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Class 43 Gallery

Images of Class 43 Powercars taken in the Taunton Area. The High Speed Train (HST) has certainly had some interesting times since introduced by British Rail in the 1980's. Taunton and the South West have always had an association with the class. When originally introduced it was intended that the HST's would remain as a complete operational set, as such they were given a unit style numbering sequence starting in 253xxx. It soon became apparent working the sets in this way was impractical, as a fault on a single coach or power car rendered the whole set unusable until the fault was rectified. Later the power cars were given Class 43 status and became interchangeable between coaching stock rakes. Throughout their life the HST has moved with the times, with hundreds of modifications having been carried out in order to keep the fleet modern and efficient. With the onset of privatization many modifications became specific to one operator fleet, to the extent that in some cases there were quite some wide ranging differences between HST's used by different operators. The HST has always been a part of normal rail travel in the South West, but not many of the general public realize that the HST's which they travel on today, are exactly the same as those which they may have boarded or seen some 30 years previously! This collection details some of the cosmetic and technical changes which have taken place over the last 30 years.

4th July 2018
Freightliner 66593 & 66544 work 6C75 Fairwater Yard to Bishops Lydeard, the West Somerset Railway continuing to receive spent ballast from the HOBC workings. On Wednesday 4th July 2018 6C75 waits at Norton Fitzwarren for access to the WSR as 43027 '90 glorious years' leading 1A79 approaches Taunton with the (06:47) Penzance to London Paddington service.
(Photo: Stephen A.Ginn )


4th July 2018
Freightliner Class 66s No. 66593 '3MG Mersey Multimodal Gateway' & No.66544 work 6C75 10:40 Fairwater Yard to Bishops Lydeard, with spent ballast being delivered to the West Somerset Railway from ballast renewals on the mainline network with the HOBC. On Wednesday 4th July 2018 6C75 waits at Norton Fitzwarren while on the footbridge beyond a father and young son wait patiently for the Class 66's to cross over onto the West Somerset Railway. Passing by 43027 leads 1A79 as it approaches Taunton with the 06:47 Penzance to London Paddington service partnered with No.43188.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


1st July 2018
First Great Western liveried powercar No.43155 speeds through Creech St Michael with partner No.43028 on Monday 2nd July 2018 while working 1A85 10:00 Penzance - London Paddington.
(Photo: Brendon Pavey)


29th June 2018
As 1C90 17:03 London Paddington - Penzance joins the mainline from Bristol at Cogload Junction the windscreen needs a heavy dose of detergent to remove the flies building up on the windscreen from the hot summer evening run from London Paddington. Powercar No.43150 leads No.43176 south on Friday 29th June 2018.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


29th June 2018
First Great Western liveried HST set No.43130 leads No.43094 north at Cogload Junction on 29th June 2018 operating 1A96 16:57 Plymouth - London Paddington GWR service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


29th June 2018
GWR HST set with powercar No.43196 leads No.43175 speeds south through the heat of the summer evening on Friday 29th June 2018 operating 1C89 16:33 London Paddington - Exeter St Davids service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


24th June 2018
GWR Green HST No.43188 leads '90 Glorious Years' powercar No.43027 south at Victory Crossing on Sunday 24th June 2018 while operating 1C05 07:57 London Paddington - Penzance.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd June 2018
With its rather matt appearance, First Great Western powercar No.43174 also carries a rare gold Firstgroup Logo on the coupling hatch. No.43174 and No.43023 are pictured on the 23rd June 2018 working the 1C73 07:03 London Paddington - Penzance service through Cogload.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd June 2018
First Great Western liveried HST No.43086 and GWR Green powercar No.43194 speed through Cogload Junction on Saturday 23rd June 2018 whisking passengers to the Capital working 1A77 07:50 Plymouth - London Paddington.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd June 2018
Intercity Swallow powercar No. 43185 'Great Western' leads No.43029 at Nynehead on Saturday 23rd June 2018 while working 1A84 13:08 Paignton - London Paddington
(Photo: Simon Harling)


21st June 2018
Passing the incredible colours at Athelney on Thursday 21st June 2018, GWR HST No.43027 sporting '90 Glorious Years' livery leads No.43188 while working the 1C81 12:33 London Paddington - Taunton service.
(Photo: Eddy)


21st June 2018
Celebrity liveried powercar No. 43185 'Great Western' carries the Intercity Swallow livery rounding the tight bend at Cogload Farm. Having just passed under the Cogload Junction Flyover the powercar leads No.43029 (out of sight) working the 1A85 10:00 Penzance - London Paddington east along the Berks and Hants route on the 21st June 2018.
(Photo: Eddy)


17th June 2018
First Great Western HST No.43091 and No.43097 speed through the tree-lined cutting at Creech St Michael on the 17th June 2018 working the 1A77 08:43 Exeter St Davids - London Padding service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th June 2018
GWR Green powercar No.43005 leads a First Great Western liveried rake of Mk3s over The Somerset Levels at Wick (near Oath) with partner powercar No.43129 on Saturday 16th June 2018 working the 1C89 17:03 London Paddington - Plymouth service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th June 2018
A mixed rake HST set crosses the Somerset Levels at Wick (located to the east of Oath) on Saturday 16th June 2018. No.43009 leads partner No.43182 working the 1A92 17:00 Paignton - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


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