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12th April 2018
It was always possible that two of GWR's 'celebrity' powercars may meet or pass during the daily duties but on the 12th April both No.43002 and No. 43185 'Great Western' met on the centre platforms at Taunton. This superb image captured Intercity 125 liveried HST powercar No.43002 working the 1A88 12:04 Penzance - London Paddington paused in Platfrom 4 at Taunton and Intercity Swallow liveried powercar No. 43185 'Great Western' ready to depart with the 1A89 15:33 Taunton - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Martin Duff)


9th April 2018
First Great Western Class 47/8 No.47832 provided a tow for failed Virgin Cross Country Class 47/8 No.47812 on the 2nd June 2002. The Pair are pictured paused at Taunton while working the 1M87 09:35 Penzance - Manchester Piccadilly service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


6th April 2018
The Network Rail New Measurement Train arrives into Taunton on the Friday 6th April 2018 with powercar No. 43014 'The Railway Observer' leading No.43013 working the 1Z18 15:46 Paignton - Taunton track testing run. The diagram means the HST also passed through Taunton at 16:56 heading to Bristol before returning to Taunton, and then forming its last diagram of the day to London Paddington.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


6th April 2018
Cross Country Voyager No.221120 departs Taunton on Friday 6th April 2018 working the 1E73 17:25 Plymouth - Leeds service while in Platform 3 the Network Rail NMT waits to follow while working on its testing diagram to London Paddington from Taunton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


30th March 2018
GWR Class 150/2 No.150239 stands at Taunton on Good Friday 30th March 2018 waiting to depart with the 2W08 09:35 Taunton - Weston-super-Mare stopping service. Trains were only operating to Weston owing to Bristol Panel signalling being transfered to Didcot Power Box over the easter weekend.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th March 2018
GWR Hitachi Class 800's No.800024 and No.800025 stand at Taunton on the night of Friday 16th March 2018. Having arrived on the 1C24 17:30 London Paddington - Taunton service, the pair are pictued in Platform 3 at Taunton prior to departing with the 1A37 21:27 Taunton - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


14th March 2018
Freightliner Class 66/5 No.66555 leads 6Y15 17:51 Fairwater Yard - Llanharan through Platform 2 at Taunton on the 14th March 2018 hauling the Network Rail High Output Ballast Cleaner ready for overnight ballast cleaning duties on the Welsh mainline.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


14th March 2018
Freightliner Class 66/9 no.66951 brings up the rear of 6Y15 17:51 Fairwater Yard - Llanharan passing through Platform 2 on the 14th March 2018, with Class 66/5 No.66555 out of signt on the front of the set.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


1st March 2018
Cross Country HST set No.43366 leads No.43285 into Taunton with a snow clad front end on the morning of the 1st March 2018 while working the 1V44 06:00 Leeds - Plymouth service.
(Photo: Sclub)


1st March 2018
First Great Western Class 150/1 No.150127 prepares to depart Taunton on the 1st March 2018 with the 2U14 11:04 Taunton - Cardiff stopping service.
(Photo: Slcub)


1st March 2018
As the snow started to fall on Thursday 1st March 2018 before the full onset of snow and Storm Emma, Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70816 hurries its way northwards through Taunton kicking up the powdered snow while hauling the 6B36 08:16 Moorswater - Aberthaw. Having passed Taunton the train was diverted to Westbury (off route). The train is pictured passing Taunton 46 minutes ahead of schedule.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


15th February 2018
Freightliner powerhaul liveried Class 66/5 No.66504 passes through Taunton Station hauling the 6Y15 19:05 Fairwater to Severn Tunnel Junction for overnight ballast cleaning on the South Wales mainline.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


15th February 2018
GWR Class 150 No.150246 and No.158766 stand at Taunton having arrived with the 2C85 17:15 Newport - Taunton stopping service.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


6th February 2018
Freightliner Class 66/5 No.66559 leads the 6Y15 04:37 Llanwern West Junction to Fairwater Yard into Taunton on the morning of the 6th February 2018. On the rear of the train (out of sight from this image) was Class 66 No.66561. The set was returning from overnight ballast cleaning on the South Wales mainline.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


1st February 2018
As a new dawn arrives over Taunton, GWR Hitachi Class 800's No.800020 and No.800013 arrive at Taunton on the 1st February 2018 with the 3A09 the 05:30 Stoke Gifford - Taunton, empty stock to form 1A09 07:12 departure to London Paddington.
(Photo: Colin J Marsden)


27th January 2018
GWR Class 150/2 No. 150261 'TheTarka Line - The First 25 Years 1989-2014' departs from Taunton Station on Saturday 27th Jauuary 2018 working the 2U18 13:07 Taunton - Cardiff Central stopping service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


27th January 2018
Cross Country 'Voyager' No.220010 arrives into Platform 5 at Taunton on the 28th January 2018 working the 1M49 12:56 Exeter St Davids to Manchester Piccadilly. Engineering work to the West of Totnes saw Cross Country services terminating at starting their journeys at Exeter.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


26th January 2018
Friday 26th January 2018 provided the fine sight of a 'split headcode' BR Large Loco Class 37 No. 37025 'Inverness TMD' at Taunton Station. Having passed through Taunton heading south in the early hours of the 23rd January and spent the week touring the branches of Cornwall, the Network Rail Test Train returned north on the Friday of the same week. The Heritage liveried Class 37 No. 37025 'Inverness TMD' is pictured at Taunton Station during a brief pause while working the 3Q13 20:28 Exeter Riverside - Derby RTC test train.
(Photo: Shaun Mockridge)


21st January 2018
Sunday 21st January 2018 saw a rare Sunday evening visit of a GWR Hitachi Class 800. No.800008 operated London Paddington to Taunton the unit then recessed at Taunton to form the 1A33 18:56 Taunton - London Paddington service. The Class 800's will soon begin to take over more HST diagrams in the coming months as more of the Class get accepted into traffic.
(Photo: Richard Hill)


29th December 2017
A fifty year old work horse of the rail industry is pictured at Taunton on the 29th December 2017, while in the consist of the 5Z63 10:55 Laira - Crewe stock transfer move with No. 57303 'Pride of Carlisle'
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


29th December 2017
Direst Rail Servicers Class 57/3 No. 57303 'Pride of Carlisle' arrives into Taunton Station with Class 37 No.37059 on the 29th December 2017 while working the 5Z63 10:55 Laira - Crewe stock transfer move. With smoke from newly fitted brakes coming from the rear of the consist, the train was checked over during its pathing recess before continuing.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


15th December 2017
Colas Rail Freight provided their two Class 67 locomotives as a substitute for the Network Rail New Measurement Train HST on Friday 15th December, while the HST was out of traffic for maintenance. No. 67023 'Sheila' 'Shelia' and No. 67027 'Charlotte' 'Charlotte' are pictured at Taunton with the 1Z19 18:57 Taunton - London Paddington test train.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


13th December 2017
Shortened Great Western HST Set No.43135 and No.43163 pass through Taunton on th 13th December while working the 5Z26 12:37 Bristol Temple Meads - Laira test run.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


13th December 2017
Testing the shortened HST sets which are soon to operate in the South West, Great Western HST No.43163 leads No.43135 through Taunton on the 13th December 2017 while working the 5Z25 08:25 Laira - Bristol Temple Meads.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


25th November 2017
GWR Class 166 No.166210 stands at Taunton Station on the 25th November 2017 having arrived as the 9C89 19:00 Cardiff Central - Taunton service. Having closed its doors to the last exiting passengers the unit then changed platforms ready to return to Cardiff.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


13th November 2017
History was made on Monday 13th November with the first passenger IEP service to Taunton. Arriving in the darkness without ceremony Class 800's No.800011 and No.800013 operated the 1C24 17:30 London Paddington - Taunton service. This service was originally booked to be just a single IEP from Bristol but on this occasion the pair remained coupled.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


