JULY 2010 NEWS : 

The 27th July 2010 saw an unusual addition to the Tuesdays only 6V62 Fawley - Tavistock Jn fuel. No.66097 conveyed a single IWB wagon No.80-2797-508-9 which was returning from maintenance at Eastleigh. The lengthy train is seen passing Broomhay Foot Crossing at Bathpool on the approach to Taunton. (Photo: Cameron Walker)
Taunton has a new 'celebrity' unit on the scene. 150125 from Central Trains has joined the colourful First Great Western fleet. Although we think we would choose something slightly more substantial to travel to the final frontier!! The recent addition to the First Great Western fleet means the company now operates units from Arriva Trains Wales, Silverlink Trains and Central Trains. 150125 is seen at Taunton on the 24th July ready to work the 2U20 14:07 Taunton - Cardiff. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
D7017 took centre stage on the West Somerset Railway on Saturday July 24th, hauling two return trips to Minehead during the day. The recently repainted locomotive looked superb in its new two tone green livery, and performed without fault on the booked Diesel Diagram. D1010 'Western Campaigner' will take up the hot seat next weekend.D7017 is pictured at Blue Anchor with the 15:05 from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
The DEPG have released further dates for the operation of Diesels on the West Somerset Railway, details below are as follows, further information can be found on the DEPG Website: The Green timetable diagram referred to below is the following trains:
11:40 Bishops Lydeard - Minehead, 13:15 Minehead - Bishops Lydeard, 15:05 Bishops Lydeard - Minehead & 17:35 Minehead - Bishops Lydeard.
Sat 7th /Sun 8th August : D6566 (Class 33)
Friday 6th/Monday 9th August: D6566 likely to be working a train MD-BL Friday and the DMU service BL-MD one trip only on the Monday. 
Sat 14th August: Green Timetable diagram, D7017.
Sat 21st August: Green Timetable diagram, D1661.
Sat 28th August: Green Timetable diagram, D6566. 4-5th September "GWR 175- The Penultimate Act".
D7017, D1010 & D1661: will be in action this weekend. This event replaces the Somerset in Autumn event normally held in October. This is to avoid the need for coach heating which our DEPG fleet cannot provide currently.
Sat 11th/Sun 12th September: Beer Festival. D1010 Sat and D7017 Sun. Why not come along to the annual Camra beer festival weekend at Minehead Station with numerous real ales to try.
Passengers on board 'The Torbay Express' were treated to haulage from 'Duke of Gloucester' on Sunday 18th July. The loco motive took pride of place at the head of the popular summer steam service. 71000 is seen departing Taunton in fine style on route to Kingswear. The locomotive will also appear next Sunday on the same service train. (Photo: Steve Yarde)
Two further Class 67's visited the West Country hauling the annual visit of the Northern VSOE. Passengers were treated to haulage from Royal 67005 and EWS liveried 67021 for their trip from Cardiff to Par. On the evening of the 10th July 67005 is seen leading 67021 North through Charlton at speed with the return 1Z18 from Par to Cardiff. The use of 67005 on this set meant DB Schenker had 3 of their four 'celebrity' Class 67's in the South West on the same day! (Photo: Brian Garrett)
As the first week of the new DB Schenker 'loco hauled' diagram comes to a close, the company has provided a faultless service for First Great Western. Having arrived some 13 minutes early with the 2C89 from Cardiff, 67018 prepares to depart Taunton with the 5C89 ECS to Bristol which runs via Castle Cary and Westbury to turn the coaching stock set. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
GBRF returned North through Taunton with their stock move for First Great Western on the 8th July, their stock transfer move from Laira to Eastleigh depot conveyed former un refurbished HST buffet cars 40736 40725 40726 40744 40738 40709 & 40745 for storage at Eastleigh! 66728 is pictured at Norton Fitzwarren with the 5O66 from Laira to Eastleigh with 73206 and 73212 acting as barrier vehicles. (Photo: Cameron Walker)
