Pathfinder Railtours started their bi annual foray to the Scottish Highlands in style on Thursday 29th September. Traditional traction for this tour is Class 37's. To get the stock in place for the Friday morning departure from Paignton the company ran a mini charter from Eastleigh to Paignton. DRS liveried Class 37's No.37601 and No.37612 pass Banklands with the 1Z49 Eastleigh to Paignton charter. On the Saturday morning at 04:30 the pair then set off for a four day jaunt to Fort William, Oban and back. (Photo: Paul Wilkins)
The DB Cargo management train made the second appearance of the month in the South west on the 27th September, and broke new ground by visiting Williton on the West Somerset Railway. The rare management train was fronted by Driving Van Trailer DVT No.82146 with Class 67 No.67029 on the rear of the set. The 1Z05 London Paddington to Bishops Lydeard is pictured arriving into Taunton from London. (Photo: Paul Clarke)
With DB Cargo Class 67 No.67029 'Diamond Jubilee' pushing from the rear the 1Z05 heads for Bishops Lydeard (and later Minehead), this was the first time the management train has visited the preserved line. While on the line the train was also turned on the Norton Fitzwarren Triangle. (Photo: Paul Clarke)
Having been turned on the Norton Fitzwarren triangle and been back to Bishops Lydeard, DB Cargo Class 67 No.67029 powers the DB management train away from the camera with DVT No.82146 leading the way. Having departed the West Somerset Railway the train returned to London Victoria. (Photo: Thomas Courtney)
Crossing the Somerset Levels on Autumn evenings can often present glint from the setting sun, providing you have a train passing at the correct time of the evening. Here DB Cargo's management train passes Oath returning to London Victoria. (Photo: Paul Wilkins)
Colas Rail Freight provided a Class 56 for the Bodmin and Wenford Diesel event on the 24th September. As part of the move the locomotive was also used to transport a Network Rail 'Rail Vac' from work sites in the South West. Having spent Saturday 24th on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, the locomotive returned to Westbury on Sunday 25th. The 6X54 Plymouth - Westbury move is pictured passing 40 Steps, Taunton. (Photo: Sclub)
Having passed through Taunton another view of the colourful Colas Class 56 was captured as it passed through the village of Creech St Michael returning to Westbury. The local shot from the road bridge in the village can best be obtained on a quiet Sunday morning whent he traffic levels through the village at a little less than normal. (Photo: Thomas Courtney)
LMS 8P "Princess Royal" Class 4-6-2 No.6201 'Princess Elizabeth' storms across the Somerset levels at Oath whilst working the 1Z88 Exeter St.Davids to London Victoria on Tuesday 20th September 2016. Having been attached at Exeter, West Coast's 47746 acting as support loco is attached to the rear of the train, which was obsuced by the smoke from the locomtoive. (Photo: S A Ginn)


This week out attention was diverted back to the former Taunton 'avoider' bridge located in Station Road. After removal earlier in 2016 for refurbishment of the original bridge sides the new concrete support beams were fitted during a one week road closure of Station Road. This was the view on Tuesday 20th September as the first few concrete beams were lifted into position on the bridge papapet. (Photo: Paul Clarke)
As the first beams are refitted onto the former avoider line bridge parapet, one of the many evicted pigeons looks on hoping they may soon be able to return to their former home in Station Road. (Photo: Paul Clarke)
On the 22nd September 2016, the newly refurbished bridge sections were lifted back into position over the main road. The final piece of the jigsaw is seen being lifted. (Photo: Paul Clarke)
The original bridge sides were returned to the site, now refurbished and repainted looking superb and restored to a high standard. (Photo: Phil Izzard)
By Wednesday 21st September the first bridge side was back in position, refitted to its new concrete base. The bridge sides are very much in keeping with the character of the local surroundings. (Photo: Phil Izzard)


Saturday the 17th September was the day for visiting maroon liveried locomotives, first to pass through the Taunton area was DTG Western No.D1015 'Western Champion' operating Pathfinder Railtours 'The Cornishman'. The popular diesel hydraulic carried the number D1071 'Western Renown' on one side for the trip to Penzance from Tame Bridge Parkway. The locomotive is seen passing 40 Steps on route south. (Photo: Chay Farzaneh)
The second charter to pass through Taunton on the 17th September was LMS Steam Locomotive No.6201 'Princess Elizabeth'. The loco operated the Cathedrals Express from London Victoria to Penzance. It's seen here passing Bathpool with the 1Z82 leg to Exeter. At Exeter there was a booked break before continuing to Penzance during the afternoon. (Photo: Lee Robbins)
LMS Pacific No.6201 'Princess Elizabeth' is pictured passing 40 Steps, Taunton with the 1Z82 London Victoria to Exeter St Davids leg of 'The Cathedrals Express' charter. (Photo: Thomas Courtney)
LMS Pacific No.6201 'Princess Elizabeth' is pictured passing Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton with the 1Z82 London Victoria to Exeter St Davids leg of 'The Cathedrals Express' charter. (Photo: Lisa Waters)
The four day 'Cathedrals Express' charter to the west country took place over the weekend of 17th to 20th September 2016. Pictured at Whiteball Summit on day 1, No.6201 'Princess Elizabeth' with West Coast's 47746 providing assistance at the rear works the first leg of the tour, the 1Z82 08:43 London Victoria to Exeter St.Davids. The tour later continued on to the final destination of Penzance after a couple of hours break at Exeter. (Photo: S A Ginn)


