JULY 2013 NEWS : 


Get your photos of (and from) 40 steps while you can. Contractors are currently working in the area of Chip Lane, Staplegrove Road and the 40 Steps bridge will be removed in September this year. This will allow Network Rail to finish off their required trackwork (which is currently blocked by a bridge support). There is then an unknown period as to when the new bridge structure will be put into place. The familiar structure has been a part of Taunton's landscape for many years, it will certainly be strange to see it go!
With a partial steam ban still in place following the unprecedented hot weather, the Torbay Express operated with BR Two Tone Green Class 47 No.47812 tucked inside the leading locomotive. GWR Castle No.5029 'Nunney Castle' passes Creech St Michael with the 1Z27 Bristol Temple Meads - Kingswear running slightly ahead of schedule. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
It's amazing what a little work in photoshop can do to create a slightly 'aged' image. The 20th july saw D1010 'Western Campaigner' take up it's booked Diesel turn on the West Somerset Railway. Sadly with so many coaches in operation on steam services the diesel diagram had slim pickings of just three Mk1's and no on board buffet. The Western is seen passing Roebuck Crossing while working the 17:35 from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard. All three coaches were packed with enthusiasts enjoying the sound of the Western working through the Somerset Countryside. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
Turning back the clock on the West Somerset Railway, Class 52 Western No.D1010 'Western Campaigner' stands at Bishops Lydeard with the 11:40 departure to Minehead on the 20th July 2013. The Western has finally returned to a period of reliability and its pleasing to see this former mainline locomotive operating in full health, even if 3 coaches was hardly very taxing! (Photo: Wayne Potter)
Friday 19th July saw the second DB Schenker liveried locomotive of the week pass through Taunton. Class 66/0 No.66152 (now named 'Derek Holmes Railway Operator') hauled the Friday's Only 6C39 11:50 St Blazey-Newport ADJ Enterprise service. The service can be heavily loaded, Fridays consist was 5 Loaded Scrap (MBA) Wagons, 13 Loaded China Clay (JIA) Wagons and 5 Empty Oil (TTA) Wagons. The lengthy consist it seen passing Cogload Junction on route to Newport (Wales). (Photo: Adam Snow)
Thursday 18th July saw a DB Schenker Class 59/2 venture into Devon. The locomotive was used to haul the sporadic aggregate flow from Merehead Quarry to Exeter Riverside Yard. Having worked South during the early morning, Class 59/2 No.59201 is seen returning through Cogload Junction with the empties returning to Westbury Yard. (Photo: Wayne Potter)
First Great Western currently operate two former London Midland Class 153's as part of their unit fleet. On rare occasions the LM Twins operate as a pair. Both units carry their former London Midland green/grey livery with smaller FGW branding. Class 153's No.153333 & 153325 are seen passing through Creech St Michael on the 16th July working the 13:07 from Taunton to Cardiff Central. (Photo: Quentin Hawkes)
More Class 57 action occurred on the 15th July, when First Great Western operated their sleeper set 'empty stock' from Penzance to Old Oak Common. Monday's 'Night Rivera' services failed at Long Rock and was replaced with a HST set. The ensure the two sleeper sets were in place for Tuesdays diagram, 57603 'Tintagel Castle' operated the 5A40 to Old Oak Common. The rare daylight sleeper set is seen passing Oath on the Somerset Levels. (Photo: Adam Snow)
Colas Rail Freight continue to utilise Class 56's on their South West timber diagram. On the 10th July Class 56 No.56302 made it's first foray to Somerset and Devon. The loco had previously visited when working for Nemesis Rail in Fastline Freight colours. The Class 56 makes an impressive sight at Cogload Junction working the 6Z52 Chirk - Teigngrace empties. (Photo: Wayne Potter)
With Saltionians having bathed themselves in glorious Devon sunshine over the weekend, West Coast Railways provided traction back to their opposite north eastern coastline on Monday 8th July. Former Arriva Trains Wales Class 57/3 No.57313 exits from Whiteball Tunnel at Marlands hauling the 1Z64 from Torquay to Saltburn. (Photo: Quentin Hawkes)
While we don't feature too many unit workings from First Great Western on Taunton Trains, one service which can throw up some random combinations is the Sundays 2K18 09:35 Exeter St Davids to Severn Beach service. On the 7th July this was formed of former Silverlink Trains Class 150/1 No.150129 & First Great Western Class 153 No.153373. The pair are seen passing Cogload Junction with the northbound stopping service. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
With the increase in temperatures Network Rail imposed a steam ban in the South West thwarting the start of the steam hauled 'Torbay Express' charters, however a Heritage Class 47 was supplied from Riviera Trains to operate the service. While the steam enthusiasts may not of been happy, we at Taunton Trains were more than pleased to see a stalwart Class 47 providing sterling service on the mainline. On the 7th July Ex-Virgin Trains Class 47 No.47812 (D1916) is seen passing Cogload Junction looking superb with a matching rake of chocolate and cream stock. Like many celebrities these days the loco has seen a little 'cosmetic surgery' to the body to keep it looking fit for purpose. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
Following slightly behind the Saltburn - Torquay charter was Colas Rail Freight, the company were moving a set of overhauled HOBC wagons from Cardiff Canton back to Fairwater Yard. Class 47/7 No.47739 'Robin of Templecombe' was used for the duty. The loco is named after former Colas driver Robin Gould who was the last ex-Templecome S & D driver. Sadly Robin passed away earlier this year, but the loco continues to carry his memory around the UK where ever it goes. (Photo: Bob Tucker)
West Coast Railways Class 57/6No.57601 paid a second visit in as many weeks back to its old stomping ground in the South West on Friday 5th July. The locomotive (painted in West Coast's mundane Maroon livery) hauled 'The Saltburn Devonian' from Saltburn to Torquay. It was in T&T formation with former Arriva Trains Wales liveried Class 57 No.57313.The charter is seen passing Banklands near Cogload Junction with the 1Z71 from Saltburn. (Photo: Bob Tucker)
Southern Region steam returned to Taunton for a brief visit on the 4th July, when Westcountry No.34067 'Tangmere' put in a one way appearance hauling 'The Devonian' between Exeter and Poole (via Bristol). After an early evening water stop at Taunton, No.34067 is seen passing Banklands at speed, heading for Bristol Temple Meads. (Photo: Quentin Hawkes)
While we don't normally feature Bridgwater on Taunton Trains, we do occasionally stray into no mans land. This working was certainly worth a mention. The regular Nuclear Flask movements from Bridgwater saw four Class 37's appear on the Thursday 4th July. Class 37/6's No's.37605 & 37609 were booked to operate the service, however 37605 failed (unable to take power), 37609 was already low on power, so 37688 'Kingmoor TMD' and 37610 were summoned to assist the train. The quartet is seen ready to depart Bridgwater on their return run to Crewe. (Photo: Dave Collett)

