JANUARY 2012 NEWS : 


Cross Country Trains provided a splash of colour and welcome sound in the South West again today with the hire in of 43055 to cover for one of their own powercars. The VP185 HST powercar from East Midlands Trains operated the 1V44 & 1S51 diagrams throughout. On the 9th February 43055 is seen arriving back into Taunton with the 1S51 12:23 Plymouth - Glasgow diagram. Cross Countries own 43285 was on the rear of the set. (Photo: Jeff Treece)
The last day of the month provided a cold and crisp Winters day, with good spells of sunshine. Colas Rail Freight operated their 6Z50 Gloucester - Teigngrace Crossing timber empties, passing Taunton at 11:20. 66850 (former Freightliner 66577) passes Banklands with the empty wagons for loading in Devon. The train will return north through Taunton at around 16:00 on Wednesday 1st February. (Photo: Paul Finnimone)
Further engineering work took place in the village of Creech St Michael over the weekend of 28th / 29th January.Network Rail's HOBC set was in action overnight, which returned to Fairwater Yard ar 08:30. 66524 and 66523 are seen stabled in the cutting at Creech St Michael prior awaiting their next duties. Some limited cutting back has also been done to the vegetation through the village, but only enough to assist with the engineering work. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
Cross Country Trains provided some additional colour to one of their service trains on January 25th. The company hired in a powercar from East Midlands Trains to cover for the non availability of one of their own powercars. 43052 was drafted in to work with 43285 on the 06:00 Leeds - Plymouth and 1S51 12:35 Plymouth - Glasgow services. The use of 052 also provided the sounds of a VP185 power unit, instead of the normal diet of MTU! 43052 passes the Relyon factory at Wellington on the return 1S51 to Glasgow. (Photo: John White)
Overnight engineering works in Creech St Michael took place on Saturday 21st/ Sunday 22nd January, with Network Rail using their Track Replacement Train to replace part of the 'up main' through the village. While most of the work took place in the dark, we were able to capture the end process using two Network Rail track machines to tamp and regulate the ballast. DR73111 passes through Creech St Michael lifting the track and packing the ballast. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
The final machine to pass over the newly relayed section of track was DE77903 'Frank Jones'. This machine distributes the ballast back over the sleepers as it passes. Local residents were complaining about the noise and dust created overnight, but I'm sure they would prefer one night of disruption rather than a full weekend blockade. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
Also in action on the same night was 6Y11 with the Network Rail HOBC set, this was working at a site near Durston, once finished the set was moved forward to Cogload Junction where it was stabled waiting for the Creech blockade to finish. It later returned to Fairwater Yard in time for the track to reopen at around 11:00. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
Another rare visitor during the overnight track relaying was 66589. While it may not seem very different, 66589 belongs to Freightliner Intermodal, but was hired in to Freightliner Heavy Haul. The loco worked the 6Y34 from Westbury to Taunton dropping ballast in Creech St Michael over night. It then worked forward to Fairwater Yard where it stabled ready to return to Westbury later in the afternoon. This was the first visit to Taunton for this locomotive. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
Freightliner Heavy Haul and Network Rail continue to operate their South West Track Renewals out of Taunton's Fairwater Yard. On the 21st January 2012, a grubby 66547 arrives into Fairwater with the 4V11 10:38 from Washwood Heath conveying new concrete sleepers for use with track renewals. This service normally arrives into Taunton during the dead of night. Additional sleepers were being transferred to Taunton in preparation for this weekends overnight engineering works at both Durston and Creech St Michael. (Photo: Nathan Williamson)

 

Loco Statistics for 2011 :

The 2011 Loco Statistics have been compiled by Mike Rowland from independent sightings and internet postings relating to workings in the Taunton area. With the world economics in the spotlight during 2011, it was an interesting year for the railways, which always seem to transform to make the best use of the industries it serves.