13th November 2017
Nose to Nose GWR Class 800 No.800011 & No.800013 stand at Taunton on the 13th November 2017 having arrived with the 1C24 17:30 London Paddington - Taunton service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


13th November 2017
History was made on Monday 13th November with the first passenger IEP service to Taunton. Arriving in the darkness without ceremony Class 800's No.800011 and No.800013 operated the 1C24 17:30 London Paddington - Taunton service. This service was originally booked to be just a single IEP from Bristol but on this occasion the pair remained coupled. During the layover at Taunton more GWR staff were familiarized with the Class. No.800013 is pictured at Taunton with headlights on ready to form the 1A37 21:27 Taunton to London Paddington service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd November 2017
During October and November a series of freight turns from Fairwater Yard using DB Cargo 'Octopus' wagons filled with spoil. The wagons have been loaded with spoil from Fairwater Yard, the pile up spoil has been so large it was spilling into the local alloments leading to the residents complaining. On the 2nd November Freightliner Class 66/5 No.66542 arrives into Taunton with 20 MXA lobster wagons working the 6C72 08:20 Fairwater to Westbury.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


2nd November 2017
Class 166 former 'Thames Turbos' are now in public service and a regular service between Taunton and Cardiff. On the 2nd November after early moring fog had lifted GWR Class 166 No.166216 arrives into Taunton having crossed over under 40 steps arriving into Platform 4 ready to work the 2D06 08:36 Taunton to Bristol Parkway stopping service.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


2nd November 2017
With thick fog enveloping Taunton on the 2nd November 2017 Great Western HST powercar No.43150 leads No.43034 arriving into Taunton working the 1A74 05:53 Plymouth to Paddington service.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


31st October 2017
Hanson liveried Class 59/1 No. 59104 'Village of Great Elm' passes Taunton on the 21st October hauling the 7C28 13:44 Exeter Riverside - Westbury aggregate empties.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


31st October 2017
Colas Rail Freight Class 66/8 No. 66849 'Wylam Dilly' passes through Platform 3 at Taunton on the 31st October 2017, while hauling a short engineers as the 6Z66 11:55 Westbury to Exeter Riverside.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


31st October 2017
Direct Rail Services Class 68 No. 68025 'Superb' passes Taunton on the 31st October 2017 hauling the 5Z43 09:52 Laira - Crewe stock move. The train conveyed Mk3's No's 12138, 12122, 10229 and 12011 which will soon become part of the Transpennine Express locohauled services in the north of England.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


31st October 2017
The roving Network Rail Class 150 numbered No.950001 paid a visit to Taunton on the 31st October 2017 operating the 2Q08 0453 Bristol Temple Meads - Laira via Merehead Quarry and Taunton. The unit is seen passing through Platform 2 at Taunton.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


25th October 2017
DB Cargo Class 66's No.66027 and No.66074 spent a short period stabled in Platform 1 at Taunton on the 25th October 2017. Having been callled upon to push a stalled heavy freight train up Whiteball Bank the locomotives 3J12 run to Westbury with the Rail Head Treatment Train was cancelled. The pair spent a period in Platform 1 at Taunton prior to dropping back onto their booked return diagram to Par.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


13th September 2017
Freightliner often provide locomotives for shunting duties at Fairwater Yard for Network Rail as there is no dedicated shunter outbased at the yard. On Wednesday 13th September Frightliner Class 66 No.66560 arrives into Taunton having run light engine from Westbury as 0C66. The locmotive shunted some wagons within the yard before returning at 14:37 to Westbury running light engine once again.
(Photo: Mark Fishlock)


13th September 2017
Former Thames Turbos are continuing their occasional training runs to Taunton ahead of their full deployment on the Taunton - Cardiff corridor. On Wednesday 13th September 2017 Class 166 No.166205 stands at Taunton having arrived into Platform 2 as the 5Z60 09:00 from St Philips Marsh depot. The unit later performed another return trip to Taunton.
(Photo: Mark Fishlock)


13th September 2017
The latest IEP trains are now entering their turn for testing in the South West ahead of their introduction into passenger service for GWR. On Wednesday 13th September 2017 No.800009 stands in Platform 2 at Taunton ready to depart with the 5X63 12:57 to London Paddington.
(Photo: Mark Fishlock)


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)


7th September 2017
DB Cargo Class 59/2 No.59202 'Alan Meddows Taylor MD Mendip Rail Ltd' passes Taunton on Thursday 7th September hauling the 6C28 13:45 Exeter Riverside - Westbury empty aggregates wagons having been unloaded at Exeter Riverside Yard. The train passes Platform 4 at Taunton on route back to the Mendips.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


7th September 2017
The normal nocturnal operation of the 6C99 21:45 Alexandra Dock Junction - St Blazey empty China Clay flow broke cover on Thursday 7th September 2017. The previous nights service had been cancelled due to a lack of train crew. As a result the train was rescheduled to operate during daylight hours. Sporting an impressive 6V99 headcode, DB Cargo Class 66 No.66023 passes Platform 3 at Taunton hauling the 21 wagon consist as the 6V99 08:05 Alexandra Dock Junction to St Blazey.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


7th September 2017
Colas Rail Freight Class 70/8 No.70807 operated the weekly cement flow to Moorswater on Wednesday 6th September. The loco is seen here on Thursday 7th September returning to Aberthaw hauling the 6C36 11:38 from Moorswater having been unloaded the previous day.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


7th September 2017
New IEP sets are starting to become be a regular part of the railway scene in the South West as their testing continues ahead of their introduction to public service in October. On Thursday 7th September 2017 sets No.800006 and No.800005 come to a stop at Taunton with train 5X31, 17:26 Tiverton Loop to Paddington. The pair had previously worked south a couple of hours earlier as the 5X30 14:03 from London Paddington.
(Photo: Colin J Marsden)


23rd August 2017
Former DRS Class 37/6 No. 37611 'Pegasus' is now owned and operated by Europhoenix. The locomotive is often hired by other train operating companies. On the night of the 23rd August 2017 the locomotive was in use with Colas Rail Freight working a Network Rail Test Train. No. 37611 'Pegasus' is pictured in Platform 4, Taunton at 04:00 in the morning, while working the 3Z22 23:26 (Thurs) Bristol High Level to Cardiff Canton via Exeter St Davids.
(Photo: Darren Harris)


19th August 2017
GWR Powercar No.43188 carries additional Welsh Dragon branding on the bodyside. It is pictured in Platform 5 at Taunton on Saturday 19th August 2017 working the 1A92 17:00 Paignton to London Paddington service. The very next day this powercar was involved in a derailment at London Paddington station which left the powercar listing to one side in public view. It was quickly re-railed and an investigation opened into how the incident occurred.
(Photo: Robert Latham)


11th August 2017
GWR Green liveried Class 166 No.166214 took part in more GWR training runs between Bristol and Taunton ahead of their introduction on stopping services between Taunton and Cardiff. The unit is pictured in Platform 3 at Taunton prior to departing with the 5Z61 10:38 to Bristol Temple Meads.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


11th August 2017
Cross Country hired in a powercar from East Midlands Trains on Friday 11th August 2017 due to the non availability of one of their own powercars. No.43043 joined Cross Country powercar No.43207 to operate the 1V44 06:00 Leeds - Plymouth and 1S51 return to Glasgow. Due to late running the set only made it to Totnes before being terminated and reformed to return to Glasgow. With the colourful powercar leading No.43043 is pictured in Platform 5 at Taunton with the 1S51 to Glasgow.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


31st July 2017
Monday 31st July 2017 saw the arrival of cascaded Class 166 Turbo's from the Thames Valley Route on test. The three car sets are due to be deployed on Cardiff -Taunton stopping diagrams. The Class 166 Turbo's were built at ABB York between 1992 and 1993 and are 25 years old. They are also fitted with high density 3+2 seating on account of their work on the Thames Valley commuter belt into London. These units will soon start to replace the current fleet of Class 150's and 158's (themselves 30 years old). Four return test runs were carried out between Bristol and Taunton during the day. Class 166 No.166205 is seen paused at Taunton after the arrival of the 5Z60 09:11 from St Philips Marsh Depot.
(Photo: 50009 Neptune)


