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Images taken of Railtours and special Charters in the Taunton Area

30th September 2017
Pathfinder Tours operated 'The Torbay and Darmouth Explorer' charter on the 30th September 2017. DB Cargo provided a Class 67 for the tip to Kingswear still wearing tatty EWS livery. No.67030 speeds across the Somerset Levels at Oath with the 1Z27 06:15 Reading to Kingswear.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


23rd September 2017
BR (Southern) 'Merchant Navy' Class 4-6-2 No. 35028 'Clan Line' crosses the Somerset Levels enroute to the Capital on Saturday 23rd September 2017. The tour was re-dated from May 27th and only passed Taunton in one direction, having worked to Exeter via the Southern Route. The 'Atlantic Coast Express' passes Oath, the 1Z65 16:31 Exeter St.Davids to London Victoria.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


16th September 2017
Saturday 16th September 2017 provided the return of two former British Rail Class 50’s to Somerset and Devon working Pathfinder Tours ‘The Torbay and Dart Explorer’ railtour from Worcester Shrub Hill through to Kingswear. The first leg of the charter from Burton on Trent to Wocester having been hauled by DB Cargo Class 66 No.66129. The Class 50’s returned to their former 1980’s stomping ground bringing the sound of two English Electric 16 CSVT engines working hard as they passed through the area. The pair were clocked running at over 100mph in several locations during their journey. The Fifty Fund which now cares for six of the Class at their Kidderminster base, provided No. 50007 'Hercules' ‘Hercules’ and No. 50049 'Defiance' ‘Defiance’ for day trip to the English Riviera. Exiting from Somerset into Devon the pair of English Electric locomotives haul the Torbay and Dart Explorer out of Whiteball Tunnel with their almost complete rake of British Rail Blue/Grey coaching stock.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


16th September 2017
BR Large Logo Class 50 No. 50049 'Defiance' & No. 50007 'Hercules' head back across the Somerset levels at Oath hauling the returning Pathfinder Tours 'Torbay and Dart Exploerer' charter to Burton on Trent operating as the 1Z52 16:15 Kingswear to Burton-on-Trent on the 16th September 2016.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


3rd September 2017
Sunday 3rd September 2017 saw The Torbay Express pass through Taunton hauled by Ex- SR Merchant Navy Class No. 35028 'Clan Line' 'Clan Line'. The train gets underway from a very wet Taunton after water stop passing 40 Steps hauling the 1Z27 09:16 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


3rd September 2017
Owing to paperwork issues not allowing No. 46100 'Royal Scot' Royal Scot to leave the West Somerset Railway, West Coast Railways provided Class 57/3 No.57313 to haul The Royal Duchy charter from Bristol Temple Meads to Par on the 3rd September 2017. The 1Z37 08:52 from Bristol passes 40 Steps, Taunton on route south.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


20th August 2017
Ex-Southern Region Merchant Navy Class 8P 4-6-2 No 35028 negotiates Cogload Junction at the head of 1Z27 08:08 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear via Westbury, on Sunday 20th August 2017 while operating The Torbay Express charter.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


30th July 2017
West Coast Railways operated ‘The Royal Duchy' charter from Bristol Temple Meads to Par on Sunday 30th July. In an incredible turn of events the Bristol to Taunton leg was diesel hauled by a single Class 33 locomotive. No. 33207 'Jim Martin' is pictured here passing Cogload Junction before handing over to steam locomotive ‘Royal Scot' at Taunton. The Class 33 spent the day stabled behind Taunton Station before taking over the tour back to Bristol in the evening.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd July 2017
LNER A1 Pacific No. 60163 'Tornado' ‘Tornado' visited the South West on Sunday 23rd July 2017 with one of the popular ‘Torbay Express' charters. The steam locomotive is pictured in the evening light at Cogload Junction returning north hauling the 1Z28 17:50 Kingswear – Bristol Temple Meads
(Photo: Adam Snow)


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)


17th June 2017
LMS Steam passed through the Taunton area on Saturday 17th June hauling Vintage Trains 'Whistling Ghost V' charter. Sadly the tour was held up in the Swindon area due to GWR service requiring attention from the Wiltshire Fire Brigade at Swindon. After being looped for a period of time while the incident ahead was dealt with the tour was finally able to get underway again. Running 62 minutes behind schedule LMS Pacific No. 46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' 'Duchess of Sutherland' steams through Creech St Michael on route to Bishops Lydeard.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


