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Class 68 Gallery

Images of Class 68 Locomotives taken in the Taunton Area

16th January 2018
Chiltern Railways liveried (but DRS operated) Class 68 No.68011 returned north through Taunton on the 16th January 2018 hauling the second and last batch of refurbished Mk3 coaching stock for the new Transpennine loco hauled service. The new service is yet to start but coaching stock is being moved in preparation. The 5Z63 10:40 Laira - Crewe Carriage Sidings is seen passing Broomhay Crossing near Bathpool.
(Photo: Shaun Mockridge)


16th January 2018
Chiltern Railways liveried but DRS operated Class 68 No.68011 returned north through Taunton on the 16th January 2018 hauling the second batch of refurbished coaching stock for Northern Trains new Transpennine service. The new service is yet to start but coaching stock is being moved in preparation. The 5Z63 10:40 Laira - Crewe Carriage Sidings is seen passing Norton Fitzwarren with both DRS and TPE crew on board nearing Taunton. The Consist included coaches 11007, 10229, 12138, 12122, 11048, 12011.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


15th January 2018
Direct Rail Services sent a silver Chiltern liveried Class 68 No.68011 to Plymouth on the 15th January 2018. The silver light engine passed Taunton at 14:10 working the 0Z63 Crewe Gresty Bridge - Plymouth. The locomotive is booked to collect the second portion of stored Mk3 coaching stock from Laira on the 16th to return it to Crewe.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


31st October 2017
Direct Rail Services Class 68 No. 68025 'Superb' passes Taunton on the 31st October 2017 hauling the 5Z43 09:52 Laira - Crewe stock move. The train conveyed Mk3's No's 12138, 12122, 10229 and 12011 which will soon become part of the Transpennine Express locohauled services in the north of England.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


31st October 2017
Direct Rail Services transfered the first batch of stored Mk3 coaching stock from Laira Depot to Crewe on the 21st October 2017. The coaching stock is destined to become part of the loco hauled Transpennine passenger service in due course. Class 68 No. 68025 'Superb' 'Superb' exits from Whiteball Tunnel hauling the 5Z43 09:52 Laira - Crewe.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


21st May 2017
Direct Rail Services 68017 'Hornet' & 68012 'Intrepid' 'top & tail' 1Z68 12:35 Swindon to Plymouth 'Northern Belle' via Bristol, on Sunday 21st May 2017. The train is seen passing the former Silk Mills road crossing from Silk Mills bridge as the train heads south towards its destination in Plymouth.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


21st May 2017
DRS Class 68's visited Taunton on Sunday 21st May 2017 and this shot shows the results of an experiment by pressing the lens of the camera up against the square mesh installed on the 40 Steps footbridge. This effort allows the former 'classic' shot at 40 Steps to still be captured. The image shows that a reasonable shot is still possible, bringing back the possibility of all those traditional compositions we used once feature on Taunton Trains before the monstrosity of a bridge was installed at Chip Lane. The on board passengers enjoying the fine dining experience Class 68 No.67017 'Hornet' power's the train south towards Plymouth.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


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