28th July 2017
Friday 28th July provided the sight of the Network Rail New Measurement Train (NMT) through Taunton 3 times during the day. As part of its UK wide testing diagrams, No. 43062 'John Armitt' and No. 43014 'The Railway Observer' visited Penzance, Paignton, and Bristol from Old Oak Common. No. 43062 'John Armitt' is pictured paused at in Platform 4 at Taunton for a crew change while working the 1Z18 15:46 Paignton – Taunton via Bristol leg of its booked diagram.
(Photo: Richard Tuplin)


11th July 2017
After its rather damp naming ceremony the Royal Naval Dockyard in Plymouth GBRf Class 66/7 No. 66775 'HMS Argyll F231' returned through Taunton on the 12th July 2017 with it's newly decorated body side including a white ensign and cast ships crest alongside it's new name 'HMS Argyll'. The with pigeons diving for cover the locomotive works light engine through Taunton operating as the 0Z32 15:52 Saltash to Westbury.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


24th June 2017
First Great Western Class 150 No. 150130 'Severnside Community RAIL PARTNERSHIP' stands at Taunton on the 24th June 2017 having arrived with the 2C63 06:21 Glocuester - Taunton stopping service. The unit also carries Severnside Community Rail Partnership banding.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


15th June 2017
Just days after having been named at London Paddington by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, the new IEP No. 800003 'Queen Elizabeth II - Queen Victoria' is pictured in Platform 3 at Taunton having arrived on test with the 5X20 09:06 Swindon to Taunton. The set then reversed direction and returned to Bristol Temple Meads.
(Photo: 50009 Neptune)


15th June 2017
Freightliner Class 66 No.66514 leads the TRT and 66549 returns to Taunton at at 06:45 having been out on overnight engineering works. Catching the early morning light the 6X04 04:33 Leckwith North Junction to Fairwater Yard passes through Platform 2 at Taunton on the 15th June 2017.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


15th June 2017
The tides of change and rolling stock upgrades are certainly changing in Taunton. Thursday 15th June 2017 saw more daylight testing of the new IEP sets in the South West. Two services operated to Taunton arriving within minutes of one another on test. Left No. 800003 'Queen Elizabeth II - Queen Victoria' 'Queen Elizabeth II' is pictured in Platform 3 at Taunton having arrived working the 5X20 09:06 Swindon - Taunton while No. 800004 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel / Sir Daniel Gooch' 'Sir Daniel Gooch/ Isambard Kingdom Brunel' arrives with the 5Z19 07:34 North Pole IEP Depot to Taunton. The pair then reversed and followed one another to Bristol Temple Meads.
(Photo: 50009 Neptune)


12th June 2017
Freightliner have a limited amount of their Class 66's painted in 'powerhaul' livery. The revised freightliner branding was meant to be a bit of change for the company but it has been very slow in applying it fleet wide. Many of the former Direct Rail Services Class 66/4's do carry the livery. On Monday 12th June 2017 Class 66/4 No.66420 returns light engine (0C73) to Fairwater Yard from Westbury, see passing through Taunton Station
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


12th June 2017
South West Trains do not operate through Taunton however one in a while one of their fleet escapes from it's territory and passed through. Monday 12th June 2017 saw Class 158 No.158885 operate the 5M99 empty stock working from Salisbury to Loughborough where it was booked to enter Brush Works for attention. The colourful unit is seen passing Taunton on route north.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


10th June 2017
GWR Remembrance powercar No.43172 'Harry Patch' which commemorates World War vetans and Henry John (Harry) Patch (17 June 1898 – 25 July 2009). He was dubbed in his later years the Last Fighting Tommy, and was a British supercentenarian, briefly the oldest man in Europe and the last surviving combat soldier of the First World War from any country. The unique powercar was captured at Taunton on June 10th 2017, the unique power car is seen paused at Taunton while working the 1A35 Penzance - Paddington late evening service ont he 10th June 2017.
(Photo: Robert Latham)


7th June 2017
As the 2017 West Somerset Railway Diesel Gala weekend approached on the 7th June 2017 the final set of locomotives was delivered to Bishops Lydeard from Kidderminster by GBRf. GB hired a pair of Class 50's from The Fifty Fund to move the BR GReen Class 20's to the railway. No. 50049 'Defiance' 'Defiance' and No. 50007 'Hercules' 'Hercules' transported Class 20's No.D8188 & D8059 as the 0Z50 08:49 from Kidderminster. The Class 50's remained on the WSR during the weekend but were not used in the event, as their appearance was too late to change the WSR timetables and there were no trained crews available to drive them over the weekend.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


7th June 2017
As the West Somerset Railway Diesel Gala weekend approaches this weekend the final set of locomotives was delivered to Bishops Lydeard from Kidderminster by GBRf. GB hired a pair of Class 50's from The Fifty Fund to move the BR GReen Class 20's to the railway. No. 50049 'Defiance' 'Defiance' and No. 50007 'Hercules' 'Hercules' transported Class 20's No.D8188 & D8059 as the 0Z50 08:49 from Kidderminster. The Class 50's will remain on the WSR during the weekend but will not be used in the event, at their appearance was too late to change the WSR timetables and there were no trained crews available to drive them over the weekend. The Diesel filled fun starts on Friday 9th June, be sure to check out the details below and visit the line to enjoy a different era of British Railways travel on the great mix of locomotives on offer.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


27th May 2017
It's been quite some time since we've had a lengthy HOBC set operating into Taunton, on Saturday 27th May 2017 Freightliner operated the 6Y15 18:00 Wooten Bassett Junction - Fairwater Yard returning from overnight engineering work. The full set was hauled south by Class 66/5 No.66520 with counterpart No. 66502 'Basford Hall Centenary 2001' 'Basford Hall Centenary' located on the rear of the set. It's pictured here arriving slowly into Taunton in the evening sunlight.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


22nd May 2017
The stabling of Locomotives in Platform 6 at Taunton has always been incredibly rare, not least that the platform is often used by passenger trains, so locomotives stabled in this bay platform are normally kept to a minimum. On Monday 22nd May 2017. Freightliner Class 66/9 No.66952 was captured stabled in the Platform 6 at Taunton in-between duties.
(Photo: 50006 Neptune)


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)


17th April 2017
GWR's latest 3-car Class 150/9 numbered No.150916 (52216 57212 57216) reversed in Taunton ready to work the 2U26 17:06 Taunton to Cardiff Central on the 17th April 2017. The rouge centre car No.57212 was previously sandwiched in 150926 which has now revered back to 150126.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


17th December 2009
Class 221 'Super Voyager' No 221133 departs from Taunton on 17th December 2009, forming the 06:28 Arriva Cross Country service from Penzance to Edinburgh.
(Photo: Brian Morrison)


17th December 2009
The 2C67 08:00 First Great Western service Cardiff Central to Paignton approaches Taunton on 17th December 2009, the Mk2 coaching stock 'topped and tailed' by DB Shenker Class 67s No.67017 and No.67016, both with locomotives having gold painted buffers.
(Photo: Brian Morrison)


6th December 2009
GWR 4-6-0 'King' No. 6024 'King Edward I' departs from Taunton Station on the 6th December 2009 while working 'The Torbay Express' charter from Bristol Temple Meads through to Kingswear.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


29th March 2008
Shortly after transfer from Silverlink Trains (and still complete with its London Transport maps inside) First Great Western Class 150/1 No.150127 stands at Taunton on the 29th March 2008 having arrived from Bristol Parkway with a stopping service to Taunton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd January 2008
First Great Western HST No.43002 stands at Taunton on the 2nd January 2008 ready to make it's last departure from Taunton with its Valenta power unit before conversion to an MTU unit at Brush Loughborough. The powercar arrived with the 1C24 17:30 from London Paddington and departed as the 1A37 21:30 Taunton - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


