The Banklands Gallery

Images taken at Banklands

22nd November 2017
GWR Class 800 Hitachi IET No. 800004 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel / Sir Daniel Gooch' passes Banklands on the 22nd November 2017 while working the 5Z19 09:34 North Pole IEP Depot - Taunton test run.
(Photo: Simon Harling)

26th May 2017
After servicing and turning on the West Somerset Railway during the afternoon LNER A2 No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' 'Flying Scotsman' was prepared for its evening excursion on the 26th May 2017 via the same route it had taken during the morning. Bang on time the locomotive is seen at speed approaching Banklands (near Durston) while working the 1Z72 18:45 Bishops Lydeard to Bishops Lydeard via Bristol, Bath, Westbury and Castle Cary. the train arrived back into Taunton at 22:30 before the support locomotive No.47746 returned the stock to Southall. Flying Scotsman remains on the West Somerset Railway (although not in use) at Bishops Lydeard until Wednesday 31st May when it works under the cover of darkness as the 05:32 Bishops Lydeard to Salisbury where it will arrive to work a Salisbury - Southampton circular Cathedrals Express charter.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)

23rd May 2017
Flying Scotsman steamed into the South West on the 23rd May 2017 with the final leg of a series of 'Cathedrals Express' charters. It was the first time since 2002 an absence of fifteen years. The locomotive attracted crowds from far and wide to see the countries most popular steam locomotive pass by. The LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' 'Flying Scotsman' lead 1Z63 16:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Minehead is seen passing Banklands near Durston. The locomotive only worked the charter as far Bishops Lydeard where a WSR locomotive 7F No.53808 took over. The West Somerset Railway putting out a statement that clearance checks between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead had not been carried out in time, preventing the locomotive from operating over the full length of the line. West Coast Railways Class 47 No.47746 (which was on the rear of the train) later returned the train and passengers to Bristol. Flying Scotsman will remain on the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard for the next two days (although not in steam) before working its booked charters on Friday.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)

13th May 2017
GWR operated two powercar transfers on May 13th 2017, during the morning No.43087 & No.43187 had moved either end of TGS Mk3 No.44000 between Laira and St Philips Marsh. In the afternoon powercars No.43098 and No.43087 returned between TGS Mk3 No.44000, the afternoon working (5Z77 St Philips Marsh - Laira) is seen passing Banklands near Durston.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)

6th April 2010
Consisting of Anglia-liveried coaching stock and 'topped & tailed' Virgin Class 57/3's Nos 57312 and 57302, the 16:16 2U24 First Great Western service from Taunton to Cardiff Central passes Banklands, near Taunton, on 6th April 2010.
(Photo: Brian Morrison)

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