The Silk Mills Gallery

Images taken at Silk Mills

3rd March 2018
Great Western Harry Patch liveried powercar and Queens 90th Glourious Years powercars are currently formed up on the same set. On the 3rd March 2018 No.43172 leads No.43027 north through the snow covered area at Silk Mills running 13 minutes behind schedule while working the 1A81 09:00 Penzance - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Sclub)

1st March 2018
Passing one of the two Network Rail drift ploughs Class 220 No.220032 operates the 1Z48 09:28 Derby - Plymouth service through Silk Mills on the 1st March 2018.
(Photo: Sclub)

5th January 2018
Former British Rail 'Laira Blue' Class 50 No. 50008 'Thunderer' passes the western end of Fairwater Yard while operating the 4Z03 08:00 Derby RTC - Okeheampton hauling Network Rail Lorum Rail Grinder DR79501, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06 & 07 for staff training. The Grinder will remain on site at Okehampton for staff training and the Class 50 is booked to return north during Saturday 6th January 2018.
(Photo: Adam Snow)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

15th April 1982
On the 15th April 1982 BR Blue Class 50 No. 50002 'Superb' heads south away from Taunton with a working from London Paddington. The train is seen passing Silk Mills. This image depicts the area prior to the development of the Bindon Road trading estate.
(Photo: Alan Randle)

This early photo taken in the 1960's shows a British Railways Maroon liveried Western racing towards Taunton with the 1M95 11:30 Plymouth - Manchester, this train was a regular Western turn as far as Bristol and would then hand over to a 'Peak' for the rest of the trip. The is train made up from 13 matching Maroon Mk1 coaches. The scene at Silk Mills crossing is now very different, and a far cry from the semaphores and telegraph poles from the 1960's.
(Photo: John Ford)

An unidentified Western passes Silk Mills Signal Box on an unknown date. The working possibly being the 1C58 14:30 London Paddington - Paignton service.
(Photo: Kevin Auger)

Taken in August 1960 BR Two Tone Green Class 35 'Hymek' No.D7000 passes over Silk Mills Crossing with a rake of Blue Circle pres flow cement wagons. The Photographer also noted: No brake van, guard in rear loco cab in accordance with new manning rule. The working was most likley a Westbury - Exmouth Junction working which would of split the train into two portions at Exeter Riverside Yard for onward tripping up the hill into Exeter Central and onto Exmouth Junction.
(Photo: David Ford)

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