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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)


4th March 2018
Colourful Harry Patch liveried Great Western powercar No.43172 passes through 40 Steps with equally colourful No.43027 on the rear of the set. The HST set was working the 1A81 11:00 Plymouth - London Paddington service on Sunday 4th March 2018.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


3rd March 2018
Great Western HST No.43137 and No.43070 depart from Taunton on the 3rd March 2018 after heavy overnight snow fall still on the grounf from the 2nd. The 1C77 10:03 London Paddington - Peznance service passes 40 Steps on route south.
(Photo: Sclub)


1st March 2018
Class 220 Voyager No.220001 (formerly named Somerset Voyager) departs from Taunton with the 1V54 10:03 Darlington - Plymouth service on the 1st March 2018. The Cross Country diagram should of originated from Edinburgh but was cancelled and re-started at Darlington. Running just 26 minutes behind schedule the Voyager passes 40 Steps.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


1st March 2018
GWR Hitachi Class 802 No.802101 made another trip to Penzance on Thursday 1st March 2018. On the first day of Spring in blizzard conditions as Storm Emma dropped snow and freezing temperatures on Taunton the unit passes 40 Steps entering Taunton Station while working the 5X82 11:10 Penzance - Stoke Gifford test run.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


1st March 2018
Cross Country Voyager No.221125 passes 40 Steps, Taunton on Thursday 1st March 2018 on the first day of Spring 2018. In freezing conditions the 1M93 14:04 Paignton - Manchester Piccadilly arrives into Taunton just seven minutes behind schedule.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th February 2018
Hitachi/GWR operated another Class 802 test run to the end of the line at Penzance on Wednesday 28th February 2018. Having passed through much snow fall on route No.802101 passes a snow free 40 Steps returning with the 5X91 11:10 Penzance - Stoke Gifford test run.
(Photo: Jeff Treeece)


25th February 2018
GWR Intercity 125 liveried HST powercar No.43002 departs from Taunton Station approaching 40 Steps while working the 1C76 08:58 London Paddington to Plymouth on the 25th February 2018. No.43023 was the rear powercar in this set.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


25th February 2018
GWR 90 Glourious Years liveried powercar No.43027 leads the 1A80 08:07 Penzance - London Paddington in Taunton on Sunday 25th February 2018 passing Taunton School and 40 Steps.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


25th February 2018
Coupled to the rear of the Network Rail TRT set on returning to Fairwater Yard on Sunday 25th February 2018 was Freightliner powerhaul liveried Class 66/5 No.66504. The 6X04 08:10 Didcot East Junction - Fairwater Yard is seen passing 40 Steps.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


25th February 2018
In wonderful winter light and cloudless blue skies Freightliner class 66 No.66511 arrives into Fairwater Yard passing 40 Steps on Sunday 25th February 2018 hauling the 6Y15 11:03 Filton West Junction to Fairwater Yard, returning the Network Rail HOBC set back to base after overnight ballast cleaning.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


25th February 2018
In wonderful winter light and cloudless blue skies Freightliner class 66 No.66511 arrives into Fairwater Yard passing 40 Steps on Sunday 25th February 2018 hauling the 6Y15 11:03 Filton West Junction to Fairwater Yard, returning the Network Rail HOBC set back to base after overnight ballast cleaning.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


18th January 2018
In wonderful Winter lighting Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70812 passes Taunton Schooll hauling the 6B36 08:16 Moorswater - Aberthaw cement empties on the 18th January 2018.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


15th January 2018
Direct Rail Services sent a silver Chiltern liveried Class 68 No.68011 to Plymouth on the 15th January 2018. The silver light engine passed Taunton at 14:10 working the 0Z63 Crewe Gresty Bridge - Plymouth. The locomotive is booked to collect the second portion of stored Mk3 coaching stock from Laira on the 16th to return it to Crewe.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


5th January 2018
Freightliner Powerhaul liveried Class 66/5 No. 66528 'Madge Elliot MBE Borders Railway Opening 2015' arrives into Taunton on Friday 5th January hauling the 6C73 12:12: Westbury - Fairwater Yard loaded HOBC ballast. The feeder service from Westbury (which runs as required) had been loaded with ballast from the virtual quarry at Westbury Yard ready for overnight Network Rail track renewal trains which operate from Fairwater Yard.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


