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25th February 2001
EWS Class 37/4's No.37415 and No. 37419 'Carl Haviland 1954-2012' makes a rare appearance in Creech St Michael on the 25th February 2001 working the 7W15 Exeter - Westbury loaded ballast.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


21st April 2018
Direct Rail Services Class 57/3 No. 57306 'Her Majesty's Railway ' provides a tow for the failed No. 57605 'Totnes Castle' following the cancellation of the previous nights sleeper service at Newton Abbot. The 5A40 07:10 Newton Abbot - Reading Traincare Depot was captured passing Cogload at 08:07 on the 21st April 2018.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


16th April 2018
Network Rail MPV No.DR98908 and No.DR98958 pass Creech St Michael on Monday 16th April 2018 working the 6Z05 09:48 Kings Norton - St Blazey move in preparation for the annual weed-killing operations around the branch-lines and mainlines of the South West. The Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) is specially adapted for these duties which were once carried out by a dedicated train top and tailed by a pair of Hunslet Barclay Class 20's.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


12th April 2018
It was always possible that two of GWR's 'celebrity' powercars may meet or pass during the daily duties but on the 12th April both No.43002 and No. 43185 'Great Western' met on the centre platforms at Taunton. This superb image captured Intercity 125 liveried HST powercar No.43002 working the 1A88 12:04 Penzance - London Paddington paused in Platfrom 4 at Taunton and Intercity Swallow liveried powercar No. 43185 'Great Western' ready to depart with the 1A89 15:33 Taunton - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Martin Duff)


8th April 2018
Freightliner powerhaul liveried Class 66/4 (and former DRS Class 66) No.66420 hauls the 6Y54 10:06 Bristol East Junction - Westbury through Creech St Michael on Sunday 8th April 2018. The train was conveying spoil from the engineering worksite between Bristol and Bath, and being returned to Westbury via Taunton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)



An unidentifed Hall Class steam locomotive passes Cogload Junction on a northbound local passenger service. The image is thought to have been taken around 1962.
(Photo: Mikey Farkas)



0-6-0 Pannier Tank No.9670 was based at Taunton (83B Shed) leaves the mainline at Creech Junction with the Creech Paper Mill in the background. The train is bound for Thornfalcon. Hatch, Ilminster and Chard. The image predates 1960 as this locomotive was withdrawn on the 31st May 1962.
(Photo: Micky Farkas)



GWR 2-6-0 No.7324 arrives into Taunton at 40 Steps, most likely arriving with either a Barnstaple or Dulverton to Taunton service. The image is believed to have been taken around 1962.
(Photo: Mocly Farkas)



GWR 4-6-0 Hall No. 4982 'Acton Hall' is pictured in Taunton West Yard on a mixed freight. The image is thought to have been taken around 1962.
(Photo: Micky Farkas)



GWR 1000 Class No. 1019 'County of Merioneth' passes Nynehead on a short local passenger service. The locomotive was withdrawn from traffic on the February 1963.
(Photo: Mickey Farkas)



GWR Class 28XX No.2892 passes Bradford On Tone working a rake of mineral wagons. This image is thought to have been taken around 1962.
(Photo: Micky Farkas)


27th March 2018
DB Cargo Class 67's No.67006 and No.67005 double head Her Majesty The Queen back to London after her visit to the decommissioning ceremony for HMS Ocean at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Plymouth on Tuesday 27th March 2018. The Royal Train (running as 1Z70 14:15 Plymouth - Wolverton) passes Freightliner Class 66 No.66504 at 40 Steps, Taunton.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


25th March 2018
Star of the West Somerset Railway 2018 Spring Steam Gala was undoubtedly USATC S160 No.6046 which spent the weekend echoing the Quantock Hills which it's unique American chime whistle. The locomotive is seen at Bicknoller on Sunday 25th March hauling one of the last trains of the 2018 Gala, the 15:40 from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


24th March 2018
The West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala was in full swing on Saturday 24th March. Visiting 0-4-2T No.1450 with Autocoach No.178 roll through Nethercott while working the 09:00 Minehead - Bishops Lydeard service.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


