18th February 1978
This amazing image taken by Adrian Wetton has been restored to its former glory and we would like to thank Adrian for allowing this image to be hosted on Taunton Trains. 40 years ago BR Blue Class 50 No. 50023 'Howe' was captured at Taunton in the heavy snow and freezing conditions of 1978. The locomotive was battling through the conditions while working the 1B10 16:53 London Paddington - Plymouth service on Saturday 18th February 1978. No. 50023 'Howe' remained in service until October 1990, but did survive until March 2004 where some restoration work had been started on the loco at Barrow Hill. It was later cut up as a source of spares for many of the other Class 50's which had made it into preservation.
(Photo: Adrian Wetton)

15th February 2018
GWR Class 158 No.158766 and Class 150 No.150246 stand at Taunton on the 15th February 2018 preparing to form the 2M60 19:17 Taunton to Bristol Temple Meads stopping service.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)

12th February 2018
The 'as required' flow of aggregate from Whatley Quarry to Exeter Riverside Yard to replenish local stock piles of construction materials restarted on Monday 2nd February 2018. A Class 59 from the Mendip Rail fleet is often supplied for this working. Having been unloaded at Exeter via mechanical grab, Hanson Aggregates liveried Class 59/1 No. 59104 'Village of Great Elm' passes Broomhay Crossing (Bathpool) under localised clouds hauling the 7C28 13:44 Exeter Riverside - Westbury empties back to Wiltshire.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)

11th February 2018
With heavy rain and sleet showers having passed through the Taunton area, Freightliner Class 66/9 No.66953 leads the Network Rail TRT back through Creech St Michael having spent the night on the Great Western Mainline renewing track. The 6X04 09:00 Didcot East junction - Fairwater Yard was hauled by No.66953 & No.66511 in Top and Tail formation.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)

6th February 2018
GWR Hitachi Class 800's No. 800010 'Michael Bond/ Paddington Bear' and No.800023 stand at Taunton on the 6th February 2018 waiting to depart with the 5C22 19:37 Taunton to Stoke Gifford empty stock working having arrived with the 16:30 from London Paddington.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)

3rd January 1964
GWR 2-6-0 'Mogul' No.5336 stands in the yards at Taunton on the 3rd January 1964. The locomotive had already lost it's smokebox number by this point with the loco number having been written by hand.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)

24th June 1958
GWR 4-6-0 'King' No. 6024 'King Edward I' stands at Taunton at the head of the 13:30 London Paddington - Penzance service 'The Roal Duchy' on the 24th June 1958 with the fireman preparing coal for the next leg of the journey into Devon.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)

6th May 1962
This image taken on the 6th May 1962 shows British Railways 4-6-0 'Hall' No. 4904 'Binnegar Hall' on Taunton Shed coupled with a selection of Large Prairie and Pannier Tanks being observed while shunted within the depot area.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)

GWR 4-6-0 'Castle' No. 4098 'Kidwelly Castle' stands at Taunton in 1961 as a north bound passenger service arrives. Clearly a slight 'incident' has occurred on the photographers platform as the porters parcels appear to have just fallen off their trolley! The C36 headcode on the locomotive indicates the 08:17 Carmarthen - Penzance service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)

6th May 1962
British Rail 0-6-0 Pannier Tank No.3790 is pictured on shunting duties within the large extent of Taunton's many sidings and yards. The image was taken on the 6th May 1962.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)

1st February 2018
As a new dawn arrives over Taunton, GWR Hitachi Class 800's No.800020 and No.800013 arrive at Taunton on the 1st February 2018 with the 3A09 the 05:30 Stoke Gifford - Taunton, empty stock to form 1A09 07:12 departure to London Paddington.
(Photo: Colin J Marsden)

26th January 2018
Friday 26th January 2018 provided the fine sight of a 'split headcode' BR Large Loco Class 37 No. 37025 'Inverness TMD' at Taunton Station. Having passed through Taunton heading south in the early hours of the 23rd January and spent the week touring the branches of Cornwall, the Network Rail Test Train returned north on the Friday of the same week. The Heritage liveried Class 37 No. 37025 'Inverness TMD' is pictured at Taunton Station during a brief pause while working the 3Q13 20:28 Exeter Riverside - Derby RTC test train.
(Photo: Shaun Mockridge)

10th July 1984
Toton based Class 45 No.45134 passes Taunton in charge of 1V85 09:22 Newcastle to Penzance service on the 10th July 1984, passing under the impressive signal gantry at 40 Steps.
(Photo: Bruce Galloway)

7th December 2000
Pictured on the 7th December 2000 in an incredibly atmospheric and wet Taunton Station. Class 47/8 No.47805 has terminated at Taunton due to engineering work, further west. Still carrying Inter-City livery, 47805 stands at Taunton after running round its train prior to forming 1E61 17:30 Taunton - Leeds service for Virgin Cross Country.
(Photo: Paul Waring)

16th September 1984
A rare visit of a British Rail Class 40 No.40079 took place on the 15th September 1984. The locomotive worked 'The Devon Belle' from Newport to Paignton with the tour originating in Swansea. The 07:00 Swansea - Paignton is pictured approaching Taunton East Junction with the charter in tow. The Class 40 later returned with the 18:15 Paignton - Swansea where another locomotive took over the train once it reached South Wales.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)

17th May 1997
On a very foggy morning on the 17th May 1997 Class 31's No.31466 and No.31407 pass Taunton hauling 'The Pirates of Penzance' charter the 1Z63 21:53 (Fri) Preston - Penzance and St Ives. The tour organised by A1A Charters / Pathfinder Tours also used No.31450 & No.37375 between Preston and Swindon before switching to No.31466 and No.31407. The return trip was handled by Transrail Class 37 No.37674 and Mainline Class 31 No.31407 after No.31466 failed with flat batteries at Penzance.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)

18th July 1984
BR Large Logo Class 50 No. 50028 'Tiger' passes Taunton East Junction on the 18th July 1984 with BR Blue Class 47 No.47358 waiting to depart Taunton East Yard with with a rake of cement presflo wagons.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)

BR Blue Class 45 No.45133 arrives into Taunton during September 1983 hauling an unknown southbound passenger service. This particular Class 45 survived into preservation and is now cared for at the Midland Railway Centre.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)

8th July 1984
BR Blue Class 20's No.20169 and No.20184 pass under the impressive signal gantry at 40 Steps, Taunton on the 8th July 1984 operating the 1Z38 05:05 Bristol Temple Meads - Bere Alston charter. The pair power The Devonshire Dart south with the majority of the passengers on board enjoying the noise. The charter was operated by F&W Railtours and visited Bere Alston, Plymouth Friary and Meldon Quarry.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)

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 5Z63 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)

10th March 2002
Mainline Railfreight Class 58 No.58025 passes Cogload Junction on the 10th March 2002 while working the 6W50 Bridgwater - Westbury via Taunton engineers, returning from an engineering blockade at Highbridge.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)

5th April 1985
Intercity HST No.43129 and No.43130 (Set 253030) depart Taunton under the impressive signal gantry at 40 Steps working the 15:45 London Paddington - Penzance service on the 5th April 1985
(Photo: Graham Roose)

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