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The Direct Rail Services (DRS) Gallery

Images of Direct Rail Services which have been photographed in the Taunton Area.

10th May 2018
Having carried out a snow plough test for Network Rail the previous day the pair of Direct Rail Services Class 37s stabled in the sidings behind Platform 1 at Taunton. No.37218 and No.37259 are pictured during the early morning sunlight on the 10th May 2018 before departing from Taunton later in the day to return to Crewe. The latest reincarnation of DRS livery seen on No.37218 really suits the class. comported to the older generation livery carried by No.37259
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


9th May 2018
Too late the snow was in March! Thursday 9th May 2018 was full of excitement when a pair of Direct Rail Services Class 37's operated light engine overnight from their base at Crewe Gresty Bridge to Fairwater Yard. No.37218 and No.37259 arrived at 06:11 before collecting both of the Network Rail Snow Ploughs from Fairwater Yard (ZZA ADB 965231 & ZZA ADB 965209). The two veteran locomotives then formed the 7Z15 10:15 Fairwater Yard - Fairwater Yard via Highbridge Loop with the drift ploughs formed at either end of the locomotives. The annual snow plough test certainly raised a few eyebrows passing through the platforms at Taunton Station. The pair are pictured here passing Cogload Junction while working outbound to Highbridge in search of snow!
(Photo: Sclub)


9th May 2018
DRS Class 37s No.37218 and No.37259 depart from Fairwater Yard on the 9th May 2018 with both Network Rail Drift Ploughs formed at either end of the locomotives. The 7Z15 10:15 Fairwater Yard - Fairwater Yard via Highbridge Loop approaches Staplegrove Road.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


9th May 2018
Having visited Highbridge Loop on the 9th May 2018, DRS Class 37s No.37259 and No.37218 return south through Banklands with the 7Z15 10:15 Fairwater Yard - Fairwater Yard via Highbridge Loop carrying out a snow plough test for Network Rail.
(Photo: Paul Wilkins)


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)


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