24th August 2007
GWR 4-6-0 King No. 6024 'King Edward I' and SR West Country No. 34067 'Tangmere' arrive into Taunton on the 24th August 2007 hauling the 1Z27 09:17 Bristol Temple Meads - Par charter. Despite carrying 'The Eden Limited' headboard the charter was operating as 'The Holiday Express'.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


13th January 2007
Former Northern Spirit liveried Class 158 No.158776 stands at Taunton Station waiting to depart with a stopping service to Bristol Temple Meads on the 13th January 2007 having recently been transfered to First Great Western.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th September 2005
First Great Western 'Adelante' Class 180 No.180102 stands at Taunton on the 16th September 2005 while working the 1A91 15:35 Exeter St Davids - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Peter Jeffree)


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)


8th August 2004
No.DR73414, a Jarvis operated Duomatic Tamper / Liner, Built 1978 (Now Scrapped) is pictured at Taunton on a stop board on the 8th August 2004 during an engineering blockade.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


8th May 2004
GWR 4-4-0 'City' No. 3440 'City of Truro' departs from Taunton on the 8th May 2004 while working the 1Z34 09:55 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear 'Ocean Mail 100' charter. The tour was returned to Bristol the same day behind Ian Riley Class 37 No.37197
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


17th April 2004
Former Scottish Class 157 No.158749 stands at Taunton Station on the 17th April 2004 working a Wessex Trains 'Alphaline' service.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


17th April 2004
Minus it's front end skirt former Central Trains liveried Class 158 No. 158847 'Lincoln Castle Explorer' is pictured at Taunton on the 17th April 2004 while working a Penzance - Camarthern service for Arriva Trains Wales.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


11th June 2002
As darkness falls over Taunton on the 11th June 2002, Parcels Red Class 47 No.47635 passes Taunton with the loaded China Clay forming the 6M72 16:55 St Blazey - Cliffe Vale.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


10th June 2002
Mainline Grey liveried Class 60 No.60071 rounds the curve into Platform 4 at Taunton on the 10th June 2002 while hauling the loaded China Clay 6M72 16:55 St Blazey - Cliffe Vale.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


3rd June 2002
Mendip Rail Class 59s No. 59103 'Village of Mells' anf No. 59104 'Village of Great Elm' pause at Taunton on the 3rd June 2002 returning the 1Z60 Par - Bristol Temple Meads charter for Mendip Rail staff back from a day out at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


20th April 2002
Wales and Borders Class 158 No.158831 arrives into Taunton at sunset on the 20th April 2002. The unit may have possibly been working a diagram from Penzance to Cardiff.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


20th April 2002
As the sun sets on the 20th April 2012 heritage Western No. D1015 'Western Champion' storms through Taunton with the Past Time Rail 'The Western Sunrise' charter. The 1Z15 18:00 Paignton - London Paddington is pictured passing through Platform 3 at Taunton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th March 2002
A pair of Tyseley based 4-6-0 Hall's at pictured at Taunton on the 16th March 2002, while working Past Time Rail's 'The Torbay Limited'. No. 4965 'Rood Ashton Hall' and No. 4936 'Kinlet Hall' operated the 1Z27 Paddington - Kingswear charter between Gloucester and Kingswear stopping at Taunton for a servicing stop.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th March 2002
Virgin Cross Country Class 47 No.47814 stands at Taunton on the 16th March 2002 while working the 1M40 11:50 Plymouth - Liverpool Lime Street service. This often crossed at Taunton around 13:20 each day with the 'down' Liverpool - Plymouth service which was also Class 47 hauled.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th March 2002
Virgin Cross Country Class 47 No.47814 stands at Taunton on the 16th March 2002 while working the 1M40 11:50 Plymouth - Liverpool Lime Street service. This often crossed at Taunton around 13:20 each day with the 'down' Liverpool - Plymouth service which was also Class 47 hauled.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd March 2002
EWS liveried Class 66 No.66187 stands at Platform 3 Taunton on the 2nd March 2002 having run round it's engineers train. The 8W20 Westbury to Bridgwater needed to change direction at Taunton before heading into an engineering blockade between Bridgwater and Highbridge. The empty wagons are formed ready to receive lifted track panels.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


7th December 2000
Pictured on the 7th December 2000 in an incredibly atmospheric and wet Taunton Station. Class 47/8 No.47805 has terminated at Taunton due to engineering work, further west. Still carrying Inter-City livery, 47805 stands at Taunton after running round its train prior to forming 1E61 17:30 Taunton - Leeds service for Virgin Cross Country.
(Photo: Paul Waring)


22nd November 2000
Rail Express Systems Class 47/7 No.47741 powers up to depart Taunton on the 22nd November 2000 working a Virgin Cross Country service. The working would of probably been either the 1M56 Penzance - Manchester with 1M40 Plymouth - Liverpool Lime Street.
(Photo: Phil Gardener)


22nd November 2000
Virgin Cross Country Class 47/8 No.47848 prepares to depart Taunton on the 22nd November 2000 while working the 1V35 06:05 service from Debry. The slide was noted as a destination of Exeter. However this service normally ran to Plymouth during the week and Paignton on Summer Saturdays.
(Photo: Phil Gardener)


22nd March 1999
Great Western 'Merlin' liveried HST powercar No.43149 pulls out of Taunton Station on the 22nd March 1999 working the 11:35 London Paddington - Plymouth service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


10th April 1997
During the years when Taunton's centre platforms were out of use, a train of a different kind was located on the centre platforms greeting passengers with its friendly smile. This image was taken on the 10th April 1997. When the platforms were reinstated the brick train was removed but sadly was not rebuilt in a different location.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


1st December 1987
On an unspecified date, BR Blue Class 45 No. 45144 'Royal Signals' (D55) stands at Taunton having arrived with one of the many evening Bristol - Taunton stopping services. 45144 'Royal Signals' lasted in front line service until December 1987 when it was withdrawn, it was later cut up at Vic Berry in 1988.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


17th June 1986
Freshly Painted in Network Southeast colours BR Class 50 No. 50017 'Royal Oak' stands at Taunton on the 17th June 1986 working a west bound passenger service.
(Photo: David Tozer)


17th March 1986
BR Large Logo pairing No. 50008 'Thunderer' and No. 50021 'Rodney' stand in spur siding at the north end of Taunton Station on the 17th March 1986 with BR Blue Class 31 No.31298
(Photo: Russell Ellliot)


5th September 1985
BBR Blue Class 45 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' passes through Taunton Station with a rake of chocolate and cream Mk1 coaches on what is thought to be stock positioning move between Bristol and Plymouth in preparation for a GWR150 charter from Plymouth to Penzance the next day using Steam Locomotive No.7029. Therefore we have currently dated this image as the 5th September 1985.
(Photo: David Tozer)


10th August 1985
BR Blue Class 47 No.47603 stands at Taunton on the 10th August 1985 prior to being named 'County of Somerset'. 47603 was delivered to Cardiff Canton as D1967 in October 1965. It's carried several numbers throughout it's life on the rails. In March 1974 it became 47297 and was re-allocated to Cardiff Canton, then later Bristol Bath Road. In December 1983 she became 47603 and became a dedicated parcels locomotive. The loco was also fitted with twin fuel tanks, to help increase her mileage between refuels which made her ideal for long range parcels traffic. In 1991 47603 was allocated to Crewe Diesel Depot. In June 1994 the locomotive then became 47745 and was subsequently re liveried into the ubiquitous 'Rail Express Systems' (RES) livery. This new livery and refurbishment saw the locomotive locked into Express Parcels traffic working all over the UK. On 24th September 1994 the locomotive was again named. This time her new name was 'Royal London Society for the Blind'. The naming took place at London Victoria Station and the ceremony was carried out by actor Brian Blessed. The locomotive continued to work mail traffic until 2000 when the locomotive put into storage after a fire. It spent 4 years in open store, then in April 2004 the locomotive was finally assigned for disposal. By August 2004 the locomotive had been fully cut up and no longer exists!
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


