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The Archive Steam Collection Gallery

Images of Archive Steam in the Taunton Area. It's a very sad fact that as people pass away that their life long collections get split up and sold, especially if they have no next of kin. The act of house clearance for future tenants provides a quick method to move new tenants into a property and a quick clearance then provides an efficient way to remove possessions. These possessions are then put of for sale for opportune bidders to sort and sell on the goods at their own pace.This does at least mean that items of historical significance can be saved for future generations to view. At Taunton Trains we are always on the look out for railway images from the past to host on this website in order to educate and record the past history of the railway scenes around the Taunton area. A recent discovery of black and white negatives featuring Taunton, being sold on Ebay has gifted viewers of this website some incredibly rare images. It's thought they many have never been seen online, or previously published. While we have made every effort to trace the original photographer the lines of tractability are erased at the point of house clearance, therefore it's impossible to know who took these stunning images and how they lay undiscovered from many years. Clearly the photographer was using excellent equipment from the day and knew how to best frame and pose images. Sadly along with the lack of a traceable name the same applies to any information about dates, workings and stories attached to these images, our captions for each of the images below are merely based upon our own research. While the original photographer retains the copyright to these images for 50 years after passing away, the lack of a traceable owner has lead us to enter these images as part of the 'Taunton Trains Collection'. Some of the images below date back to the 1930's and were taken on glass plates, others exist on 6"x3" cut film. The job of scanning and repairing images has taken many hours of work to bring them up to an acceptable viewing standard, removing scratches, damage, and decomposition. Several images have taken in excess of 10 hours to bring back to a view-able standard.

13th June 1964
On the 13th June 1964 a nice collection of steam locomotives is seen stabled on Taunton Depot. 2-8-0 No.3802 is seen stabled next to GWR Hall No. 6900 'Abney Hall'
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


22nd May 1964
GWR 2-6-0 'Mogul' No.7337 stands in the Barnstaple bay Platform with a fully loaded tender ready to depart with a local stopping service to Barnstaple.
(Photo: KCH Fairey)


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)


8th December 1963
On the 8th December 1963 GWR 2-8-0 No.2822 is seen stabled in the Taunton Roundhouse Shed which was situated to the rear of the Southbound platforms at Taunton.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


31st October 1963
On the 31st October 1963 Small Prairie Tank 2-6-2 No.4591 departs Taunton with the 09:45 Taunton - Yeovil service formed of 4 coaches.
(Photo: Russell Leitch)


15th September 1963
GWR 4-6-0 'Castle' No. 5057 'Penrice Castle' is recorded at Taunton on the 15th September 1963 while on shed. In the background a British Rail 'Hymek' can be seen as the early Diesel introduction era arrived in the South West.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


24th August 1963
2-6-2T Large Prairie No.4143 departs from Crowcombe Heathfield Station on the 24th August 1963 while working teh 14:20 Minehead - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


15th June 1963
This superb image was found on sale as a print on Ebay. The location is Dulverton and appears in the book ‘West Country branch lines' by Peter Gray 43XX Mogul No.6372 is featured in the station adjacent to 14XX No.1421 with another Mogal No.7304 departing towards Taunton in the background taken on the 15th June 1963.
(Photo: Peter Gray)


19th September 1962
GWR 2-6-0 'Mogul' No.7337 is pictured at Taunton on the 19th September 1962. The locomotive is most likely being prepared to work a service through to Barnstaple. Note the 1950's early Cherry Picker on the opposite platform being used to start removing the central canopy.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


8th September 1962
GWR 4-6-0 'Castle' No.7017 arrives into Taunton on the 8th September 1962 with a southbound eight coach passenger service.
(Photo: C L Caddy)


8th September 1962
GWR 2-6-0 'Hall' No. 6954 'Lotherton Hall' stands at Taunton on the 8th September 1962 hauling an unknown northbound passenger service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


8th September 1962
GWR 4-6-0 Castle No.7022 stands at Taunton at the head of 1A41 to London Paddington on the 8th September 1962.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


8th September 1962
0-6-0 Pannier Tank No.4663 complete with 83B shed plate number stands at Taunton on the 8th September 1962 waiting to deaprt with a local stopping service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