GBRF also operated another stock transfer move on the 7th July though Taunton. The company operated the 0V66 10:00 from Tonbridge Yard (Kent) to Laira (Plymouth). 66728 towed 73212 and 73206 along for the journey. The two southern region Class 73 will be used as barrier vehicles on Thursday 8th July when GBRF move a rake of First Great Western un refurbished buffet cars from Laira depot to Eastleigh for store. the colourful GBRF trio pass through 40 Steps on route to Laira from Tonbridge. (Photo: Steve Yarde)
Complimenting the GWR 175 theme, 47815 'Great Western' made a rare appearance at Taunton on July 7th. The locomotive has recently been based at Barton Hill depot for shunting the Torbay Express stock. On the 7th July the loco was hired by GBRF to collect the Riviera Trains Mk2 coaches from Platform 1 and return them to Bristol. The two tone green locomotive was painted into its current heritage livery in 2004 by First Great Western. 47815 is seen at 40 Steps ready to return to Bristol. (Photo: Jeff Treece)
First Great Western recently repainted one of their Class 57/6 locomotives into Great Western Brunswick Green with GWR lining and cast number/ name plates. The loco was painted at during a visit to Brush Loughborough and follows the previous painting of Class 47's during the GWR150 celebrations. 57605 'Pendennis Castle' is seen at Taunton on Monday 5th July working the overnight 1A40 Penzance - Paddington sleeper service. (Photo: 50006 Neptune)
Taunton has been a hive of loco hauled interest in recent months. On Monday 5th July while the former GBRF passenger operation remains in Platform 1 at Taunton, DB Schenker provided their two 'celebrity locomotives' for the start of the new DB Schenker operated passenger service. 67018 (DB Red) and 67029 (VIP Silver) top and tailed the former GBRF diagram using a take of 4 Intercity Mk2 coaches. (Photo: Jeff Treece)
Following arrival with the last service train of the day, 66402 and 57308 were stabled in Platform 1 at Taunton for the final time. Both locomotives were uncoupled from the coaching stock, and 57308 was moved clear into the adjacent tamper siding. From Monday 5th July, this loco hauled diagram will be operated by DB Schenker using Class 67 locomotives. It's unclear at this stage if DB intend to use the current Riviera Trains coaching stock, or source their own leased coaches for this diagram. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
On the same day GBRF also lost their battle with the ongoing Class 57 reliability saga. Sadly it would seem First Great Western was unable to accept the poor performance of the Class 57/3 fleet, which hit an all time low during June. FGW having to source their own trains at short notice to cover failures of the Class 57 locomotives. More recently the second loco hauled diagram has been operating with a GBRF Class 66 at one end of the set. On the last loco hauled service of the day, 57308 arrives into Taunton for the last time with the 2C89 19:00 from Cardiff. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
On the 2nd July 2010, GBRF operated their last 4V11 Peterborough - Fairwater and 4E31 Fairwater - Peterborough sleeper trips for Network Rail. From Monday 5th July these regular concrete sleeper trips will be operated by Freightliner Heavy Haul (possibly via Washwood Heath, Birmingham). At 06:30 in the morning, 66731 departs from Fairwater Yard for the last time, recording the end of a unique 4 year operation! (Photo: Phil Izzard)


We begin June with exciting news of a project which has been in the making since February. Two years ago we produced a trial book of 40 pages entitled 'Taunton Trains'. We used software from Blurb.com in order to produce a photographic book detailing Taunton current railway scene. Following many requests we are now pleased to announce the launch of 'Taunton Trains 2'. The new release has taken 70 hours to piece together over several months, and is 80 pages (double the previous book). It includes superb print quality and is available in hardback or soft back options. A preview of 15 pages from this new title can be found on the Blurb.com website, along with details of all of our other previous publications.
Have you got a copy of our previous 40 Page Book 'Taunton Trains' which we printed in 2008? Why not have a look look at this prublication at the same time?

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