SEPTEMBER 2015 NEWS : 


On September 29th 2015, DC Rail's No.56312 'Jeremiah Dixon' descends from Cogload fly-over with A1 60163 'TORNADO' in light steam plus support coach in tow. The 5Z63 10:03 York N.R.M. to Bishops Lydeard operated to allow Tornado to take part in the WSR Autumn Steam Gala weekend. (Photo: S A Ginn)
DB Schenker's Class 59/2 No.59203 passes Creech St Michael with a rake of empty stone wagons on September 29th 2015 en route from Exeter Riverside Yard with the 6C28 to Whatley Quarry. (Photo: S A Ginn)
Freightliner Heavy Haul Class 66/5 No.66523 works a very short 6C73 Westbury to Fairwater Yard consisting of just five auto-ballasters on September 29th 2015, the train is seen passing Creech St Michael on the approaches to Taunton. (Photo: S A Ginn)
Having completed the marathon trek from Exeter to Wick and back with Pathfinder Tours, DRS Class 37's No.37218 & No.37425 returned to Eastleigh on the 29th September with their empty stock. The pair had previously spent several days working Pathfinder Tours 'Autumn Highlander' charter taking them to highlands of Scotland. The pair are seen passing through Creech St Michael on route back to Easteliegh. (Photo: S A Ginn)
A second shot of the pair of veteran machines was captured at 40 Steps, Class 37's No.218 and 425 speed through Taunton with the empty tour stock returning to Eastleigh. (Photo: Jeff Treece)

 

Saturday 26th September saw the latest GBRf Class 66/7 to be named after a preserved railway. Following hot on the heals of No.66741 'The Swanage Railway' named earlier in the summer, Class 66/7 No.66757 was named 'The West Somerset Railway' in a short ceremony at Bishops Lydeard station. The locomotive number and distingtive plate are featured. (Photo: Phil Izzard)
The locomotive was named the celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the West Somerset Railway and the working relationship between GBRf and the line having supplied a handful of locomotives for previous diesel gala weekends. After the naming the locomotive operated the 11:05 Diesel service from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and 15:25 return for passengers to enjoy. The locomotive has now left the line and is back in operation with GBRf on the UK Railway network. As GBRf currently have no booked freight operations in the Taunton area enthusiasts may have to travel far and wide to find this locomotive on its daily duties! (Photo: Phil Izzard)
In preparation for Pathfinder Tours 'Autumn Highlander' charter from Exeter to Inverness (and Wick), Class 37/4 No.37125 & No.37218 passed through Taunton with the empty stock from Eastleigh on the 24th September. The pair are seen passing 40 Steps, and the new Taunton NIDR road (Photo: Paul Wilkins)
First Great Western began it's major re branding exercise on the 20th September when the first full green GWR branded HST broke cover. Although GWR branding had already been applied to other items of rolling stock, efforts to conceal the new GWR lettering on the powercars for the launch failed. With bin bangs and tape flapping No.43188 and No.43189 speed through Norton Fitzwarren speed through Norton Fitzwarren on route to London Paddington. (Photo: Phil Izzard)
The West Somerset Steam Express visited Minehead from London Paddington hauled by Southern Region Westcountry No.34067 'Tangmere' on Saturday 19th September. The locomotive worked the mainline leg of the tour as far as Bishops Lydeard where GWR Hall No.6960 'Raveningham Hall' took over for the run to Minehead and back. No.34067 is pictured passing Longlands Farm between Norton Fitzwarren and Bishops Lydeard. (Photo: Phil Izzard)
Colas Rail Freight delivered a variety of engineering trains into Cornwall for Network Rail on the 19th September. One of the services (the 7C25 from Westbury) is seen passing Silk Mills with a rake of loaded ballast wagons. (Photo: Phil Izzard)
British Railways 7P No.70000 'Britannia' hauled the final 'Torbay Express' between Bristol Temple Meads and Kingswear on Sunday 13th September. The impressive steam locomotive is seen powering away from Taunton after taking its booked servicing stop. (Photo: Phil Izzard)

 

Taunton was blessed with two visiting charter trains within several minutes of one another on Saturday 5th September. In a race to Cogload Junction, West Coast Railways won with 'The Statesman'. Former First Great Western and South West regular Class 57/6 No.57601 lead the 1Z07 05:05 Crewe - Minehead dining charter with classmate Class 57/3 No.57316 on the rear of the set. After a short pause at Taunton 57601 then lead the train onto the West Somerset Railway to visit the seaside resort of Minehead. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
Second to arrive (just eight minutes behind) was UK Railtours 'Glorious Devon' charter. The 1Z14 07:10 Northampton to Paignton was hauled by DB Schenker's own unique branded Class 67 No.67029 'Royal Diamond'. The locomotive is seen passing Cogload Junction having swiftly arrived from the Berks and Hants route and under the Cogload flyover. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
Many of the Taunton - Cardiff stopping diagrams in the summer season see strengthened sets operating, on Saturday 5th September First Great Western Class 158/9 No.158954 leads Citizen Rail liveried Class 153 No.153325 through Cogload Junction with the 2U14 11:04 Taunton - Cardiff stopping service. (Photo: Brian Garrett)

 

Tuesday 1st September erupted with the sound of English Electric power back in the South West. Direct Rail Services Class 37/6 No.37601 was hired by Colas Rail Freight for a series of driver training runs between Bristol East Depot and Exeter Riverside Yard. The company also used the rake of former First Great Western 'motor rail' vans (96608 96609 96605 96607 96606 & 96602). The Class 37 is seen arriving into Taunton with the 5Z24 16:08 from Exeter Riverside to Bristol East Depot. Incidentally the 'TNT' branding on the rear coach was from a trial to deliver supermarket goods into central London overnight which was carried out last year, and not a new UK parcels service! (Photo: Nathan Williamson)
(Video: Nathan Williamson)

 

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