22nd March 2018
USATC S160 class No.6046 is pictured hauling a military train typical of the type that could have been seen operating around Taunton and on the Minehead branch in the run up to D-Day during the second World War. Pictured on arrival at Williton the S160 unusually takes the up road to avoid an Auto Train sitting in Platform 1. West Somerset Spring Steam Gala (Great Western Routes & Branches), Thursday 22nd March 2018.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


14th March 2018
Freightliner Class 66/5 No.66555 leads 6Y15 17:51 Fairwater Yard - Llanharan through Platform 2 at Taunton on the 14th March 2018 hauling the Network Rail High Output Ballast Cleaner ready for overnight ballast cleaning duties on the Welsh mainline.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


18th March 2018
Taunton was plunged into a winter wonderland for the second time in one month on the 18th March 2018 with the arrival of the so called 'Beast from the East - Part 2'. Passing through Creech St Michael at the height of the snow fall GWR HST No.43151 leads No.43147 while working the 1C76 08:57 London Paddington - Plymouth service, kicking up the loose powder snow as it speeds through the village of Creech St Michael
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


18th March 2018
Having been stuck in Devon for most of the day (the snow in Devon having been far worse that in Somerset) Class 66 No.66221 finally headed north during mid afternoon on Sunday 18th March 2018. The locomotive is pictured passing the snowy scenes at Norton Fitzwarren while hauling the 6W97 09:00 Hemerdon - Westbury loaded CWR train running a mere 218 minutes late.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th March 2018
GWR Hitachi Class 800's No.800024 and No.800025 stand at Taunton on the night of Friday 16th March 2018. Having arrived on the 1C24 17:30 London Paddington - Taunton service, the pair are pictued in Platform 3 at Taunton prior to departing with the 1A37 21:27 Taunton - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)



An Unidentified Class 22 (displaying the headcode 2C77) stands at Taunton in the early 1960's. The canopy on the was in the process of being stripped in this image which shows the exposed Victorian steelwork frames.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image shows PWM No.97650 stabled at Taunton during 1980. This previously unseen negative taken on a Mamiyaflex C2 shows the Ruston PWM with large body side numbers located on the loco bonnet.
(Photo: Clive Field)



BR Blue Class 50 No. 50037 'Illustrious' arrives into Taunton with the 13:21 from Liverpool Lime Street passing stabled BR Blue Class 46 'Peak' No.46017. The image is thought to have been taken around 1977 by an unknown photographer.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


13th June 1964
GWR 2-6-2T No.4593 arrives into Taunton bunker first on the 13th June 1964 having worked the 16:00 Yeovil Pen Mill - Taunton stopping service. Here the train terminated, the return service (the 17:55 from Taunton) was worked by Large Prairie No.4131.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


4th March 2018
With HST numbers dwindling in the area, the 2018 snow fall might have been our last chance to get some of these on express services in the snow. This image captured No.43172, still soldiering on in its 'We Will Remember Them' vinyl, with celebrity partner powercar No.43027 'Queen's 90th' on the rear. The pair were operating the 1A81 11:00 Plymouth-Paddington service, seen passing the snowy conditions at Norton Fitzwarren on the 4th March 2018.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


1st March 2018
As the snow started to fall on Thursday 1st March 2018 before the full onset of snow and Storm Emma, Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70816 hurries its way northwards through Taunton kicking up the powdered snow while hauling the 6B36 08:16 Moorswater - Aberthaw. Having passed Taunton the train was diverted to Westbury (off route). The train is pictured passing Taunton 46 minutes ahead of schedule.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


1st March 2018
Class 220 Voyager No.220001 (formerly named Somerset Voyager) departs from Taunton with the 1V54 10:03 Darlington - Plymouth service on the 1st March 2018. The Cross Country diagram should of originated from Edinburgh but was cancelled and re-started at Darlington. Running just 26 minutes behind schedule the Voyager passes 40 Steps.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


25th February 2018
While many of the Class 166's which have migrated to the South West are in GWR Green a couple still remain in First Great Western blue with pink doors. One such memeber of the Class is No.166202 which is pictured here on the 25th February 2018 passing Bathpool while arriving with the 2T33 10:04 Cheltenham Spa - Taunton stopping service.
(Photo: Sclub)


25th February 2018
In stunning Winter sunlight but freezing cold conditions, Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70816 crosses the Somerset Levels at Wick (near Oath) heading east bound on Sunday 25th February hauling the 6C97 08:45 Dawlish Warren - Hinksey Yard empty CWR set.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


