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13th July 2018
Testing of new GWR Hitachi units continues at a pace, nine car Class 802 No.802101 is captured here passing the former station site of Norton Fitzwarren on Friday 13th July 2018 with the 5Z22 09:22 London Paddington to Plymouth. Freightliner Class 66 No. 66593 '3MG Mersey Multimodal Gateway' & No.66544 wait for the road to cross the main and enter Fairwater Yard with the returning empty HOBC from the West Somerset Railway.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


10th July 2018
The Royal Scotsman normally luxury sleeping and dining train spends the majority of its life touring Scotland as its name suggests. However, since GBRf have been operating the train more imaginative and forward thinking has seen it take occasional forays to other far-flung parts of the UK mainline. Tuesday 10th July 2018 was as early start with the train leaving Gloucester at 04:17 for the slightly less than glamorous location of Newton Abbot. The purpose of the tour was to provide passengers with an early morning breakfast with a view of the South Devon Sea Wall. The southbound trip passed Taunton at 05:54. Having run around the train at Newton Abbot the two dedicated Royal Scotsman locomotives No.66743 and No.66746 formed the 1Z80 07:23 Newton Abbot - Bath Spa leg of the unique dining experience. The pair is seen climbing Whiteball with breakfast very much consumed taking passengers to their Bath Spa destination.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


8th July 2018
Former DRS Class 66/4 No.66413 (now operated by Freightliner) looks very tired in its old livery and is displaying signs of window rust weeping. No doubt with this locomotive having survived this long in a former operators colours will mean it will soon enter works for attention and repaint into Powerhaul livery. The locomotive is pictured at Creech St Michael on Sunday 8th July 2018 hauling 6Y97 08:15 Lipson Junction - Westbury long welded rail train.
(Photo: Ashley Harris)


4th July 2018
GWR Hitachi IET No.800302 passes Fairwater Yard, Taunton on the approach to Silk Mills whilst working 5Z05 08:26 Stoke Gifford to Goodrington on Wednesday 4th July 2018. The set later returned north at 15:07 returning to Stoke Gifford.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


1st July 2018
Saphos Trains operated their second summer charter in the South West on Sunday 1st July 2018. Because of the ongoing heat wave, the decision was taken with Network Rail to place veteran Class 47 D1935 (No. 47805 'Roger Hosking MA 1925-2013 ') inside steam locomotive No. 34046 'Braunton' and provided the majority of the power to reduce the risk of stray embers from the steam locomotive. With Network Rails undergrowth in the south-west in full growth and unkept combined with such dry weather conditions, the chances of fire were too high. With the weather having clouded in the for the first time in a couple of weeks (due to localised rain and thunderstorms which were forecast) horses graze in their paddock seemingly oblivious to the history passing them by at Creech St Michael as the locomotives haul the 1Z27 09:06 Bristol Temple Meads - Kingswear 'The English Rivera Express' with the Class 47 powering the train west.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


29th June 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 67s No. 67023 'Sheila' and No. 67027 'Charlotte' in 'top and tail' stood in for the Network Rail New Measurement Train on Friday 29th Jun while it was out of service. The Colas Class 67s were formed up with test coaches 975091, 72631, 977997 and 9481. No. 67023 'Sheila' leads the 1Z18 15:46 Paignton - Taunton (via Bristol Temple Meads) test diagram over Cogload Junction running 12 minutes ahead of schedule. Upon arrival at Taunton, the pair terminated to form the last leg of its test diagram back to London Paddington.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


27th June 2018
Colas Rail Freight is back providing more cover for DB Cargo on the Aggregate Industries contract hauling Mendip Stone to the Devon-based virtual quarry. Having been unloaded at Exeter Riverside on Tuesday 28th June 2018, Colas Class 70/8 No.70803 exits from Whiteball Tunnel at Marlands while hauling 7C28 13:44 Exeter Riverside - Whatley Quarry empties.
(Photo: Eddy)


23rd June 2018
With a long blast on the horn as the passed Cogload Junction former British Rail Class 50s evoke memories of the class which was once commonplace on this stretch of line. Now cared for by the Fifty Fund No. 50049 'Defiance' and No. 50007 'Hercules' storm south at Cogload on Saturday 23rd June 2018 hauling Pathfinder Railtours 'Mazey Day Cornishman' charter which operated as the 1Z50 05:40 Tame Bridge Parkway - Penzance. The locomotives also carried alternative identities of former classmates 50011 'Centurion' and 50006 'Neptune' for the trip.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


21st June 2018
Passing the incredible colours at Athelney on Thursday 21st June 2018, GWR HST No.43027 sporting '90 Glorious Years' livery leads No.43188 while working the 1C81 12:33 London Paddington - Taunton service.
(Photo: Eddy)


21st June 2018
With Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe on board from All The Stations Cross Country Voyager No.221122 passes Cogload Junction working 1V60 08:20 Aberdeen - Penzance running four minutes behind schedule. The pair teamed up with National Rail on the longest day of the year to travel the longest train diagram in the UK. Operated by Cross Country the Aberdeen - Penzance journey departs Aberdeen at 08:20 in the morning and reaches Penzance at 21:43, a journey over 700 miles, calling at 45 stations on route. The 'All The Stations' Special Event was posted on various social media platforms throughout the day live from the train. #longesttrain
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


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)


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