5th January 2018
An English Electric Class 50 made a rousing and welcome appearance at Taunton Friday 5th January. 'Laira Blue Class 50 No. 50008 'Thunderer' scatters the pidgeons as it passes through Taunton station working 4Z03 08:00 Derby RTC - Okeheampton with Network Rail Lorum Railgrinder DR79501, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06 & 07 in tow. The ensemble is pictured passing 40 Steps, Taunton heading for Exeter where the locomotive then ran round its consist before heading for Okehampton. The Lorum Grinder will be used for training Netowkr Rail staff on the Okehampton branch. After an overnight stay in Exeter the former British Rail Class 50 is booked to return light engine to Derby on Saturday 6th January.
(Photo: Stephen A.Ginn)


4th December 2017
GWR Class 800's No. 800004 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel / Sir Daniel Gooch' & No. 800003 'Queen Elizabeth II - Queen Victoria' arrive onto the relief line at Taunton having operated the 5Z19 09:34 North Pole IEP Depot to Taunton on the 4th December 2017.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


4th December 2017
The two generations of high speed travel are captured at 40 Steps, Taunton on the 4th December. Great Western HST set formed of No.43195 and No.43142 pass while working the 1C79 11:06 London Paddington - Plymouth, passes the new GWR Intercity replacments. No. 800003 'Queen Elizabeth II - Queen Victoria' & No. 800004 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel / Sir Daniel Gooch' arrived on the 5Z19 09:34 North Pole IEP Depot - Taunton Signal E483 before returning with the 5Z23 13:52 departure back to London.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


4th December 2017
GWR Class 800's No. 800003 'Queen Elizabeth II - Queen Victoria' & No. 800004 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel / Sir Daniel Gooch' stand at Taunton Signal E483 ready to depart with the 5Z23 13:52 Taunton - North Pole IEP Depot test run on the 4th December 2017.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


22nd November 2017
As an image which shows how confusing the current rail sector is in the UK, this image provides another reminder. A former DRS Class 66 No.66413 is pictured on the 22nd November 2017 shunting a rake of DB Cargo 80T 'Lobster' wagons on the Fairwater Yard head shunt. The locomotive is now operated by Freightliner but carries the former Direct Rail Services colours. The Class 66/4 is one of the last of the former DRS fleet still operating in its old operator colours.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


21st November 2017
Class 57 No. 57602 'Restormel Castle' passes 40 Steps, Taunton working the daylight 5C99 10:28 Old Oak Common - Penzance T&RSMD empty coaching stock for the Night Riviera Sleeper on the 21st November 2017.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


2nd November 2017
Colas Rail Freight Class 66/8 No. 66849 'Wylam Dilly' and a consist of six loaded wagons of ballast passes through Taunton on the circuitous 6Z66 09:00 Tavistock Junction to Plymouth via Bristol, Bath & Westbury on Thursday 2nd November 2017.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


22nd October 2017
GWR Class 800's No. 800010 'Michael Bond/ Paddington Bear' & 800012 pass 40 Steps Taunton while working the 5X01 08:55 Stoke Gifford to Tiverton Loop via Worcester Shrub Hill test run on Sunday 22nd October 2017. The pair then reversed at Tiverton Junction before heading back to Stoke Gifford IEP Depot.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


21st October 2017
Engineering work in the Somerton area on the 21st/22nd October 2017 provided several engineering workings to the Taunton area. On the 21st October 2017, Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70808 exits from Fairwater Yard having run round its train. The 6C22 11:18 Fairwater to Westbury via Bristol passes 40 Steps.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


10th September 2017
Peppercorn A1 Class 4-6-2 No. 60163 'Tornado' 'Tornado' departs Taunton in vociferous style at the head of 1Z27 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear via Bath & Westbury on Sunday 10th September 2017, hauling the 'Torbay Express'. This was by far one of the best departures of Tornado from Taunton which has been seen in recent years, an incredible show of power.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


