THE GEN (RAILWAY INFORMATION):


Railway information groups have been around since 1999. Enhancments in mobile phone technology began to intergrate with moibile phones. Railway enthusiasts soon realised they could untilise Yahoogroups to create a group for rail enthusiasts to join, then those people who were members could then post information about workings and trains they saw. As time went on and technology progressed then it soon became possible to forward these Emails to mobile phones by setting up additional accounts with service provider O2. This new technology of posting information from a mobile phone to the internet at the lineside or 'on the bash' spawned a new eara of Railway information. Railway 'gen' became pretty much instant. This obviously kept everyone in the loop and also meant that sometimes hours waiting on a cold and windy bridge could be cut down to as little as 10 minutes!

As technology has increased over the years mobile phones now have internet and Email capabilities built in. This has enabled a whole host of Railway Gen groups to appear covering all manner of topics, locomotive classes, and reigions. In the South West we have several 'Gen Groups' which cover our region. South West Rail Gen was the first, having been set up in 1999 the group is now 10 years old and still running. GW-Gen came second in 2007 but now supplies much more information than SWRG and was very successful, sadly the group suffered at the hands one individual who spoiled the information supplied to hundreds of people. Any future groups which are set up issue occurred will not be in the public domain, and will be kept private.

We have made full use of both of these groups (as well as contributing) in order to take photos for the website, the freedom of such groups allows prior planning, and sometimes last minute decisions to be made with regards locations for photos, due to any failures or incidents which may have occurred.

In order to receive information from these groups you will need to set up a Yahoogroups Profile. This can be done by going to www.yahoogroups.com. Once this has been completed you can choose which of the Railway Gen groups you wish to apply to join. Most groups have a moderatorship whereby you will need to be approved to join. (Some groups being more strict than others, on who joins. Remember this is down to the group owners!). Once approved as a member you will be free to email information to that group and receive it via your chosen Email account.

 

Accessed from your mobile, provides a list of booked services at stations throughout the UK. simply input your nearest station and select a the time of day. Once locomotive/ unit numbers have been sighted they can also be entered by the user to help compile a working database. This site also provides a handy way of recording sightings without the need to write them all down, and can be refereed to once you return home.
National Rail departure boards can be accessed for any station in the UK and provide a good up to date way of keeping a track of booked passenger services and any late running which may be occurring.
Open Train Times is operated by Peter Hicks, and houses an 'advanced' section which will provide a list of headcodes, booked passenger services, and freight trains with advance timings of their operations.
Real Time Trains provides real time train data showing on time and late running of live services on the network, with data feeds taken from various locations to provide an up to date 'live system' to track services. A version two of this system is currently under development.
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Yahoogroups (a free service) operated by Yahoo, provides the ability to subscribe your Email address (which can be accessed from a mobile phone or tablet) to a 'Group'. It also provides the ability to email the 'group' from your line side location to inform others of railway observations as they happen. There are many groups which cover South West operations, which can be found via a simple search. This service allows Emails to be sent direct to mobile phones giving up to date info on some of the rarer workings in the area.
Network Rail also provide another interesting resource. Their website hosts a location where it's possible to download working timetables for the whole of the UK. Tauntons PDF download is located here

Railfreight in the Taunton Area can vary on a daily basis, so no set timetable can be produced to replicate exact workings. However we are able to provide a 'typical' WTT which has been produced to show the 'booked' workings which currently operate through Taunton on a weekly basis. This should only be used as a guide to freight services which may operate. Daily additions and cancellations can occour at any time. We have also provided a PDF Download at the bottom of the page.

Time at Taunton Headcode Working Traction Days Notes
01:17 0C39 22:53 Alexander Dock Junction - Exeter Riverside DB Schenker 66 Saturday Light Engine - Loco for 6M60
04:49 6M60 04:00 Exeter Riverside to Bescot DB Schenker 66 Saturday Loaded China Clay + Scrap Metal. (Often runs several hours early)
06:39 7C27 05:29 Westbury Yard to Riverside Class 59 Weekdays Runs as required
07:56 - 08:05 6C17 06:53 Westbury Cement Works to Moorswater Freightliner 66 1 Weekday Loaded PCA Cement Wagons. Runs roughly every 2 weeks as required
08:00 1Q18 05:17 Old Oak Common to Plymouth Network Rail NMT Friday Runs approx once every 6 weeks
08:25 6C72 08:20 Fairwater to Westbury Yard Freightliner 66 Weekdays Runs when HOBC (6Y11) has been working the previous evening
09:23 6C84 09:19 Fairwater to Westbury Freightliner 66 Weekdays Empty HQA wagons. Runs when 6C72 is cancelled as required
11:38 1Q19 10:01 Plymouth to Paddington Network Rail NMT Friday Runs approx once every 6 weeks
13:06 6Z52 07:13 Chirk - Teigngrace Colas 56 Wednesdays Empty timber wagons
13:29 6C73 12:16 Westbury to Fairwater Freightliner 66 Weekdays Return working of 6C72. Loaded YDA HOBC wagons
14:33 6A72 14:33 Fairwater to Westbury Freightliner 66 Friday Runs as required
14:40 7C28 13:41 Exeter Riverside to Westbury / Whatley Quarry Class 59 Weekdays Runs as required
16:42 6C62 15:31 St Phillips Marsh to Tavistock Junction DB Schenker 66 Tuesday Loaded TTA fuel tanks for Laira & Long Rock. Empty TTA's from St Phillips Marsh
16:22 6Z53 14:41 Teigngrace to Chirk Colas 56 Thursday Loaded timber wagons
18:42 6C66 14:43 Moorswater to Westbury Cement Works Freightliner 66 Weekdays Runs rougly every 2 weeks as required
18:25-18:27 6C39 11:50 St Blazey to Alexandra Dock Junction DB Schenker 66 Friday Scrap Metal, TTA Fuel Emtpies & Clay
20:38 6A73 18:17 Westbury to Fairwater Freightliner 66 Friday Runs as required
23:19 6O34 21:38 Tavistock Junction to Fawley DB Schenker 66 Tuesday Empty TTA fuel tanks
23:53 6C99 21:47 Alexandra Dock Junction to St Blazey DB Schenker 66 Tuesday Empty JIA China Clay Wagons + Cargowagon + 2 or 3 JNA empty scrap metal wagons