5th September 1962
Taken at Minehead on the 5th September 1962 2-6-2 No.5563 prepares to depart for Taunton. We have tried to find the details of the original photographer but so far there has been no trace. If you can help please contact us.
(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)


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)


5th August 1961
BR Standard 9F, No.92055 is pictured operating a Taunton - Cardiff between Creech St Michael and Cogload Junction on the 5th August 1961.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


5th September 1960
GWR 4-6-0 'King' No. 6003 'King George IV' stands at Taunton receiving attention from crew during a booked stop. The C35 headcode the locomotive is pictured at Taunton on the 5th September 1960.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


30th July 1960
GWR 4-6-0 Grange No. 6803 'Bucklebury Grange' passes through the Creech St Michael water troughs on the 30th July 1960 heading towards Taunton.
(Photo: Derek Slater)


28th July 1960
GWR 2-6-2T Small Prairie No.4567 passes light engine through Taunton Station on the 28th July 1960 passing a group of school boys taking locomotive numbers on the centre platform as it passes.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


4th June 1960
GWR 4-6-0 Castle No. 5053 'Bishops Castle' arrives into Taunton hauling a Paignton bound service while in the background Castle Class No. 4095 'Harlech Castle' built in 1926 arrives with a Bristol - Taunton stopping service on the 4th June 1960.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


31st August 1959
This wonderful image shows GWR 4-6-0 'King' No. 6002 'King William IV' at Taunton with a young enthusiast looking on at the impressive express passenger locomotive. Taken on the 21st August 1959 this scan of a print purchased online captures another moment in Taunton's railway history.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


31st May 1959
With a young lad on the station platform diligently taking the number of the Taunton Station pilot locomotive 0-6-0T No.9761 at Taunton Station.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


25th June 1958
25th June 1958, British Rail 2-6-2 Large Prairie Tank No.5185 is pictured at Taunton with a mixed rake of coaching stock. This image was purchased as part of the Taunton Trains collection, but with no previous photographer history.
(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)


24th June 1958
GWR 4-6-0 'King' No. 6024 'King Edward I' stands at Taunton on the 26th June 1958 having hauled the 13:30 London Paddington - Penzance service 'The Royal Duchy' to Taunton. The fireman is pictured shovelling coal forward ready for the next leg of the journey.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


12th May 1958
GWR Small Prairie No.5504 departs from Taunton on the 12th May 1958 hauling the 11:00 Taunton - Chard service formed of two suburban coaches and a syphon van.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


19th May 1957
4-4-0 No. 3440 'City of Truro' stands at Taunton on the 19th May 1957 working a Enthusiast Railtour from Swindon to Kingswear. The locomotive is seen taking water in the centre platforms. This was the commencing period when No. 3440 'City of Truro' was employed running Railway Enthusiast Specials and light local work from Paddington and Reading. Of note the engine is fitted with top feed and original number not it's later number of No.3717.
(Photo: Maurice Dean)


31st May 1952
British Railways 4-6-0 No. 4079 'Pendennis Castle' passes through Taunton on the 31st May 1952 (a second date of the 2nd August 1952 has also been suggested for this image) carrying the head code 823. This working it thought to be the Saturdays Only 10:55 Birmingham - Paignton service.
(Photo: DK Jones Collection)


5th September 1949
GWR 4-6-0 'Star' No. 4054 'Princess Charlotte' is pictured at Taunton on the 5th September 1949 just three years later the locomotive was taken out of service and scrapped.
(Photo: DK Jones Collection)


15th August 1939
A Large 'Metro' tank (possibly No.3582) arrives into Taunton on the 15th August 1939 working the 'Castle Cary Auto' service. Metro No.3582 was the last of the class based at Taunton. She nominally moved to St Blazey in 1949 but may not have made the trip as she was called to Swindon for scraping soon after.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


15th August 1939
GWR 4-6-0 Star Class No. 4015 'Knight of St. John' based at Swindon arrives into Taunton with a local stopping service (possibly from Cardiff) on the 15th Augusut 1939.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


21st September 1938
GWR Collet No.2277 is pictured on Taunton Shed on the 21st September 1938 with its smokebox door open for maintenance.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