3rd September 2017
Sunday 3rd September 2017 saw The Torbay Express pass through Taunton hauled by Ex- SR Merchant Navy Class No. 35028 'Clan Line' 'Clan Line'. The train gets underway from a very wet Taunton after water stop passing 40 Steps hauling the 1Z27 09:16 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


3rd September 2017
Owing to paperwork issues not allowing No. 46100 'Royal Scot' Royal Scot to leave the West Somerset Railway, West Coast Railways provided Class 57/3 No.57313 to haul The Royal Duchy charter from Bristol Temple Meads to Par on the 3rd September 2017. The 1Z37 08:52 from Bristol passes 40 Steps, Taunton on route south.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


2nd August 2017
Europhoenix Class 37/8 No.37800 made a very rare appearance in Taunton on the 2nd August 2017. The locomotive was used by Rail Operations Group (ROG) for Lorum Route Learning to Plymouth. The locomotive worked from Derby to Taunton (but continued to Plymouth without taking recess at Taunton as timings suggested). Having visited Plymouth the locomotive returned light engine to stable at Taunton overnight before returning to Derby on the 3rd August. 37800 is probably one of the most well traveled Class 37's currently operating on the UK rail network, it has spent time both in France and Spain on contract hire helping to construct various TGV routes in either country. The locomotive was repatriated in 2015 where it was restored and return to traffic for Europhoenix. 37800 is pictured here passing 40 Steps, Taunton.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


22nd June 2017
Thursday 22nd June 2017 was another ground breaking day for the new GWR IEP's which are currently on test in the South West. No. 800003 'Queen Elizabeth II - Queen Victoria' and No. 800004 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel / Sir Daniel Gooch' formed the first IEP sets to reach Penzance. Having visited the tip of Cornwall the pair returned to North Pole Depot in London and recessed at Taunton for an hour. In the coming months these new IEP sets will start to replace the iconic HST's which have operated on the route since the 1980's. No. 800003 'Queen Elizabeth II - Queen Victoria' leads the 5X92 12:47 Penzance - North Pole through 40 Steps, Taunton on route back to London.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


21st May 2017
DRS Class 68's visited Taunton on Sunday 21st May 2017 and this shot shows the results of an experiment by pressing the lens of the camera up against the square mesh installed on the 40 Steps footbridge. This effort allows the former 'classic' shot at 40 Steps to still be captured. The image shows that a reasonable shot is still possible, bringing back the possibility of all those traditional compositions we used once feature on Taunton Trains before the monstrosity of a bridge was installed at Chip Lane. The on board passengers enjoying the fine dining experience Class 68 No.67017 'Hornet' power's the train south towards Plymouth.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


18th May 2017
Colas Rail Freight has returned a large amount of previously preserved locomotives back to the mainline in order to operate many of its Network Rail test train. One such example is split headcode example No. 37099 'Merl Evans 1947-2016' (37324). The locomotive spent many years in preservation at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway in BR Blue livery wearing its 37324 number, later it moved up to the East Lancashire Railway. During 2016 the locomotive returns to mainline operations with Colas Railfreight and was renumbered back to 37099 'Merl Evans 1947-2016'. On Thursday 18th May 2017 the locomotive is seen passing Taunton while working the 3Z53 07:57 Exeter Riverside - Crewe test train.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


13th May 2017
UK Railtours passed through Taunton on 13th May 2017, hauled by DB Cargo (EWS liveried) Class 67 No.67024. The faded locomotive and coaching stock formed the 1Z14 06:41 Letchworth - Paignton 'The Torbay Flyer' formed of coaching stock 21269 3120 3066 1651 3098 3097 3119 1691 3068 3123 1832 4927 4946. The tour is seen passing 40 Steps, Taunton on route to the Devon Riviera.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


13th May 2017
Second charter on the day to visit Taunton on the 13th May 2017 was operated by West Coast Railways. 'The English Riviera Statesman' was hauled by top and tail Class 57/3's. Complete with a scratch from one end of the loco to the other No.57313 leads the 1Z84 05:25 Crewe - Paignton charter through Taunton formed of coaching stock 9497 3188 3438 99679 3312 3360 1211 3395 3313 5991 5912.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


