News Archive for March 2018

Taunton Winter Wonderland Returns!

Published on 18th March 2018

Taunton was plunged into a winter wonderland for the second time in one month on the 18th March 2018 with the arrival of the so called 'Beast from the East - Part 2', having only recently had the largest snow fall in ten years, the latest blast of cold weather arrived on the 17th/ 18th March.

This time the snow fell perfectly to allow the majority of trains services to operate, as many staff were already at work (or operating trains) as the snow fell.

We have provided a selection of snow images below taken in Creech St Michael as the snow was falling, creating what is hoped to be the last Winter scenes before Spring is allowed to arrive.

(Photo: Brian Garrett)

(Photo: Brian Garrett)

(Photo: Brian Garrett)

(Photo: Brian Garrett)

(Photo: Brian Garrett)

Published on 13th March 2018

Rail Operations Group Class 47/8 (and former First Great Western Locomotive) No.47813 transferred the first rake of modified GWR Mk3 coaching stock over night on the 12th/13th March.

The modified coaching stock now features new electric operated sliding doors along with a full internal refit . The 5V24 18:45 (Mon) Doncaster Works to Laria passed Taunton at 01:10 hauling Barrier Car 6340 four refurbished and renumbered Mk3 trailers 49101 48101 48102 48111 and Barrier Car 6344. The first four car set will now undergo operational tests and training before entering service. Of not is the Guards door in the TGS Trailer will remain as an original 'slam door' and is not electrically operated.

No.47813 later returned north through Taunton having collected an additional barrier vehicle. The 5Z59 15:28 from Laira operated to Leicester with barriers 6330, 6344, and 6340.

Published on 8th March 2018

We will be taking some time off from the website this weekend. However please keep an eye on our front page images as we have lined up some previously unseen heritage images from the Taunton area for your enjoyment.

Please also take some time to explore our new workings database, a group of people have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to research and add information. To date we have 17,500 individual workings added Taunton Workings Database.

Just last week we passed added the 1000th image to the new site, and in the coming weeks we have many more hundreds of images to add.

We would also like to thank all those who have taken time out of their own busy lives to help supply information and photos for the website, it all helps to record the history of Taunton's Railway scene for the future generations to enjoy.

To view the gallery, please click here.

Snowy Scenes from Taunton

Published on 3rd March 2018

With a drastically reduced Saturday timetable operating in the South West after Cross Country cancelled all it's workings becuase the points front at both ends of its Central Rivers depot near Burton on Trent, and GWR cancelled the majority of the Taunton - Bristol/ Cardiff stopping services, Taunton was left with HST's operating on the main trunk routes between Penzance and London Paddington.

Network Rail's 'Orange Army' made a great effort overnight to make sure the damage at Dawlish was cleared up which allowed the line to re-opened through to Penzance. We have featured a few of the images captured during the 3rd March 2018 before temperatures increased to allow the first thaw to take place.

(Photo: Sclub)

(Photo: Sclub)

(Photo: Brian Garrett)

(Photo: Brian Garrett)

(Photo: Brian Garrett)

Snow and Ice Grip the South West

(Photo: Brian Garrett)

Published on 2nd March 2018

After heavy overnight snow from Storm Emma, and some of the heaviest snow fall Taunton has seen in over ten years.

The freezing conditions and brutal freezing rain caused havoc across South West.

Dawlish also suffered major damage to the sea wall again with track damaged, railings destroyed and stone slabs lifted. Marine Parade and Dawlish Station were also flooded. The line south of Exeter was therefore closed. One of the only train services operating in the Taunton area on the morning of the 2nd March 2018 was the 2Z63 07:18 Bristol Temple Meads - Taunton service, which in itself was restarted at Bristol due to the original train from Gloucester running 71 minutes behind schedule. The Class 158/9 No.159955 passes contractors clearing the points of snow at Taunton East Junction.

Snow Storm Emma

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.

(Photo: Sclub)

(Photo: Brian Garrett)

(Photo: Brian Garrett)

To view news stories from February 2018, click here, or for news from April 2018, click here.