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Images taken of British Rail - BR Blue services operating Trains in the Taunton area.

16th September 2017
Saturday 16th September 2017 provided the return of two former British Rail Class 50’s to Somerset and Devon working Pathfinder Tours ‘The Torbay and Dart Explorer’ railtour from Worcester Shrub Hill through to Kingswear. The first leg of the charter from Burton on Trent to Wocester having been hauled by DB Cargo Class 66 No.66129. The Class 50’s returned to their former 1980’s stomping ground bringing the sound of two English Electric 16 CSVT engines working hard as they passed through the area. The pair were clocked running at over 100mph in several locations during their journey. The Fifty Fund which now cares for six of the Class at their Kidderminster base, provided No. 50007 'Hercules' ‘Hercules’ and No. 50049 'Defiance' ‘Defiance’ for day trip to the English Riviera. Exiting from Somerset into Devon the pair of English Electric locomotives haul the Torbay and Dart Explorer out of Whiteball Tunnel with their almost complete rake of British Rail Blue/Grey coaching stock.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


14th June 2017
BR Blue Class 50 No. 50007 'Hercules' 'Hurcules' and Large Logo No. 50049 'Defiance' 'Defiance' haul the pair of visiting Class 20's from the West Somerset Railway back to The Midland Railway centre. The group of colourful locomotives was captured passing Charlton Bridge near Cogload Junction on the 14th June 2017.
(Photo: Tony Christie)


12th March 2003
On the 12th March 2003 BR Blue Class 46 No.46035 rounds the bend at Creech St Michael hauling the 1Z66 Crewe - Newton Abbot. The loco was working a charter South to allow steam locomotive No. 5029 'Nunney Castle' Nunney Castle to then work north. 46035 was owned by Pete Waterman and often appeared on charters in the South West. Sadly this was one of the locomotives last operational runs before it was removed from mainline service pending a major overhaul.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


1st December 1987
On an unspecified date, BR Blue Class 45 No. 45144 'Royal Signals' (D55) stands at Taunton having arrived with one of the many evening Bristol - Taunton stopping services. 45144 'Royal Signals' lasted in front line service until December 1987 when it was withdrawn, it was later cut up at Vic Berry in 1988.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


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)


27th April 1986
British Rail knew exactly how to execute engineering works. On the 27th April 1986 Driver Des Alderton shunts on 08839 while Guard Bill Longman (left) strolls up the platform to meet the train. Notice that there are even seacows located in the bay platform, and the Class 47 on the adjacent through road. Network Rail would never think of using a Class 08 for engineering works these days. But in the British Rail era it was quite common to utilise local small shunting locomotives!
(Photo: Steve Awford)


16th March 1986
Driver Lional Cox & Guard Fred Thresher are both photographed on 47472 at Cogload Junction. The Class 47 had been working on a local engineering train during Sunday the 16th March 1986.
(Photo: Steve Awford)


16th March 1986
Driver Lional Cox & Guard Fred Thresher are both photographed on BR Blue Class 47 No.47472 at Cogload Junction. The Class 47 had been working on a local engineering train during Sunday the 16th March 1986.
(Photo: Steve Awford)


17th November 1985
On the 17th November 1985 Class 47 No.47157 (which at the time had been transferred to Cardiff Canton from Eastfield Depot, in Scotland) is seen shunting with Driver Mike Stone stood in the door of the locomotive. Mike was a Taunton based driver until he transferred to Exeter when Taunton closed.
(Photo: Gary Stone)


7th November 1985
On the 7th November 1985 Driver Mac Troup is seen in Fairwater Yard on BR Blue Class 47 No.47323
(Photo: Steve Awford)


12th September 1985
12th September 1985 this chance meeting of three trains at Taunton East Junction provided a superb shot. BR Class 45 No.45070 enters Taunton with ballast empties for Meldon Quarry while 45033 exits with a mixed 'speedlink' freight service. Passing them both are 43177 and 43181 heading for London Paddington.
(Photo: Russell Elliot)


