THE TAUNTON TRAINS COLLECTION:


For some time now Taunton Trains has been collecting images from various sources which will provide a historical archive of images for the future. Ebay has provided a good library of images taken in the Taunton area, and as many have been purchased 'with copyright' we are able to provide a good selection of images along with additional images credited to the originator. We would also like to thank Strathwood Publishing and Colour Rail for providing their assistance with some of their images. In all cases we have tried our best to find the original photographer, where this has not been possible images have been entered into the Taunton Trains collection until such time as a photographer name can be identified.

We will continue to update this gallery as and when we find more images which may be of interest that enter the Taunton Trains Collection. If you can add any additional information to this gallery please do not hesitate to contact us by Email

This image was purchased as a photograph from Ebay, and features GWR King No.6000 'King George V' passing through Creech St Michael. The photo was taken from in the entrance to Vicarage Lane Farm in the village as the loco speeds towards Taunton.

Photo: R E Morton

Creech St Michael Halt was located between Taunton Station and Cogload Junction in the village of Creech St Michael, this image shows the station in the 1950s.

We would like to thank Lens of Sutton for allowing Taunton Trains to display this important image for the Taunton area.

Photo: T Walsh (Part of the Lens of Sutton Collection)

This image shows a view looking towards Bristol stood on the Up Mainline at Taunton in 1905. To the left of the image is Railway Street with sidings being used to store wagons,. Note the overall roof within the centre of the station and the central canopy to the station.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

25th June 1958, BR 2-6-2 Large Prairie Tank No.5185 is pictured at Taunton with a mixed rake of coaching stock. This image was purchased as part of the Taunton Trains collection, but with no previous photographer history.

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This image is from Strathwood Publishers (who have very kindly allowed us to feature several of their slides which have recently been released for sale).

At the start of the Queens reign Steam was still common place on the UK rail network. BR Mogul 2-6-0 43xx No.6343 is pictured between duties at Taunton in 1959, the loco was allocated to Taunton Shed (83B) and was a regular locomotive to the area.

Photo: Strathwood Publishing

This image is from Strathwood Publishers (who have very kindly allowed us to feature several of their slides which have recently been released for sale).

BR Mogul 2-6-0 43xx No.6338 is seen at Taunton in 1960 in the bay platform, perhaps ready to depart for Barnstaple.

Photo: Strathwood Publishing

We move forward to 1962 with this shot of BR Class 42 Warship D831 'Monarch' is seen at Taunton on the 14th April 1962 working the 1C30 10:30 Paddington - Penzance.At the time the loco carried full BR Green livery with no yellow nose ends.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

On the 31st October 1963 small prairie tank No.4591 departs Taunton with the 09:45 Taunton - Yeovil service formed of 4 coaches.

Photo: Russell Leitch

On the 8th December 1963 2-8-0 No.2822 is seen stabled in the Taunton Roundhouse Shed which was situated to the rear of the Southbound platforms at Taunton.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

This image is from Strathwood Publishers (who have very kindly allowed us to feature several of their slides which have recently been released for sale).

BR Mogul 2-6-0 43xx No.6327 is pictured near South Molton on the Barnstaple Branch in 1963. More images from the Barnstaple Branch can be found on our Memories Pages.

Photo: Strathwood Publishing

This image is from Strathwood Publishers (who have very kindly allowed us to feature several of their slides which have recently been released for sale).

BR Mogul 2-6-0 43xx No.7304 is pictured paused at East Antstey.

Photo: Strathwood Publishing

BRMogul 2-6-0 43xx No.7303 is seen at Taunton on an arrival from Barnstaple or a stopper going to Bristol in 1964. This is possibly a summer Saturday as the centre platform is in use.  Also odd is the DMU which appears to be coming in on the centre road- as they usually only worked stoppers they would use the platform occupied by the mogul.