18th May 1985
On the 18th May 1985 BR Large Logo Class 50 No. 50011 'Centurion' gives a rare wrong line working image at Taunton West.The Class 50 had been diverted onto the down main because of a broken rail on one of the up lines at Taunton. No. 50011 'Centurion' is seen passing Taunton West Signal Box on route to London Paddington.
(Photo: Alan Randle)


1st July 1984
BR Blue Class 46 No. 46026 'Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry' 'Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry' passes through the centre road at Taunton in July 1984 hauling a north bound cross country service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


26th May 1984
BR Blue Class 45 No.45050 arrives into Taunton on the 26th May 1984 with a north bound Cross Country service.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


26th May 1984
BR Blue Class 45 No.45036 arrives into Taunton the 26th May 1984 with a south bound Cross Country service.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


26th May 1984
BR Blue Class 45 No.45042 prepares to depart from Taunton on the 26th May 1984 with a southbound cross country service as the driver checks for the guards right of way.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


25th May 1984
BR Blue liveried Class 45/1 No. 45112 'Royal Army Ordnance Corps' (D61) ' Royal Army Ordnance Corps' storms through Taunton on the 25th May 1984 with a northbound Cross Country service.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


19th July 1983
Platform 1 at Taunton often saw a varied amount of Class 45's stabled between duties or failed awaiting a tow. On the 19th July 1983 BR Blue Class 45 No. 45022 'Lytham St Annes' 'Lytham St Annes ' is seen stabled between duties at the South end of Taunton Station.
(Photo: Andy Hunt)


21st March 1982
n pouring rain at Taunton on 21st March 1982, HST set No.253011 (43022+43023) awaits the 'off' with the 10:00 service to Plymouth from London Paddington, via Bath Spa.
(Photo: Brian Morrison)


24th April 1981
This image shows Intercity an unidentified HST set arriving into Taunton on the 24th April 1981 working the 10:00 Plymouth - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


21st March 1981
Class 45/0 'Peak' No 45016 departs from Taunton on 21st March 1981, heading the 10:52 service from Paignton to Leeds. With a locomotive 'basher' hanging from the front window enjoying the noise as the train makes a spirited departure from Taunton. It's clear the heath and safety of today's railways would never allow such an activity however on the 1980s' it was common place.
(Photo: Brian Morrison)


21st June 1979
BR Blue Class 08 No.08668 is pictured in Platform 1 at Taunton on the 21st June 1979 together with several mail vans.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


3rd February 1979
BR Blue Class 45 No.45053 was withdrawn from service in November 1983, but survived until 1988 before being cut up at Crewe Works.In happier times 45053 (still complete with it's Steam Heat boiler) prepares to depart from Taunton on the 3rd February 1979 working one of the many Taunton - Bristol stopping services.
(Photo: Colin J Marsden)


21st December 1978
BR Blue Class 50 No. 50015 'Valiant' departs from Taunton on the 21st December 1978 with the 1M22 11:10 Plymouth - Manchester Piccadilly. The view shows No. 50015 'Valiant' in it's un refurbished state prior to the modernization program which the Class were given in the 1980's.
(Photo: Steve Awford)


5th March 1978
The Railway Pictorial Publications Railtours (RPPR) operated 'The Deltic Ranger' (Re-Run) operated on the 15th March 1978. British Rail Class 55 Deltic No.55003 stands at Taunton hauling the 1Z15 08:15 London Paddington - Par charter. The charter operated to Paignton first before returning to Newton Abbot and changing traction for Class 46 No.46003 onward to Par. The Deltic recessed at Newton Abbot for the day before returning the tour to London Paddington.
(Photo: UK Bus Photos)


18th February 1978
This image was produced as a postcard and featured a Class 120 DMU on the 18th February 1978 in a blizzard at Taunton. It was produced by Beric Tempest & Co in Cornwall for the Dawlish Warren Railway Museum.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


18th February 1978
This amazing image taken by Adrian Wetton has been restored to its former glory and we would like to thank Adrian for allowing this image to be hosted on Taunton Trains. 40 years ago BR Blue Class 50 No. 50023 'Howe' was captured at Taunton in the heavy snow and freezing conditions of 1978. The locomotive was battling through the conditions while working the 1B10 16:53 London Paddington - Plymouth service on Saturday 18th February 1978. No. 50023 'Howe' remained in service until October 1990, but did survive until March 2004 where some restoration work had been started on the loco at Barrow Hill. It was later cut up as a source of spares for many of the other Class 50's which had made it into preservation.
(Photo: Adrian Wetton)


26th February 1977
A pair of BR Blue Westerns No. D1048 'Western Lady' and No. D1010 'Western Campaigner' pass through Taunton light engine on the 26th February 1977.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


11th December 1976
On the 11th December 1976 No. D1015 'Western Champion' is pictured at Taunton. The loco had suffered derailment damage and was being towed to Laira on the back of a loco convoy formed of BR Class 50 No. 50032 'Courageous' leading, No.47032 middle and D1015 'Western Champion' on the rear of the convoy.
(Photo: Stephen Burdett)


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)


24th July 1976
British Rail Class 45 'Peak' No. 45049 'The Staffordshire Regiment (The Price of Wales)' is pictured at Taunton on the 24th July 1976.
(Photo: Modern Image Slides)


22nd May 1976
BR Blue liveried Class 52 Western No. D1036 'Western Emperor' passes Taunton on the down main on the 22nd May 1976.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


22nd May 1976
BR Blue Western No. D1065 'Western Consort' overtakes Class 45/0 No.45051 on the approach to Taunton on the 22nd May 1976.
(Photo: Russell Watkins)


12th February 1976
BR Class 52 Western No. D1072 'Western Glory'. On a very wet 12th February 1976 the Western Class locomotive is seen at Taunton taking its booked stop while hauling the 1A79 14:40 Penzance - London Paddington.
(Photo: Paul Townsend)


6th September 1975
BR Blue Western No. D1046 'Western Marquis' arrives into Taunton on the 6th September 1975 with the 1B35 10:30 Paddington - Paignton service.
(Photo: Stephen Burdett)


30th August 1975
D1059 is seen at Taunton shunting newspaper vans onto a train on the 30th August 1975. At this time, mail was not only conveyed on standard passenger services but also in dedicated services to and from London with intermediate pickup points in between. The 5A06 05:55 Plymouth - Old Oak Common is pictured collecting emtpy parcels vans at Taunton. D1059 was built in April 1963, lasting until October 1975 (Just two months after this image was recorded at Taunton)
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


15th March 1975
Taken on the 15th March 1975 BR Blue Western No. D1016 'Western Gladiator' waits for the road at Taunton.
(Photo: Stephen Burdett)


12th October 1974
On the 12th October 1974 BR Blue Western No. D1006 'Western Stalwart' gains the admiration of two young enthusiasts whilst calling at Taunton on an 'additional axtra' passenger working through to London Paddington.
(Photo: Stephen Burdett)


7th September 1974
BR Blue Western No. D1068 'Western Reliance' rounds the curve into Taunton Station on the 7th September 1974 while working the 1B55 12:30 London Paddington - Paignton service. Image captured on Ektachrome 160ASA.
(Photo: Geoffrey Cann)


22nd August 1974
BR Blue Western No. D1003 'Western Pioneer' passes a down cross country service at Taunton on the 22nd August 1974 with an unknown working.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


3rd August 1974
BR Blue Western No. D1033 'Western Trooper' stands at Taunton on the 3rd August 1974 while working the 1V46 08:40 Kensington - St Austell 'motorail' service.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