7th May 2017
Having spend the weekend in Cornwall the annual visit of the Bellmond British Pullman was brought to an end on Sunday 7th May 2017 with the two DB Cargo locomotives returning the prestigious dining train to London. Royal Locomotive No.67006 'Royal Sovereign' leads EWS liveried No.67022 north through Taunton working the 1Z33 12:25 Truro to London Victoria through 40 Steps, Taunton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


6th May 2017
The special charter season kicked off in style over the weekend of the 6th and 7th April with a weekend of double headed trains entering and exiting the South West. Friday 5th May saw passengers board the Bellmond British Pullman at London Victoria to be whisked into Cornwall for a weekend of opulent travel, dining, activities and accommodation. DB Cargo provided one standard EWS liveried Class 67 and one Royal Class 67 for the weekend trip away. During Saturday the pair provided a day trip to Bath from Penzance before returning passengers to London during Sunday afternoon. On Saturday 6th May 2017, the 1Z80 17:30 Bath Spa to Penzance 'Belmond British Pullman' passes westbound through Cogload Junction double-headed by EWS liveried Class 67 No.67022 & Royal Class 67 No.67006 'Royal Sovereign'.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


24th April 2017
You would probably be correct in thinking anyone wanting to put money on a pair of BR Blue Class 20's passing Taunton during April 2017 could be classed as mad, but where the UK railway scene is concerned then it's probably a fair bet. Monday 24th April 2017 provided the incredible sight of BR Blue Class 20's No.20205 & No.20189 working light engine through Taunton. The 0Z20 09:20 Kidderminster - Okehamtpon operated in order to collect three locomotives from the Dartmoor Railway. The pair are seen passing 40 Steps, Taunton on route south.
(Photo: Chay Farzenah)


22nd April 2017
The 6W11 14:40 Westbury - Bristol East Junction engineers train passing through Taunton Station entering Fairwater Yard on the 22nd April 2017. Here the train changed direction with No.66024 to lead the train to Bristol East Junction where it would enter the engineering blockade and eventually be unloaded of its new sleepers.
(Photo: Sclub)


8th April 2017
Looking resplendent in their fresh paint Class 70's No.70811 and No.70813 arrive into Taunton on the 8th April 2017 with the 6C26 11:23 Hinksey Yard to Bristol East Junction via Fairwater Yard. The train conveyed new sleepers to be laid at the worksite near Bath.Just several weeks earlier the two locomotives were on the GE test track in America being prepared after being built. 70817 has been the most recent locomotive to have been seen operating in the USA.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


9th January 2010
On the 9th January 2010 No.43124 is seen passing Taunton non stop with an express Paddington - Penzance service. Two non stop services pass at Taunton on a Saturday around the same time. The loose crisp snow is whipped up by the train as it passes through the station at such speed. It's not only the passengers on the station who get a blast of snow, the photographers on the bridge at 40 Steps were hampered by snow falling on them after the train had passed by.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


17th June 1989
A very rare working occurred on the 17th June 1989. The 13:05 Paddington - Paignton loco hauled service failed at Westbury. The only locomotive to hand was a Railfreight Construction Class 56. 56046 is seen passing 40 Steps, Taunton with quite a few enthusiasts on board. The loco only worked the train between Westbury and Exeter. At Exeter something a little more appropriate was provided for the trip to Paignton. 56046 later returned light engine to Westbury.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


17th June 1989
A very rare working occurred on the 17th June 1989. Having worked the 13:05 Paddington - Paignton service between Westbury and Exeter. Railfreight Construction Class 56 No.56046 returned light engine to Westbury after a locomotive from Exeter Shed was found to work the passenger service forward. The Class 56 ia pictured returning to Westbury passing 40 Steps.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


14th June 1989
On the 14th June 1989 BR Large Logo Class 50 No. 50003 'Temeraire' is seen at 40 Steps on a local engineering ballast duty formed of Dogfish and Seacows.The loco carried BR Large Logo, with a Black Roof and Red Buffer Beam.
(Photo: Alan Randle)


