#THROWBACKTHURSDAY:


The #ThrowbackThursday Gallery is a selection of images added to Taunton Trains as part of a look back into Taunton's Railway past. The idea being to feature a selection of images over 10 years old over a period of 16 weeks.

Civil Engineering and Ballast trains operating through Taunton the 1990's would bring an assortment of locomotives and wagon loads through the Taunton area. Many of the locomotives carried civil engineers 'dutch' livery. On the 14th August 1992 Class 37 No.37207 passes through Taunton with a south bound engineers train heading for Exeter Riverside yard.

Photo: Russell Watkins

The passing of a loved one is always a sad experience, but it's an even greater shame when that person has no family and their lifelong belongings are cleared in bulk and sold. As Memories, stories, details and collectable's are lost so are the names of those who spent their time building a truly historic collection of railway slides. We do our best at Taunton Trains to try and save some of these images for future posterity where ever and whenever possible. This image taken in September 1983 shows a Class 45 'Peak' (Possibly No.45133) arriving into Taunton on a cross country service. Sadly despite research there is no trace on the original photographer to credit.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

Taken on the 26th May 1984, British Rail Class 45 No.45112 'Royal Army Ordanance Corps' storms through the centre road at Taunton with a north bound cross country serrvice witha complete rake of BR Blue Mk2 coaching stock in tow.

Photo: Russell Watkins

With the Intercity 125 being centre of attention in the south west following the recent retro liveries applied to GWR powercars, we thought it was only right to feature the intermediate livery between BR Intercity and Intercity Swallow livery. On the 28th August 1986 253003 departs from Taunton while operating the 12:45 London Paddington - Plymouth service, passing 40 Steps, where track rationalization was taking place, and colour light signals were new to the area.

Photo: Allan Hodges

For this our image this Thursday we turn the clock back to 2001, when Class 47's were still hauling many of the Virgin Cross Country services. On the 27th January 2001 Class 47/8 No.47845 'Couny of Kent' passes Cogload Junction hauling the 08:42 Paington to Manchester service.

Photo: John Day

This weeks image turns the clock back to 1963 with a view BR 3MT No.82008, BR 2-6-2 Prairie Tank No.4110 and BR Hall No.5992 'Horton Hall' stabled on the 83B ash pit lines. Both tank locomotives were allocated to Taunton. No.4110 was saved from the scrappers cutting torch and although it un restored condition has been saved for future restoration and is now located at Minehead Station awaiting funding for work to start on its return to working order

Photo: Mike Pollard

This weekend marks the 50th Anniversary of the Barnstaple Line closure. The last train from Taunton to Barnstaple departed on the 3rd October 1966. The closure of the line was as a result of the Beeching Cuts which saw many local communities cut off from the railway network once the line was closed. A special Diesel Multiple Unit operated the final service along the length of the line on the last day of operation. Our Memories Pages contain more information and images from the Barnstaple Branch.

Photo: Guy Vincent Collection

This Thursday we feature a former photograhpic loation from Obridge viaduct in Taunton. Taken on the 18th July 1984, a BR Class 33 No.33060 hauls a loaded rake of ballast (probably originating from Meldon Quarry), through the town heading north. With so much development in the town since this image was taken, if the undergrowth was ever cut back enough to allow this shot to be replicated, it would make a fantastic comparison!

Photo: Paul Clarke

By the end 2016 Cars will soon travel over this former stretch of railway line in Taunton. The Taunton Northern Inner Distributor Road will use the former track bed of the 'Taunton Avoider ' line which once linked the east and west rail yards via a second bridge in Station Road. This slide purchased with copyright features BR Blue Class 47 No.47354 heading south towards Fairwater Yard with China Clay wagons in tow.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

12th October 1985, produced a rare appearance of a Hastings Unit in the Taunton area, the S.E.G. / R.C.T.S. ' The Avon & Somerset Railtour' used Class 202 Hastings Unit No.1017 for a charter from Watford Junction to Taunton, Portishead, Avonmouth and Tytherington before returning to Watford. The BR Blue unit is pictured heading north from Cogload Junction with the 1Z39 to Portishead.

Photo: Richard Giles