JULY 2016 NEWS : 


 

The DEPG's Class 33 No.D6575 (33057) took a holiday in Glocuesterhsire for a weekend in July. Having worked light engine from the DEPG base at Wiliton the locomotive was transferred by road to Toddington on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, where the loco joined other locomotives for a weekend diesel gala. No.D6575 is seen powering past Dixton heading back to Toddington on the 31st July. (Photo: Thomas Courtney)
Former DRS Class 66/4 No.66419 rounds the curve at Oath near Stoke St Gregory returning to Taunton on the 30th July hauling the 6C73 Westbury - Fairwater Yard MOBC loaded trip portion. (Photo: S A Ginn)
Freightliner Class 66/5 No.66551 rounds the corner at Oath on the Somerset levels, during Tuesday 26th July 2016. The loco was returning to Taunton with the loaded 6C72 12:12 Westbury - Fairwater Yard MOBC potion. (Photo: S A Ginn)
Colas Rail Freight continued their daily haulage for the absent DB Schenker on the 25th July, with Class 70/8 No.70802 putting in a appearance on the Exeter Riverside stone. The loco is seen at Oath with the returning 7C28 empties to Westbury. (Photo: S A Ginn)

 

The Torbay Express also differed on Sunday 24th July, after 'Royal Scot' failed its fitness to run exam while on shed at Bristol. With no suitable alternative steam locomotive in place, and no heritage diesels operated by DB Schenker the nearest alternative locomotive was a Class 66. No.66093 was provided for the 1Z27 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear and back, taking many of those at the line side by surprise. The loco is seen arriving back into Taunton after its day out at the Devon coastal resorte! (Photo: Paul Clarke)
Colas Rail Freight have been coming to the rescue of DB Schenker over the past week coving for a lack of crew on the normal DB Schenker Exeter Riverside stone turn. On Monday 25th July Class 70/8 No.70802 was in charge of the 7C27 and 7C28 trip to Exeter and back. It's seen here at Taunton with the return 7C28 empties to Westbury. (Photo: Paul Clarke)
Friday 22nd July saw Class 70 No.70806 at the helm of the Riverside stone, having unloaded in Exeter the Class 70 is see making the decent of Whiteball Bank towards Westbury. (Photo: S A Ginn)
Thursday 21st July Class 70 No.70809 made its appearance on the Exeter Riverside stone. DB Schenkers lack of crews have provided a colourful change to the normal traction for this train. (Photo: Paul Clarke)
Former DRS Class 66/4 No.66419 is now operated by Freightliner Heavy Haul. Still wearing the colours of its former operator No.66419 arrives into Fairwater Yard on Wednesday 20th July hauling the return 6C73 12:12 Westbury to Fairwater loaded MOBC portion. (Photo: Nathan Williamson)
DB Schenker Class 60 No.60017 paid Taunton another visit on the 20th July having dropped onto the Exeter Riverside stone workings. Having already made an appearance on Tuesday 19th July 2016, No.60017 was in charge of the stone for the second day in a row on Wednesday 20th July 2016, it is seen arriving into Taunton with the 6C28 13:45 Riverside to Westbury. (Photo: Nathan Williamson)
More LMS steam visited Taunton on Saturday 16th July, when No.46115 'Scots Guardsman' visited the West Somerset Railway with the 'West Somerset Explorer' which is part of The Railway Touring Company program for 2016. The train departed London Paddington just after 08:00 and arrived onto the WSR around lunch time. Once at Bishops Lydeard BR 7F No.53808 took over for the run to Minehead and back (accompanied by a West Coast Railways Class 37 on the rear of the set, which had traveled down on the back of the train from London). Scots Guardsman is seen at Longlands Farm heading for Bishops Lydeard where the loco would later be serviced in time for its return trip. (Photo: Jamie Waters)
DB Schenker provided the much liked Class 60 for an appearance on the Exeter Riverside stone trip on Thursday 14th July. Having already unloaded at Exeter Riverside Yard, the colourful Class 60 returns North through Norton Fitzwarren with he 7C28 return empties to Westbury. (Photo: Thomas Courtney)
Taunton, Sunday 3rd July 2016. Colas 70807 + 'Rail-Vac' working 6X54 09:01 Plymouth to Westbury passes 46100 'ROYAL SCOT' departing Taunton with the first 'Torbay Express' of the 2016 season; 1Z27 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear (for Dartmouth) via Westbury. (Photo: S A Ginn)
The 2016 Steam Season kicked off on the 3rd July with the first Torbay Express of the year. The first train of the year was hauled by Midland 'Scot' No.46100 'Royal Scot'. The locomotive is seen passing Norton Fitzwarren with the 1Z27 to Kingswear. The train later ran into problems on Whiteball Bank where the train was stationary for fifteen minutes before getting moving again towards Kingswear. (Photo: Chay Farzaneh)
Direct Rail Services Class 68's are now spreading their wings around the UK. July 1st provided the opportunity to see these Class 68's three times in one day. No.68004 'Rapid' & No.68020 'Reliance' visited the South West running a Network Rail test train instead of the usual HST which was out of traffic for maintenance. Having already operated the 1Q18 05:25 Old Oak Common to Paignton via Penzance the pair then operated the 1Z18 15:46 Paignton to Taunton via Bristol Temple Meads. No.68004 is pictured ready to depart back to Bristol with 68020 on the rear of the train. (Photo: Nathan Williamson)
DRS Class 68 No.68020 'Reliance' is pictured arriving into Taunton on July 1st working the 1Z18 15:46 Paignton - Taunton (via Bristol Temple Meads) test train for Network Rail. (Photo: Nathan Williamson)

 

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