol Parkway - Weston-super-Mare
10:01
5Y10
10:10 Weston-super-Mare - Taunton
10:35
EMPTY STOCK
2U14
11:02 Taunton - Cardiff
13:24
2C79
14:00 Cardiff - Taunton
16:02
2U24
16:16 Taunton - Cardiff
18:17
2C89
19:00 Cardiff - Taunton
21:08
2C89
21:10 Taunton - Bristol Barton Hill
-
EMPTY STOCK

 

14 locos were used:

66135
67003
67005
67016
67017
67018
67019
67020
67022
67024
67026
67027
67028
67029

 



Loco Pairings:

67018 + 67029 Mon 05/07/10 - Fri 09/07/10
67016 + 67018 Mon 12/07/10 - Wed 28/07/10
67017 + 67029 Thu 29/07/10 - Fri 30/07/10
67016 + 67018 Mon 02/08/10 - Mon 09/08/10
67016 + 67027 Tue 10/08/10 - Tue 17/08/10
67017 + 67028 Wed 18/08/10 - Wed 25/08/10
67019 + 67028 Thu 26/08/10 - Thu 02/09/10
66135 + 67028 Fri 03/09/10
67026 + 67028 Mon 06/09/10 - Wed 08/09/10
67016 + 67020 Thu 09/09/10 - Fri 10/09/10
67026 + 67028 Mon 13/09/10
67019 + 67020 Tue 14/09/10 - Fri 24/09/10
67005 + 67026 Mon 27/09/10 - Fri 01/10/10
67003 + 67019 Mon 04/10/10 - Fri 08/10/10
67020 + 67022 Mon 11/10/10 - Fri 15/10/10
67022 + 67024 Mon 18/10/10 - Fri 22/10/10
67016 + 67017 Mon 25/10/10 - Fri 12/11/10
Notable workings: