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16th June 2018
Making a rare visit to the South West, Hastings DEMU No. 60118 'Tunbridge Wells' and No. 60116 'Mountfield' thumps its way along the Somerset Levels on Saturday 16th June 2018, the unit was operating the 'South Devon Coaster' charter returning to Hastings as the 1Z66 17:21 from Paignton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


15th August 1998
Memories of Summer Saturday trains from the past when weekend holiday trains would bring all sorts of random locomotives to the South West. One such example was Railfreight Distribution liveried Class 47 No.47344 passes Cogload Junction on the 15th August 1998 hauling the 1V36 Liverpool Lime Street - Paignton service, complete with a West Coast DVT and coaching stock.
(Photo: Daryl Hector)


10th June 2018
London Transport liveried Class 20 No.20142 and BR Blue partner No.20189 (owned by Michael Owen) pass Whiskey Trail Crossing on Sunday 10th June 2018 working the last leg of the 10:02 Minehead - Bishops Lydeard service during the 2018 Diesel Gala Weekend on the West Somerset Railway.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


8th June 2018
Class 50 No. 50035 'Ark Royal' waits for the off at Washford on Friday 8th June 2018 during the West Somerset Railway Diesel Gala Weekend. The BR Blue Class 50 was visiting from the Severn Valley Railway and was the first time in many years a Class 50 had appeared in a Gala line up. The locomotive was working the 12:03 Bishops Lydeard - Minehead service having dropped passengers off to enjoy the Beer on offer at the Washford Beer Festival held in the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust shed.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


6th June 2018
It's nearly time for the big Diesel event of the year in the South West. The arrival of a nearly BR Blue convoy from Kidderminster marks the countdown to the West Somerset Railway Diesel Gala. Wednesday 6th June 2018 saw the colourful convoy arrive onto the West Somerset Railway. The convoy of locomotives was formed of BR Blue Class 20 No.20189 leading, London Transport Class 20 No.20142, BR Blue Class 50 No. 50035 'Ark Royal', BR Blue Class 45 No. 45041 'Royal Tank Regiment' and BR Blue Deltic No. 55019 'Royal Highland Fusilier'. The 0Z20 10:55 Kidderminster - Bishops Lydeard was captured passing Norton Fitzwarren.
(Photo: Jamie Waters)


3rd June 2018
SR 'Merchant Navy' Class 4-6-2 No. 35028 'Clan Line' heads the first Torbay Express charter of the 2018 season on Sunday, May 3rd. Having departed Bristol Temple Meads 36 minutes late the 1Z27 08:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear had regained 30 minutes of lost time upon arrival at Taunton and by Whiteball Summit where we see it here it was running 2 minutes ahead of schedule.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


28th May 2018
GWR HST powercar No.43004 is now in ex-works GWR Green livery. On Monday 28th May 2018 No. 43004 passes the former site of Creech St Michael Halt station with the 1A70 06:47 Penzance to London Paddington. Attached to the rear of the set was the slightly now less than pristine INTERCITY liveried No. 43185 'Great Western'.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


1st February 1991
Intercity liveried Class 47/8 No.47824 named 'Glorious Devon' at the time, passes through the light scattering of snow on the 1st February 1991 hauling the 07:19 Penzance - Glasgow Central Intercity service.
(Photo: Paul Northover)


23rd May 2018
You wait for hours and two come along at once. Well, at least this was the scene on Wednesday 23rd May 2015 at Norton Fitzwarren. GWR powercars No.43098 and No.43092 worked back to back as the 0E23 18:00 Laira - Doncaster Works. The pair will be retained by GWR but are going for modifications and repaints into GWR Green and use on the new 2+4 'Castle' sets. Passing them was HNRC owned (Former DRS) Class 37/6 No.37612 working a Network Rail Test Train. The 3Z08 13:07 Derby RTC - Exeter Riverside test train is pictured powering away from a pathing stop at Norton Fitzwarren.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


22nd May 2018
Now operated by Saphos Trains, this ex-DRS Type 4 was engaged on route leaning duties on Tuesday 22nd May 2018, in connection with the first charter services to be operated by the company this summer. The Locomotive was built in July 1966 and now carries a version of its original BR Two Tone Green livery. This summer will see the locomotive tune 51 years old. Class 47 No.47501 (D1944) is pictured passing Creech St Michael working the return 0Z48 12:20 Taunton Goods Reception to Bristol Barton Hill operating via Westbury and Bath Spa on the first of two such runs planned for the 22nd & 23rd May 2018.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


20th May 2018
On the first day of a new summer timetable, GWR Class 800s No. 800020 'Bob Woodward/ Elizabeth Ralph' and No.800013 pass Cogload Junction on Sunday 20th May 2018 having just descended from the Cogload Junction flyover. The pair were operating the 1C19 15:00 London Paddington - Taunton service which is routed via Bristol Temple Meads. The pair later formed the 1C33 18:56 Taunton -London Paddington service from Taunton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


11th September 2009
September 11th 2009 provided a chance to view the Royal Train passing Taunton with the Prince of Wales on board. The Royal Train worked South overnight before spending the early hours in Hackney Yard (Newton Abbot). During the morning it worked back to Exeter disembarking Prince Charles for his four royal appointments. Royal Locomotive No.67005 and is seen leading he 1Z27 Exeter St Davids to London at Norton Fitzwarren catching the evening glint as it passes with No.67006 on the rear of the train.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


15th September 2004
An EWS liveried Class 67 had a very rare outing on the Royal Train on the 15th September 2004. No.67005 delivered HRH The Prince of Wales, to Cornwall where he opened phase one of the regeneration of Harvey's Foundry, Hayle. His Royal Highness later visited the Peninsular Medical School and met staff and student at the Royal Hospital, Cornwall. The Prince of Wales, and Duke of Cornwall, also visited the Newquay Development area. No.67002 is pictured returning the empty Royal Train to Wolverton.
(Photo: Eddy)


13th November 2015
Royal Locomotives No.67006 and No,67005 top & tail the Royal Train running as 1Z50 12:30 Plymouth - Wolverton. The train was running emty when pictured passing Creech St Michael on Friday 13th November 2015. The consist had transported the 94 year old Duke of Edinburgh to Plymouth where he made a rare official vivit to the Royal Marines at Devonport to officially open a new stores complex.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


20th March 2015
HRH Queen Elizabeth II passed through Taunton during the early hours of the 20th March 2015 heading to Plymouth where she rededicated HMS Ocean at the Royal Navy Dockyard after a £65m refit. The train operated overnight from London Euston to Plymouth recessing on the Heathfield Branch (Newton Abbot) until it was time for the train depart for Plymouth. The empty set is pictured passing 40 Steps, working between Plymouth and Wolverton Works formed of top and tail Class 67's. No.67005 and No.67026. The Silver Class 67 was painted by DB Schenker in a special livery to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee.
(Photo: Chay Farzenah)


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