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The Archive Steam Collection Gallery

Images of Archive Steam in the Taunton Area. It's a very sad fact that as people pass away that their life long collections get split up and sold, especially if they have no next of kin. The act of house clearance for future tenants provides a quick method to move new tenants into a property and a quick clearance then provides an efficient way to remove possessions. These possessions are then put of for sale for opportune bidders to sort and sell on the goods at their own pace.This does at least mean that items of historical significance can be saved for future generations to view. At Taunton Trains we are always on the look out for railway images from the past to host on this website in order to educate and record the past history of the railway scenes around the Taunton area. A recent discovery of black and white negatives featuring Taunton, being sold on Ebay has gifted viewers of this website some incredibly rare images. It's thought they many have never been seen online, or previously published. While we have made every effort to trace the original photographer the lines of tractability are erased at the point of house clearance, therefore it's impossible to know who took these stunning images and how they lay undiscovered from many years. Clearly the photographer was using excellent equipment from the day and knew how to best frame and pose images. Sadly along with the lack of a traceable name the same applies to any information about dates, workings and stories attached to these images, our captions for each of the images below are merely based upon our own research. While the original photographer retains the copyright to these images for 50 years after passing away, the lack of a traceable owner has lead us to enter these images as part of the 'Taunton Trains Collection'. Some of the images below date back to the 1930's and were taken on glass plates, others exist on 6"x3" cut film. The job of scanning and repairing images has taken many hours of work to bring them up to an acceptable viewing standard, removing scratches, damage, and decomposition. Several images have taken in excess of 10 hours to bring back to a view-able standard.

13th June 1964
On the 13th June 1964 a nice collection of steam locomotives is seen stabled on Taunton Depot. 2-8-0 No.3802 is seen stabled next to GWR Hall No. 6900 'Abney Hall'
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


13th June 1964
GWR 2-6-2T No.4593 arrives into Taunton bunker first on the 13th June 1964 having worked the 16:00 Yeovil Pen Mill - Taunton stopping service. Here the train terminated, the return service (the 17:55 from Taunton) was worked by Large Prairie No.4131.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


22nd May 1964
GWR 2-6-0 'Mogul' No.7337 stands in the Barnstaple bay Platform with a fully loaded tender ready to depart with a local stopping service to Barnstaple.
(Photo: KCH Fairey)


3rd January 1964
GWR 2-6-0 'Mogul' No.5336 stands in the yards at Taunton on the 3rd January 1964. The locomotive had already lost it's smokebox number by this point with the loco number having been written by hand.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


8th December 1963
On the 8th December 1963 GWR 2-8-0 No.2822 is seen stabled in the Taunton Roundhouse Shed which was situated to the rear of the Southbound platforms at Taunton.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


31st October 1963
On the 31st October 1963 Small Prairie Tank 2-6-2 No.4591 departs Taunton with the 09:45 Taunton - Yeovil service formed of 4 coaches.
(Photo: Russell Leitch)


15th September 1963
GWR 4-6-0 'Castle' No. 5057 'Penrice Castle' is recorded at Taunton on the 15th September 1963 while on shed. In the background a British Rail 'Hymek' can be seen as the early Diesel introduction era arrived in the South West.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


15th September 1963
GWR 1361 Class No.1365 is pictured at what is thought to be Taunton Shed (83b) on the 15th September 1963. The image was sold as a 35mm negative marked at Taunton. No.1365 spent the majority of its life allocated to Swindon before being moved to St Phillips Marsh in June 1961. The loco was condemned in November 1962. Taunton Shed had No.1362 on its allocation, the engine being used at Dunball Wharf and Bridgwater Docks, with Laira later sending No.1363 up to Taunton during the War Years as a temporary replacement. It is possible that the scanned image is either 1362 or 1363 at Taunton or 1365 at St Philips Marsh - Details to be confirmed.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


24th August 1963
2-6-2T Large Prairie No.4143 departs from Crowcombe Heathfield Station on the 24th August 1963 while working teh 14:20 Minehead - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


15th June 1963
This superb image was found on sale as a print on Ebay. The location is Dulverton and appears in the book ‘West Country branch lines' by Peter Gray 43XX Mogul No.6372 is featured in the station adjacent to 14XX No.1421 with another Mogal No.7304 departing towards Taunton in the background taken on the 15th June 1963.
(Photo: Peter Gray)


19th September 1962
GWR 2-6-0 'Mogul' No.7337 is pictured at Taunton on the 19th September 1962. The locomotive is most likely being prepared to work a service through to Barnstaple. Note the 1950's early Cherry Picker on the opposite platform being used to start removing the central canopy.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


8th September 1962
GWR 4-6-0 'Castle' No.7017 arrives into Taunton on the 8th September 1962 with a southbound eight coach passenger service.
(Photo: C L Caddy)


8th September 1962
GWR 2-6-0 'Hall' No. 6954 'Lotherton Hall' stands at Taunton on the 8th September 1962 hauling an unknown northbound passenger service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


8th September 1962
GWR 4-6-0 Castle No.7022 stands at Taunton at the head of 1A41 to London Paddington on the 8th September 1962.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


8th September 1962
0-6-0 Pannier Tank No.4663 complete with 83B shed plate number stands at Taunton on the 8th September 1962 waiting to deaprt with a local stopping service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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