3rd August 1974
The 3rd August 1974 saw D1064 at Taunton using the centre road on a Southbound passenger service from London Paddington. Western Regent clocked up a respectable 1,216,000 miles in traffic for British Rail before she was withdrawn.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


27th July 1974
On the 27th July 1974, D1021 'Western Cavalier' has a change of crew at Taunton while working the 1A55 10:00 Paignton - London Paddington service. D1021 'Western Cavalier' was released from Swindon on in June 1963. the loco lasted until August 1976 (just two years after this image was taken). On the date of scrapping she had clocked up over a million miles on the Great Western Network.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


27th July 1974
BR Blue Western No. 1047 'Western Lord' stands at Taunton on the 27th July 1974 working the 1V46 08:40 Kensington - St Austell 'motorail' service.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


17th July 1974
BR Blue Western No. D1011 'Western Thunderer' passes Taunton on the 17th July 1974 working the 1B11 London Paddington - Peznance via Bristol service.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


17th July 1974
17th July 1974 D1030 is seen fresh from a Laira repaint paused at Taunton for a crew change with 1V34 07:35 Kensington - St Austell 'motorail' the heaviest booked passenger working of the day and invariably a hydraulic (by then a Western as the Warships were gone). This was because it regularly exceeded the loading over the South Devon banks for all diesel electrics of the day.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


17th July 1974
BR Blue Western No. D1049 'Western Monarch' stands at Taunton on the 17th July 1974 working the 1B95 from London Paddington. The destination could of been Paignton, Penzance or Newquay.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


11th May 1974
On the 11th May 1974 BR Blue liveried Western No. D1001 'Western Pathfinder' 'Western Pathfinder' stands at Taunton on the 1V34 07:35 Kensington Olympia- St Austell Motorail recessed to allow faster services to overtake before proceeding west.
(Photo: Stephen Burdett)


7th September 1973
Class 46 No.46056 (D193) arrives into Taunton hauling the 1V82 08:10 Newcastle - Penzance service on the 7th September 1973
(Photo: Modern Image Slides)


29th April 1972
On the 29th April 1972 BR two tone green Class 47 No.D1933 passes through the centre road at Taunton with a lengthy rake of clay slurry tanks in tow. The Class 47 went on to lead a long life, becoming 47255, 47596 & 47740 in its lifetime. The loco now enjoys retirement at 47596 based on the Mid Norfolk Railway and is currently painted in one of the Stratford Blue schemes.This image was located via Ebay and is part of the Modern Image Slides collections.
(Photo: Modern Image Slides)


31st May 1969
This image is thought to of been taken on the 31st May 1969. The RCTS operated 'The Cheddar Valley Scenic Rail Tour' using a Class 117 Diesel Multiple Unit from London Paddington. The tour operated as the 1Z15 08:35 London Paddington - London Paddington. The tour was routed through Slough, Maidenhead, Reading, Newbury, using the Westbury and Frome avoiding lines, Witham, Cranmore, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Cheddar. The tour then reversed to Witham before running forward to Taunton where the train is believed to be pictured in this image as passengers alight. After Taunton the route headed north to Bristol West Depot, Ashton Junction and Wapping Wharf, before returning through Bristol Temple Meads to Lawrance Hill Junction where it visited Avonside Street Crossing Gates, from there is passed Mangosfield, Westerleigh and Yate before visiting Avonmouth Docks , Clifton Down, Dr Days Junction, Bath Spa and back to London Paddington. The Class 117 formation was formed of 51538,59510, 59528 and 51400. The photorapher of this image is unknown, but probably someone who was on the tour when it arrived into Taunton Station at 15:00.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


4th September 1964
GWR 2-6-0 'Mogul' No.7303 is prepped by footplate crew at Taunton prior to departure from Taunton on the 4th September 1964. Note the smokebox number plate had already been removed from the locomotive. The service is likely to have been a Barnstaple bound service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


13th June 1964
GWR 2-6-2T No.4593 arrives into Taunton bunker first on the 13th June 1964 having worked the 16:00 Yeovil Pen Mill - Taunton stopping service. Here the train terminated, the return service (the 17:55 from Taunton) was worked by Large Prairie No.4131.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


22nd May 1964
GWR 2-6-0 'Mogul' No.7337 stands in the Barnstaple bay Platform with a fully loaded tender ready to depart with a local stopping service to Barnstaple.
(Photo: KCH Fairey)


31st October 1963
On the 31st October 1963 Small Prairie Tank 2-6-2 No.4591 departs Taunton with the 09:45 Taunton - Yeovil service formed of 4 coaches.
(Photo: Russell Leitch)


19th September 1962
GWR 2-6-0 'Mogul' No.7337 is pictured at Taunton on the 19th September 1962. The locomotive is most likely being prepared to work a service through to Barnstaple. Note the 1950's early Cherry Picker on the opposite platform being used to start removing the central canopy.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


8th September 1962
GWR 4-6-0 'Castle' No.7017 arrives into Taunton on the 8th September 1962 with a southbound eight coach passenger service.
(Photo: C L Caddy)


8th September 1962
GWR 2-6-0 'Hall' No. 6954 'Lotherton Hall' stands at Taunton on the 8th September 1962 hauling an unknown northbound passenger service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


8th September 1962
GWR 4-6-0 Castle No.7022 stands at Taunton at the head of 1A41 to London Paddington on the 8th September 1962.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


8th September 1962
0-6-0 Pannier Tank No.4663 complete with 83B shed plate number stands at Taunton on the 8th September 1962 waiting to deaprt with a local stopping service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


14th April 1962
We move forward to 1962 with this shot of BR Class 42 Warship No.D831 is seen at Taunton on the 14th April 1962 working the 1C30 10:30 Paddington - Penzance .At the time the loco carried full BR Green livery with no yellow nose ends.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


30th May 1961
GWR 4-6-0 Modified Hall No. 6999 'Capel Dewi Hall' is picutred at Taunton on the 30th May 1961 on an unknown service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


5th September 1960
GWR 4-6-0 'King' No. 6003 'King George IV' stands at Taunton receiving attention from crew during a booked stop. The C35 headcode the locomotive is pictured at Taunton on the 5th September 1960.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


28th July 1960
GWR 2-6-2T Small Prairie No.4567 passes light engine through Taunton Station on the 28th July 1960 passing a group of school boys taking locomotive numbers on the centre platform as it passes.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


4th June 1960
GWR 4-6-0 Castle No. 5053 'Bishops Castle' arrives into Taunton hauling a Paignton bound service while in the background Castle Class No. 4095 'Harlech Castle' built in 1926 arrives with a Bristol - Taunton stopping service on the 4th June 1960.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


31st August 1959
This wonderful image shows GWR 4-6-0 'King' No. 6002 'King William IV' at Taunton with a young enthusiast looking on at the impressive express passenger locomotive. Taken on the 21st August 1959 this scan of a print purchased online captures another moment in Taunton's railway history.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


31st May 1959
With a young lad on the station platform diligently taking the number of the Taunton Station pilot locomotive 0-6-0T No.9761 at Taunton Station.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


25th June 1958
25th June 1958, British Rail 2-6-2 Large Prairie Tank No.5185 is pictured at Taunton with a mixed rake of coaching stock. This image was purchased as part of the Taunton Trains collection, but with no previous photographer history.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


24th June 1958
GWR 4-6-0 'King' No. 6024 'King Edward I' stands at Taunton at the head of the 13:30 London Paddington - Penzance service 'The Roal Duchy' on the 24th June 1958 with the fireman preparing coal for the next leg of the journey into Devon.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


24th June 1958
GWR 4-6-0 'King' No. 6024 'King Edward I' stands at Taunton on the 26th June 1958 having hauled the 13:30 London Paddington - Penzance service 'The Royal Duchy' to Taunton. The fireman is pictured shovelling coal forward ready for the next leg of the journey.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


