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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 All of the locomotives were withdrawn from service by 1989.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' '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)


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)


21st March 1981
Class 45/0 'Peak' No 45016 departs from Taunton on 21st March 1981, heading the 10:52 service from Paignton to Leeds. With a locomotive 'basher' hanging from the front window enjoying the noise as the train makes a spirited departure from Taunton. It's clear the heath and safety of today's railways would never allow such an activity however on the 1980s' it was common place.
(Photo: Brian Morrison)


20th March 1981
The 09:20 Liverpool Lime Street to Penzance service passes through Cogload Junction, east of Taunton, on 20th March 1981, headed by Class 45/1 'Peak' No 45139.
(Photo: Brian Morrison)


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)


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)


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



This image shows a BR Blue split headcode Class 45 'Peak' passing through Victory Crossing nearing Norton Fitzwarren & Taunton. The date for this image is unknown by thought to be around 1976 / 1977 due to the 0000 headcode being displated on the front end of the locomotive.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 45 No.31 (D31/45030) arrives into Taunton with an unknown service. the image is thought to be taken some time in the 1970's. The working is thought to be the 1V71 09:00 Bradford - Penzance.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



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)



BR Blue Class 45 No.D105 (just running as 105 by this time, later 45064) is seen at Taunton. The rear nose was a split headcode box like, but at the end closest to camera it was 'retro-fitted' with a solid centre headcode (as fitted from new on the later batch of 46's). D105 was cut up in January 1985 never to turn another wheel. 1E60 denotes the 10:32 Paignton - Leeds serivce.
(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 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 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)



BR Blue Class 45 No.45133 arrives into Taunton on a sunny morning during August 1983 with a southbound cross country service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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