29th May 2017
Monday 29th May 2017 saw more LNER action on former GWR territory, when A1 Pacific No. 60163 'Tornado' 'Tornado' hauled 'The Cornishman' from London Paddington to Penzance. The steam locomotive just beat the rain to the area and is seen passing Cogload Junction hauling the 1Z63 08:02 London Paddington to Penzance charter. Tornado will be spending a summer break at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway over the coming week, and the tour was returned to London by DB Cargo diesel locomotive Class 59/2 No.59202 which was equally rare traction for the return trip.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


26th May 2017
The unsung heroes of the railway and charter industry at the Class 47's which continue to provide sterling service operational availability, painted in the most unworthy colour's these locomotives are painted in such a way to be inconspicuous to the devoted steam lovers who pay to travel on such locomotives at Flying Scotsman. But without these veteran machines still providing a frontline service many charters would ever get to their start locations or return to the correct depots on time. Class 47/7 No.47746 assisted over week long visit of Flying Scotsman in the Taunton area. Built in 1964 the locomotive has carried 7 liveries and two names. It's probably best known as a frontline member of the Rail Express Systems pool in the 90's hauling parcels and mail traffic UK wide, at the time it was named 'The Bobby' which had been transferred from a crash damaged classmate No.47743. The West Coast maroon locomotive is seen at Bishops Lydeard ready to shunt stock.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


26th May 2017
On 26th May 2107, having already traveled to Bristol and back via Westbury along the Berks and Hants route, LNER A2 No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' 'Flying Scotsman' opens up on the approach to Charlton while working the 1Z42 10:00 Bishops Lydeard - Bishops Lydeard which arrived back to Taunton around 13:30.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


26th May 2017
The 26th May 2017 was very much the day of Flying Scotsman, with the locomotive booked to make two circular trips from the West Somerset Railway via Bristol, Bath, Westbury and Castle Cary. We have put together a set of superb images charting the two round trips which coincided with some of the hottest and most beautiful weather we've seen in the area for a long while. Taken from an adjacent field No. 60163 'Tornado' 'Flying Scotsman' passes Charlton near Cogload Junction with the 1Z42 10:00 Bishops Lydeard - Bishops Lydeard morning circular.
(Photo: Dave Elliot)


26th May 2017
On 26th May 2017 LNER A2 Pacific No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' 'Flying Scotsman' passes Cogload Junction hauling the 1Z42 10:00 Bishops Lydeard - Bishops Lydeard via Bristol circular trip.
(Photo: Tony Christie)


26th May 2017
Having made its last stop at Taunton No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' 'Flying Scotsman' comes to a short pause before proceeding back onto the West Somerset Railway on the 26th May 2017, while working the 1Z42 10:00 Bishops Lydeard to Bishops Lydeard via Bristol. The wreath carried on the front of the locomotive during its trips was planed there as a mark of respect for the victims of the Manchester tragedy which had occurred earlier in the week.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


26th May 2017
After servicing and turning on the West Somerset Railway during the afternoon LNER A2 No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' 'Flying Scotsman' was prepared for its evening excursion on the 26th May 2017 via the same route it had taken during the morning. Bang on time the locomotive is seen at speed approaching Banklands (near Durston) while working the 1Z72 18:45 Bishops Lydeard to Bishops Lydeard via Bristol, Bath, Westbury and Castle Cary. the train arrived back into Taunton at 22:30 before the support locomotive No.47746 returned the stock to Southall. Flying Scotsman remains on the West Somerset Railway (although not in use) at Bishops Lydeard until Wednesday 31st May when it works under the cover of darkness as the 05:32 Bishops Lydeard to Salisbury where it will arrive to work a Salisbury - Southampton circular Cathedrals Express charter.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd May 2017
Flying Scotsman steamed into the South West on the 23rd May 2017 with the final leg of a series of 'Cathedrals Express' charters. It was the first time since 2002 an absence of fifteen years. The locomotive attracted crowds from far and wide to see the countries most popular steam locomotive pass by. The LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' 'Flying Scotsman' lead 1Z63 16:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Minehead is seen passing Banklands near Durston. The locomotive only worked the charter as far Bishops Lydeard where a WSR locomotive 7F No.53808 took over. The West Somerset Railway putting out a statement that clearance checks between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead had not been carried out in time, preventing the locomotive from operating over the full length of the line. West Coast Railways Class 47 No.47746 (which was on the rear of the train) later returned the train and passengers to Bristol. Flying Scotsman will remain on the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard for the next two days (although not in steam) before working its booked charters on Friday.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd May 2017
After arriving onto WSR metals as the 1Z63 16:30 Bristol Temple Meads - Minehead, the switch between the WSR's 7F No.53808 to work forward to Minehead happened at Norton Fitzwarren on a non public viewing location. No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' 'Flying Scotsman' later worked forward to Bishops Lydeard where the locomotive was then taken onto the servicing shed where it was then stabled for the next three days. The locomotive is pictured at Bishops Lydeard on the 23rd May 2017.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