The Loco Statistic logs have been expertly compiled for 8 years now, and show some very interesting trends. 2011 was the first year we have recorded the lowest numbers of visiting locomotives since the records began. In particular classes 66, 67 and 31 reduced their visits to the Taunton area over the past year. However we are very pleased to report that Class 37's have provided a large increase in their appearances. Mainly due to the extensive fleet operated by Direct Rail Services, which work a variety of services through Taunton during the year. Another bonus was the appearance of 17 locomotives during 2011 which had not previously visited Taunton since the records started in 2004. These are as follows: 20308, 20309, 33207, 37229, 37409, 37603, 37604, 47790, 56302, 57009, 66416, 66419, 66539, 66540, 66588, 66847, 66955.

Total Locomotives Passing Taunton :
Total Class 66 Locos Passing Taunton :

2004 = 399
2005 = 418
2006 = 376
2007 = 405
2008 = 352
2009 = 334
2010 = 307
2011 = 290

2004 = 254
2005 = 285
2006 = 270
2007 = 281
2008 = 261
2009 = 242
2010 = 218
2011 = 215

 

Steam Locomotives Passing Taunton 2011 :
Total Class 66 Locos Passing Taunton by Operator:

 


5029 'Nunney Castle'
6024 'King Edward I'
34067 'Tangmere'
45305 Black 5
60019 'Bittern' (as 4492 'Dominion of New Zealand')
60163 'Tornado'
70000 'Britannia'
70013 'Oliver Cromwell'
71000 'Duke of Gloucester'

 

2008
2009
2010
2011
EWS/ DB SCHENKER
155
146
162
141
FREIGHLINER
74
67
62
63
GBRF
23
29
22
5
DRS
9
3
17
5
COLAS RAIL
0
0
0
1

 

2009 Locos By Class Passing Taunton:
2008
2009
2010
2011
Class 20
3
1
0
2
Class 25
1
1
0
0
Class 31
9
10
9
7
Class 33
2
1
0
1
Class 37
9
9
10
17
Class 40
1
1
1
0
Class 42
0
0
1
0
Class 45
1
0
0
0
Class 47
18
19
10
11
Class 50
2
0
3
0
Class 52
1
2
2
0
Class 55
1
0
0
1
Class 56
0
0
2
2
Class 57
9
14
17
8
Class 59
10
13
12
13
Class 60
8
4
2
2
Class 66
261
242
218
215
Class 67
15
15
17
10
Class 73
1
2
2
0
Class 97
0
0
1
1
Steam
?
8
10
9

 

 
 
 
     

2011 - Individual Visits:
 
20308
20309

31106
31190
31285
31454
31465
31601
31602

33207

37038
37059
37069
37087
37194
37229
37409
37423
37601
37602
37603
37604
37606
37607
37611
37676
37685

47375
47500
47712
47739
47749
47760
47790
47804
47815
47826
47832

55022

56302
56312

57008
57009

57309

57601
57602
57603
57604
57605

59001
59002
59004
59005
59101
59102
59103
59104
59201
59202
59204
59205
59206

60011
60040

66001
66002
66003
66005
66006
66007
66008
66011
66012
66013
66014
66015
66016
66017
66020
66021
66023
66024
66027
66030
66031
66037
66039
66040
66041
66043
66044
66047
66050
66051
66053
66054
66055
66058
66059
66060
66061
66063
66065
66066
66067
66068
66069
66070
66076
66077
66078
66082
66083
66084
66085
66086
66087
66088
66089
66090
66091
66092
66093
66094
66095
66097
66101
66102
66106
66107
66108
66110
66111
66112
66114
66115
66116
66117
66119
66120
66121
66122
66124
66126
66127
66128
66130
66132
66133
66135
66136
66138
66139
66140
66141
66142
66143
66145
66147
66148
66150
66151
66152
66153
66154
66155
66156
66158
66160
66161
66162
66164
66165
66166
66167
66168
66169
66170
66171
66172
66173
66174
66175
66176
66177
66182
66183
66184
66185
66186
66187
66188
66193
66197
66199
66200
66201
66204
66206
66207
66213
66230
66232
66238
66250



 