 

2013 WSR Diesel Haulage:

The 2013 season will again see the DEPG Diesel Fleet working Friday and Saturday passenger services during the peak holiday season in July and August. The Diesel Diagram will depart Bishops Lydeard at 11:40 & 15:10 on each operational day, and Minehead at 13:20 & 17:35. A one Day Rover ticket on the WSR costs £17.00 (which has been frozen at the 2012 price) but if you book in advance you can get this ticket for £15.60 and provides 79 miles of haulage from two return trips between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead. Those with WSRA membership or local residents cards can also use their membership for half price travel.

Locomotive
Date
Class 47 D1661 "North Star"
Friday 14th June 2013
Class 35 'Hymek' D7017
Saturday 15th June 2013
Class 33 D6575(33057)
Friday 21st June 2013
Class 42 'Warship' D832 "Onslaught"
Saturday 22nd June 2013
Class 47 D1661 "North Star"
Friday 28th June 2013
Class 35 'Hymek' D7017
Saturday 29th June 2013
Class 35 'Hymek' D7017
Friday 12th July 2013
Class 47 D1661 "North Star"
Friday 19th July 2013
Class 52 'Western' D1010 "Western Campaigner"
Saturday 20th July 2013
Class 42 'Warship' D832 "Onslaught"
Friday 26th July 2013
Class 33 D6575 (33057)
Saturday 27th July 2013
Class 35 'Hymek' D7017
Saturday 3rd August 2013
Class 42 'Warship' D832 "Onslaught"
Sunday 4th August 2013
Class 47 D1661 "North Star"
Saturday 10th August 2013
Class 33 D6575 (33057)
Saturday 17th August 2012
Class 42 'Warship' D832 "Onslaught"
Saturday 24th August 2013
Class 35 'Hymek' D7017
Friday 13th September 2012
Class 35 'Hymek' D7017
Saturday 14th September 2013
Class 52 'Western' D1010 "Western Campaigner"
Saturday 21st September 2013

In addition to the booked 'Diesel Diagram' a new venture this year will be the use of newly restored Class 33 (D6575) on a rare weekday 'Quantock Belle' service. The Class 33 will alternate with DEPG Class 14 D9526 on the following trains, it is possible to book on the Quantock Belle dining service by calling the following number: 01823 433856

Locomotive
Date
Class 33 D6575(33057)
Tuesday 23rd April 2013
Class 14 D9526
Wednesday 19th June 2013
Class 33 D6575(33057)
Wednesday 3rd July 2013
Class 14 D9526
Wednesday 17th July 2013
Class 33 D6575(33057)
Wednesday 31st July 2013
Class 33 D6575(33057)
Sunday 11th August 2013
Class 14 D9526
Wednesday 14th August 2013
Class 42 'Warship' D832 "Onslaught"
Saturday 17th August 2013 (Evening)
Class 14 D9526
Sunday 25th August 2013
Class 33 D6575(33057)
Wednesday 4th September 2013
Class 14 D9526
Wednesday 18th September 2013

 

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