24th November 1984
The Class 46 was a variation of the Class 45. Structurally they were the same as a Class 44 & 45, but they were fitted with different alternators and traction motors which resulted in a change of Class. BR Blue Class 45 No.46045 is pictured on Taunton Shed on the 24th November 1984. A rare photo indeed, as it's reported by the end of 1984 all of the class had been withdrawn from frontline service. Stephen Cole was able to confirm that the loco was withdrawn a few days later as were the last handful of 46's. It's believed that 46045 had blown up on the 1C09 0635 Bristol - Plymouth making it the last Class 46 passenger working. The loco was the pilot loco on the train (as was common practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays) it should have come off at Exeter to work a ballast from Riverside back to Bristol. This was still a regular duty for Peaks right into 1987. 45 066 working it as late as March 1987.
(Photo: Garry Parsons)


1st July 1984
BR Blue Class 46 No. 46026 'Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry' 'Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry' passes through the centre road at Taunton in July 1984 hauling a north bound cross country service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


26th May 1984
BR Blue Class 45 No.45050 arrives into Taunton on the 26th May 1984 with a north bound Cross Country service.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


26th May 1984
BR Blue Class 45 No.45036 arrives into Taunton the 26th May 1984 with a south bound Cross Country service.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


26th May 1984
BR Blue Class 45 No.45042 prepares to depart from Taunton on the 26th May 1984 with a southbound cross country service as the driver checks for the guards right of way.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


25th May 1984
BR Blue liveried Class 45/1 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' (D61) ' Royal Army Ordnance Corps' storms through Taunton on the 25th May 1984 with a northbound Cross Country service.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


19th July 1983
Platform 1 at Taunton often saw a varied amount of Class 45's stabled between duties or failed awaiting a tow. On the 19th July 1983 BR Blue Class 45 No. 45022 'Lytham St Annes' 'Lytham St Annes ' is seen stabled between duties at the South end of Taunton Station.
(Photo: Andy Hunt)


15th April 1982
On the 15th April 1982 BR Blue Class 50 No. 50002 'Superb' heads south away from Taunton with a working from London Paddington. The train is seen passing Silk Mills. This image depicts the area prior to the development of the Bindon Road trading estate.
(Photo: Alan Randle)


30th July 1981
BR Blue Class 46 No.46039 passes Nynehead near Wellington on the 30th July 1981 hauling a south bound cross country service.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


2nd April 1981
Work stained BR Blue Class 50 No. 50017 'Royal Oak' passes Norton Fitzwarren on the 2nd April 1981 with a mixed rake of Railfreight wagons heading North. No. 50017 'Royal Oak' made it into preservation and spent some time at the West Somerset Railway. Eventually it had a short period back on the mainline before being stored at Tyseley for a number of years. It then had an extensive overhaul and repaint at the Plym Valley Railway where later it was purchased by Neil Boden and made availible for mainline traffic, often finding work with Colas Rail Freight.
(Photo: Alan Randle)


24th April 1980
On the 24th April 1980 BR Blue Class 47 No. 47280 tows BR Blue Class 50 No. 50038 'Formidable' through Taunton. The Class 47 was proving a tow for the Class 50 between Laira Depot (Plymouth) and Doncaster Depot for further work to be carried out on the locomotive.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


25th February 1979
On the 25th February 1979 BR Blue Class 50 No. 50010 'Monarch' approaches Taunton with 08:30 Paddington - Plymouth passenger service.
(Photo: Steve Awford)


3rd February 1979
BR Blue Class 45 No.45053 was withdrawn from service in November 1983, but survived until 1988 before being cut up at Crewe Works.In happier times 45053 (still complete with it's Steam Heat boiler) prepares to depart from Taunton on the 3rd February 1979 working one of the many Taunton - Bristol stopping services.
(Photo: Colin J Marsden)


21st December 1978
BR Blue Class 50 No. 50015 'Valiant' departs from Taunton on the 21st December 1978 with the 1M22 11:10 Plymouth - Manchester Piccadilly. The view shows No. 50015 'Valiant' in it's un refurbished state prior to the modernization program which the Class were given in the 1980's.
(Photo: Steve Awford)


16th July 1978
On the 16th July 1978 a BR Blue Class 46 No.46007 is seen stabled amongst the semaphore signals at the east end of Taunton Station. 46007 was cut up in July 1985.
(Photo: Modern Image Slides)


6th May 1978
On the 6th May 1978 workstained BR Blue Class 50 No. 50013 'Agincourt' is seen dumped behind Taunton Station. Clearly the locomotive had suffered a major mechanical failure and was probably waiting for a tow to either Bristol or Plymouth for repair. No.31158 and No.31154 are also pictured in the background.
(Photo: Alan Randle)


