The Archive Steam Collection 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. Click here to view gallery
The Brian Morrison Collection Gallery Images from the Brian Morrison Collection.
Brian is one of the UK's best known railway photographers who's personal photographic archive spans from 1951 to the current day. His first photograph was taken of a B1 Steam Locomotive on the turntable at London Liverpool Street having just purchased his first camera only minutes beforehand. From there Brian's archive of images has lead to thousands of images having been recorded for prosperity.
We are very grateful to Brian for allowing his images to be displayed on Taunton Trains for the viewing pleasure of all those who visit Taunton Trains.
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The Colour Rail Collection Gallery Images from the Colour Rail Collection.
We have been very fortunate to obtain several images taken at Taunton from the Colour Rail collection. With their permission we have been able to host these images on the website. Colour Rail Click here to view gallery
The Micky Farkas Collection Gallery Images from the Micky Farkas Collection.
Micky Farkas was a train driver who was a fireman at Taunton in the early 1960's.
His collection of rare well composed black and white negatives have been scanned by Steve Awford and provided to Taunton Trains to host for prosperity. Click here to view gallery
The Modern Image Slides Collection Gallery Images from the Modern Image Slide Collection.
We have been very fortunate to obtain several images taken at Taunton from the Mordern Image Slide collection. With their permission we have been able to host these images on the website. Click here to view gallery
The Strathwood Publishing Collection Gallery Images from the Strathwood Publishing Collection.
We have been very fortunate to obtain several images taken at Taunton from the Strathwood Collection from images which they have put up for sale and with their permission we have been able to host these images on the website. Click here to view gallery
The Taunton Trains Collection Gallery For some time now Taunton Trains has been collecting images from various sources which will provide a historical archive of images for the future. Ebay has provided a good library of images taken in the Taunton area, and as many have been purchased 'with copyright' we are able to provide a good selection of images along with additional images credited to the originator. We would also like to thank Strathwood Publishing and Colour Rail for providing their assistance with some of their images. In all cases we have tried our best to find the original photographer, where this has not been possible images have been entered into the Taunton Trains collection until such time as a photographer name can be identified. Click here to view gallery