20th May 1892
20th May 1892 'Rover' Class 4-2-2 'Dragon' stands at Taunton hauling the last down 'Cornishman' the 10:15 Paddington - Penzance, with the crew posed for the a photograph.
(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)



GWR 4-6-0 No. 5079 'Lydford Castle' (Also named 'Lysander')is pictured at Taunton on an unknown date working an express service to the West Country from Paddington carrying headcode 263.
(Photo: Norman Simmons)



Taken on an unknown date, 2-6-2T No.5563 arrives into Taunton with a local stopping service (probably having originated at Yeovil).
(Photo: R E Toop)



British Rail 2-6-2T No.5504 is pictured at Crowcombe paused with a Minehead - Taunton mixed freight in February 1960.
(Photo: J S Gilks)



This image was purchased as a photograph from Ebay, and features GWR 4-6-0 'King' No. 6000 'King George V' passing through Creech St Michael. The photo was taken from in the entrance to Vicarage Lane Farm in the village as the loco speeds towards Taunton.
(Photo: R E Morton)



Two unknown crew members posing infront of GWR Hawskworth 4-6-0 No. 1002 'County of Berks' at Taunton.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An unknown crew member posing on the footplate of GWR No. 3444 'Cormorant'
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image shows British Rail 9F No. 92205 at Taunton with a southbound service. 92205 was built on the 31st May 1959.The headcode 323 was the Summer Saturdays 06:40 Leicester to Paignton. The loco looks too worn for it to have been the Summer of 1959, but the headcodes were changing during 1960, but the photo could have been the Summer of either of those two years. The photo was purchased as a print from Ebay many years ago with no details of the original photographer.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An unidentified 2-6-2 Great Western Small Prairie Tank stands at Taunton with a local passenger service. Small Prairie Tanks worked on many of the branch line services from Taunton and were a common sight in the area.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 2884 Class (unknown number) stands at Taunton wearing headcode 186.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Little is known about this image, it was probably part of a display at some point, as the photo was mounted on card when purchased via Ebay. It features a Class 2800 2-8-0 No.2882 on a mixed freight in the Taunton area. We think it may have been taken near Wellington, the original photographer is unknown.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 'Saint' No. 2954 'Tockenham Court' 'Tockenham Court' is pictured at Taunton. The locomotive was built in built in March 1913, and was first allocated to Newton Abbot. In 1950 it was reallocated to be based at Swindon and finally taken out of service in July 1952.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 'Saint' No. 2978 'Charles J. Hambro' is pictured at Taunton. The locomotive was renamed 'Charles J Hambro' in 1935 and taken out of service in 1946 when allocated to Swindon, so this image can be dated between the 10 year gap in dates.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-4-0 Bulldog No. 3363 'Alfred Baldwin' is pictured at Taunton. Alfred Baldwin was a Conservative MP & GWR Director who was the father of Stanley Baldwin (Conservative Prime Minister). The locomotive was allocated to Taunton for most of its life before ending up at Westbury shed in May 1949.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-4-0 Bulldog No. 3378 'River Tawe' stands at Taunton on a local stopping service. This locomotive had its name removed in 1939, so this image predates the above date. This image has been extensively repaired from a glass plate hi resolution scan and rebuilt for viewing, in the editing of this image it was decided to remove the corner of the canopy from the image as it was too far gone to digitally repair.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-4-0 No. 3443 'Chaffinch' is pictured stabled in the bay platforms on the 'up' side of the west end of Taunton Station on an unknown date. This image purchased as a print has no trace of the original photographer. No. 3443 'Chaffinch' was built in 1909 and survived until 1951 before being scrapped.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



