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Images taken of Railtours and special Charters in the Taunton Area

1st July 2018
Saphos Trains operated their second summer charter in the South West on Sunday 1st July 2018. Because of the ongoing heat wave, the decision was taken with Network Rail to place veteran Class 47 D1935 (No. 47805 'Roger Hosking MA 1925-2013 ') inside steam locomotive No. 34046 'Braunton' and provided the majority of the power to reduce the risk of stray embers from the steam locomotive. With Network Rails undergrowth in the south-west in full growth and unkept combined with such dry weather conditions, the chances of fire were too high. With the weather having clouded in the for the first time in a couple of weeks (due to localised rain and thunderstorms which were forecast) horses graze in their paddock seemingly oblivious to the history passing them by at Creech St Michael as the locomotives haul the 1Z27 09:06 Bristol Temple Meads - Kingswear 'The English Rivera Express' with the Class 47 powering the train west.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


30th June 2018
West Coast Railways fronted the 'Exmoor Coast Statesman' premier dining charter from Crewe to Minehead on Saturday 30th June. The tour was hauled by former western region Class 47/8 No.47832 with No.47826 on the opposite end of the train. The 1Z78 05:05 Crewe - Minehead is pictured passing Norton Fitzwarren having crossed over from the mainline onto the West Somerset Railway.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


30th June 2018
West Coast Railways Class 47 No.47832 trails the 'Exmoor Coast Statesman' (with No.47826 out of sight) through Crowcombe on the 30th June 2018. The premier dining charter is pictured passing the heritage diesel service (15:15 Bishops Lydeard - Minehead) waiting with Class 33 D6566 (No.33048). Unfortunately due to a points failure at Blue Anchor earlier in the day all services were running late. As the 1Z79 15:08 Minehead - Crewe needed to get back to the mainline it took priority over the WSRs own service trains. As a result of the 15:15 heritage diesel service to Minehead was canceled at Crowcombe and returned to Bishops Lydeard after The Statesman Charter had passed.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


30th June 2018
West Coast Railways Class 47 No.47826 leads the 'Exmoor Coast Statesman' through Crowcombe on the 30th June 2018. The premier dining charter is pictured passing the heritage diesel service (15:15 Bishops Lydeard - Minehead) waiting with Class 33 D6566 (No.33048). Unfortunately due to a points failure at Blue Anchor earlier in the day all services were running late. As the 1Z79 15:08 Minehead - Crewe needed to get back to the mainline it took priority over the WSRs own service trains. As a result the 15:15 heritage diesel servce to Minehead was cancelled at Crowcombe and returned to Bishops Lydeard after The Statesman Charter had passed.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


24th June 2018
Sunday 25th June saw a new tour operator enter the South West railtour market with their first steam hauled excursion from Bristol to Kingswear. Saphos Trains (owned by Jeremy Hosking) sold tickets for the 2018 season at 2003 prices, it wasn't surprising that tickets sold out on all advertised charters to the Devon Riviera. West Country Class No. 34046 'Braunton' (running as 34052 'Lord Dowding') hauled the 1Z27 08:00 Bristol Temple Meads - Kingswear charter. After a booked water stop at Taunton the locomotive is seen passing Victory Crossing as it opens up with plenty of exhaust. On the rear of the train was recently restored and repainted Class 47 No. 47805 'Roger Hosking MA 1925-2013 ' (D1935).
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd June 2018
With a long blast on the horn as the passed Cogload Junction former British Rail Class 50s evoke memories of the class which was once commonplace on this stretch of line. Now cared for by the Fifty Fund No. 50049 'Defiance' and No. 50007 'Hercules' storm south at Cogload on Saturday 23rd June 2018 hauling Pathfinder Railtours 'Mazey Day Cornishman' charter which operated as the 1Z50 05:40 Tame Bridge Parkway - Penzance. The locomotives also carried alternative identities of former classmates 50011 'Centurion' and 50006 'Neptune' for the trip.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd June 2018
The Fifty Fund Class 50s No. 50049 'Defiance' and No. 50007 'Hercules' speed south Fordgate on Saturday 23rd June 2018 hauling Pathfinder Railtours 'Mazey Day Cornishman' charter which operated as the 1Z50 05:40 Tame Bridge Parkway - Penzance. The locomotives also carried alternative identities of former classmates 50011 'Centurion' and 50006 'Neptune' for the trip to Cornwall and back from the Midlands.
(Photo: Sclub)


17th June 2018
Southern Region Steam returned to the Great Western on Sunday 17th June 2018. Running 36 minutes behind schedule due to a late departure from Bristol, SR Merchant Navy Pacific No. 35028 'Clan Line' wastes no time powering through Creech St Michael hauling 'The Cornishman Express' forming 1Z50 08:03 Bristol Temple Meads - Par.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th June 2018
Hastings Class 202 No. 60116 'Mountfield' leads the 1Z65 06:42 Hastings - Paignton charter south with partner powercar No. 60118 'Tunbridge Wells'. 'The South Devon Coaster' is pictured passing Norton Fitzwarren on the 16th June 2018 with the Hastings Unit making a rare visit to the South West.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


16th June 2018
Making a rare visit to the South West, Hastings DEMU No. 60118 'Tunbridge Wells' and No. 60116 'Mountfield' thumps its way along the Somerset Levels on Saturday 16th June 2018, the unit was operating the 'South Devon Coaster' charter returning to Hastings as the 1Z66 17:21 from Paignton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th June 2018
Making a rare visit to the South West, Hastings DEMU No. 60118 'Tunbridge Wells' and No. 60116 'Mountfield' is pictured at Taunton Station on Saturday 16th June 2018, the unit was operating the 'South Devon Coaster' charter returning to Hastings as the 1Z66 17:21 from Paignton.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


10th June 2018
Heritage Traction in the form of West Coast Railways Class 37 No.37668 hauled the diesel leg of Steam Dreams 'The Cathedrals Express' charter on Sunday 10th June 2018. The locomotive is pictured passing Cogload Junction while hauling the 1Z50 07:15 from London Paddington to Kingswear. At Taunton, the Class 37 was added to the rear of the train, and Steam Traction in the shape of LMS Black 5 No.45212 took over to haul the charter to Kingswear.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


10th June 2018
Passengers alight at Taunton on Sunday 10th June 2018 having arrived behind West Coast Class 37 No.37668 hauling the 1Z50 07:15 London Paddington - Kingswear charter. The Cathedrals Express changed traction at Taunton and operated with LMS Black 5 No.45212 through to Kingswear with the Class 37 being moved to the rear of the train.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


10th June 2018
LMS Black 5 No.45212 steams away from Taunton on Sunday 10th June 2018 hauling the 1Z50 07:15 London Paddington - Kingswear charter. The steam locomotive was added at Taunton taking over from heritage Class 37 No.37668
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


10th June 2018
West Coast Railways Class 37 No.37668 rides on the rear of the 1Z50 07:15 London Paddington - Kingswear charter on Sunday 10th June 2018, as LMS Black 5 No.45212 leads away from the camera.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


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