27th September 1986
BR Blue Class 47 No.47418 departs from Taunton on the 27th September 1986 passing 40 Steps. Situated around the departing train is the track rationalization and removal from 1986 period.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


26th July 1986
BR Blue Class 45 No.45139 departs from Taunton paasing 40 Steps on the 26th July 1986 hauling the 08:29 Nottingham - Paignton service.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


13th November 1985
BR Large Logo Class 50 No. 50018 'Resolution' storms through Taunton on the 13th November 1985 catching the crisp morning sunlight as it heads south. The loco was working the 06:35 Bristol Temple Meads - Plymouth stopping service. A train which would operate as a two car DMU service with Great Western today.
(Photo: Alan Randle)


5th April 1985
Intercity HST No.43129 and No.43130 (Set 253030) depart Taunton under the impressive signal gantry at 40 Steps working the 15:45 London Paddington - Penzance service on the 5th April 1985
(Photo: Graham Roose)


28th March 1985
In days of Taunton semaphores, the 05:05 London Paddington-Plymouth vans departs from Taunton on 28th March 1985 complete with a passenger Mk1 coach located behind the locomotive Class 47/3 No 47306.
(Photo: Brian Morrison)


10th July 1984
Toton based Class 45 No.45134 passes Taunton in charge of 1V85 09:22 Newcastle to Penzance service on the 10th July 1984, passing under the impressive signal gantry at 40 Steps.
(Photo: Bruce Galloway)


8th July 1984
BR Blue Class 20's No.20169 and No.20184 pass under the impressive signal gantry at 40 Steps, Taunton on the 8th July 1984 operating the 1Z38 05:05 Bristol Temple Meads - Bere Alston charter. The pair power The Devonshire Dart south with the majority of the passengers on board enjoying the noise. The charter was operated by F&W Railtours and visited Bere Alston, Plymouth Friary and Meldon Quarry.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


8th July 1984
BR Blue Class 20's No.20184 and No.20169 on the 8th July 1984 taking a rare diversion while returning The Devonshire Dart to Bristol Temple Meads. The 1Z38 13:45 Bere Alston - Bristol Temple Meads rolls onto the Taunton 'avoider' at 40 Steps to pass through to Taunton East Junction. The Class 20's worked the train through to Birmingham New Street before Class 37's No.37176 and No.37206 returned the train to Bristol Temple Meads.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


26th February 1977
BR Blue Class 46 No.46018 uses the Taunton Avoider between Taunton East and West yards on the 26th February 1977, hauling a rake of emtpy clay wagons.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


26th February 1977
Split Headcode BR Blue liveried Class 45/1 No.45132 approaches Taunton on the 26th February 1977 with a north bound cross country service. 45132 was finally withdrawn from service on the 11th May 1987, but survived into preservation.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


24th July 1976
BR Blue Class 45 'Peak' No.45033 departs from Taunton with the driver looking back at his lengthy train on the 24th July 1976.
(Photo: Modern Image Slides)


31st December 1975
BR Blue Western No. D1036 'Western Emperor' departs from Taunton on the 31st December 1975 working the 1B55 12:30 London Paddington - Paignton passenger service.
(Photo: Mordern Image Slides)


14th August 1966
British Rail Green liveried Warship No.D849 passes 40 Steps, Taunton on the 18th August 1966 hauling the 1N21 11:15 Penzance to Bradford. The sevice passes a Class 35 Hymek stabled on the adacent yard lines.
(Photo: Colour Rail)


14th August 1966
British Rail maroon liveried Western No. D1065 'Western Consort' passes 40 Steps, Taunton on the 14th August 1966 hauling the 1A62 10:00 Penzance - London Paddington serivce.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



British Rail Intercity Class 47 No.47615 arrives into Taunton on an unknown date and service in 1989. This early version of the Intercity livery was superseded by several other versions before the Intercity Swallow livery was adopted for the fleet.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



On an unknown date during the 1980's BR Large Logo Class 50 No. 50040 'Leviathan' arrives into Taunton passing a rake of 16T mineral wagons stored on an adjacent siding. After withdrawal 50040 'Leviathan' was moved to Booths scrapyard in Rotherham and was initially earmarked to be part of the ill fated 'Operation Collingwood' scheme. The loco was later purchased privately and moved to the Coventry Railway Centre. No work was carried out on the loco and it changed ownership more than once during its time here. The deteriorating hulk was stripped for remaining parts in 2008 and sent for scrap.
(Photo: Malcom S Trigg)