British Railways 4-6-0 No. 4079 'Pendennis Castle' pauses at Taunton while hauling the 'Holiday Haunts Express' at Taunton. Each year the GWR published a guide to resorts on the railway which included lists of hotels and boarding establishments, spacial trains were run at cheaper fares on Sundays in the late winder and early spring. These trains ran as 'Holiday Haunts Express'
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image of a GWR 4-6-0 'Castle' is thought to be No. 4087 'Cardigan Castle', while it can't be fully confirmed the numbers 408 can clearly be seen on the buffer beam, and 4087 'Cardigan Castle' also had a Hawksworth Tender. The train also has clerestorie coaches which also assists with the identification. Depending on the date of the image the working would of either been the 11:10 Paddington - Penzance or 09:30 Paddington - Newquay.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Great Western 2-6-2 Large Prairie Tank No.4136 stands at Taunton on an unknown service and date. The locomotive was based at Taunton (83B) shed and would of been a regular operating in and out of Taunton Station.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 No. 4901 'Adderley Hall' is pictured on a unknown date at Taunton. The locomotive was first built in 1928 and was first allocated to Penzance shed. It's last shed allocation was Taunton (83B) it lasted in mainline service until 1963 when it was scrapped by Cohen's of Swansea.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image shows a GWR 4-6-0 Castle (possibly No. 5021 'Whittington Castle' ) on an unknown date and service complete with one of the rarer 'British Railways' branded tenders, before the more standard BR embelem was adopted.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR Castle Class 4-6-2 No. 5038 'Morlais Castle' is pictured at Taunton being serviced by a crew member. 5038 'Morlais Castle' was built in 1935 and widthdrawn in 1963 spending the majority of its life at 81A Old Oak Common.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 'Castle' No. 5039 'Rhuddlan Castle' is pictured at Taunton. The locomotive was built in June 1935 and clocked up 1,380,564 miles of running before withdrawal in 1964.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR Clastle Class 4-6-2 No. 5082 'Powis Castle' and an unidentified Class member are seen double headed at Taunton. Swordfish was built in 1939 and spent the majority of its life based at 82A Bristol Bath Road with a later stint at 81A Old Oak Common, it was also fitted with a Hawksworth Tender.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR 2-6-2 Small Prairie Tank No.5504 was based at Taunton, and is seen here paused at Taunton wearing BR lined green livery. The locomotive was built in 1927 and spent its entire life in the Tautnon before being withdrawn in 1960. This one image took over ten hours of work to repair and bring back to standard able to be displayed.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR Small Prairie 2-6-2 No.5521 is pictured at Taunton hauling a local passenger service. No.5521 was a Taunton Shed (83B) based locomotive from 1948 before being transfered to Plymouth.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Great Western 2-6-2 Small Prairie Tank No.5521 stands at Taunton on a local passenger service. The locomotive was built in 1927 and still survives today having managed to enter preservation.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR lined green liveried 2-6-2 Small Prairie Tank No.5571 is pictured at Taunton working a local passenger diagaram. This was another loco which spent the majority of its life based at 83B Taunton Shed.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR King Class 4-6-0 No. 6018 'King Henry VI' is pictured at Taunton. The locomotive was based at 83A Newton Abbot and 81A Old Oak Common during its mainline linfe. Built in 1928 it survived until 1928 when it was widthdrawn from traffic.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 2-6-0 'Mogal' No.6345 stands in the Barnstaple Bay at Taunton Station in 1958 preparing to depart with a local passenger stopping service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 King Class No. 6020 'King Henry IV' stands at Taunton with an express passenger service to London Paddington.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This steam locomotive is thought to be GWR Hall Class 4-6-0 No. 6828 'Trellech Grange' carrying headboard train number 238 at Taunton. Having been built in 1937 at Swindon it survived in traffic until 1963 when it was cut up in September of the same year having spent most of its life based at 84B Oxley.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 No.7025 is pictured paused at Taunton with a Paddington bound passenger train.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR Hall Class 4-6-0 (possibly No. 7905 'Fowey Hall' ,although not confirmed) is pictured at Taunton. The locomotive also has one of the Hawksworth tenders.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 Castle Class No.7036 arrives into Taunton on the 20th August 1960 with a south bound passenger service from London Paddington.
(Photo: Derek Slater)



LMS 8F No.48470 is seen paused at Taunton East Loop Up Home signal on a mixed freight. The locomotive started life at 87F Llanelly later it was based at Bath Green Park and finally went to Bristol Barrow Road before closure of the depot.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



