|Colas Rail Freight provided another double Class 56 pairing on the 29th January. The pair had worked south in order to load wagons at Exeter Riverside Yard but also to collect remaining wagons from Teigngrace (which were previously abandoned due to flooding). The additional length train provided the pair of Class 56 locomotives with quite a load to haul. No.56087 and No.56078 are pictured passing the former site of the Creech St Michael halt hauling the 6M51 Exeter Riverside to Chirk loaded timber. (Photo: Stephen Ginn)|
|Just a mile or so on from Creech St Michael is the popular location of Charlton (Cogload Junction). the pair are seen passing the popular photographic spot in a brief glimpse of light, heading to Chirk on the 29th January 2015. (Photo: Quentin Hawkes)|
|Class 33 No.D6575 (33057) is pictured at Dean Bridge between Norton Fitzwarren and Bishops Lydeard loading five ballast wagons. The Heritage freight was in stark contrast to the modern equivalent which had just passed by on the mainline at Norton Triange. (Photo: Phil Izzard)|
|Sunday 25th January featured top and tail Class 70's returning from an overnight ballast drop on the Falmouth Branch in Cornwall. Class 70 No.70804 and No.70801 is pictured passing Norton Fitzwarren while hauling the 6C26 05:00 Penwithers Junction - Westbury empty autoballasters. In the background can also be seen the DEPG Class 33 on the West Somerset Railway 'Norton Triangle'. The Class 33 with it's own 'heritage ballast train' was turning on the triangle to load ballast at Dean Bridge. (Photo: Phil Izzard)|
|Some may have noticed that movements in and out from Fairwater Yard have decreased in recent weeks after the departure of the Network Rail HOBC set. The train is currently operating in East Anglia replacing the Anglia Mainline. The BBC have recently feautured the HOBC's arrival and operation in the reigon and a short news piece about the train can be viewed via the BBC News website.|
|DB Schenker provided a splash of red in the South West on the 23rd January when Class 59/2 No.59202 worked light engine to Exeter Riverside Yard from Westbury to collect a rake of MBA Box Wagons. The wagons had been stabled in Exeter Riverside Yard since Christmas 2014. The colourful locomotive is pictured passing the ever changing scene at Norton Fitzwarren returning the wagons to Westbury. (Photo: Quentin Hawkes)|
|Saturday 17th January saw one daylight engineers train in the Taunton area. The 6C21 was booked to appear around 12:20 however a late departure from the Yatton engineering blockade didn't see the train arrive until nearer 13:30 some 74 minutes behind schedule. Colas Rail Freight provided Class 70 No.70810 to lead the 6C21 11:56 Uphill Junction to Westbury conveying spent ballast. The loco is pictured rounding the curve at Creech St Michael on route to Fairwater Yard where the loco ran round the train and returned to Westbury. (Photo: Brian Garrett)|
|While the mainline between Taunton and Bristol was effectively blocked by the weekend engineering, Cross Country services were diverted via Bath and Westbury to Taunton, while there was a skeleton stopping service operating between Taunton, Bridgwater, Highbridge and Weston-super-Mare. One of the services was operated by a single Class 153. No.153368 is pictured passing Creech St Michael operating the 2Z16 12:07 Taunton - Weston-super-Mare service. (Photo: Brian Garrett)|
|Colas Rail Freight provided more quality traction on the night of the 16th January when newly refurbished Class 60 No.60085 arrived into Taunton under the cover of darkness. The loco was used to haul the 6C20 22:35 Westbury to Yatton via Taunton. The train conveyed various engineering wagons and including a Kirow Rail Crane. This was the third weekend of engineering between Bristol and Worle to replace crossings and point work at critical locations. The Colas Class 60 is pictured at Taunton having arrived into Platform 3. (Photo: Paul Rundle)|
|Colas Rail Freight provided a pair of Class 70's for a trip into Cornwall on Thursday 8th January. Class 70's No.70803 and No.70805 are seen passing Creech St Michael with a rake of Autoballasters in tow while working the 6C27 Westbury - St Blazey. On the 11th the pair ventured onto the St Ives branch for a ballast drop, breaking new ground for the Class members in Cornwall. (Photo: Paul Wilkins)|
