Published on 1st March 2018
It's perhaps not what you expect on the first day of Spring, but having watched other parts of the UK get heavy snow fall during the week and the inevitable media hysteria and panic buying which accompanies such an event it's perhaps easy to wonder what all the fuss was about.
Even on Thursday morning the predicted snow fall from 07:00 was little more than a light flurry which made many question the Red Weather warning which was issued. It wasn't until 15:00 that Storm Emma the so called 'Beast from the East' arrived into Taunton. Passenger services throughout the day were subject to alteration and cancellation but on the whole the majority of services were operating, at least until later in the day when the full force of the snow started to hit the South West.
Passing one of the two Network Rail drift ploughs Class 220 No.220032 operates the 1Z48 09:28 Derby - Plymouth service through Silk Mills on the 1st March 2018.
GWR Hitachi Class 802 No.802101 made another trip to Penzance on Thursday 1st March 2018. On the first day of Spring in blizzard conditions as Storm Emma dropped snow and freezing temperatures on Taunton the unit passes 40 Steps entering Taunton Station while working the 5X82 11:10 Penzance - Stoke Gifford test run.
Class 220 Voyager No.220001 (formerly named Somerset Voyager) departs from Taunton with the 1V54 10:03 Darlington - Plymouth service on the 1st March 2018. The Cross Country diagram should of originated from Edinburgh but was cancelled and re-started at Darlington. Running just 26 minutes behind schedule the Voyager passes 40 Steps.