Published on 13th January 2018
Taunton was again treated to some fifty year old English Electric traction on the 13th January 2018, with former British Rail Class 50 No. 50008 'Thunderer' making a return visit to the South West to collect the Network Rail Lorum Rail Grinder it dropped off a Okehampton on January 5th.
Having worked down to Devon on Friday 12th January with Class 56 No.56104 for company the Class 50 lead proceedings for the return trip with the Class 56 formed on the opposite end of the train ready for a reversal at Gloucester. In a great show of English Electric power Laira Blue 'Thunderer' powers past Norton Fitzwarren hauling the 4Z03 08:00 Okehampton - Chaddesden Sidings with Rail Grinder (DR79501 - DR79507) and a dead Class 56 in tow. All did not go to plan after Taunton when the Class 56 failed at Eckington Loop which resulted in 50008 'Thunderer' running round the train and completing the rest of the journey to Chaddesden single handed.