MARCH 2017 NEWS : 


We always like to support those who go the extra mile to give a little back. Paul Finnimore who works for GWR at Taunton Station will be running the London Marathon this year and is currently gaining sponsorship the run the most famous marathon on the UK. We are pleased to be able to do our part in supporting Paul's efforts. In Pauls words "I've always been a runner but I'm 45 now and thought that its my time to give back and run the London marathon for charity. Cancer Research is my choice as most of us all know someone that's had cancer and died, but also people are now beating cancer but without money they cant go forward .For me personally my mum recently had a small cancer scare and was lucky to beat it . It was then I thought that next year I will run,as watching the race each year in tears, always makes me think do something. Here is our chance to make that small difference so whatever you can donate I will do my upmost best,whatever donation you can give, will only inspire me further. Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page" (Remember to tick 'gift aid').

 

On the 18th March 2017, Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70801 (known as 'The Turkey') stands in Taunton with a most rare consist for the south west, with RRA 110743 + FZA 600500 + RRA200954 + OCA 112163 on: 6C25 20:37 Westbury to Cogload Junction via Taunton. The wagon was loaded with a new point frog intended for relaying the up point at Cogload Junction where the Berks & Hants line leaves the Bristol and Exeter mainline. However the work did not go ahead and the wagons were left in Taunton station tamper sidings. The FZA was one of only three of this type of wagon built by British Rail in 1982 was a prototype for a possible replacement of the YWA salmon fleet but it wasn't to be. The three FZA's are now converted to carry point frogs. (Photo: Nathan Williamson)
Freightliner Class 66/5 No.66525 passes Taunton on Saturday 18th March 2017 with five Network Rail Autoballasters (380304 380107 380115 380109 380006). The locomotive called briefly at Taunton for a driver change before proceeding to Fairwater yard working: 6Y39 18:31 Hinksey Yard to Yatton Loop via Fairwater. (Photo: Nathan Williamson)

 

 
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70804 storms south through Taunton on Saturday 18th March working the 6X54 19:26 Westbury to Teignmouth conveying a 'rail vac' for overnight ballast work in the Teignmouth area. (Video Nathan Williamson)

 

Weekend engineers have been providing a large amount of movements through the Taunton area during March, On Saturday 11th March 2017 Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70802 passes Bathpool hauling the 6C22 10:00 Westbury to Cogload Junction via Bath and Bristol Temple Meads. (Photo: Phil Izzard)
On Sunday March 12th 2017, following a run round manoeuvre at Taunton, Colas Rail Freight's Class 70 No.70804 approaches Cogload with 18 loaded JNA Ballast Wagons destined for an engineering possession between the Junction and Athelney. The 6C27 had run via Bath, Bristol & Taunton with the 13:46 Westbury to Cogload Junction. (Photo: S A Ginn)
On Sunday 12th March 2017 with just half a mile to run to Cogload Junction, 43194 + LA15 + 43188 are pictured passing the small hamlet of Charlton whilst assigned to 1Z91 15:42 Plymouth to London Paddington, re-routed via Bristol Temple Meads due to engineering work. Looking resplendent in ex-works condition, 43194 is captured working it's first passenger revenue earning service since refurbishment and repainting into GWR Green livery at Donacster Works.(Photo: S A Ginn)

 

 

In what can only be desctibed asd one of the rarest and hardest photos to achieve in the Taunton area. A Chance meeting at Cogload Junction on Tuesday 7th March 2017 saw, GWR liveried 43188 + Green LA15 Stock with BR INTERCITY 43002 'Sir Kenneth Grange' assisting at the rear working the1C82 12:05 London Paddington to Penzance On the flyover embankment, a pair of Class 153's No.153333 ''Visit South Devon by Train' and No.153370 approach working the 2C75 11:59 Cardiff Central to Taunton slow to a halt to give way to the Welsh Dragon HST. (Photo: S A Ginn)

On March 10th 2017, two days after delivering a nuclear flask to the Devonport Royal Dockyard, DRS Class 66's No.66301 & No.66424 plus Mk2 Escort Vehicles 9419 & 9428 return north on a gloriously sunny Friday morning, the weather was in stark contract to their southbound working. The 5M63 10:59 Exeter Riverside Yard to Crewe Coal Sidings (DRS) the ensemble is pictured passing the famous Taunton School on the approach to the station complex. (Photo: S A Ginn)

 

What a difference a day makes! In comparatively balmy Spring like conditions, a GWR Green HST set departs from Taunton working the 1C79 11:06 Paddington - Penzance service with No.43041 leading No.43027. The pair are seen passing the Taunton NIDR road ...which still isn't open but does now have colourful yellow lines painted. (Photo: Thomas Courtney)
Direct Rail Services operated a flask from Crewe to Devonport on the 8th March, two Class 66's were used for the trip along with two escort vehicles. Running in what can only be described as inclement conditions, Class 66 No.66424 and No.66301 pass Banklands near Cogload Junction with the 6Z40 06:13 Crewe - Devonport formed of Mk2 No.9428, MODA 95771 and Mk2 No. 9419. (Photo: Paul Wilkins)
This interesting going away shot taken at Chip Lane, Taunton on the 8th March, shows the consist of the train nicely framed with Taunton School in the background. Mk2 No.9419 can be seen complete with it's plated end and glazed gangway window. (Photo: S A Ginn)
Having only been delivered into Liverpool's Seaforth Docks on the 24th February from the General Electric works at Eire, Pennsylvania. Class 70/8 No.70812 wasted no time in visiting Taunton. The locomotive operated light engine from Westbury to Tavistock Junction on the 8th March and is seen here passing through Taunton in pristine condition (with exception to the inevitable paint removal on the buffers!). (Photo: Paul Clarke)
GWR Heritage repaint powercar's are a regular passing through Taunton, on the 2nd March No.43002 “Sir Kenneth Grange” is pictured leading the 1C82 London Paddington to Penzance with 43133 on the rear of the set non stop through Taunton. (Photo: Ross Mayl)

 

All the stations in an ambitious new kickstart crowd funding campaign which has been set up by Youtubers, Geoff Marshall, and Vicky Pipe. The pair are best known for railway travels on Geoff's own Youtube Channel, and 'The Londonist channel. All the stations is a project to travel to ALL 2,560 national railway stations in Britain, and to create an online documentary film about the journey. They will be posting daily videos from their travels and posting on social media to all followers to engage with them during the journey. Taunton being one of the 2,560 national railway stations will obviously feature at some point in the marathon 14 week plan. Crowd funding has raised the money needed to do this amazing project, so please go and pledge your support for this railway related travel/ vlog/ video experiance.

 

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