Photo: Colourrail - Ref 323319

On the 13th June 1964 a nice collection of steam locomotives is seen stabled on Taunton Depot. 2-8-0 No.3802 is seen stabled next to GWR Hall No.6900 'Abney Hall'.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

This image shows GWR 2-6-0 43xx Mogul No.6377. Although unconfirmed it's thought to have been taken at Taunton Shed (83B). 6377 was originally allocated to Bristol Bath Road on the 1st January 1922, before then being allocated to Taunton on the 31st December 1947 through to 1950. After this it was transferred to Wales at Camarthen Shed (87G) and was withdrawn and scrapped in 1960.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

This image shows 9F No. 92205 at Taunton with a southbound service. 92205 was built on the 31st May 1959.The headcode 323 was the Summer Saturdays 06:40 Leicester to Paignton. The loco looks too "worn" for it to have been the Summer of 1959, but the headcodes were changing during 1960, but the photo could have been the Summer of either of those two years. The photo was purchased as a print from Ebay many years ago with no details of the original photographer.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

 

Taken on the same day as the above image Pannier Tank No.9671 standsin the station at Taunton operating as the local station pilot shunting coaching stock as required.

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Small Prairie Tank No.5563 arrives from Yeovil into Taunton with a stopping service. This original image was taken by R E Toop, and purchased as a print via Ebay.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

On the 22nd May 1964 BR Mogal No.7337 stands at Taunton Station at the front of a local stopping service. The original image was taken by K C H Fairly and was purchased as print via Ebay.

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On an unknown date Great Western Castle Class No.7036 'Taunton Castle' is seen paused at Taunton.This image of 7036 was taken before August 1959, because that was when 7036 was fitted with a double chimney, and in the photo it still has a single chimney. The 608 headcode was the 06:25 Penzance to Paddington in 1956/57/58. This photo was soruced via Ebay the original photogrpaher is unknown.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

This image was taken in May 1964 and provides an insight into the impending end of steam, a BR Mogal shares Taunton Station with a Diesel Multiple Unit. The numberless mogal stands in what is now, Platfrom 1 at Taunton. The photographers son Andrew French can be seen stood alongside.

Photo: G S French

Little is known about this image, it was probably part of a display at some point, as the photo was mounted on card when purchased via Ebay. It features a Class 2800 2-8-0 No.2882 on a mixed freight in the Taunton area. We think it may have been taken near Wellington, the original photographer is unknown.

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At the end of steam, Taunton's ample yards were used to store steam locomotives which had been taken out of traffic, In March 1964 there were 18 locos in store at 83B, including 8 moguls, 3 Halls, and 3 LMS 2-6-2s. On the 7th December 1963 the 40 Steps store line was 6421, 7333,7305, 6327, 5548, 4902, 4934, 7326. On Tuesday 7th April 1964 is was recorded that 4934, 4902, 7333, 2871 and 7326 were all out of service in the store line. We can also add that 4902, with 5 other locos, was towed to Bristol en route to scrapping, by 2822 on the 7th May 1964. The other four locos from the photo were moved to the sidings beside 83B works on or before 3th June 1964. Then 3810 was used to tow 7326 and 7333 (also 6327) to Bristol on the 5th June 1964. When 4934 and 2871 departed is not known, but were not noted on the 19th June 1964 so it was any time before then. Also Pip Davey recalls that a Hall, possibly 4930, was backed into the lifting shop crane hook, wrecking the cab (roof) which was replaced by one from a stored loco!!!! IF it was 4930, it could be that the cab roof of the front loco in the picture (4934) is the only bit that still exists.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

We turn back the clock for Easter to provide a superb image from 1970. This shot (taken from Taunton School) on the 21st March 1970 and shows Taunton West Juntion Signal Box with a Class 119 DMU (51080+51097) passing working a Taunton - Minehead stopping service. Adjacent is a Class 42 'Warship' D813 'Diadem' which had been held on the Taunton 'avoider' hauling the 7C30 09:10 Stoke Gifford - Exeter Riverside mixed fright.

