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Class 45 Gallery

Images of Class 43 Locomotives taken in the Taunton Area. The British Rail Class 45 'Peaks' were a regular sight at Taunton, they were built at Crewe in 1961 - 1962 and had an up rated Sulzer engine compared with their earlier class members, the Class 44's. They were out shopped with Steam Heat boilers, but were later converted to have electric train supply. Originally they were assigned to work services on the Midland Mainline from London St Pancras to Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield. Later they found work on the Cross Country Network. This bought the Class through Taunton's platforms to and from the holiday destinations of the South West. All of the locomotives were withdrawn from service by 1989.

5th June 2015
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45060 'Sherwood Forester' arrives into Blue Anchor on the 5th June 2015 hauling the 11:45 Minehead to Bishops Lydeard service during the West Somerset Railway 2015 Mixed Traffic Weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


5th June 2015
BR Blue split headcode Class 45 No. 45060 'Sherwood Forester' 'Sherwood Forester' arrives into Dunster on the 5th June 2015 hauling the 13:55 Bishops Lydeard to Minehead service during the 2015 WSR Mixed Traffic Weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th May 2007
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' visited the West Somerset Raillway on the 28th May 2007 on Heatland Rail's 'North Star' charter to deliver Class 47 No.47840 into preservation. The Class 45 is seen at Castle Hill shortly after leaving Williton in torrid conditions hauling the 1Z48 Minehead - Derby.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th May 2007
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' visited the West Somerset Raillway on the 28th May 2007 on Heatland Rail's 'North Star' charter to deliver Class 47 No.47840 into preservation. The Class 45 is pictured at Cogload Junction on the return 1Z48 Minehead - Derby.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


22nd April 2006
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' 'The Royal Army Ordnance Corps' rounds the curve at Creech St Michael hauling Pathfinder Tours 'The Devonian' charter on the 22nd April 2006. The 1Z55 06:48 Derby - Kingswear also featured a Class 47/7 No.47703 from Taunton on the return leg of the trip double heading with the Class 45 due to issued with relays tripping on the locomotive.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


22nd April 2006
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' decends Whiteball Bank at Beambridge while hauling the return 1Z56 16:15 Kingswear - Derby chater on the 22nd April 2006. 'The Devonian' had suffered with relay issued on the Class 45 all day, and the desision was taken to add Class 47 No.47709 at Taunton for the return trip to Derby.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


7th May 2005
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' passes through Leigh Woods between Stogumber and Crowcombe on the 7th May 2005 hauling a Minehead to Bishops Lydeard service during the West Somerset Railway Mixed Traffic Weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


7th May 2005
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' (D61) 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' pilots BR Bunswick Green Class 50 No. 5007 'Rougemont Castle' 'Sir Edward Elgar' through Leigh Woods on the West Somerset Railway on the 7th May 2005. The locos were taking part in the 2005 Mixed Traffic Weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


21st July 2001
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' 'The Royal Army Ordnance Corps' passes Creech St Michael on the 21st July 2001 hauling the 1Z45 04:30 Lancaster - Penzance (Fragonset Charters) tour. Class 31 No. 31459 'Cerberus' was also located on the rear of the train. The Class 45 later failed on the return trip at Bristol where the Class 31 towed the train back to Crewe where the tour terminated.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


6th October 1996
Class 45 No.D120 arrives into Crowcombe Heathfield on the 6th October 1996 hauling a service to Minehead during a Diesel Gala Weekend.
(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)


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)


5th September 1985
BBR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' passes through Taunton Station with a rake of chocolate and cream Mk1 coaches on what is thought to be stock positioning move between Bristol and Plymouth in preparation for a GWR150 charter from Plymouth to Penzance the next day using Steam Locomotive No.7029. Therefore we have currently dated this image as the 5th September 1985.
(Photo: David Tozer)


10th July 1984
Toton based Class 45 No.45134 passes Taunton in charge of 1V85 09:22 Newcastle to Penzance service on the 10th July 1984, passing under the impressive signal gantry at 40 Steps.
(Photo: Bruce Galloway)


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