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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)


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)


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)


11th December 1976
Taken on the 11th December 1976 British Rail Western No. D1071 'Western Renown' is pictured stabled on Taunton Depot. The locomotives cardan shaft snapped 4 days previously whilst working a postal train. She was dumped at Taunton and nameplates were removed.
(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)


30th October 1976
On the 30th October 1976, D1023 and D1009 stand on the centre platforms at Taunton working the R.P.P.R 'Westerns South Western' Tour. The charter operated as the 1Z08 08:20 London Paddington - Meldon Quarry via Taunton on the outward leg, returning to London via the Southern on the return.
(Photo: Derek Clarke)


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)


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)


30th August 1975
D1059 is seen at Taunton shunting newspaper vans onto a train on the 30th August 1975. At this time, mail was not only conveyed on standard passenger services but also in dedicated services to and from London with intermediate pickup points in between. The 5A06 05:55 Plymouth - Old Oak Common is pictured collecting emtpy parcels vans at Taunton. D1059 was built in April 1963, lasting until October 1975 (Just two months after this image was recorded at Taunton)
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


18th March 1975
BR Blue Western No. D1033 'Western Trooper' passes Victory Crossing on the 18th March 1975 hauling 'The Cornishman' 1E21 11:35 Penzance - Leeds service.
(Photo: Paul Carke)


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)


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)


17th July 1974
BR Blue Western No. D1011 'Western Thunderer' passes Taunton on the 17th July 1974 working the 1B11 London Paddington - Peznance via Bristol service.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


17th July 1974
17th July 1974 D1030 is seen fresh from a Laira repaint paused at Taunton for a crew change with 1V34 07:35 Kensington - St Austell 'motorail' the heaviest booked passenger working of the day and invariably a hydraulic (by then a Western as the Warships were gone). This was because it regularly exceeded the loading over the South Devon banks for all diesel electrics of the day.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


17th July 1974
BR Blue Western No. D1049 'Western Monarch' stands at Taunton on the 17th July 1974 working the 1B95 from London Paddington. The destination could of been Paignton, Penzance or Newquay.
(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)


20th April 1974
On the 20th April 1974, D1061 can be seen stabled in Taunton Shed between duties with an unidentified Class 45 stabled behind. Large amounts of locomotives could often gather at Taunton for servicing and out of course repairs. Western Envoy was released into traffic in April 1963, but was withdrawn in October 1974, just 6 months after this image was recorded.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


14th August 1966
British Rail maroon liveried Western No. D1065 'Western Consort' passes 40 Steps, Taunton on the 14th August 1966 hauling the 1A62 10:00 Penzance - London Paddington serivce.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Taken at a very wet Taunton Station at some point in the 1960's an unidentified BR Western arrives hauling the 1A62 10:00 Penzance - London Paddington service into Taunton.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image taken in 1964 shows a rain soaked Taunton with a British Rail Western having arrived in the down centre platform road at Taunton.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Western No. D1011 'Western Thunderer' stands at Taunton while working the 1V34 07:35 Kensington - St Austell 'motorail' service on an unknown date in 1974
(Photo: Paul Clarke)



BR Blue Western No. D1056 'Western Sultan' stands at Taunton working the 1B18 from London Paddington, image taken on an unknown date.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)



BR Blue Western No. D1065 'Western Consort' stands at Taunton while working the 1B95 from London Paddington on an unknown date. The destination could of been Paignton, Penzance or Barnstaple.
(Photo: Paul Carke)



This early photo taken in the 1960's shows a British Railways Maroon liveried Western racing towards Taunton with the 1M95 11:30 Plymouth - Manchester, this train was a regular Western turn as far as Bristol and would then hand over to a 'Peak' for the rest of the trip. The is train made up from 13 matching Maroon Mk1 coaches. The scene at Silk Mills crossing is now very different, and a far cry from the semaphores and telegraph poles from the 1960's.
(Photo: John Ford)



In June 1964 Western No. D1005 'Western Venturer' stands at Taunton with a southbound 1C45 down Cornish Riviera which formed the 10:30 from London Padddington to Penzance. This photo was supplied to Taunton Trains by Andrew French upon scanning his fathers collection, he came across several from the Taunton area.
(Photo: G S French)



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)



This shot shows another Maroon liveried Western with a full yellow end arriving into Platform 3 (Now Platform 5) at Taunton Station. The headcode suggests the 1A17 15:20 Penzance to Paddington?
(Photo: David Ford)



An unidentified Western passes through Taunton Station on an unknown date.
(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)



On an unknown date Class 52 Western No. D1039 'Western King' is seen stabled on Taunton Shed adjacent to Class 22 No.D6318
(Photo: Kevin Auger)



Taken in May 1968 Class 52 Western No. D1044 'Western Duchess' is seen reversing onto stock at Taunton Station. The train from Bristol had arrived behind Hymek No.D7014 (Possibly viewed in the background of this image). At Taunton a locomotive switch took place to allow the Western to continue to Plymouth.
(Photo: Kevin Auger)



An Unidentified British Rail Western is pictured passing Nynehead between Wellington and Taunton on a mixed parcels and passenger service.
(Photo: Micky Farkas, supplied by Steve Awford)


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