Published on 13th May 2017
The Taunton railway scene burst into life during Saturday 13th May 2017 in one of the busiest Saturdays we've seen in the area for a long time.
Three charter trains were booked to visit the area, two GWR powercar transfers between depots at Laira and St Philips Marsh, and a departmental stock move provided plenty of activity to keep the Taunton avid enthusiast community happy.
UK Railtours was the first charter of the day to appear hauled by DB Cargo (EWS liveried) Class 67 No.67024. The faded locomotive and coaching stock hauled the 1Z14 06:41 Letchworth - Paignton 'The Torbay Flyer'.
The second charter on was operated by West Coast Railways. 'The English Riviera Statesman' was hauled by top and tail Class 57/3s. No.57313 lead the 1Z84 05:25 Crewe - Paignton charter south through Taunton.
The third charter of the day was the GWR/125 Group 'Somerset Explorer' this used Green GWR set LA15 with powercars No.43093 and No.43002. It had been hoped INTERCITY liveried No. 43185 'Great Western' would lead the set however a failure in traffic resulted in 43093 deputizing. The HST set operated the 1Z66 08:36 Paddington - Bishops Lydeard where passengers were transferred to the waiting DEPG Western No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' for a trip to Minehead and back. Originally the HST was booked to have traveled through to Minehead however operational issues resulted in the traction change at Bishops Lydeard,
Thought to be the only operational Class 31 on the UK Network No.31452 operated by DC Rail collected Network Rail's Lorum Rail Grinder from Okehampton on May 13th. Having already worked light engine from Bristol to Okehampton in the morning, the veteran machine returned through Taunton working the 4Z02 Okehampton to Chaddesden Sidings
GWR operated two powercar transfers on May 13th, during the morning No.43087 & No.43187 had moved either end of TGS Mk3 No.44000 between Laira and St Philips Marsh. In the afternoon powercars No.43098 and No.43087 returned between TGS Mk3 No.44000.
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