BR Class Class 25 No.25033 passes 40 Steps Taunton, with a BR Inspection Saloon in tow. Presumably 9Z01 was the train headcode running as a special working. 25033 was withdrawn from service in 1983 and later scrapped in 1985.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



On an unidentified date an unidentified Class 45 uses the Taunton avoider to work between Taunton West and East yards without passing through the main station area. The BR Blue Class 45 is seen passing 40 Steps.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



On an unidentified date around 1989, two BR Blue Class 31's power away from Taunton. No.31444 leads the duo and was named 'Keighley & Worth Valley Railway' at the time. The service is likely to be one of the summer season Rose Grove - Paignton services, which were frequently double headed by Class 31's.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



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 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)



A GWR 4-6-0 Hall (Possibly No. 4996 'Eden Hall') arrives into Taunton with a two coach local service passing 40 Steps with its small load in tow.
(Photo: Micky Farkas)



Taken in 1964, GWR 4-6-0 Hall No. 4932 'Hatherton Hall' passes 40 Steps, Taunton with a mixed train of perishables in tow, using the Taunton Station 'avoider' line.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 2-6-0 Mogul No.6390 is pictured at 40 Steps shunting various box vans in Taunton West yard. the image is thought to have been taken around 1962.
(Photo: Micky Farkas)



BR Blue Class 47 No.47234 passes 40 Steps, Taunton using the Taunton Station 'avoider' line. The train (most likey heading for Cornwall) is made up of verious China Clay wagons.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



British Rail Large Loco Class 50 No. 50049 'Defiance' takes the relief line on departing Taunton. The track rationalizationof the late 1980's dates the image to around this period. The loco at this time also had its high intensity headlight plated over.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An unidentified BR Blue Class 45 uses the Taunton 'avoider' to pass between Taunton East and West yards with a mixed set of 'speedlink' wagons in tow.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 45 No.45021 departs Taunton passing under 40 Steps with a Southbound Cross Country service during the track rationalization. Delivered as D23, 45021 lasted until November 1980 when she was removed from mainline action, it was later cut up at Swindon works in 1983.
(Photo: Dave Jones)



BR Blue Class 45 No.45033 passes 40 Steps, Taunton on an unknown date, hauling the 11:28 Penzance to Manchester cross country service.
(Photo: Ian Baikie)



BR Laira Blue Class 50 No. 50008 'Thunderer' and Civil Engineers liveried No. 50015 'Valiant' approach Taunton with a Northbound railtour in 1990.Many farewell railtours operated around this time for various class members, most of them being painted in celebrity paint schemes. This tour is thought to possibly be The Cornish Centurion Charter from 4th May 1991, but unconfirmed.
(Photo: Dave Jones)



At the end of steam, Taunton's ample yards were used to store steam locomotives which had been taken out of traffic, In March 1964 there were 18 locos in store at 83B, including 8 moguls, 3 Halls, and 3 LMS 2-6-2s. On the 7th December 1963 the 40 Steps store line was 6421, 7333,7305, 6327, 5548, 4902, 4934, 7326. On Tuesday 7th April 1964 is was recorded that 4934, 4902, 7333, 2871 and 7326 were all out of service in the store line. We can also add that 4902, with 5 other locos, was towed to Bristol en route to scrapping, by 2822 on the 7th May 1964. The other four locos from the photo were moved to the sidings beside 83B works on or before 3th June 1964. Then 3810 was used to tow 7326 and 7333 (also 6327) to Bristol on the 5th June 1964. When 4934 and 2871 departed is not known, but were not noted on the 19th June 1964 so it was any time before then. Also Pip Davey recalls that a Hall, possibly 4930, was backed into the lifting shop crane hook, wrecking the cab (roof) which was replaced by one from a stored loco!!!! IF it was 4930, it could be that the cab roof of the front loco in the picture (4934) is the only bit that still exists.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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