25th February 2018
GWR Intercity 125 liveried HST powercar No.43002 departs from Taunton Station approaching 40 Steps while working the 1C76 08:58 London Paddington to Plymouth on the 25th February 2018. No.43023 was the rear powercar in this set.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


22nd February 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70802 (which does not carry a front end number) takes the road for Bristol at Cogload Junction whilst working the 6B36 08:26 Moorswater to Aberthaw empty cement tanks on Thursday 22nd February 2018.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


18th February 1978
This amazing image taken by Adrian Wetton has been restored to its former glory and we would like to thank Adrian for allowing this image to be hosted on Taunton Trains. 40 years ago BR Blue Class 50 No. 50023 'Howe' was captured at Taunton in the heavy snow and freezing conditions of 1978. The locomotive was battling through the conditions while working the 1B10 16:53 London Paddington - Plymouth service on Saturday 18th February 1978. No. 50023 'Howe' remained in service until October 1990, but did survive until March 2004 where some restoration work had been started on the loco at Barrow Hill. It was later cut up as a source of spares for many of the other Class 50's which had made it into preservation.
(Photo: Adrian Wetton)


15th February 2018
GWR Class 158 No.158766 and Class 150 No.150246 stand at Taunton on the 15th February 2018 preparing to form the 2M60 19:17 Taunton to Bristol Temple Meads stopping service.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


12th February 2018
The 'as required' flow of aggregate from Whatley Quarry to Exeter Riverside Yard to replenish local stock piles of construction materials restarted on Monday 2nd February 2018. A Class 59 from the Mendip Rail fleet is often supplied for this working. Having been unloaded at Exeter via mechanical grab, Hanson Aggregates liveried Class 59/1 No. 59104 'Village of Great Elm' passes Broomhay Crossing (Bathpool) under localised clouds hauling the 7C28 13:44 Exeter Riverside - Westbury empties back to Wiltshire.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


11th February 2018
With heavy rain and sleet showers having passed through the Taunton area, Freightliner Class 66/9 No.66953 leads the Network Rail TRT back through Creech St Michael having spent the night on the Great Western Mainline renewing track. The 6X04 09:00 Didcot East junction - Fairwater Yard was hauled by No.66953 & No.66511 in Top and Tail formation.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


6th February 2018
GWR Hitachi Class 800's No. 800010 'Michael Bond/ Paddington Bear' and No.800023 stand at Taunton on the 6th February 2018 waiting to depart with the 5C22 19:37 Taunton to Stoke Gifford empty stock working having arrived with the 16:30 from London Paddington.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


3rd January 1964
GWR 2-6-0 'Mogul' No.5336 stands in the yards at Taunton on the 3rd January 1964. The locomotive had already lost it's smokebox number by this point with the loco number having been written by hand.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


24th June 1958
GWR 4-6-0 'King' No. 6024 'King Edward I' stands at Taunton at the head of the 13:30 London Paddington - Penzance service 'The Roal Duchy' on the 24th June 1958 with the fireman preparing coal for the next leg of the journey into Devon.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


6th May 1962
This image taken on the 6th May 1962 shows British Railways 4-6-0 'Hall' No. 4904 'Binnegar Hall' on Taunton Shed coupled with a selection of Large Prairie and Pannier Tanks being observed while shunted within the depot area.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 'Castle' No. 4098 'Kidwelly Castle' stands at Taunton in 1961 as a north bound passenger service arrives. Clearly a slight 'incident' has occurred on the photographers platform as the porters parcels appear to have just fallen off their trolley! The C36 headcode on the locomotive indicates the 08:17 Carmarthen - Penzance service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


6th May 1962
British Rail 0-6-0 Pannier Tank No.3790 is pictured on shunting duties within the large extent of Taunton's many sidings and yards. The image was taken on the 6th May 1962.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


1st February 2018
As a new dawn arrives over Taunton, GWR Hitachi Class 800's No.800020 and No.800013 arrive at Taunton on the 1st February 2018 with the 3A09 the 05:30 Stoke Gifford - Taunton, empty stock to form 1A09 07:12 departure to London Paddington.
(Photo: Colin J Marsden)