12th May 1958
GWR Small Prairie No.5504 departs from Taunton on the 12th May 1958 hauling the 11:00 Taunton - Chard service formed of two suburban coaches and a syphon van.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


19th May 1957
4-4-0 No. 3440 'City of Truro' stands at Taunton on the 19th May 1957 working a Enthusiast Railtour from Swindon to Kingswear. The locomotive is seen taking water in the centre platforms. This was the commencing period when No. 3440 'City of Truro' was employed running Railway Enthusiast Specials and light local work from Paddington and Reading. Of note the engine is fitted with top feed and original number not it's later number of No.3717.
(Photo: Maurice Dean)


31st May 1952
British Railways 4-6-0 No. 4079 'Pendennis Castle' passes through Taunton on the 31st May 1952 (a second date of the 2nd August 1952 has also been suggested for this image) carrying the head code 823. This working it thought to be the Saturdays Only 10:55 Birmingham - Paignton service.
(Photo: DK Jones Collection)


5th September 1949
GWR 4-6-0 'Star' No. 4054 'Princess Charlotte' is pictured at Taunton on the 5th September 1949 just three years later the locomotive was taken out of service and scrapped.
(Photo: DK Jones Collection)


15th August 1939
A Large 'Metro' tank (possibly No.3582) arrives into Taunton on the 15th August 1939 working the 'Castle Cary Auto' service. Metro No.3582 was the last of the class based at Taunton. She nominally moved to St Blazey in 1949 but may not have made the trip as she was called to Swindon for scraping soon after.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


15th August 1939
GWR 4-6-0 Star Class No. 4015 'Knight of St. John' based at Swindon arrives into Taunton with a local stopping service (possibly from Cardiff) on the 15th Augusut 1939.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


20th May 1892
20th May 1892 'Rover' Class 4-2-2 'Dragon' stands at Taunton hauling the last down 'Cornishman' the 10:15 Paddington - Penzance, with the crew posed for the a photograph.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



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)



Pinoneer Class 33 No.33001 is pictured at Taunton passes light engine through the station on an unknown date in the 1980's.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Taken at a very wet Taunton Station at some point in the 1960's an unidentified BR Western arrives hauling the 1A62 10:00 Penzance - London Paddington service into Taunton.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image taken in 1964 shows a rain soaked Taunton with a British Rail Western having arrived in the down centre platform road at Taunton.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



On an unknown date during the 1980's BR Large Logo Class 50 No. 50036 'Victorious' rounds the curve into Taunton Station passing the semaphore signals as its service heads south.
(Photo: Malcom S Trigg)



GWR 4-6-0 'Castle' No. 4098 'Kidwelly Castle' stands at Taunton in 1961 as a north bound passenger service arrives. Clearly a slight 'incident' has occurred on the photographers platform as the porters parcels appear to have just fallen off their trolley! The C36 headcode on the locomotive indicates the 08:17 Carmarthen - Penzance service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 No. 5079 'Lydford Castle' (Also named 'Lysander')is pictured at Taunton on an unknown date working an express service to the West Country from Paddington carrying headcode 263.
(Photo: Norman Simmons)



No Date, (Possibly 1988) BR Class 08 No.08849 in Platform 1 at Taunton
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Taken on an unknown date, 2-6-2T No.5563 arrives into Taunton with a local stopping service (probably having originated at Yeovil).
(Photo: R E Toop)



Network Southeast Liveried Class 50 No. 50032 'Courageous' passes Taunton with a rake of BR Blue Grey parcels vans in tow. Taken on an unknown date of an unknown working.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 45 No.31 (D31/45030) arrives into Taunton with an unknown service. the image is thought to be taken some time in the 1970's. The working is thought to be the 1V71 09:00 Bradford - Penzance.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



The photo of BR Blue Class 45 No.45036 in Platform 1 at Taunton shows a Driver doing his preperation before departing for his duties. His name was Bert Dodd and lived in Priorswood Road, Taunton. Steve Awford remembers working with him as second man many times when he was based at Taunton from 1979 to 1986 when the train crew depot closed. Note the words 'Mega Peak' written above the number, obviously the Peak Army approved of this locomotive!
(Photo: Dave Jones)



This photo was passed onto Taunton Trains by David Jones. It was taken of his Dad, Mervyn Jones when he was a driver based at Taunton in the 1960's. However there is an added significance with one of these above photos. D1647 has had a life slightly longer than most Class 47's. She was delivered new to Crewe Depot on the 5th June 1965 in BR Two Tone Green livery. In February 1974 the locomotive was then renumber to 47197. 47197 was still operational right up until 2005 and was scrapped in 2008 by TJ Thompsons of Stockton. Since 1974 the locomotive has enjoyed spells allocated to depots all over the UK. Crewe, Eastfield, Stoke, Bescot, Immingham, Cardiff, Tinsley, and Doncaster are just a few. Most of it's life has been spent hauling general freight, however with sectorisation in the 1990's the loco did enjoy a spell on Petroleum Traffic in the North East. In recent years the locomotive has been used by Freightliner to haul containers, and more recently the loco was transferred to Freightliner Heavy Haul and has proved it's worth once again working more general operations around the UK. The locomotive was never named throughout its life.
(Photo: Dave Jones)



This photo was passed onto Taunton Trains by David Jones. It was taken of his Dad, Mervyn Jones when he was a driver based at Taunton in the 1960's. Mervyn is seen at the controls of British Rail Warship Class 42 No.D832 'Onslaught'
(Photo: Dave Jones)



This image shows a typical scene from Taunton in the 1980's. A full branded Intercity HST pulls away from Taunton (possibly on a Cross Country service). The date and any other details for this image are unknown.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image shows a typical scene from Taunton in the 1980's. A mixed branded Intercity/BR Blue HST pulls away from Taunton (possibly on a service to Plymouth from London Paddington). The date and any other details for this image are unknown.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Two unknown crew members posing infront of GWR Hawskworth 4-6-0 No. 1002 'County of Berks' at Taunton.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 47 No.47077 arrives into Taunton on an unknown date and working passing BR Taunton Inspection Saloon No.999508
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Two BR Class 120 'Cross Country' Diesel Multiple Units are seen at Taunton in the 1970's. Set B560 is at Taunton displaying the 3B96 headcode.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 47 No.47510 with it's 'domino' headcode box arrives into Taunton Station in 1978. Note Taunton East Yard bustling with wagons and freight and some very authentic GWR items in the shot as well.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An unknown crew member posing on the footplate of GWR No. 3444 'Cormorant'
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 45 No.D105 (just running as 105 by this time, later 45064) is seen at Taunton. The rear nose was a split headcode box like, but at the end closest to camera it was 'retro-fitted' with a solid centre headcode (as fitted from new on the later batch of 46's). D105 was cut up in January 1985 never to turn another wheel. 1E60 denotes the 10:32 Paignton - Leeds serivce.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image shows British Rail 9F No. 92205 at Taunton with a southbound service. 92205 was built on the 31st May 1959.The headcode 323 was the Summer Saturdays 06:40 Leicester to Paignton. The loco looks too worn for it to have been the Summer of 1959, but the headcodes were changing during 1960, but the photo could have been the Summer of either of those two years. The photo was purchased as a print from Ebay many years ago with no details of the original photographer.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Railfreight Large Logo Class 47 No.47366 pauses at Taunton Station in 1993 hauling Inspection Saloon No.999506
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Class 50 No. 50007 'Hercules' is seen at Taunton shortly after transfer to the Western Reigon in the 1970's. 50007 'Hercules' at this stage was unnamed and unrefurbished. The 1B53 arrives into Taunton.
(Photo: Taunton Trains)



Reigonal Railways Class 143 No.143614 pacer unit stands in Platform 6 at Taunton on an unknown date in 1993 waiting to form the next stopping service to Bristol Temple Meads
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Having arrvived with a passenger service from Bristol Temple Meads, BR Blue Class 33 No.33008 runs round its train at the east end of Taunton Station preparing to return to Bristol.
(Photo: Malcon S Trigg)