A BR 2-8-0 8F No. 48520 passes light engine through the up Platform at Taunton. This loco possibly worked to Bridgwater with the Saltney Tanks for British Cellophane and had gone to Taunton to be turned,the loco was for many years in early 60's allocated to 8C Speake Junction,this working often produced a Midland Loco,Saltney being near Chester.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR 4-6-2 Standard Class 7 No. 70017 'Arrow' is pictured paused at Taunton. The locomotive was built in 1951 and later scrapped by 1966 at just 15 years old.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



A British Railway ROD 2-8-0 Steam Locomotive is pictured stabled on Taunton Shed (83B) on an unknown date. BR operated a fleet of forty-six RODs with five locomotives remaining in service until 1957.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image has been possibly traced as either GWR 4-6-0 No. 6900 'Abney Hall' or No. 6901 'Arley Hall'. The locomotive is pictured being serviced at Taunton. The locomotives first shed allocation was Tyseley but was later changed to Bristol, St. Philip's Marsh.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This unidentified King Class locomotive is pictured storming through Taunton Station non stop hauling a south bound passenger service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image is thought to have been taken on Taunton Shed (83B) and features a GWR 4-4-0 Bulldog and GWR 0-6-0 Collet both of which are unidentified.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An Unidentified Great Western 57XX Large Prairie Tank is pictured at Taunton possibly ready to depart with a service to Minehead.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Unidentified 4-4-0 Bulldog is pictured tanking water at the north end of Taunton Station possibly having arrived from Barnstaple.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



British Railways 0-6-0T No.4663 hauls a rake of ballast wagons through Taunton Station in 1959 dropping fresh ballast onto the tracks as it moves through the station area.
(Photo: Taunton Trains collection)



GWR 4-6-0 No. 4949 'Packwood Hall' stands at Taunton with a north bound passenger service. This image was part of a house clearance which has been restored for Taunton Trains.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 Hall No. 4993 'Dalton Hall' is pictured at Taunton on a north bound passenger service in 1962.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This wonderful image was taken in February 1960 and shows 2-6-2T No.5543 arriving into Bishops Lydeard from Minehead heading for Taunton.
(Photo: Colour Rail)



This image shows GWR 2-6-0 43xx Mogul No.6377. Although unconfirmed it's thought to have been taken at Taunton Shed (83B). 6377 was originally allocated to Bristol Bath Road on the 1st January 1922, before then being allocated to Taunton on the 31st December 1947 through to 1950. After this it was transferred to Wales at Camarthen Shed (87G) and was withdrawn and scrapped in 1960.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



On an unknown date Great Western Castle Class No.7036 is seen paused at Taunton Station.This image of 7036 was taken before August 1959, because it was after 1959 was fitted with a double chimney, and in the photo it still has a single chimney. The 608 headcode was the 06:25 Penzance to Paddington in 1956/57/58. This photo was sourced via Ebay the original photographer is unknown.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



At the end of steam, Taunton's ample yards were used to store steam locomotives which had been taken out of traffic, In March 1964 there were 18 locos in store at 83B, including 8 moguls, 3 Halls, and 3 LMS 2-6-2s. On the 7th December 1963 the 40 Steps store line was 6421, 7333,7305, 6327, 5548, 4902, 4934, 7326. On Tuesday 7th April 1964 is was recorded that 4934, 4902, 7333, 2871 and 7326 were all out of service in the store line. We can also add that 4902, with 5 other locos, was towed to Bristol en route to scrapping, by 2822 on the 7th May 1964. The other four locos from the photo were moved to the sidings beside 83B works on or before 3th June 1964. Then 3810 was used to tow 7326 and 7333 (also 6327) to Bristol on the 5th June 1964. When 4934 and 2871 departed is not known, but were not noted on the 19th June 1964 so it was any time before then. Also Pip Davey recalls that a Hall, possibly 4930, was backed into the lifting shop crane hook, wrecking the cab (roof) which was replaced by one from a stored loco!!!! IF it was 4930, it could be that the cab roof of the front loco in the picture (4934) is the only bit that still exists.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Taken by an unknown photographer with no details, a 2-6-0 Mogul arrives into Taunton (possibly from Barnstaple) with a three coach local service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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