26th January 2018
Friday 26th January 2018 provided the fine sight of a 'split headcode' BR Large Loco Class 37 No. 37025 'Inverness TMD' at Taunton Station. Having passed through Taunton heading south in the early hours of the 23rd January and spent the week touring the branches of Cornwall, the Network Rail Test Train returned north on the Friday of the same week. The Heritage liveried Class 37 No. 37025 'Inverness TMD' is pictured at Taunton Station during a brief pause while working the 3Q13 20:28 Exeter Riverside - Derby RTC test train.
(Photo: Shaun Mockridge)


10th July 1984
Toton based Class 45 No.45134 passes Taunton in charge of 1V85 09:22 Newcastle to Penzance service on the 10th July 1984, passing under the impressive signal gantry at 40 Steps.
(Photo: Bruce Galloway)


7th December 2000
Pictured on the 7th December 2000 in an incredibly atmospheric and wet Taunton Station. Class 47/8 No.47805 has terminated at Taunton due to engineering work, further west. Still carrying Inter-City livery, 47805 stands at Taunton after running round its train prior to forming 1E61 17:30 Taunton - Leeds service for Virgin Cross Country.
(Photo: Paul Waring)


16th September 1984
A rare visit of a British Rail Class 40 No.40079 took place on the 15th September 1984. The locomotive worked 'The Devon Belle' from Newport to Paignton with the tour originating in Swansea. The 07:00 Swansea - Paignton is pictured approaching Taunton East Junction with the charter in tow. The Class 40 later returned with the 18:15 Paignton - Swansea where another locomotive took over the train once it reached South Wales.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


17th May 1997
On a very foggy morning on the 17th May 1997 Class 31's No.31466 and No.31407 pass Taunton hauling 'The Pirates of Penzance' charter the 1Z63 21:53 (Fri) Preston - Penzance and St Ives. The tour organised by A1A Charters / Pathfinder Tours also used No.31450 & No.37375 between Preston and Swindon before switching to No.31466 and No.31407. The return trip was handled by Transrail Class 37 No.37674 and Mainline Class 31 No.31407 after No.31466 failed with flat batteries at Penzance.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


18th July 1984
BR Large Logo Class 50 No. 50028 'Tiger' passes Taunton East Junction on the 18th July 1984 with BR Blue Class 47 No.47358 waiting to depart Taunton East Yard with with a rake of cement presflo wagons.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)



BR Blue Class 45 No.45133 arrives into Taunton during September 1983 hauling an unknown southbound passenger service. This particular Class 45 survived into preservation and is now cared for at the Midland Railway Centre.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


8th July 1984
BR Blue Class 20's No.20169 and No.20184 pass under the impressive signal gantry at 40 Steps, Taunton on the 8th July 1984 operating the 1Z38 05:05 Bristol Temple Meads - Bere Alston charter. The pair power The Devonshire Dart south with the majority of the passengers on board enjoying the noise. The charter was operated by F&W Railtours and visited Bere Alston, Plymouth Friary and Meldon Quarry.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


16th January 2018
Chiltern Railways liveried (but DRS operated) Class 68 No.68011 returned north through Taunton on the 16th January 2018 hauling the second and last batch of refurbished Mk3 coaching stock for the new Transpennine loco hauled service. The new service is yet to start but coaching stock is being moved in preparation. The 5Z63 10:40 Laira - Crewe Carriage Sidings is seen passing Broomhay Crossing near Bathpool.
(Photo: Shaun Mockridge)


13th January 2018
Taunton was again treated to some fifty year old English Electric traction on the 13th January 2018, with former British Rail Class 50 No. 50008 'Thunderer' making a return visit to the South West to collect the Network Rail Rail Grinder it dropped off a Okehampton on January 5th. Having worked down to Devon on Friday 12th January with Class 56 No.56104 the Class 50 lead proceedings for the return trip with the Class 56 formed on the opposite end of the train ready for a reversal at Gloucester. In a stunning show of English Electric power Laira Blue 'Thunderer' powers past Norton Fitzwarren hauling the 4Z03 08:00 Okehampton - Chaddesden Sidings with Rail Grinder (DR79501 - DR79507) and a dead Class 56 in tow.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


