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The Heritage Powercar Gallery

Images of GWR's two Heritage Powercars which have been photographed in the Taunton Area.

1st January 2018
The first day of a new year can always throw up an interesting working, the 1st January 2018 was no exception. GWR provided a full length HST to cover for an absent Class 166 Turbo on the Taunton - Cardiff Central stopping diagram. Heritage liveried powercar No. 43185 'Great Western' leads No.43176 past Broomhay Crossing near Bathpool, having departed Taunton with the 9U16 12:04 Taunton - Cardiff Central. The set had previously arrived with the 10:00 from Cardiff Central.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


27th December 2017
Planned engineering blockades in connection with overhead electrification work,and crossrail construction between Reading and Paddington saw a revised timetable in operation over the Christmas and New Year Period. On the 27th December no trains operated into or out of London Paddington. Some HST services were diverted to arrive at London Marylebone, while others terminated short at Reading for onward road transport. One such altered service was the 1A78 06:45 Penzance - Reading (which would normally run through to London Paddington). Heritage liveried powercar No. 43185 'Great Western' leads No.43176 across the Somerset Levels near Oath in glorious sunlight, having called at Taunton ten minutes beforehand. The set returned west later that day working the 1C82 12:20 Reading to Penzance service.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


4th November 2017
Heritage liveried GWR powercar No. 43185 'Great Western' 'Great Western' leads No.43125 on the 1C79 11:06 London Paddington - Plymouth service through Creech St Michael on the 4th November 2017.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


13th October 2017
GWR's Intercity Swallow liveried powercar No. 43185 'Great Western' lead the 1A83 10:00 Penzance - London Paddington service on the 13th October 2017. The powercar was partnered with No.43149 and is pictured passing Broomhay Crossing near Bathpool.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


17th June 2017
GWR heritage repaint powercar No.43002 'Sir Kenneth Grange' is now looking nicely weather worn on the front end of the powercar with the classic sweeping black marks above the cab window. On Saturday 17th June 2017 the powercar lead the 1C77 10:06 Paddington - Penzance service with powercar No.43148 on the rear of the set. The unique liveried HST powercar is seen passing Creech St Michael on the approaches to Taunton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


13th May 2017
While D1010 whisked passengers to Minehead and back on the 13th May 2017, the GWR set returned to Taunton station and was stabled in Platform 2 at Taunton for two hours before returning to Bishops Lydeard. This operational move blocked the down relief at Taunton for two hours while all other passenger trains were rerouted to use Platform 3. No.43002 'Sir Kenneth Grange' is pictured at Norton Fitzwarren trailing the 1Z26 14:30 Taunton - Bishops Lydeard to collect passengers in time for the return service to London Paddington.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


10th May 2017
It's not often you get the chance to photograph such a selection of colourful trains in such a short period of time, but with the First Great Western livery in a state of flux now being revised to GWR, and numerous 'celebrity' liveried powercars operating. GWR services are becoming even more colourful. In just 22 minutes on Wednesday 10th May the following services were recorded at Cogload Junction. 43185 'Great Western' (Intercity) + 43002 (Intercity 125) 1C92 18:03 London Paddington - Penzance 'The Golden Hind' formed between a new rake of GWR Mk3 coaching stock passing Cogload Junction 19:46
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


10th May 2017
It's not often you get the chance to photograph such a selection of colourful trains in such a short period of time, but with the First Great Western livery in a state of flux now being revised to GWR, and numerous 'celebrity' liveried powercars operating. GWR services are becoming even more colourful. In just 22 minutes on Wednesday 10th May the following services were recorded at Cogload Junction. 43185 'Great Western' (Intercity) + 43002 (Intercity 125) 1C92 18:03 London Paddington - Penzance 'The Golden Hind' formed between a new rake of GWR Mk3 coaching stock passing Cogload Junction 19:46
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


14th May 2016
With good evening sunlight on the 14th May 2016 we had confirmation that GWR's Heritage HST powercar would be leading a HST set from London, there was only one place to record the nostalgia of the HST in the Taunton area. Intercity 125 liveried powercar No.43002 leads the 1C89 17:00 Paddington - Penzance under the famous flyover at Cogload Junction.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)



Take on a very wet day in 1988, a BR Blue HST set No.253001 (formed of No.43002 & No.43003) makes a rare stop on the centre platform at Taunton (at that time the platform was out of use to the public). It is pictured in the pouring rain at Taunton adjacent to a postal service in the opposite platform.
(Photo: I T Langhorn)


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