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
A pair of BR Blue Westerns No. D1048 'Western Lady' and No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' pass through Taunton light engine on the 26th February 1977.
(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)


11th December 1976
On the 11th December 1976 No. D1015 'Western Champion' is pictured at Taunton. The loco had suffered derailment damage and was being towed to Laira on the back of a loco convoy formed of BR Class 50 No. 50032 'Courageous' leading, No.47032 middle and D1015 'Western Champion' on the rear of the convoy.
(Photo: Stephen Burdett)


13th November 1976
BR Blue Western No. D1058 'Western Nobleman' is pictured pausing at Taunton for a crew change on Saturday 13th November 1976. The train was the 09:30 Paddington to Plymouth football special chartered by Fulham FC who were playing Plymouth Argyle. At the time George Best played for Fulham. As there were only 14 Westerns left in service at the time the fans were very lucky to have some hydraulic haulage to their match. The return charter was the 18:55 Plymouth to Paddington. The original photo was taken by Barry Lewis. Information from Steve Awford and Dave Marshall.
(Photo: Barry Lewis)


11th September 1976
Taken on the 11th September 1976 BR Blue Western No. D1022 'Western Sentinel' is pictured stabled on Taunton Shed. This loco had only four months left in traffic before its impending withdrawal at this point.
(Photo: Stephen Burdett)


24th July 1976
British Rail Class 45 'Peak' No. 45049 'The Staffordshire Regiment (The Price of Wales)' is pictured at Taunton on the 24th July 1976.
(Photo: Modern Image Slides)


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)


22nd May 1976
BR Blue liveried Class 52 Western No. D1036 'Western Emperor' passes Taunton on the down main on the 22nd May 1976.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


22nd May 1976
BR Blue Western No. D1065 'Western Consort' overtakes Class 45/0 No.45051 on the approach to Taunton on the 22nd May 1976.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


12th February 1976
BR Class 52 Western No. D1072 'Western Glory'. On a very wet 12th February 1976 the Western Class locomotive is seen at Taunton taking its booked stop while hauling the 1A79 14:40 Penzance - London Paddington.
(Photo: Paul Townsend)


6th September 1975
BR Blue Western No. D1046 'Western Marquis' arrives into Taunton on the 6th September 1975 with the 1B35 10:30 Paddington - Paignton service.
(Photo: Stephen Burdett)


15th March 1975
Taken on the 15th March 1975 BR Blue Western No. D1016 'Western Gladiator' waits for the road at Taunton.
(Photo: Stephen Burdett)


28th October 1974
BR Blue Class 08 No.08089 is pictured shunting grampus wagons in Fairwater Yard on the 28th October 1974.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


12th October 1974
On the 12th October 1974 BR Blue Western No. D1006 'Western Stalwart' gains the admiration of two young enthusiasts whilst calling at Taunton on an 'additional axtra' passenger working through to London Paddington.
(Photo: Stephen Burdett)


7th September 1974
BR Blue Western No. D1068 'Western Reliance' rounds the curve into Taunton Station on the 7th September 1974 while working the 1B55 12:30 London Paddington - Paignton service. Image captured on Ektachrome 160ASA.
(Photo: Geoffrey Cann)


24th August 1974
BR Blue Western No. D1067 'Western Druid' is seen stabled in Taunton Shed on the 24th August 1974. Two Class 08 shunter's and a Class 25 are also visible. Note also the Class 47 in the Southbound Platform waiting to depart.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


22nd August 1974
BR Blue Western No. D1003 'Western Pioneer' passes a down cross country service at Taunton on the 22nd August 1974 with an unknown working.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


3rd August 1974
BR Blue Western No. D1033 'Western Trooper' stands at Taunton on the 3rd August 1974 while working the 1V46 08:40 Kensington - St Austell 'motorail' service.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


3rd August 1974
3rd August 1974, BR Blue Western No. D1063 'Western Monitor' stands on Taunton Shed between duties with a pair of Class 08's for company. Western Monitor came into being during May 1963 and operated until April 1976 before being scrapped.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


3rd August 1974
The 3rd August 1974 saw D1064 at Taunton using the centre road on a Southbound passenger service from London Paddington. Western Regent clocked up a respectable 1,216,000 miles in traffic for British Rail before she was withdrawn.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


