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)

1st November 2002
Royal Class 47 No.47798 made a rare solo outing to Minehead on the West Somerset Railway on the 1st November 2002. The train conveyed HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to Minehead for onward engagements by car. Having run round the stock at Minehead the Locomotive is pictured passing Taunton returning to Wolverton Works.
(Photo: Chris Perkins)

1st November 2002
Royal Class 47 No.47798 'Prince William' conveyed HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to Minehead on the 1st November 2002. The Royal locomotive is pictured paused at Dunster before making the last leg through to Minehead. The train was conducted over the route by WSR volunteer Trevor Barnett.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)

20th April 1988
Brunswick Green Class 47 No.47500 passes between Cogload Junction and Durston on the 20th April 1988 hauling the Royal Train. The locomotive was conveying Prince Charles back from Penzance after a visit to the Scilly Isles and unusually had used the Royal Train in both directions.
(Photo: Brian Dean)

10th May 2018
Having carried out a snow plough test for Network Rail the previous day the pair of Direct Rail Services Class 37s stabled in the sidings behind Platform 1 at Taunton. No.37218 and No.37259 are pictured during the early morning sunlight on the 10th May 2018 before departing from Taunton later in the day to return to Crewe. The latest reincarnation of DRS livery seen on No.37218 really suits the class. comported to the older generation livery carried by No.37259
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)

9th May 2018
Too late the snow was in March! Thursday 9th May 2018 was full of excitement when a pair of Direct Rail Services Class 37's operated light engine overnight from their base at Crewe Gresty Bridge to Fairwater Yard. No.37218 and No.37259 arrived at 06:11 before collecting both of the Network Rail Snow Ploughs from Fairwater Yard (ZZA ADB 965231 & ZZA ADB 965209). The two veteran locomotives then formed the 7Z15 10:15 Fairwater Yard - Fairwater Yard via Highbridge Loop with the drift ploughs formed at either end of the locomotives. The annual snow plough test certainly raised a few eyebrows passing through the platforms at Taunton Station. The pair are pictured here passing Cogload Junction while working outbound to Highbridge in search of snow!
(Photo: Sclub)

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