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British Rail 'Western' Gallery

Images of Western Class Locomotives taken in the Taunton Area. The Westerns were a very popular locomotive with many of the early enthusiasts. Their twin Maybach MD655 engines giving them a top speed of 90mph. The class were ideal for their varied mixed traffic work in the Great Western Region. They were a regular sight at Taunton working between Paddington and Penzance on passenger and freight diagrams. The locomotives were short lived and were scrapped before their time, mainly due to BR deciding to standardize it's fleets of locomotives.

25th July 2017
The DEPG Western No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' based at Williton on the West Somerset Railway was called upon to work the Quantock Belle on the 25th July. The locomotive has been extensive use during the 2017 operating season and has been the locos most successful period of availability in many years. It's pictured here on the approach to Doniford Halt having just departed from Williton.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


25th June 2017
DEPG Western No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' stands at Bishops Lydeard on the 25th June 2017 ready to deaprt with the Maybach Memories service to Minehead.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


10th June 2017
Complete with 'The Bristolian' headboard BR Maroon liveried Western No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' stands at Bishops Lydeard on the 10th June 2018 ready to depart with the 09:05 Bishops Lydeard - Minehead service during the 2017 Diesel Gala Weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


6th May 2017
The Diesel Electric Preservation Group and West Somerset Railway ran their first 'Maybach Memories' heritage diesel service. The service will be operated by either a Hymek or Western Class locomotive. The first service on the 6th May 2017 was hauled by D1010. The train covers two return trips between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead. Sadly the Western experienced an electrical issue later in the day and a Class 33 replaced the loco for the remaining service. However, the issue was soon fixed at Wiliton Depot and D1010 was made ready for Sunday 7th May. This inspired service rekindles operations from the past and provides additional heritage diesel action during the summer months. Sunday 14th May will see D7017 taking the next service, with D1010 scheduled again for Saturday 20th May.
(Photo: Sclub)


12th June 2010
BR Maroon Western No. D1062 'Western Courier' rounds the cuvre into Turks Cutting on the West Somerset Railway on the 12th June 2010 while working a Minehead bound service during the 2010 Mixed Traffic Weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


12th June 2010
BR Maroon Western No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' and Warship No.D832 pass Bicknoller on the 12th June 2010 while working a Minehead - Bishops Lydeard service during the 2010 Mixed Traffic weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


3rd April 2010
BR Marooon Western No. D1015 'Western Champion' storms through the pouring rain on the downward run from Whiteball Tunnel through Burlescombe on the 3rd April 2010. The Loco was fronting the 1Z52 06:38 London Paddington - Penzance charter which worked as far as Exeter St Davids where LMS Black 5 No.44871 and Britannia No. 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' took over for the run to Penzance. D1015 'Western Champion' later returned the tour to London Paddington from Penzance.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd June 2007
BR Maroon Western No. D1015 'Western Champion' storms through Creech St Michael on the 23rd June 2007 working Pathfinder Railtours 'The Cornishman'. The 1Z52 06:05 Birmingham International - Penzance treated passengers to a non stop run through Taunton recorded at 88mph. The tour is pictured passing Creech St Michael in the dull early summer weather.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd December 2005
BR Class 52 Western No. D1015 'Western Champion' stands at Minehead on the 2nd December 2005 ready to depart with the 1Z53 19:55 Minehead - Trowbridge charter. The Railtour 'Dunster by Candlelight' was operated by EWS and Past Time Rail.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd December 2005
BR Class 52 Western No. D1015 'Western Champion' stands at Minehead on the 2nd December 2005 ready to depart with the 1Z53 19:55 Minehead - Trowbridge charter. The Railtour 'Dunster by Candlelight' was operated by EWS and Past Time Rail.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th February 2005
On the 28th February 2005 D1015 is captured at Taunton having arrived light engine with the 0Z52 Bristol Barton Hill - Taunton. The locomotive waits to take over 'The Staite Pullman'. The charter arrived with steam locomotives No. 6024 'King Edward I' & No. 7802 'Bradley Manor' which were replaced by D1015 at Taunton to return Bernard Staite to London on his retirement special. The tour was running an hour and half late due to a late departure from Paignton. To make up time it operated to Reading direct instead of its booked route via Bristol.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th March 1992
British Rail Green Western No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' (Running as D1035 'Western Yeoman') is pictured at Bishops Lydeard on the 28th March 1992 during a Diesel Gala Weekend on the West Somerset Railway.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


27th February 1977
This image was sold at a Postcard, produced by Monksilver Cards, it shows D1013 'Western Ranger' and D1023 'Western Fusilier' passing through Creech St Michael on the 27th February 1977 hauling 'The 'Western Tribute' railtour to Plymouth from Paddington & Swansea. The tour marked the final farewell to the Western class locomotives. The original image was taken by Peter Triggs.
(Photo: Peter Triggs)


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)


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)


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