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The Taunton Staff Gallery

Images of former members of Staff who once worked at Taunton. Taunton once had a large staff base which over the years has sadly shrunk beyond all recognition. Over the years we have been sent a reasonable selection of photos containing former station staff and drivers formerly based at Taunton. If you have any Staff Photos in your collection then please contact Taunton Trains mailto:taunton.trains@googlemail.com and we can expand this gallery to include more former members of staff.

1st May 1986
This image featured in the Somerset County Gazzette and showed Taunton based crews during the last few months the Taunton depot was open. The photo was taken on the middle platform and is detailed as follows: Back row left to right, Lional Cox, Fred Mace,Mac Troup, Bob Thomas, Roy Cross, Steve Awford, Fred Blew, Ern Dingle ,Rat Hawkins. Front row seated, Ted Cook, Fred Pavitt, Bert Dodd, Den Hubbard, Des Alderton, Les Jones.
(Photo: Steve Briars)


1st May 1986
Taken in May 1985, this image featured in the Somerset County Gazzette and showed Taunton based crews during the last few months the Taunton depot was open. The photo was taken on the middle platform and is detailed as follows: Back row left to right, Lional Cox, Fred Mace,Mac Troup, Bob Thomas, Roy Cross, Steve Awford, Fred Blew, Ern Dingle ,Rat Hawkins. Front row seated, Ted Cook, Fred Pavitt, Bert Dodd, Den Hubbard, Des Alderton, Les Jones.
(Photo: Steve Briars)


1st May 1986
This image was taken at a Retirement party located in Bishop's Hull, shows former Taunton Station Staff.
(Photo: Steve Briars)


27th April 1986
British Rail knew exactly how to execute engineering works. On the 27th April 1986 Driver Des Alderton shunts on 08839 while Guard Bill Longman (left) strolls up the platform to meet the train. Notice that there are even seacows located in the bay platform, and the Class 47 on the adjacent through road. Network Rail would never think of using a Class 08 for engineering works these days. But in the British Rail era it was quite common to utilise local small shunting locomotives!
(Photo: Steve Awford)


16th March 1986
Driver Lional Cox & Guard Fred Thresher are both photographed on 47472 at Cogload Junction. The Class 47 had been working on a local engineering train during Sunday the 16th March 1986.
(Photo: Steve Awford)


16th March 1986
Driver Lional Cox & Guard Fred Thresher are both photographed on BR Blue Class 47 No.47472 at Cogload Junction. The Class 47 had been working on a local engineering train during Sunday the 16th March 1986.
(Photo: Steve Awford)


17th November 1985
On the 17th November 1985 Class 47 No.47157 (which at the time had been transferred to Cardiff Canton from Eastfield Depot, in Scotland) is seen shunting with Driver Mike Stone stood in the door of the locomotive. Mike was a Taunton based driver until he transferred to Exeter when Taunton closed.
(Photo: Gary Stone)


7th November 1985
On the 7th November 1985 Driver Mac Troup is seen in Fairwater Yard on BR Blue Class 47 No.47323
(Photo: Steve Awford)


1st October 1984
This image shows Driver Fred Pavitt at the controls of 08840 in Taunton East Yard during October 1984 while carrying out various shunting duties in the yard.
(Photo: Pip Davey)


21st April 1973
Driver Lional Cox is seen on board Class 47 No.D1712 (which later became 47123). This image was taken on the 21st April 1973. Driver Lionel A Cox, was a Taunton based man from 1942 to 1986
(Photo: Steve J Cox)



Very few photos seem to exist detailing the every day lives of our ex railwaymen, however this image captured drivers Douggy Samson (Left) and Fred Pavitt (Right) being entertained by Guard Colin Power (standing and entering from the right), in the crew mess room at Taunton.
(Photo: Steve Awford)



The photo of BR Blue Class 45 No.45036 in Platform 1 at Taunton shows a Driver doing his preperation before departing for his duties. His name was Bert Dodd and lived in Priorswood Road, Taunton. Steve Awford remembers working with him as second man many times when he was based at Taunton from 1979 to 1986 when the train crew depot closed. Note the words 'Mega Peak' written above the number, obviously the Peak Army approved of this locomotive!
(Photo: Dave Jones)



This photo was passed onto Taunton Trains by David Jones. It was taken of his Dad, Mervyn Jones when he was a driver based at Taunton in the 1960's. However there is an added significance with one of these above photos. D1647 has had a life slightly longer than most Class 47's. She was delivered new to Crewe Depot on the 5th June 1965 in BR Two Tone Green livery. In February 1974 the locomotive was then renumber to 47197. 47197 was still operational right up until 2005 and was scrapped in 2008 by TJ Thompsons of Stockton. Since 1974 the locomotive has enjoyed spells allocated to depots all over the UK. Crewe, Eastfield, Stoke, Bescot, Immingham, Cardiff, Tinsley, and Doncaster are just a few. Most of it's life has been spent hauling general freight, however with sectorisation in the 1990's the loco did enjoy a spell on Petroleum Traffic in the North East. In recent years the locomotive has been used by Freightliner to haul containers, and more recently the loco was transferred to Freightliner Heavy Haul and has proved it's worth once again working more general operations around the UK. The locomotive was never named throughout its life.
(Photo: Dave Jones)



This photo was passed onto Taunton Trains by David Jones. It was taken of his Dad, Mervyn Jones when he was a driver based at Taunton in the 1960's. Mervyn is seen at the controls of British Rail Warship Class 42 No.D832 'Onslaught'
(Photo: Dave Jones)



Taken in the Drivers Cabin during the late 1980's this images captures 4 members of staff sat between duties at Taunton. From left to right: Des Alderton, Les Jones, Rodney Evered and Lional Cox.
(Photo: Steve Cox)



This image shows Pilotman Frank Davey in one of Taunton's Yards on shunting duties.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Ivan Dalling ended his railway career as a driver at Taunton in the 1970s. He started work in the late 1930s at Barnstaple and moved around considerably, having spells at Old Oak Common, Brimscombe, Barnstaple Junction (working mainly to Bideford and Torrington) before moving to Taunton. Among his workings were goods to Severn Tunnel Junction and passengers to Minehead. The photograph was taken in the 1950s at Swimbridge, where he was born.
(Photo: Philip Dalling)



Two former Taunton members of staff photographed with the PWM Shunter in Fairwater Yard. Note the WD (Army) Depot in the background, this was alsorail linked, and had its own shunters. Driver Les Willams is seen standing beside PWM652 in Fairwater was Les was a Shunter at Fairwater/West Yard and Blinkhorn.
(Photo: Creweboy)



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



An unknown crew member posing on the footplate of GWR No. 3440 'City of Truro' 'Cormerant'.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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