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21st April 2018
Direct Rail Services Class 57/3 No. 57306 'Her Majesty's Railway ' provides a tow for the failed No. 57605 'Totnes Castle' following the cancellation of the previous nights sleeper service at Newton Abbot. The 5A40 07:10 Newton Abbot - Reading Traincare Depot was captured passing Cogload at 08:07 on the 21st April 2018.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


16th April 2018
Network Rail MPV No.DR98908 and No.DR98958 pass Creech St Michael on Monday 16th April 2018 working the 6Z05 09:48 Kings Norton - St Blazey move in preparation for the annual weed-killing operations around the branch-lines and mainlines of the South West. The Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) is specially adapted for these duties which were once carried out by a dedicated train top and tailed by a pair of Hunslet Barclay Class 20's.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


12th April 2018
It was always possible that two of GWR's 'celebrity' powercars may meet or pass during the daily duties but on the 12th April both No.43002 and No. 43185 'Great Western' met on the centre platforms at Taunton. This superb image captured Intercity 125 liveried HST powercar No.43002 working the 1A88 12:04 Penzance - London Paddington paused in Platfrom 4 at Taunton and Intercity Swallow liveried powercar No. 43185 'Great Western' ready to depart with the 1A89 15:33 Taunton - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Martin Duff)


8th April 2018
Freightliner powerhaul liveried Class 66/4 (and former DRS Class 66) No.66420 hauls the 6Y54 10:06 Bristol East Junction - Westbury through Creech St Michael on Sunday 8th April 2018. The train was conveying spoil from the engineering worksite between Bristol and Bath, and being returned to Westbury via Taunton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)



An unidentifed Hall Class steam locomotive passes Cogload Junction on a northbound local passenger service. The image is thought to have been taken around 1962.
(Photo: Mikey Farkas)



0-6-0 Pannier Tank No.9670 was based at Taunton (83B Shed) leaves the mainline at Creech Junction with the Creech Paper Mill in the background. The train is bound for Thornfalcon. Hatch, Ilminster and Chard. The image predates 1960 as this locomotive was withdrawn on the 31st May 1962.
(Photo: Micky Farkas)



GWR 2-6-0 No.7324 arrives into Taunton at 40 Steps, most likely arriving with either a Barnstaple or Dulverton to Taunton service. The image is believed to have been taken around 1962.
(Photo: Mocly Farkas)



GWR 4-6-0 Hall No. 4982 'Acton Hall' is pictured in Taunton West Yard on a mixed freight. The image is thought to have been taken around 1962.
(Photo: Micky Farkas)



GWR 1000 Class No. 1019 'County of Merioneth' passes Nynehead on a short local passenger service. The locomotive was withdrawn from traffic on the February 1963.
(Photo: Mickey Farkas)



GWR Class 28XX No.2892 passes Bradford On Tone working a rake of mineral wagons. This image is thought to have been taken around 1962.
(Photo: Micky Farkas)


27th March 2018
DB Cargo Class 67's No.67006 and No.67005 double head Her Majesty The Queen back to London after her visit to the decommissioning ceremony for HMS Ocean at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Plymouth on Tuesday 27th March 2018. The Royal Train (running as 1Z70 14:15 Plymouth - Wolverton) passes Freightliner Class 66 No.66504 at 40 Steps, Taunton.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


25th March 2018
Star of the West Somerset Railway 2018 Spring Steam Gala was undoubtedly USATC S160 No.6046 which spent the weekend echoing the Quantock Hills which it's unique American chime whistle. The locomotive is seen at Bicknoller on Sunday 25th March hauling one of the last trains of the 2018 Gala, the 15:40 from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


24th March 2018
The West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala was in full swing on Saturday 24th March. Visiting 0-4-2T No.1450 with Autocoach No.178 roll through Nethercott while working the 09:00 Minehead - Bishops Lydeard service.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


22nd March 2018
USATC S160 class No.6046 is pictured hauling a military train typical of the type that could have been seen operating around Taunton and on the Minehead branch in the run up to D-Day during the second World War. Pictured on arrival at Williton the S160 unusually takes the up road to avoid an Auto Train sitting in Platform 1. West Somerset Spring Steam Gala (Great Western Routes & Branches), Thursday 22nd March 2018.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


14th March 2018
Freightliner Class 66/5 No.66555 leads 6Y15 17:51 Fairwater Yard - Llanharan through Platform 2 at Taunton on the 14th March 2018 hauling the Network Rail High Output Ballast Cleaner ready for overnight ballast cleaning duties on the Welsh mainline.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


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