Photo: Dr R Elsdon

This image was produced as a postcard and featured a Class 120 DMU on the 18th February 1978 in a blizzard at Taunton. It was produced by Beric Tempest & Co in Cornwall for the Dawlish Warren Railway Museum.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

This image was sold at a Postcard, produced by Monksilver Cards, it shows D1013 'Western Ranger' and D1023 'Western Fusilier' passing through Creech St Michael on the 27th February 1977 hauling 'The 'Western Tribute' railtour to Plymouth from Paddington & Swansea. The tour marked the final farewell to the Western class locomotives. The original image was taken by Peter Triggs.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

BR Class 25 No.5202 (renumbered to 25072 in February 1972) is seen stabled at Taunton on the 30th September 1972. The loco remained in Traffic until October 1980 when it was withdrawn from service at Swindon. It was then cut up by November of the same year.

Modern Image Slides

BR Class 25 No.5227 is seen stabled at Taunton on the 3rd September 1972. The loco was renumbered to 25077 in 1974 and survived in traffic until 1978 before she was cut up.

Modern Image Slides

On the 29th April 1972 BR two tone green Class 47 No.D1933 passes through the centre road at Taunton with a lengthy rake of clay slurry tanks in tow. The Class 47 went on to lead a long life, becoming 47255, 47596 & 47740 in its lifetime. The loco now enjoys retirement at 47596 based on the Mid Norfolk Railway and is currently painted in one of the Stratford Blue scemes.This image was located via Ebay and is part of the Modern Image Slides collections.

Modern Image Slides

BR Class 25 No.5213 is seen stabled at Taunton in August 1973. The loco was renumbered to the BR Tops System in February 1974, and was finally withdrawn from traffic in May 1980 at Swindon. The loco survived a further three years until it was cut up in May 1983.

Modern Image Slides

On an unidentified date an unidentified Class 45 uses the Taunton avoider to work between Taunton West and East yards without passing through the main station area. The BR Blue Class 45 is seen passing 40 Steps.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

On the 24th April 1980 BR Blue Class 47 No. 47280 tows BR Blue Class 50 No. 50038 'Formidable' through Taunton. The Class 47 was proving a tow for 50038 between Laira Depot (Plymouth) and Doncaster Depot.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

On the 16th July 1978 a BR Blue Class 46 No.46007 is seen stabled amongst the semaphore signals at the east end of Taunton Station. 46007 was cut up in July 1985.

Photo: Modern Image Slides

This image shows a BR Blue split headcode 'peak' passing through Victory Crossing nearing Norton Fitzwarren & Taunton. The date for this image is unknown by thought to be around 1976 / 1977 due to the 0000 headcode being used

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

BR Class Class 25 No.25033 passes 40 Steps Taunton, with a BR Inspection Saloon in tow. Presumably 9Z01 was the train headcode running as a special working. 25033 was withdrawn from service in 1983 and later scrapped in 1985.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

BR Blue Class 45 No.31 (D31/45030) arrives into Taunton with an unknown service. the image is thought to be taken some time int he 1970's.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

BR Blue Class 45 No.D105 (just running as 105 by this time, later 45064) is seen at Taunton. The rear nose was a split headcode box like, but at the end closest to camera it was 'retro-fitted' with a solid centre headcode (as fitted from new on the later batch of 46's). D105 was cut up in January 1985 never to turn another wheel.

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BR Class 50 No.50007 is seen at Taunton shortly after transfer to the Western Reigon in the 1970's. 50007 at this stage was unnamed and unrefurbished. The 1B53 arrives into Taunton.

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BR Class 50 No.50009 pulls away from Taunton Statio passing Taunton School at Staplegrove Road on route south with the 1B73.

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Two BR Class 120 'Cross Country' Diesel Multiple Units are seen at Taunton in the 1970's. Set B560 is pictured with 'Taunton' on the desintation blind.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

This image shows a former British Rail, Rail Grinder stabled at Taunton Shed. This rare image shows how the technology of rail grinding has moved on since the 1980's.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

BR Blue Class 47 No.47510 arriving into Taunton Station in 1978. Note Taunton East Yard bustling with wagons and freight and some very authentic GWR items in the shot as well.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

On the 6th July 1985 BR Large Logo Class 50 No.50030 'Repulse' passes under Obridge at Taunton East Junction after departing from Taunton. 50030 was withdrawn from service in 1992, but survived to make it into preservation and is currently part of the 'Renown/ Repulse Group' project on the Peak Rail near Matlock.