66413
66416
66419
66420
66425

66508
66509
66510
66511
66512
66514
66516
66519
66520
66522
66524
66525
66526
66527
66528
66529
66531
66539
66540
66544
66545
66548
66549
66550
66551
66552
66553
66554
66555
66557
66559
66560
66561
66585
66588
66595
66596
66597
66598
66599
66601
66602
66603
66604
66605
66606
66607
66610
66613
66614
66615
66616
66617
66618
66619
66620
66621
66622
66623

66711
66716
66718
66729
66730

66847

66951
66953
66955
66957

67001
67002
67005
67006
67008
67016
67019
67020
67028
67030

97301


5029 'Nunney Castle'
6024 'King Edward I'
34067 'Tangmere'
45305 Black 5
60019 'Bittern' (as 4492 'Dominion of New Zealand')
60163 'Tornado'
70000 'Britannia'
70013 'Oliver Cromwell'
71000 'Duke of Gloucester'

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     

 

 

 

Our Local Talks page is looking rather sparse at the moment, but will soon be updated. We have been informed the next GWS meet at Stoke St Mary village hall is on the 20th January. The speaker is Peter Triggs with a slide show talk entitled 'Steam Steam and some Exhuast'.More details of local slide evenings/ talks can be found here. As and when we receive more details we will be sure to update the page.

The next GWSRA Talk at The Railway Club near Taunton Station, will be Martin Southwood 'Australian Steam'

 

The Network Rail Radio Survey Train was in the area again during early January. Having run South to Exeter on Monday the 9th, 37606 and 37607 spent several nights traversing branch lines in Devon and Cornwall. Here the pair are seen returning North to Derby with the 1Z13 from Plymouth on Thursday 12th January. (Photo: Cameron Walker)
First Great Western have a multitude of liveries operating it's services after a large cascade of unwanted units from other operators. On the 12th January 2012 153333 is seen returning from maintenance at Bristol St Phillips Marsh to Exeter, seen passing Bathpool. The single car Class 153 currently carries the livery of former operator London Midland. (Photo: Cameron Walker)
Freightliner Heavy Haul currently have 66419 from Direct Rail Services operating their trains in the Taunton area. 419 is currently operating out of Fairwater Yard and has been used on many of the local trip workings. On the 12th January 2012, 66419 is seen returning from Westbury with the loaded 6C73 to Fairwater Yard, the train being formed of mixed HOBC and Autoballaster wagons. In good afternoon light 66419 passes Bathpool. (Photo: Cameron Walker)
Having spent the night in Devon, Colas Rail Freight returned their loaded log train from Teigngrace Crossing (on the Heathfield Branch near Newton Abbot) to Chirk. 66847 is captured in beautiful light at Cogload Junction on the 12th January. The very nice (and daring) photo location. Had the train of been held up for any reason in the Taunton area, such a nice photo may not have been possible (Photo: Cameron Walker)
10 Days into the New Year and we feature our first photo for 2012. Colas Rail Freight operated their 6Z50 empty log train from Gloucester to Teigngrace Crossing (Newton Abbot). Here the converted log wagons will be loaded with stockpiled timber, before being transported to Chirk for processing. With the residential development at Firepool now a dominant part of the Taunton's skyline 66847 (66574) passes through Taunton Station with the southbound empties. (Photo: Stacey Thew)
We are often asked about freight services which operate through the Taunton area, so with help from a Devon correspondant, we've been able to put together a WTT (Working Time Table) to allow readers to view and print their own current timetable for freight trains passing through Taunton. We have hosted a version on our 'THE GEN' page, but also provided an additional link to a printable page. We hope to keep this timetable up to date, as and when new workings start or old ones cease to operate.

 

6V62 Fawley - Tavistock Jn:

We start our review of 2011 with a detailed look at one particular working. The 6V62 Fawley - Tavistock Jn fuel tanks has its own dedicated LOG which is constantly being worked upon. At the end of 2011 it now records a staggering 2234 separate workings of this train, all recorded since 1988. The log has been complied by Brian Garrett over the past 16 years with a large input from enthusiasts all over the South West and remote parts of the UK!