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)


13th May 2017
UK Railtours passed through Taunton on 13th May 2017, hauled by DB Cargo (EWS liveried) Class 67 No.67024. The faded locomotive and coaching stock formed the 1Z14 06:41 Letchworth - Paignton 'The Torbay Flyer' formed of coaching stock 21269 3120 3066 1651 3098 3097 3119 1691 3068 3123 1832 4927 4946. The tour is seen passing 40 Steps, Taunton on route to the Devon Riviera.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


13th May 2017
With passengers having enjoyed the best the Devon Riviera can offer, UK Railtours whisked passengers back to Letchworth. The faded EWS liveried Class 67 No.67024 speeds the mixed rake of stock through Taunton hauling the 1Z15 17:40 from Paignton to Letchworth on the 13th May 2017.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


13th May 2017
The third charter to visit Taunton on the 13th May 2017 was the GWR/125 Group's 'Somerset Explorer' this used Green GWR set LA15 with powercars No.43093 and No.43002 'Sir Kenneth Grange'. It had been hoped INTERCITY liveried No. 43185 'Great Western' would lead the set however a failure in traffic resulted in 43093 deputizing. The HST set operated the 1Z66 08:36 Paddington - Bishops Lydeard where passengers were transferred to the waiting DEPG Western No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' 'Western Campaigner' for the trip to Minehead and back. Originally the HST was booked to have traveled through to Minehead however operational issues resulted in the traction change at Bishops Lydeard, D1010 'Western Campaigner' being a fine replacement service. The two iconic designs are seen next to one another at Bishops Lydeard.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


13th May 2017
Second charter on the day to visit Taunton on the 13th May 2017 was operated by West Coast Railways. 'The English Riviera Statesman' was hauled by top and tail Class 57/3's. Complete with a scratch from one end of the loco to the other No.57313 leads the 1Z84 05:25 Crewe - Paignton charter through Taunton formed of coaching stock 9497 3188 3438 99679 3312 3360 1211 3395 3313 5991 5912.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


7th May 2017
Having spend the weekend in Cornwall the annual visit of the Bellmond British Pullman was brought to an end on Sunday 7th May 2017 with the two DB Cargo locomotives returning the prestigious dining train to London. Royal Locomotive No.67006 'Royal Sovereign' leads EWS liveried No.67022 north through Taunton working the 1Z33 12:25 Truro to London Victoria through 40 Steps, Taunton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


7th May 2017
Having spent the night in Cornwall, turned around and serviced the Southern and LMS steam locomotives teamed up to return to London Paddington via Bristol on 7th May 2017. The return trip first traveled up through Cornwall into Devon with an afternoon break and servicing stop planned at Exeter St Davids. The Great Britain X then formed the 1Z48 15:50 Exeter - London Paddington. Originally the pair of locomotives were booked to take water at Taunton but this was later revised to Bristol providing a non stop run through Platform 5 at the station. On the approach to Taunton the pair of British Railways liveried locomotives coast into Taunton passing the ill fated Taunton Northern Inner Distributor road (formerly the Taunton avoiding line) to which there is still no date for opening despite construction having started some four years ago, it's hoped it may open within the next couple of months.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


7th May 2017
Having spent the night in Cornwall, turned around and serviced the Southern and LMS steam locomotives teamed up to return to London Paddington via Bristol on 7th May 2017. The return trip first traveled up through Cornwall into Devon with an afternoon break and servicing stop planned at Exeter St Davids. The Great Britain X then formed the 1Z48 15:50 Exeter - London Paddington. Originally the pair of locomotives were booked to take water at Taunton but this was later revised to Bristol providing a non stop run through Platform 5 at the station. BR rebuilt Pacific No. 34046 'Braunton' 'Braunton' (running as 34056 'Lord Dowding') and LMS 7P No. 46100 'Royal Scot' 'Royal Scot' pass through Norton Fitzwarren with the eleven coach train heading for London Paddington from Exeter
(Photo: Chay Farzenah)


