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West Coast Railways Class 33 No.33207 made a second appearance at Taunton in a week, by operating the same charter diagram it performed last week. The plucky little 'Crompton' hauled the 1Z37 08:52 Bristol Temple Meads - Taunton leg of the 'Royal Duchy' charter. At Taunton the Class 33 was removed from the train and replaced by LMS Steam Locomotive No.46100 'Royal Scot' for the run to Par and back. The Class 33 is pictured storming through Creech St Michael. (Photo: Brian Garrett)
The newly opened Taunton NIDR road can afford views into the stabling sidings behind Taunton Station. Sadly the un kept vegetation growth which has infested the site has already started to remove any chance of this angle being used in the future. Having been removed from the Royal Duchy charter Class 33 No.33207 'Jim Martin' is pictured stabled for the day at Taunton. (Photo: Brian Garrett)

 

Thursday 3rd August provided the second heritage Class 37 of the week, passing through the Taunton area. Direct Rail Services Class 37/4 No.37403 made a very rare appearance hauling inspection saloon ‘Caroline' working as the 2Z02 06:45 Willesden Brent to Willesden Brent via Newton Abbot. The locomotive currently carries full BR Large Logo livery and is named 'Isle of Mull' along with the famous 'Scottie Dog' embellishment to the loco side. Many of the Class 37/4 operated by DRS now carry the same former British Rail livery. The locomotive is pictured entering Devon having just exited from Whiteball Tunnel. (Photo: Shaun Mockridge)
Europheonix Class 37/8 No.37800 made a very rare appearance in Taunton on the 2 nd August 2017. The locomotive was used by Rail Operations Group (ROG) for Lorum Route Learning to Plymouth. The locomotive worked from Derby to Taunton but continued to Plymouth without taking recess as timings suggested. Having visited Plymouth the locomotive returned light engine to stable at Taunton overnight before returning to Derby on the 3 rd August. 37800 is probably one of the most well traveled Class 37's currently operating on the UK rail network, it has spent time both in France and Spain on contract hire helping to construct various TGV routes in either country. The locomotive was repatriated in 2015 where it was restored and return to traffic for Europhoenix. 37800 is pictured here passing 40 Steps, Taunton. (Photo: Jeff Treece)

 

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