27th July 1974
On the 27th July 1974, D1021 'Western Cavalier' has a change of crew at Taunton while working the 1A55 10:00 Paignton - London Paddington service. D1021 'Western Cavalier' was released from Swindon on in June 1963. the loco lasted until August 1976 (just two years after this image was taken). On the date of scrapping she had clocked up over a million miles on the Great Western Network.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


27th July 1974
BR Blue Western No. 1047 'Western Lord' stands at Taunton on the 27th July 1974 working the 1V46 08:40 Kensington - St Austell 'motorail' service.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


11th May 1974
On the 11th May 1974 BR Blue liveried Western No. D1001 'Western Pathfinder' 'Western Pathfinder' stands at Taunton on the 1V34 07:35 Kensington Olympia- St Austell Motorail recessed to allow faster services to overtake before proceeding west.
(Photo: Stephen Burdett)


30th September 1972
BR Class 25 No.5202 (renumbered to 25072 in February 1972) is seen stabled at Taunton on the 30th September 1972. The loco remained in Traffic until October 1980 when it was withdrawn from service at Swindon. It was then cut up by November of the same year.
(Photo: Modern Image Slides)


3rd September 1972
BR Class 25 No.5227 is seen stabled at Taunton on the 3rd September 1972. The loco was renumbered to 25077 in 1974 and survived in traffic until 1978 before she was cut up.
(Photo: Modern Image Slides)



Take on a very wet day in 1988, a BR Blue HST set No.253001 (formed of No.43002 & No.43003) makes a rare stop on the centre platform at Taunton (at that time the platform was out of use to the public). It is pictured in the pouring rain at Taunton adjacent to a postal service in the opposite platform.
(Photo: I T Langhorn)



BR Class 25 No.5213 is seen stabled at Taunton in August 1973. The loco was renumbered to 25063 under the BR Tops System in February 1974, and was finally withdrawn from traffic in May 1980 at Swindon. The loco survived a further three years until it was cut up in May 1983.
(Photo: Modern Image Slides)



The photo of BR Blue Class 45 No.45036 in Platform 1 at Taunton shows a Driver doing his preperation before departing for his duties. His name was Bert Dodd and lived in Priorswood Road, Taunton. Steve Awford remembers working with him as second man many times when he was based at Taunton from 1979 to 1986 when the train crew depot closed. Note the words 'Mega Peak' written above the number, obviously the Peak Army approved of this locomotive!
(Photo: Dave Jones)



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)



Having arrvived with a passenger service from Bristol Temple Meads, BR Blue Class 33 No.33008 runs round its train at the east end of Taunton Station preparing to return to Bristol.
(Photo: Malcon S Trigg)



BR Blue Class 33 No.33008 arrives into Taunton on a sunny afternoon in 1986 operating a Cardiff to Taunton stopping service.
(Photo: Malcom S Trigg)



An Unidentifed BR Blue Class 45 passes Fairwater Yard on an unidentified date and unidentified norhtbound passenger working.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



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)



BR Blue Class 50 No. 50003 'Temeraire' is pictured stabled at Taunton. The image predates 1978 as it was in May of that year the locomotive gained the name 'Temeraire'.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An Unidentifed BR Blue Class 45 passes Fairwater Yard on an unidentified date and unidentified norhtbound passenger working.
(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 Blue Class 33 No.33203 passe Staplegrove Road while working a south bound petroleum service on an unknown date.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 45 No.45128 (D113) stands at Taunton with a Southbound passenger service in 1986. Note that during this time the down Platform was numbered '1'. Where as today Platform 1 denotes the Bay Platform at the South end of Taunton Station. 45128 was withdrawn from service in April 1989, but wasn't cut up until 1992 at MC Metals in Glasgow.
(Photo: Nigel Curtis)



Work stained BR Blue Class 50 No. 50042 'Triumph' is pictured stabled on Taunton Shed on an unknown date.
(Photo: I T Langhorn)



An unidentified Western passes Silk Mills Signal Box on an unknown date. The working possibly being the 1C58 14:30 London Paddington - Paignton service.
(Photo: Kevin Auger)



Taken during June 1976 BR Blue liveried Western No. D1009 'Western Invader' approaches Taunton between Bathpool and Obridge with a Paddington-Penzance express.
(Photo: Stephen Burdett)


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