6th May 2017
The special charter season kicked off in style over the weekend of the 6th and 7th April with a weekend of double headed trains entering and exiting the South West. Friday 5th May saw passengers board the Bellmond British Pullman at London Victoria to be whisked into Cornwall for a weekend of opulent travel, dining, activities and accommodation. DB Cargo provided one standard EWS liveried Class 67 and one Royal Class 67 for the weekend trip away. During Saturday the pair provided a day trip to Bath from Penzance before returning passengers to London during Sunday afternoon. On Saturday 6th May 2017, the 1Z80 17:30 Bath Spa to Penzance 'Belmond British Pullman' passes westbound through Cogload Junction double-headed by EWS liveried Class 67 No.67022 & Royal Class 67 No.67006 'Royal Sovereign'.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


6th May 2017
On Saturday 6th May 2017 BR rebuilt Pacific No. 34046 'Braunton' 'Braunton' (running as 34056 'Lord Dowding') and LMS 7P No. 46100 'Royal Scot' 'Royal Scot' were paired to double-head Day 8 of 'THE GREAT BRITAIN X'. Running some eight minutes ahead of schedule the pair are seen passing the former site of the Silk Mills level crossing at speed as they head west with 1Z46 08:07 Bristol Temple Meads to Plymouth from where the tour then continued onwards to Penzance behind a West Coast Class 47.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


6th May 2017
The annual 'Great Britain' charter (which has was also celebrating its 10th year of operation) passed through Taunton on the 6th May 2017. The annual charter which operates from one end of the country to the other via various destinations always provides a large variety of steam locomotives throughout the several weeks it operates. BR rebuilt Pacific No. 34046 'Braunton' 'Braunton' (running as 34056 'Lord Dowding') and LMS 7P No. 46100 'Royal Scot' 'Royal Scot' are seen at storming through Bradford on Tone while on route to Plymouth where heritage diesel traction would take over.
(Photo: Lisa Waters)


20th April 2017
The first steam of the season arrived into Taunton with LMS power on the front end of the train. The Cathedral Express operated from London Victoria through to Minehead operating as the 1Z60 08:43 London Victoria - Minehead. The train was formed of No. 46100 'Royal Scot' 'Royal Scot' and coaching stock 35451 5249 5200 5171 9104 13440 99352 99347 13320 1666 5236 5237. West Coast Class 47/7 No.47760 was marshaled on the rear end of the train. In good light the consist passes's Cogload Junction on the approach to Taunton on the 20th April 2017
(Photo: Jamie Waters)


2nd January 2011
Sunday 2nd January 2011, saw the West Somerset Railway celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the lines closure, when the last scheduled passenger and freight trains operated over the line on the 2nd January 1971. To coincide with with the achievements made since this date, the WSR operated a number of special workings during the day. A special charter service provided passengers with the chance to travel from Exeter to Minehead on board a First Great Western Class 150 DMU. First Great Western provided one of their 'local lines' Class 150 units as part of a charter train to allow passengers to travel from Exeter to Minehead and provide a modern day comparison to the final DMU service which operated on the 2nd January 1971. The Class 150's themselves are older than many would think, originally built between 1984 and 1987 by BREL. The Class 150 No.150234 had also received a full body and window wash prior to being used on the special charter. It's seen departing from Crowcombe Heathfield with the 2Z10 Exeter St Davids - Minehead service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


3rd April 2010
BR Marooon Western No. D1015 'Western Champion' storms through the pouring rain on the downward run from Whiteball Tunnel through Burlescombe on the 3rd April 2010. The Loco was fronting the 1Z52 06:38 London Paddington - Penzance charter which worked as far as Exeter St Davids where LMS Black 5 No.44871 and Britannia No. 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' took over for the run to Penzance. D1015 'Western Champion' later returned the tour to London Paddington from Penzance.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd June 2007
BR Maroon Western No. D1015 'Western Champion' storms through Creech St Michael on the 23rd June 2007 working Pathfinder Railtours 'The Cornishman'. The 1Z52 06:05 Birmingham International - Penzance treated passengers to a non stop run through Taunton recorded at 88mph. The tour is pictured passing Creech St Michael in the dull early summer weather.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th May 2007
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' visited the West Somerset Raillway on the 28th May 2007 on Heatland Rail's 'North Star' charter to deliver Class 47 No.47840 into preservation. The Class 45 is seen at Castle Hill shortly after leaving Williton in torrid conditions hauling the 1Z48 Minehead - Derby.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th May 2007
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' visited the West Somerset Raillway on the 28th May 2007 on Heatland Rail's 'North Star' charter to deliver Class 47 No.47840 into preservation. The Class 45 is pictured at Cogload Junction on the return 1Z48 Minehead - Derby.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