|Colas Rail Freight provided yet more colour and variety in Taunton on the 14th January when Class 56 No.56078 was used to haul the Chirk - Teigngrace log empties. The train conveyed a lengthy rake of timber wagons and is seen passing Silk Mills. Unfortunately due to flooding at the Teigngrace Yard not all the loaded wagons could return. So in due course a light engine movement may be needed to remove the remaining loaded wagons from Teigngrace. (Photo: Paul Wilkins)|
|With such changeable weather during January it's worth making the most of any sunlight. On the morning of the 11th January EWS liveried Class 66 No.66201 is pictured rolling over the Somerset Levels at Wick near Langport. The loco was operating the 6W10 08:27 Exeter St Thomas - Westbury engineers running about six minutes behind schedule, having been out overnight on a ballast drop. (Photo: Adam Snow)|
|What do the following locomotive numbers have in common? No.D2133, No.D2134, No.D2141, No.D2182, No.D4163, No.D4164, No.Railmotor 93, No.1338, No.1442, No.1450, No.1466, No.3802, No.4079, No.4110, No.4150, No.4588,No.4612, No.4920, No.4930, No.4953, No.5521,No.5542. Answer: They all exist, and are recorded as having been shedded at Taunton (83B) at one time or another. To find out more, why not visit our Memories Pages to see the latest addition to Taunton Trains.|
|Our pictorial galleries have recently been updated with additional images in some folders, and we hope to bring additional galleries to this section of the website during early 2015. Our 'Now and Then' galleries have also been overhauled during the latter part of 2014, to provide an insight into how photographic locations have changed over the years in the Taunton area. As the dark nights persist through January and February, Taunton Trains offers plenty of evening computer viewing for those wishing to indulge in some local railway nostalgia!|
|As a special New Year treat our latest pictorial gallery to be added to Taunton Trains is the Class 56. The locomotive has seen a renaissance in the last few years, with many companies now returning class members to traffic. Our gallery looks back at some of the brief appearances the Class has made in the Taunton area since the 1980's. If you are able to provide any additional images or information please do not hesitate to contact us on the Email link at the bottom of this page.|
|We got on so well with our Class 56 Pictorial Gallery above, that we've been able to bring you a second Pictorial Gallery in quick succession. The British Rail Class 08 has been numerous at Taunton over the year. The plucky little shunters carried out the most basic of tasks and were rarely cared for by many enthusiasts. However we've delved into the archives to provide a pictorial record of the Class members which were sighted at Taunton!|
Loco Statistics for 2014 :
Well 2015 is finally upon us and after some quick end of year caluclator tapping the annual Taunton Loco Statistics are finally ready for release. Yet again we are sorry to report that Taunton has hit another all time 'low' for the number of locomotives passing through Tauntons platforms during 2014. Without sounding like a Government growth forecast, this is now the 8th year in a row of locomotive decline. However it's not all doom and gloom, we have likened Taunton to a tin of Quality Street, the box may be getting smaller every year, but rummage around and you'll always find something that takes your fancy!
2014 proved to be a great year for Colas Rail Freight, had it not been for them Taunton would have seen a lot less workings and colourful locomotives. All 10 of the new Colas Class 70's have already visited Taunton, and a total of 7 Colas Class 56's have also passed through Taunton.
The 2013 Loco Statistics have been compiled by Mike Rowland from independent sightings and internet postings relating to workings in the Taunton area.
|Freightliner Heavy Haul and Network Rail cleared the final portion of the Network Rail HOBC from Fairwater Yard on December 30th 2014. Freightliners Class 66/5 No.66546 hauled the third and final portion of the HOBC from Fairwater Yard as the 6Y07 17:05 to Parkeston routed via Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa. The HOBC has been based at Taunton's Fairwater Yard for the past 7 years. The first and second portions ran on Sunday 28th December and Monday 29th December with evening departures. All that remains in Fairwater Yard are now are a few 'Sleeper Carriers', 2 'VM80' Vacuum Vehicles, and a 'Pike' wagon.(Photo: Jason Prole) *Photo taken with permission by trained & qualified personnel with permission.|
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