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13th October 2018
With the huge amount of vegetation clearance work which Network Rail has carried out on the approach to Taunton, open and tidy scenes can again be recorded on the approach to Taunton Station. DB Cargo Class 66 No.66200 leads No.66120 south through Taunton on the 13th October 2018 operating the 3J13 09:07 Westbury - St Blazey Rail Head Treatment Train (RHTT).
(Photo: Adam Snow)


4th October 2018
Leaf fall season is here once again. On 4th October 2018 DB Cargo Class 66 No.66200 and No.66120 pass through Cogload Junction operating the 3J13 08:56 Westbury - St.Blazey via Salisbury with the Network Rail, Rail Head Treatment Train (RHTT).
(Photo: S A Ginn)


4th October 2018
Ex-LNER A3 Class 4-6-2 No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' & LMS Black 5 No.44871 make a spirited departure away from Taunton on Thursday 4th October 2018, approach Taunton with the 1Z44 06:40 Theale to Taunton 'Cathedrals Express' charter.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


2nd October 2018
As we highlighted on Taunton Trains several weeks ago, the time of year is here when all the leaves from trees and bushes begin to fall onto the rails of the UK. The 2018 Rail Head Treatment Train season has now begun. Operating one of the first trains of the season DB Cargo provided EWS liveried No.66200 and No.66120 pass Whiteball working the 3J13 08:50 Westbury - St Blazey (via Salisbury) exiting Whiteball Tunnel on the 2nd October 2018. It should be noted that the 'up' spraying diagram has been tweaked for the 2018 season, meaning the rails are cleaned before the first two London bound trains from Devon arrive into Taunton around 06:30. In previous years the tracks have been cleaned after these first two trains to London which had resulted in some tricky railhead conditions. Its good to see this diagram has finally been adjusted to assist the early morning commuter services.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


28th August 1982
Intercity 125 set No.253032 departs Taunton on the 28th August 1982 with a service from London Paddington heading to the West Country., passing under the classic semaphore gantry as it passes 40 Steps upon departure.
(Photo: Gavin Morrison)



During May 1968 BR Green Hymek No.D7014 stands at Taunton having arrived from Bristol with a North of England to Plymouth train. The loco was then removed from the service and replaced with Class 52 Western No. D1044 'Western Duchess'. The Western took the service train forward to Plymouth.
(Photo: Kevin Auger)


22nd August 1985
Having passed through Taunton non stop BR Blue 'Peak' No. 45022 'Lytham St Annes' passes Obridge (Taunton East Junction) working the 11:15 Plymouth - Edinburgh service on the 22nd August 1985. in the background a Class 31 can be seen approaching via the Taunton avoider ready to depart and follow the passenger service.
(Photo: Gavin Morrison)



Taken in 1974 this image shows a BR Western Region Hydraulic Class locomotive passing Victory Crossing on the approach to Taunton. The head code suggesting it was hauling 1A75 to London Paddington
(Photo: Guy Vincent)


22nd August 1985
Taken during the transition period between the two Intercity liveries being applied to HST sets. No.43034 passes Taunton East Signal Box arriving into Taunton Station with a down express on the 22nd August 1985.
(Photo: Gavin Morrison)


1st March 1986
1st March 1986 BR Blue liveried Class 47 No.47009 is captured in the now Platform 1 at Taunton between duties. Although corporate BR Blue was applied to pretty much all locomotives, some livery embellishments did creep in over the years. After being transferred South from Scotland, 47009 still carries it's Scottie Dog on the side. It would soon loose this though having been allocated to Stratford where their Class 47's would be adorned with the Cockney Sparrow!
(Photo: Alan Randle)



Taken in late 1969 a Hymek and Western pairing are seen at Taunton. Hymek No.D7049 leads Western No. D1051 'Western Ambassador'. The service was the up 'Devonian' operating between Paignton and Bradford. This service was often double headed for a period of time. One reason floated about at the time was that it was to allow a loco to returned to Bristol saving a pathway and the need for a second man as would be required for a light engine movement.
(Photo: Kevin Auger)


8th May 1993
BR Two Tone Green Class 47 No.47833 passes Norton Fitzwarren on the 8th May 1993 operating a London Euston - Exeter St Davids charter, with a complete rake of Intercity 'Executive' livery Mk1 coaches in tow.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)



Railfreight Metals Class 60 No.60034 passes 40 Steps, Taunton in May 1994 hauling the 6B19 Exeter City Basin - Cardiff Tidal loaded scrap.
(Photo: Dave Jones)


29th March 1988
BR Blue Class 33 No.33029 is pictured at Taunton on the 29th March 1988. The loco was propelling coaches from 16:14 from Bristol Temple Meads. Having arrived into Platform 2 the loco then moved stock into Platform 5 before running around the stock to form the 17:40 stopper back to Bristol Temple Meads. Two resident Class 08s were also visible on the right of this image, No's.08576 & 08954.
(Photo: Guy Vincent)


22nd August 1985
BR Large Logo liveried Class 50 No. 50008 'Thunderer' rounds the curve into Taunton Station passing the signal gantries and Taunton East Signal Box with a southbound passenger service on the 22nd August 1985.
(Photo: Gavin Morrison)


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