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The Banklands Gallery

Images taken at Banklands

6th June 2018
It's nearly time for the big Diesel event of the year in the South West. The arrival of a nearly BR Blue convoy from Kidderminster marks the countdown to the West Somerset Railway Diesel Gala. Wednesday 6th June 2018 saw the colourful convoy arrive onto the West Somerset Railway. The convoy of locomotives was formed of BR Blue Class 20 No.20189 leading, London Transport Class 20 No.20142, BR Blue Class 50 No. 50035 'Ark Royal', BR Blue Class 45 No. 45041 'Royal Tank Regiment' and BR Blue Deltic No. 55019 'Royal Highland Fusilier'. The 0Z20 10:55 Kidderminster - Bishops Lydeard was captured passing Banklands.
(Photo: Paul Wilkins)


9th May 2018
Having visited Highbridge Loop on the 9th May 2018, DRS Class 37s No.37259 and No.37218 return south through Banklands with the 7Z15 10:15 Fairwater Yard - Fairwater Yard via Highbridge Loop carrying out a snow plough test for Network Rail.
(Photo: Paul Wilkins)


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)


8th March 2017
Direct Rail Services operated a flask from Crewe to Devonport on the 8th March 2017, two DRS Class 66s were used for the trip along with two escort vehicles. Running in what can only be described as inclement conditions, Class 66 No.66424 and No.66301 pass Banklands near Cogload Junction with the 6Z40 06:13 Crewe CLS - Keyham Devonport Dockyard formed of Mk2 No.9428, MODA 95771 and Mk2 No.9419.
(Photo: Paul Wilkins)


8th March 2017
This interesting going away shot taken at Chip Lane, Taunton on the 8th March, shows the consist of the train nicely framed with Taunton School in the background. Mk2 No.9419 can be seen complete with its plated end and glazed gangway window.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


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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