News Archive for January 2019

 Tragic Odds target 220024


Published on 17th January 2019

Cross Country Voyager No.220024 was involved in a tragic set of circumstances on Thursday 17th January 2019 in a set of odds which combined two involve the unit in two fatalities on the same day.

No.220024 was operating Cross Country Trains 1V42 06:10 Derby - Plymouth service which passed Taunton running eight minutes behind schedule at 09:23. Upon reaching Starcross at the mouth of the Exe Estuary the unit struck a person on the track resulting in severe delays to services in the Devon area.

With the BTP having attended the scene passengers on the train were taken off and the service was canceled at Dawlish Warren. One a new relief driver had been obtained the unit was given the all clear to return empty stock to Bristol Temple Meads where the unit could be taken for servicing and cleaning at Bristol Barton Hill before being put back in traffic.

The 5Z42 12:12 Dawlish Warren - Bristol Temple Meads passed Taunton at 12:45 heading North only to then be involved in a second fatality between Highbridge and Huntspill. This incredible set of circumstances may have been a first and while these sad events do happen at alarming regularity on the railway network, it's certainly an incredible set of odds to involve the same train on the same day!


 Top Link Duty for a Class 143


Published on 11th January 2019

After the cancellation of the 1C91 17:33 London Paddington - Paignton HST service on the 10th January 2019 (due to an obstruction on the line), GWRs most unlikely rescue service took place.

Scrambled from Exeter TMD a two-car Class 143 saw sent from Exeter to Westbury to reform the canceled service from Westbury. In one of the most bizarre movements of recent times, No.143618 operated 3C91 17:25 Exeter St Davids - Westbury passing Taunton at 17:42 operating as empty coaching stock. The unit then made the very rare diversion onto the Berks and Hants route to Westbury where it arrived in time to form the 1C91 19:02 Westbury - Paignton service. The plucky little pacer unit built in the 1980s kept pace with the top link timings and arrived at Taunton just five minutes behind schedule at 19:46, and even managed a four-minute early arrival into Paignton.


Coats of many colours!


Published on 9th January 2019

Lorum Rail Operations delivered a superb amount of colour to the dull Winter scenes of late on Wednesday 9th January 2019.

Colas Rail Freight Class 56 No.56113 fronted the 6Z01 05:29 Derby RTC to Okehampton working which conveyed Lorum Rail Grinder DR79231, 32, 33, 36 & DR79237. A pair of Class 20s (No.20142 in London Transport Livery and No.20189 in British Rail Blue) were also provided to complete the final part of the move to Okehampton from Exeter St Davids. The Class 56 was detached at Exeter and did not make the trip up the branch line. The Lorum Rail Grinder will be used for staff training while on the branch.

(Photo: S A Ginn)

(Photo: Thomas Courtney)

(Photo: Thomas Courtney)



Ballast Consolidation


Published on 7th January 2019

Freightliner used a pair of Class 66 locomotives to move several pieces of railway maintenance equipment from Fairwater Yard to the Plasser works at West Ealing on Monday 7th January 2019.

No.66545 is pictured leading Ballast Consolidation Machine DR76801 and HOBC Power Wagon DR76503 through Platform 2 at Taunton. On the rear of the train was No.66621 which appears to of had a slight incident with a large quantity of Limestone in recent weeks. It's ghostly appearance creating a slightly different look for the locomotive at Taunton.

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(Photo: Nathan Williamson)

(Photo: Nathan Williamson)



 Burngullow Aggregate Flow

Published on 5th January 2019

DB Cargo operated the as required Burngullow - Acton aggregate flow on Saturday 5th January 2019.

The Burngullow to Exeter Riverside leg of the trip had previously operated up to Devon on Friday 4th January. The loaded JNA box wagons were conveying aggregate loaded at the Burngullow terminal to Acton for unloading. DB branded Class 66 No.66121 is pictured passing Creech St Michael hauling the 6Z12 11:35 Exeter Riverside - Acton which passed Taunton around 12:40.

(Photo: Brian Garrett)


 Colas Class 37

Published on 4th January 2019

Former EWS Class 37/5 No.37521 which is now operated by Colas Rail Freight made a brief pause at Taunton on Friday 4th January 2019.

The veteran locomotive was at the head of the 3Q13 20:28 Exeter Riverside - Reading Triangle Sidings test train for Network Rail. The set was formed of coaching stock 6397 96608 6262 999606 and DBSO 9702.

The colourful combination was captured in Platform 4 at Taunton shortly after 22:00.

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Colas Class 37 No.37521 makes a brief pause at Taunton on the 4th January 2019 while operating the 3Q13 20:28 Exeter Riverside - Reading Triangle Sidings test train for Network Rail, the train conveyed test coaches 6397 96608 6262 999606 and DBSO 9702

(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


Goodbye GWR Class 150/1!!


Published on 2nd January 2019

The 31st December not only marked the end of 2018 and the start of the New Year but another change in the ever-varying GWR Fleet.

The final two Class 150/1 Sprinter Units were taken off lease ready for transfer to the Northern Franchise. This ends the use if the flat front Class 150s (known as 'slabs') on the GWR network. No.150125 and No.150126 first arrived into the South West during 2010 and have made regular appearances at Taunton since that date. The final diagram departing Taunton saw the two units paired up to operate the 19:17 Taunton - Bristol Temple Meads stopping service prior to a short return run to Weston-super-Mare before ending their diagram at Bristol. We take a look back at some of the images of Class 150/1 units in operation in the Taunton area.

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(Photo: Brian Garrett)

(Photo: Brian Garrett)

(Photo: Brian Garrett)



To view news stories from December 2018, click here, or for news from February 2019, click here.