We would like to wish all our readers a Happy New Year for 2013. We have turned the clock back 10 years to show this image at Cogload Junction taken on a cold and wet 5th January 2003. First liveried Class 43 No.43133 leads 43144 south with the 08:30 Paddington - Penzance service. Note the transition of the third generation 'Barbie' livery which had begun to creep into HST sets during this time. We hope 2013 will provide even more variety for Taunton Trains, as usual we have lots of ideas in the pipe line to expand the website and we would like to thank all those who submit material/ information to the website for us to feature. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
Our Archive pages have been updated with the latest 'Weekly Taunton Logs' completed up to the middle of December. Further end of year updates will take place over the coming weeks.
Our 'Along the Barnstaple Branch' Memories Page has been updated with additional images from the line, recording the final DMU service to work along the line October 1966.
We would like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2013. While we may not have any snow this year, we have taken a look back to 2009 when heavy snowfall was seen in the Taunton area for the first time in many years. 43086 and 43133 are seen descending Whiteball at Beam Bridge on route to London Paddington. Over the festive period there will be few updates to the website but we hope to be adding some more interesting photographic and historic contributions in the New Year. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
This week we have unfortunately been made aware of multiple images hosted on Taunton Trains being distributed by 'persons unknown' to other websites, and Facebook related pages. While it's virtually impossible to prevent people downloading images onto their PC, we would ask that the original copyright for the image is respected, and images are not posted to other websites. Every photo hosted on Taunton Trains has gained permission from photographers for their work to be displayed on this website. We would like to avoid going do down the route of water marking images (such as the example shown opposite), but we will if people choose not to respect basic photographer copyright. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
As we enter the final month of the 2012, it would appear that another popular freight flow could be about to cease operating. It's thought that this Tuesday (11th December) will be the last Moorswater Cement from Earls Sidings/ Westbury operated by Freightliner Heavy Haul for Lafarge. Lafarge were supplying concrete to the Cornish outpost, but a joint venture between Tarmac & Lafarge is now seeing the redistribution of resources/ operations throughout the UK. It appears that Tarmac will now supply concrete from their Plymouth depot. The Moorswater cement has been operating by rail with Freightliner Heavy Haul since 2002, and although the flow has stopped previously for short periods it's been a great method of keeping lorry's off the UK road network. The switch to supplying Moorswater by road in 2013, will put over 1000 lorry's onto the A38 between Plymouth and Moorswater. Further details about the joint venture between Lafarge and Tarmac can be found here. For more details about the Moorswater Cement flow, why not check out our own Moorswater Page.



2012 NEWS
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