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The Direct Rail Services (DRS) Gallery

Images of Direct Rail Services which have been photographed 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)


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
A fifty year old work horse of the rail industry is pictured at Taunton on the 29th December 2017, while in the consist of the 5Z63 10:55 Laira - Crewe stock transfer move with No. 57303 'Pride of Carlisle'
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


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)


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)


20th September 2017
DRS Class 37/6's No.37605 and No.37606 pass Norton Fitzwarren working the annual snow plough test on the 20th September 2017. The 7Z09 16:21 Fairwater Yard to Fairwater Yard via Exeter Riverside Yard storms south.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


20th September 2017
DRS Class 37/6 No.37606 and No.37605 shunt a snow plough back into the southern headshunt in Fairwater Yard having completed a test run to Exeter Riverside and back on Wednesday 20th September.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


20th September 2017
DRS Class 37/6's No.37605 & No.37606 arrive back into Fairwater Yard having worked the 7Z09 16:21 Fairwater Yard - Fairwater Yard via Exeter Riverside snow plough test on the 20th September 2017(Snowploughs :ZZA ABD 965231 & ZZA ADB 965209)
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


3rd August 2017
Thursday 3rd August 2017 provided the second heritage Class 37 of the week, passing through the Taunton area. Direct Rail Services Class 37/4 No. 37403 'Isle of Mull' made a very rare appearance hauling inspection saloon 'Caroline' working as the 2Z02 06:45 Willesden Brent to Willesden Brent via Newton Abbot. The locomotive currently carries full BR Large Logo livery and is named 'Isle of Mull' along with the famous 'Highland Terrier' embellishment to the loco side. Many of the Class 37/4 operated by DRS now carry the same former British Rail livery. The locomotive is pictured entering Devon having just exited from Whiteball Tunnel.
(Photo: Shaun Mockridge)


24th June 2017
Pathfinder Tours 'Mazey Day Cornishman' from Worcester to Penzance didn't quite go to plan on Saturday 25th June 2017 in one of the most public failures of railtour traction in a very long time. Direct Rail Services supplied two Class 37/0 locomotives (some of the oldest operational Class 37's on the UK network) for the charter. It was planned to be potentially the last pair of DRS Class 37's to visit Penzance, as they are currently being phased out by new Class 68 and 88 locomotives. Before departure from Worcester 37069 sporadically shutdown with a CCB fault, and couldn't be reset, and was removed from the train. It was planned for sister locomotive No.37059 to go it alone and take the train forward. With load 10 in tow 37059 reached Great Malvern where it developed a DSD fault. This fault was fixed after another 20 minutes. It was decided should the tour need to reach Penzance then a second locomotive would be needed and a Class 66/5 No.66525 was hired from Freightliner. So the colourful combination with Class 37 No.37059 doing all the work is seen passing Norton Fitzwarren running a mere 159 minutes behind schedule.
(Photo: Sclub)


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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