The final 'Torbay Express' of the season departed Taunton on time at 10:40 on Sunday 11th September 2016. With LNER A1 Pacific No.60163 'Torando' at the helm the popular summer charter train has continue to draw in the crowds both to view the steam locomotive and ride behind it. The A1 departs from Taunton with the 1Z27 08:00 Bristol Temple Meads - Kingswear (which operated via Bath and Westbury. (Photo: Chay Farzaneh)
The Network Rail HOBC set has returned to Taunton for a short period of time. On Sunday 11th September the train was prevented from arriving into Taunton as the station platform was occupied by The Torbay Express. Having waited for the service to clear the platform Freightliners Class 66/5 No.66551 arrives with the 6Y19 08:30 Cardiff to Fairwater. Classmate No.66564 was riding on the rear of the set, seen here at 40 Steps. (Photo: Chay Farzaneh)
With DB Cargo still unable to provide a loco or crew for the Exeter Riverside stone contract (perhaps a tad ironic considering they managed to find crew for their own management train on the same day). Colas Rail Freight continue to front the 7C27 and 7C28 diagrams. Having unloaded aggregate at Exeter Riverside the 7C28 empties are pictured at Marlands on the 9th September with No.70802 leading a newly imported set of wagons from Romania. (Photo: S A Ginn)
DB Cargo's 'management train' visited the west country on Friday 9th September 2016 making a rare crossing of the Somerset Levels.Clas's 67 No.67029 'Royal Diamond' paired with Mk3 (DVT) No.82146 is seen passing Oath with the 1Z05 Newport to Newport via Newton Abbot. The return run took the more direct route to Bristol via Bridgwater.(Photo: S A Ginn)


Sunday 4th September provided a second chance of seeing a steam train passing through the Taunton area. 'The Torbay Express' used LNER A1 Pacific No.60163 'Tornado' to haul the 1Z27 09:15 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear. After making its booked servicing stop at Taunton the popular steam locomotive is pictured storming past the former Taunton Cider works through Norton Fitzwarren heading for Kingswear. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
We couldn't resist including a second image of the storming departure from Taunton made by Tornado on Sunday 4th September hauling 'The Torbay Express'. This image (also taken at Norton Fitzwarren) was on a 400mm zoom lens from the same bridge as the above shot. the impressive head of steam looking even more powerful in this image. (Photo: Jamie Waters)
GWR liveried Class 57/6 No.57605 'Totnes Castle' made an unusual daytime crossing of the Somerset levels on Sunday 5th September 2016 whilst working the 5Z70 11:20 Penzance to Royal Oak Sidings 'ECS'. Following the failure of the train at Penzance on the evening of Friday 3rd, both sleeper sets spent the weekend at the western end of the operation hence the required ECS move to the Capital in readiness to form the late Sunday evening opposite direction 1C99 to Penzance. (Photo: S A Ginn)
Saturday 3rd September bought bad weather for the passing of Ex-LMSR Coronation Class 4-6-2 No.46233 'Duchess of Sutherland'. The impressive locomotive departs Taunton for Newton Abbot with Class 47 No.47580 'County of Essex' attached at the rear. The Class 47 had worked the initial leg of the tour as far as Bristol Temple Meads where the 'Duchess' took over control of the train but due to gauging issues would be detached on arrival at Newton Abbot. The train continued to Kingswear, once again behind 47580 whilst 46233 ran light-engine with support coach to Laira to be turned in readiness for the return evening run back to Bristol. (Photo: S A Ginn)
Having passes through Taunton 4-6-2 No.46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' rounds the curve from Fairwater Yard/ Silk Mills and enters the Norton Fitzwarren straight. The Cathedrals Express has certainly provided some interesting steam locomotives this year in the South West. (Photo: Lisa Waters)



2016 WSR Diesel Haulage

After a feast of Diesel Haulage between the 10th and 12th June on the West Somerset Railway there is still the chance to catch a ride behind classic British Railways traction before the end of the year. The 2016 season still features some Diesel operation over the length of the West Somerset Railway. The DEPG home fleet (based at Williton) are booked to operate various services throughout the summer. A one Day Rover ticket on the West Somerset Railway for the 2015 season costs £19.00 but if you book in advance you can get this ticket for £17.10.

The 2016 Diesel Diagram has been altered which means you must now check the 'Yellow' or 'Green' timetable for your day of travel,

Class 47 D1661 (47840) "North Star"
Saturday 10th September 2016
Class 33 D6575 (33057)
Sunday 11th September 2016
Class 35 'Hymek' D7017
Saturdday 12th September 2016
Class 52 D1010 'Western Campaigner'
Sunday 17th September 2016
Class 35 'Hymek' D7017
Saturday 24th September 2016



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