22nd April 2006
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' 'The Royal Army Ordnance Corps' rounds the curve at Creech St Michael hauling Pathfinder Tours 'The Devonian' charter on the 22nd April 2006. The 1Z55 06:48 Derby - Kingswear also featured a Class 47/7 No.47703 from Taunton on the return leg of the trip double heading with the Class 45 due to issued with relays tripping on the locomotive.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


22nd April 2006
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' decends Whiteball Bank at Beambridge while hauling the return 1Z56 16:15 Kingswear - Derby chater on the 22nd April 2006. 'The Devonian' had suffered with relay issued on the Class 45 all day, and the desision was taken to add Class 47 No.47709 at Taunton for the return trip to Derby.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd December 2005
BR Class 52 Western No. D1015 'Western Champion' stands at Minehead on the 2nd December 2005 ready to depart with the 1Z53 19:55 Minehead - Trowbridge charter. The Railtour 'Dunster by Candlelight' was operated by EWS and Past Time Rail.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd December 2005
BR Class 52 Western No. D1015 'Western Champion' stands at Minehead on the 2nd December 2005 ready to depart with the 1Z53 19:55 Minehead - Trowbridge charter. The Railtour 'Dunster by Candlelight' was operated by EWS and Past Time Rail.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th February 2005
GWR King No. 6024 'King Edward I' & No. 7802 'Bradley Manor' stand at Taunton on the 28th February 2005 having arrived with the 1Z24 16:44 Paignton - London Victoria charter 'The Staite Pullman'. Due to a late deparute from Paington the tour was running an hour and a half late. Upon arrival the two steam locomotives were removed from the train as the snow fell, and replaced with Western No. D1015 'Western Champion'. Becuase of the late running the the tour ran direct to Reading via the Berks and Hants route rather than via Bristol.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th February 2005
On the 28th February 2005 D1015 is captured at Taunton having arrived light engine with the 0Z52 Bristol Barton Hill - Taunton. The locomotive waits to take over 'The Staite Pullman'. The charter arrived with steam locomotives No. 6024 'King Edward I' & No. 7802 'Bradley Manor' which were replaced by D1015 at Taunton to return Bernard Staite to London on his retirement special. The tour was running an hour and half late due to a late departure from Paignton. To make up time it operated to Reading direct instead of its booked route via Bristol.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


12th March 2003
On the 12th March 2003 BR Blue Class 46 No.46035 rounds the bend at Creech St Michael hauling the 1Z66 Crewe - Newton Abbot. The loco was working a charter South to allow steam locomotive No. 5029 'Nunney Castle' Nunney Castle to then work north. 46035 was owned by Pete Waterman and often appeared on charters in the South West. Sadly this was one of the locomotives last operational runs before it was removed from mainline service pending a major overhaul.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


21st July 2001
BR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' 'The Royal Army Ordnance Corps' passes Creech St Michael on the 21st July 2001 hauling the 1Z45 04:30 Lancaster - Penzance (Fragonset Charters) tour. Class 31 No. 31459 'Cerberus' was also located on the rear of the train. The Class 45 later failed on the return trip at Bristol where the Class 31 towed the train back to Crewe where the tour terminated.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th October 1993
On the 16th October 1993, BR Bunswick Green Class 50 No. 50007 'Hercules' and Network Southeast Liveried Class 50 No. 50033 'Glorious' pass through Creech St Michael at speed with an Intercity organised charter heading to the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway. The pair then joined classmates No.D400 No. 50042 'Triumph' and No. 50002 'Superb' for a running day on the PDSR before returning to London Paddington that evening with No. 50033 'Glorious' leading.
(Photo: Alan Randle)


13th November 1976
BR Blue Western No. D1058 'Western Nobleman' is pictured pausing at Taunton for a crew change on Saturday 13th November 1976. The train was the 09:30 Paddington to Plymouth football special chartered by Fulham FC who were playing Plymouth Argyle. At the time George Best played for Fulham. As there were only 14 Westerns left in service at the time the fans were very lucky to have some hydraulic haulage to their match. The return charter was the 18:55 Plymouth to Paddington. The original photo was taken by Barry Lewis. Information from Steve Awford and Dave Marshall.
(Photo: Barry Lewis)


30th October 1976
On the 30th October 1976, D1023 and D1009 stand on the centre platforms at Taunton working the R.P.P.R 'Westerns South Western' Tour. The charter operated as the 1Z08 08:20 London Paddington - Meldon Quarry via Taunton on the outward leg, returning to London via the Southern on the return.
(Photo: Derek Clarke)


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