7th January 2018
Engineering work in Devon over the weekend of 6th/7th January 2018 produced a number of interesting workings through the Taunton area. On Sunday 7th, DB Cargo Class 66 No.66061 & Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No. 70808 worked in 'top and tail' formation with Colas crew operating as the 6C23 08:24 Exeter St.Davids - Westbury. The location is Oath on the Somerset Levels.
(Photo: Stephen A.Ginn)


12th May 1958
Hauling the 11:50 Taunton-Castle Cary local service on Monday 12th May 1958, bunker-first 4575 Class 2-6-2T No.5554 sets out from Taunton on its short 27 mile journey passing Taunton East signal box.
(Photo: Brian Morrison)


5th January 2018
Former British Rail 'Laira Blue' Class 50 No. 50008 'Thunderer' passes the western end of Fairwater Yard while operating the 4Z03 08:00 Derby RTC - Okeheampton hauling Network Rail Lorum Rail Grinder DR79501, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06 & 07 for staff training. The Grinder will remain on site at Okehampton for staff training and the Class 50 is booked to return north during Saturday 6th January 2018.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


3rd January 2018
DB Cargo operated the first freight train of 2018. Before Christmas DB Cargo stored a rake of wagons at Exeter Riverside for the Christmas period. On January 3rd EWS liveried Class 66 No.66025 was sent light engine from Westbury and haul the rake back to Whatley Quarry where they would return to daily use. The locomotive is pictured climbing to Whiteball Tunnel hauling the 7C28 Exeter Riverside - Whatley Quarry formed of empty aggregate wagons.
(Photo: Simon Harling)



Happy New Year to all our Taunton Trains readers! As another year ends the development of the new website continues, and since revamping the website between Christmas and New Year we have continued to test and upload content onto the new site. We appreciate all the positive feedback we've received so far. As a special 2018 treat we have prioritised a set of historic images that have been in our Archives for over six months. To see more please view our news page for the full story.
(Photo: Micky Farkas)


29th December 2017
With smoke trailing from one of the trailing Mk3 trailers No. 57303 'Pride of Carlisle' leads Class 37 No.37059 through Silk Mills on the 29th December 2017 while working the 5Z63 10:55 Laira - Crewe. The pair slow for a stop at Taunton where they recessed to allow others services to pass.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


27th December 2017
Planned engineering blockades in connection with overhead electrification work,and crossrail construction between Reading and Paddington saw a revised timetable in operation over the Christmas and New Year Period. On the 27th December no trains operated into or out of London Paddington. Some HST services were diverted to arrive at London Marylebone, while others terminated short at Reading for onward road transport. One such altered service was the 1A78 06:45 Penzance - Reading (which would normally run through to London Paddington). Heritage liveried powercar No. 43185 'Great Western' leads No.43176 across the Somerset Levels near Oath in glorious sunlight, having called at Taunton ten minutes beforehand. The set returned west later that day working the 1C82 12:20 Reading to Penzance service.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


23rd December 2017
GWR Manor No. 7822 'Foxcote Manor' 'Foxcote Manor' climbs Crowcombe Bank with the 10:30 Bishops Lydeard - Williton 'Santa Express' special service on the 23rd December 2017.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


15th December 2017
Colas Rail Freight provided their two Class 67 locomotives as a substitute for the Network Rail New Measurement Train HST on Friday 15th December, while the HST was out of traffic for maintenance. No. 67023 'Sheila' 'Shelia' and No. 67027 'Charlotte' 'Charlotte' are pictured at Taunton with the 1Z19 18:57 Taunton - London Paddington test train.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


1st December 2017
GWR Class 800 No. 800004 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel / Sir Daniel Gooch' passes Cogload Junction on the 1st December 2017 while returning to London working the 5Z23 13:52 Taunton - North Pole IEP test run.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


10th March 2002
Mainline Railfreight Class 58 No.58025 passes Cogload Junction on the 10th March 2002 while working the 6W50 Bridgwater - Westbury via Taunton engineers, returning from an engineering blockade at Highbridge.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


5th April 1985
Intercity HST No.43129 and No.43130 (Set 253030) depart Taunton under the impressive signal gantry at 40 Steps working the 15:45 London Paddington - Penzance service on the 5th April 1985
(Photo: Graham Roose)


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