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16th January 2018
Chiltern Railways liveried (but DRS operated) Class 68 No.68011 returned north through Taunton on the 16th January 2018 hauling the second and last batch of refurbished Mk3 coaching stock for the new Transpennine loco hauled service. The new service is yet to start but coaching stock is being moved in preparation. The 5Z43 10:40 Laira - Crewe Carriage Sidings is seen passing Broomhay Crossing near Bathpool.
(Photo: Shaun Mockridge)


13th January 2018
Taunton was again treated to some fifty year old English Electric traction on the 13th January 2018, with former British Rail Class 50 No. 50008 'Thunderer' making a return visit to the South West to collect the Network Rail Rail Grinder it dropped off a Okehampton on January 5th. Having worked down to Devon on Friday 12th January with Class 56 No.56104 the Class 50 lead proceedings for the return trip with the Class 56 formed on the opposite end of the train ready for a reversal at Gloucester. In a stunning show of English Electric power Laira Blue 'Thunderer' powers past Norton Fitzwarren hauling the 4Z03 08:00 Okehampton - Chaddesden Sidings with Rail Grinder (DR79501 - DR79507) and a dead Class 56 in tow.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


7th January 2018
Engineering work in Devon over the weekend of 6th/7th January 2018 produced a number of interesting workings through the Taunton area. On Sunday 7th, DB Cargo Class 66 No.66061 & Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No. 70808 worked in 'top and tail' formation with Colas crew operating as the 6C23 08:24 Exeter St.Davids - Westbury. The location is Oath on the Somerset Levels.
(Photo: Stephen A.Ginn)


12th May 1958
Hauling the 11:50 Taunton-Castle Cary local service on Monday 12th May 1958, bunker-first 4575 Class 2-6-2T No.5554 sets out from Taunton on its short 27 mile journey passing Taunton East signal box.
(Photo: Brian Morrison)


5th January 2018
Former British Rail 'Laira Blue' Class 50 No. 50008 'Thunderer' passes the western end of Fairwater Yard while operating the 4Z03 08:00 Derby RTC - Okeheampton hauling Network Rail Lorum Rail Grinder DR79501, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06 & 07 for staff training. The Grinder will remain on site at Okehampton for staff training and the Class 50 is booked to return north during Saturday 6th January 2018.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


3rd January 2018
DB Cargo operated the first freight train of 2018. Before Christmas DB Cargo stored a rake of wagons at Exeter Riverside for the Christmas period. On January 3rd EWS liveried Class 66 No.66025 was sent light engine from Westbury and haul the rake back to Whatley Quarry where they would return to daily use. The locomotive is pictured climbing to Whiteball Tunnel hauling the 7C28 Exeter Riverside - Whatley Quarry formed of empty aggregate wagons.
(Photo: Simon Harling)



Happy New Year to all our Taunton Trains readers! As another year ends the development of the new website continues, and since revamping the website between Christmas and New Year we have continued to test and upload content onto the new site. We appreciate all the positive feedback we've received so far. As a special 2018 treat we have prioritised a set of historic images that have been in our Archives for over six months. To see more please view our news page for the full story.
(Photo: Micky Farkas)


29th December 2017
With smoke trailing from one of the trailing Mk3 trailers No. 57303 'Pride of Carlisle' leads Class 37 No.37059 through Silk Mills on the 29th December 2017 while working the 5Z63 10:55 Laira - Crewe. The pair slow for a stop at Taunton where they recessed to allow others services to pass.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


27th December 2017
Planned engineering blockades in connection with overhead electrification work,and crossrail construction between Reading and Paddington saw a revised timetable in operation over the Christmas and New Year Period. On the 27th December no trains operated into or out of London Paddington. Some HST services were diverted to arrive at London Marylebone, while others terminated short at Reading for onward road transport. One such altered service was the 1A78 06:45 Penzance - Reading (which would normally run through to London Paddington). Heritage liveried powercar No. 43185 'Great Western' leads No.43176 across the Somerset Levels near Oath in glorious sunlight, having called at Taunton ten minutes beforehand. The set returned west later that day working the 1C82 12:20 Reading to Penzance service.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


23rd December 2017
GWR Manor No. 7822 'Foxcote Manor' 'Foxcote Manor' climbs Crowcombe Bank with the 10:30 Bishops Lydeard - Williton 'Santa Express' special service on the 23rd December 2017.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


15th December 2017
Colas Rail Freight provided their two Class 67 locomotives as a substitute for the Network Rail New Measurement Train HST on Friday 15th December, while the HST was out of traffic for maintenance. No. 67023 'Sheila' 'Shelia' and No. 67027 'Charlotte' 'Charlotte' are pictured at Taunton with the 1Z19 18:57 Taunton - London Paddington test train.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


1st December 2017
GWR Class 800 No. 800004 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel / Sir Daniel Gooch' passes Cogload Junction on the 1st December 2017 while returning to London working the 5Z23 13:52 Taunton - North Pole IEP test run.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


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