TOTAL YEARLY WORKINGS
TOTAL UNIQUE LOCOS
 
2001 = 144
2001 = 91
2002 = 147
2002 = 153
2003 = 155
2003 = 96

2004 = 139

2004 = 106
2005 = 109
2005 = 83
2006 = 104
2006 = 72
2007 = 102
2007 = 72
2008 = 76
2008 = 57
2009 = 52
2009 = 44
2010 = 52
2010 = 45
2011 = 50
2011 = 42
Locomotive Appearances for 2011:
Graphs:
59204
1
66001
1
66003
1
66005
1
66006
1
66007
1
66008
1
66014
1
66023
2
66027
1
66043
1
66053
2
66054
1
66058
2
66066
1
66068
1
66069
1
66095
1
66097
1
66102
1
66107
1
66108
1
66111
2
66116
2
66121
1
66126
1
66127
1
66128
1
66135
2
66145
1
66153
1
66156
1
66161
1
66162
1
66169
1
66174
1
66182
1
66186
1
66188
2
66206
2
66213
1
66232
1

Notable workings:

26th April 2011 - Service delayed due to inbound working to Fawley being late.

25th October 2011 - 66068 held up in the Bridgwater area due to a fatality. 6C62 ran through to Taunton arriving at 23:00. It ran around the train and returned to Westbury

26th October 2011 - 59204 was used to haul the Fawley Tanks direct from Westbury to Plymouth. This was the first ever use of a Class 59/2 on the Fawley Tanks

6th December 2011 - 66121 delayed (passing Taunton 19:49) due to a diversion because of a derailed Class 150 at Westbury

Locos still to work 6V62:

At the end of 2002 there were 49 Class 66's which hadn't worked 6V62
At the end of 2003 there were 31 Class 66's which hadn't worked 6V62
At the end of 2004 there were ?? Class 66's which hadn't worked 6V62
At the end of 2005 there were 14 Class 66's which hadn't worked 6V62
At the end of 2006 there were 11 Class 66's which hadn't worked 6V62
At the end of 2007 there were 7 Class 66's which hadn't worked 6V62
At the end of 2008 there were 6 Class 66's which hadn't worked 6V62
At the end of 2009 there were 5 Class 66's which hadn't worked 6V62
At the end of 2010 there were 5 Class 66's which hadn't worked 6V62
At the end of 2011 there were 5 Class 66's which hadn't worked 6V62

How Many DB Class 66's haven't worked 6V62?
At the end of 2010 there are just 5 Class 66's left to work the service:
66022, 66120, 66157, 66193, 66236
66022 & 66236 are currently in the French ECR Pool.
Which Locos are the most common on 6V62? :
37's: 37890 68 Recorded Appearances
47's: 47277 46 Recorded Appearances
58's: 58011 13 Recorded Appearances
60's: 60024, 027, 031, 081 with 2 Appearances Each! (29% of the Class have now worked 6V62)
66's: 66162 15 Recorded Appearances
Further Reading on 6V62:
The Full 6V62 Log Can be found at: http://www.tauntontrains.co.uk/6V62_FAWLEY.htm

 

 

As you may have noticed Taunton Trains has a slightly new look! We thought it was about time to update the site and overhaul it for 2012. Over the next few weeks the site will be undergoing various updates. Some visible, some not.

We would like to thank all those who've helped contribute to the site over the past few years, the plan is to now begin another stage of development to make the site easier to use and to eradicate flash coding from the website. As a result one immediate effect means the site should become gradually more available to use from your mobile phones.

We will also be posting a 2011 review during January to record and compare workings from the last 5 years.

 

2011 has been another interesting year, quite how the final locomotive workings will compare with those in previous years is yet to be seen, while there's been plenty of unique and colourful trains passing through Taunton in the last year, the general trend suggests that the overall figures could follow those of previous years.

During 2012 we hope to introduce several new additions to Taunton Trains, the demise of Fotopic (over a year ago now) has removed some large photographic sections from the website, with no real "long term" solution of how to hose these images. However it looks as if there may possibly be a solution to this on the horizon.

We hope all our readers had a good Christmas and we would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year for 2012!

 


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