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The Night Riviera Sleeper

Images taken of the Night Riviera 'Sleeper' service in the Taunton Area

8th September 2017
The Great Western Railway 'Night Riviera' Sleeper was in trouble again on the night of the 7th/ 8th September 2017. Class 57/6 No. 57605 'Totnes Castle' departed Penzance at 21:45 with the north bound 1A40 21:45 departure to London Paddington. The locomotive started to experience problems upon departing Truro and finally made it to Exeter St Davids running 90 minutes behind schedule. An extra locomotive ( 57604 'Pendennis Castle') was attached to the rear of the south bound 1C99 23:45 London Paddington - Penzance sleeper (hauled by 57602). At Exeter 57604 'Pendennis Castle' switched trains and to haul the 1A40 to London Paddington. 57604 'Pendennis Castle' made it less than one mile before failing at Cowley Bridge Junction, where subsequently it took 2.5 hours to travel from Exeter to Taunton, where upon it's arrival at 06:30 (when the passengers should of been nearing London) the train was terminated and passengers removed from their berths. The Night Riviera remained in Taunton Station (Platform 4) until 08:05 when fitters had managed to get at least one of the locomotives well enough to travel forward to Old Oak Common. The 1A40 21:45 (Thur) Penzance - Paddington is pictured at Taunton on Friday 8th September being overtaken by the 05:09 (Fri) Plymouth - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Martin Duff)


6th February 2017
GWR were unable to operate yet another of their overnight sleeper services on the 5th/6th February 2017. As a result passengers were transferred onto a HST set from Penzance. The locomotive and sleeper stock finally decided to make an appearance during the daylight hours with Class 57/6 No. 57603 'Tintagel Castle' hauling the empty stock from Long Rock Depot to Old Oak Common depot ready for the next nights service. The 5Z70 09:00 Laira - Old Oak Common is seen passing Taunton at 10:55 with the empty stock Night Riviera stock in tow.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


18th December 2016
Following the failure of the Friday night up 'Nigh Riviera' service to London GWR operated an empty stock movement. Class 57/6 No. 57604 'Pendennis Castle' operated the 5C99 08:50 Laira to Paddington with dead classmate No. 57603 'Tintagel Castle' on the rear. Following the Friday night failure, No. 57604 'Pendennis Castle' had been attached to the rear of the down sleeper to Penzance to provide rescue and on Saturday as far as Laira, and continuing the move to London on the 18th December 2016. No. 57604 'Pendennis Castle' is seen emerging from the morning mist at Cogload.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


4th September 2016
GWR liveried Class 57/6 No. 57605 'Totnes Castle' made an unusual daytime crossing of the Somerset levels on Sunday 4th September 2016 whilst working the 5Z70 11:20 Penzance to Royal Oak Sidings, empty coaching stock from the Night Riveria. Following the failure of the train at Penzance on the evening of Friday 3rd, both sleeper sets spent the weekend at the western end of the operation hence the required ECS move to the Capital in readiness to form the late Sunday evening opposite direction 1C99 to Penzance.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


6th July 2009
The First Great Western 'Night Riviera' sleeper service was in trouble again during the 5th / 6th July 2009. Having failed at Burngullow while operating the 1A40 21:15 Penzance - London Paddington the train was towed to Plymouth by a pair of FGW Powercars and was subsequently terminated. Passengers were transferred onto an HST for the rest of their journey to London. In a rare daylight outing Class 57 No. 57605 'Totnes Castle' leads No. 57602 'Restormel Castle' at Cogload Junction hauling 3Z70 15:30 Laira - Old Oak Common empty sleeper coaching stock north on Monday 6th July 2009.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


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