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Class 57 Gallery

Images of Class 57 Locomotives taken in the Taunton Area

27th May 2018
The Northern Belle dining train paid a brief visit to Taunton on the 27th May 2018. The train which was previously hauled by Direct Rail Services is now in the hands of West Coast Railways. Two Class 57 locomotives operated the train with No.57601 leading the 1Z30 11:05 Bromsgrove - Taunton running via Westbury. The train is pictured passing Cogload Farm on the approach to Cogload Junction.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


27th May 2018
The Northern Belle dining train paid a brief visit to Taunton on the 27th May 2018. The train which was previously hauled by Direct Rail Services is now in the hands of West Coast Railways. Two Class 57 locomotives operated the train with No.57601 leading the 1Z30 11:05 Bromsgrove - Taunton running via Westbury. Once at Taunton the train reversed with No.57313 taking the lead to form the 1Z31 14:35 Taunton - Bromsgorve leg of the trip. The train is pictured passing Durston on the return leg of the high class dining trip.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


21st April 2018
Direct Rail Services Class 57/3 No. 57306 'Her Majesty's Railway ' provides a tow for the failed No. 57605 'Totnes Castle' following the cancellation of the previous nights sleeper service at Newton Abbot. The 5A40 07:10 Newton Abbot - Reading Traincare Depot was captured passing Cogload at 08:07 on the 21st April 2018.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


29th December 2017
Following a light engine move to Plymouth on the 28th December 2017, Direct Rail Services transferred four former Virgin Mk3 coaches from Laria Depot to Crewe on Friday 29th. The coaches have all had under frame and bogie work carried out under contract at Laira prior to their move. Class 57/3 No. 57303 'Pride of Carlisle' leads Class 37 No.37059 up Whiteball Bank while working the 5Z63 10:55 Laira - Crewe hauling Mk3s No.11018, 10212, 12133 and 12078.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


29th December 2017
With smoke trailing from one of the trailing Mk3 trailers No. 57303 'Pride of Carlisle' leads Class 37 No.37059 through Silk Mills on the 29th December 2017 while working the 5Z63 10:55 Laira - Crewe. The pair slow for a stop at Taunton where they recessed to allow others services to pass.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


29th December 2017
Direst Rail Servicers Class 57/3 No. 57303 'Pride of Carlisle' arrives into Taunton Station with Class 37 No.37059 on the 29th December 2017 while working the 5Z63 10:55 Laira - Crewe stock transfer move. With smoke from newly fitted brakes coming from the rear of the consist, the train was checked over during its pathing recess before continuing.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


28th December 2017
Direct Rail Services operated a light engine movement between their base at Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot and Plymouth on the 28th December 2017. No. 57303 'Pride of Carlisle' is seen leading No.37059 while working the 0Z63 09:35 Crewe Gresty Bridge - Plymouth diagram. The pair were being positioned in readiness to return a rake of stored Mk3 coaching stock from Laira Depot to Northern Trains on the 29th December. The rake of coaching stock was formerly operated by Virgin Trains (West Coast), painted in similar colours to their Pendolino EMU's. After use with Virgin the stock then found a new home with Anglia Railways until it was surplus to requirements and stored at Laira Depot pending a new operator. The stock will now be used as part of the new loco hauled diagrams with Northern Trains. The locomotives and stock are expected to return north on the 29th December 2017.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


21st November 2017
Class 57 No. 57602 'Restormel Castle' passes 40 Steps, Taunton working the daylight 5C99 10:28 Old Oak Common - Penzance T&RSMD empty coaching stock for the Night Riviera Sleeper on the 21st November 2017.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


20th November 2017
GWR Class 57/6 No. 57603 'Tintagel Castle' passes Marlands on the approach to Whiteball working the 0Z77 09:40 Old Oak Common - Laira light engine move.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


3rd September 2017
Owing to paperwork issues not allowing No. 46100 'Royal Scot' Royal Scot to leave the West Somerset Railway, West Coast Railways provided Class 57/3 No.57313 to haul The Royal Duchy charter from Bristol Temple Meads to Par on the 3rd September 2017. The 1Z37 08:52 from Bristol passes 40 Steps, Taunton on route south.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


26th August 2017
West Coast Railways operated the 'Dartmouth Royal Regatta Statesman' from Wolverhampton to Kingswear on Saturday 26th August 2017. The high quality dining charter was hauled by Class 57/6 No.57601 with Class 57/3 No.57313 on the rear of the set. The colourful set is seen passing Cogload Junction with the 1Z60 to Kingswear.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


13th May 2017
Second charter on the day to visit Taunton on the 13th May 2017 was operated by West Coast Railways. 'The English Riviera Statesman' was hauled by top and tail Class 57/3's. Complete with a scratch from one end of the loco to the other No.57313 leads the 1Z84 05:25 Crewe - Paignton charter through Taunton formed of coaching stock 9497 3188 3438 99679 3312 3360 1211 3395 3313 5991 5912.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


6th February 2017
GWR were unable to operate yet another of their overnight sleeper services on the 5th/6th February 2017. As a result passengers were transferred onto a HST set from Penzance. The locomotive and sleeper stock finally decided to make an appearance during the daylight hours with Class 57/6 No. 57603 'Tintagel Castle' hauling the empty stock from Long Rock Depot to Old Oak Common depot ready for the next nights service. The 5Z70 09:00 Laira - Old Oak Common is seen passing Taunton at 10:55 with the empty stock Night Riviera stock in tow.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


18th December 2016
Following the failure of the Friday night up 'Nigh Riviera' service to London GWR operated an empty stock movement. Class 57/6 No. 57604 'Pendennis Castle' operated the 5C99 08:50 Laira to Paddington with dead classmate No. 57603 'Tintagel Castle' on the rear. Following the Friday night failure, No. 57604 'Pendennis Castle' had been attached to the rear of the down sleeper to Penzance to provide rescue and on Saturday as far as Laira, and continuing the move to London on the 18th December 2016. No. 57604 'Pendennis Castle' is seen emerging from the morning mist at Cogload.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


6th April 2010
Consisting of Anglia-liveried coaching stock and 'topped & tailed' Virgin Class 57/3's Nos 57312 and 57302, the 16:16 2U24 First Great Western service from Taunton to Cardiff Central passes Banklands, near Taunton, on 6th April 2010.
(Photo: Brian Morrison)


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