Photo: I T Langhorn

 

 

BR Class 50 No.50018 'Resolution' departs from Taunton Station on an unknown date and service. 50018 survived until 1991 in service and was finally cut up at MC Metals in Glasgow in 1992.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

This image shows a British Rail Class 119 stabled in Platform 1 at Taunton in the 1980's. At the time this platform was not for passenger use, so the Class 119 must have been stabled between duties (or failed).We know little information about this image.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

A BR Blue liveried 3 car Class 116 DMU departs from Minehead on the 23rd August 1968 heading for Taunton.

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In 1989 the transition change from BR Blue and Grey to the first version of Intercity livery was still in full flow, here a cross country service (probably from Plymouth) is seen heading North at Cogload Junction. 253009 was formed of powercars 43019 and 43018.

Taunton Trains Collection

An unidentified HST arrives into Taunton Station passing the former Avimo building (right) as it heads North.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

The comparatively new Class 150 'sprinters' had only just arrived in the area in 1988/1989 to replace the aging BR Diesel Multiple Unit fleets. On 1988 Class 150/2 No.150276 passes Cogload Junction heading for Bristol Temple Meads.

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BR Class 50 No.50021 'Rodney' passes over the classic flyover at Cogload Junction in 1988 heading South from Bristol. Note the mixed rake of coaching stock including also charting the transition through to Intercity from BR Blue and Grey.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

On the 27th July 1984 HST powercar No.43027 departs from Taunton under the famous semaphore signals at Taunton East Junction with a Paddington bound Intercity 125 service from Plymouth. Some 14 years later 43027 still travels the same route into and out of London each day operated by First Great Western. This view shows the second version of the Intercity livery which was eventually dropped in favour of the 'Intercity Swallow' version.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

Take on a very wet day in 1988, a BR Blue HST makes a rare stop on the centre platform at Taunton (at that time the platform was out of use to the public). 253001 (formed of 43002& 43003) is seen in the pouring rain at Taunton adjacent to a postal service in the opposite platform. Both 43002 & 003 are still in service with First Great Western today.

Photo: I T Langhorn

On an unknown date during 1982 BR Large Logo Class 50 No.50008 'Thunderer' arrives into Taunton with a passenger service heading to London.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

This image shows a typical scene from Taunton in the 1980's. A full branded Intercity HST pulls away from Taunton (possibly on a Cross Country service). The date and any other details for this image are unknown.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

This image shows a typical scene from Taunton in the 1980's. A mixed branded Intercity/BR Blue HST pulls away from Taunton (possibly on a service to Plymouth from London Paddington). The date and any other details for this image are unknown.

 

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

This superb image shows a summer service at Taunton in 1989. Intercity liveried Class 47 No.47609 'Fire Fly' arrives into Taunton with passengers ready for their holiday travels. A classic 1980's scene, although the young lad in the sombrero is probably a little over optimistic on his destination and the weather!

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A very rare working occurred on the 17th June 1989. The 13:05 Paddington - Paignton loco hauled service failed at Westbury. The only locomotive to hand was a Railfreight Construction Class 56. 56046 is seen passing 40 Steps, Taunton with quite a few enthusiasts on board. The loco only worked the train between Westbury and Exeter. At Exeter something a little more appropriate was provided for the trip to Paignton. 56046 later returned light engine to Westbury.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection

On an unidentified date around 1989, two BR Blue Class 31's power away from Taunton. 31444 leads the duo and was named 'Keighley & Worth Valley Railway' at the time. The service is likely to be one of the summer season Rose Grove - Paignton services, which were frequently double headed by Class 31's.

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Taken during 1994 a pair of Class 37's No.37207 & No.37191 pass through Taunton on an northbound evening engineers (probably returning from Exeter Riverside to Westbury). Both locos carry civil engineers 'Dutch' which suited the class.

Photo: Taunton Trains Collection