BR Blue Class 33 No.33008 arrives into Taunton on a sunny afternoon in 1986 operating a Cardiff to Taunton stopping service.
(Photo: Malcom S Trigg)



An unknown British Rail Class 50 calls at Taunton in 1976 while working 1A59 to London Paddington.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 Hall No. 4996 'Eden Hall' detaches from its coaches at Taunton Station having arrived from the west. This image is thought to have been taken around 1962.
(Photo: Micky Farkas)



This image shows a view looking towards Bristol stood on the Up Mainline at Taunton in 1905. To the left of the image is Railway Street with sidings being used to store wagons,. Note the overall roof within the centre of the station and the central canopy to the station.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 50 No. 50003 'Temeraire' is pictured stabled at Taunton. The image predates 1978 as it was in May of that year the locomotive gained the name 'Temeraire'.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Class 50 No. 50018 'Resolution' departs from Taunton Station on an unknown date and service. 50018 'Resolution' survived in traffic until 1991 in service and was finally cut up at MC Metals in Glasgow in 1992.
(Photo: Taunton Trains collection)



An unidentified 2-6-2 Great Western Small Prairie Tank stands at Taunton with a local passenger service. Small Prairie Tanks worked on many of the branch line services from Taunton and were a common sight in the area.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



During April 1966 BR Two Tone Green 'Hymek' No.D7006 passes through Taunton with a BR inspection saloon (No.80976) in tow. Although the locomotive is no more, the Inspection Saloon has survived. It was purchased by the West Somerset Railway Association as a genuine piece of Western Region history and can be seen operating West Somerset Railway on special services. The original photographer of this image is unknown.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 2884 Class (unknown number) stands at Taunton wearing headcode 186.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 'Saint' No. 2954 'Tockenham Court' 'Tockenham Court' is pictured at Taunton. The locomotive was built in built in March 1913, and was first allocated to Newton Abbot. In 1950 it was reallocated to be based at Swindon and finally taken out of service in July 1952.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 08 No.08576 arrives into Taunton with a mixed rake of wagons from Fairwater Yard on an unknown date.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 'Saint' No. 2978 'Charles J. Hambro' is pictured at Taunton. The locomotive was renamed 'Charles J Hambro' in 1935 and taken out of service in 1946 when allocated to Swindon, so this image can be dated between the 10 year gap in dates.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-4-0 Bulldog No. 3363 'Alfred Baldwin' is pictured at Taunton. Alfred Baldwin was a Conservative MP & GWR Director who was the father of Stanley Baldwin (Conservative Prime Minister). The locomotive was allocated to Taunton for most of its life before ending up at Westbury shed in May 1949.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-4-0 Bulldog No. 3378 'River Tawe' stands at Taunton on a local stopping service. This locomotive had its name removed in 1939, so this image predates the above date. This image has been extensively repaired from a glass plate hi resolution scan and rebuilt for viewing, in the editing of this image it was decided to remove the corner of the canopy from the image as it was too far gone to digitally repair.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-4-0 No. 3443 'Chaffinch' is pictured stabled in the bay platforms on the 'up' side of the west end of Taunton Station on an unknown date. This image purchased as a print has no trace of the original photographer. No. 3443 'Chaffinch' was built in 1909 and survived until 1951 before being scrapped.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 45 No.45128 (D113) stands at Taunton with a Southbound passenger service in 1986. Note that during this time the down Platform was numbered '1'. Where as today Platform 1 denotes the Bay Platform at the South end of Taunton Station. 45128 was withdrawn from service in April 1989, but wasn't cut up until 1992 at MC Metals in Glasgow.
(Photo: Nigel Curtis)



This image is thought to have been taken between 1993/1995 of one the annual extra relief services which were operated for the Glastonbury Festival. Former Scottish Class 37/4 No. 37407 'Loch Long' 'Loch Long' is picutred on the centre platforms at Taunton (which at the time were out of use, but were opened periodically when additional services required their use) ready to run round it's train and return to Castle Cary, Westbury and Bath.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 45 No.45133 arrives into Taunton on a sunny morning during August 1983 with a southbound cross country service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



British Railways 4-6-0 No. 4079 'Pendennis Castle' pauses at Taunton while hauling the 'Holiday Haunts Express' at Taunton. Each year the GWR published a guide to resorts on the railway which included lists of hotels and boarding establishments, spacial trains were run at cheaper fares on Sundays in the late winder and early spring. These trains ran as 'Holiday Haunts Express'
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Rail Express Systems Class 47 No.47596 arrives into Taunton on an unknown date in 1993 with an unknown working.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image of a GWR 4-6-0 'Castle' is thought to be No. 4087 'Cardigan Castle', while it can't be fully confirmed the numbers 408 can clearly be seen on the buffer beam, and 4087 'Cardigan Castle' also had a Hawksworth Tender. The train also has clerestorie coaches which also assists with the identification. Depending on the date of the image the working would of either been the 11:10 Paddington - Penzance or 09:30 Paddington - Newquay.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Great Western 2-6-2 Large Prairie Tank No.4136 stands at Taunton on an unknown service and date. The locomotive was based at Taunton (83B) shed and would of been a regular operating in and out of Taunton Station.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 No. 4901 'Adderley Hall' is pictured on a unknown date at Taunton. The locomotive was first built in 1928 and was first allocated to Penzance shed. It's last shed allocation was Taunton (83B) it lasted in mainline service until 1963 when it was scrapped by Cohen's of Swansea.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image shows a GWR 4-6-0 Castle (possibly No. 5021 'Whittington Castle' ) on an unknown date and service complete with one of the rarer 'British Railways' branded tenders, before the more standard BR embelem was adopted.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR Castle Class 4-6-2 No. 5038 'Morlais Castle' is pictured at Taunton being serviced by a crew member. 5038 'Morlais Castle' was built in 1935 and widthdrawn in 1963 spending the majority of its life at 81A Old Oak Common.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 'Castle' No. 5039 'Rhuddlan Castle' is pictured at Taunton. The locomotive was built in June 1935 and clocked up 1,380,564 miles of running before withdrawal in 1964.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR Clastle Class 4-6-2 No. 5082 'Powis Castle' and an unidentified Class member are seen double headed at Taunton. Swordfish was built in 1939 and spent the majority of its life based at 82A Bristol Bath Road with a later stint at 81A Old Oak Common, it was also fitted with a Hawksworth Tender.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR 2-6-2 Small Prairie Tank No.5504 was based at Taunton, and is seen here paused at Taunton wearing BR lined green livery. The locomotive was built in 1927 and spent its entire life in the Tautnon before being withdrawn in 1960. This one image took over ten hours of work to repair and bring back to standard able to be displayed.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR Small Prairie 2-6-2 No.5521 is pictured at Taunton hauling a local passenger service. No.5521 was a Taunton Shed (83B) based locomotive from 1948 before being transfered to Plymouth.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Great Western 2-6-2 Small Prairie Tank No.5521 stands at Taunton on a local passenger service. The locomotive was built in 1927 and still survives today having managed to enter preservation.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR lined green liveried 2-6-2 Small Prairie Tank No.5571 is pictured at Taunton working a local passenger diagaram. This was another loco which spent the majority of its life based at 83B Taunton Shed.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR King Class 4-6-0 No. 6018 'King Henry VI' is pictured at Taunton. The locomotive was based at 83A Newton Abbot and 81A Old Oak Common during its mainline linfe. Built in 1928 it survived until 1928 when it was widthdrawn from traffic.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 2-6-0 'Mogal' No.6345 stands in the Barnstaple Bay at Taunton Station in 1958 preparing to depart with a local passenger stopping service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 King Class No. 6020 'King Henry IV' stands at Taunton with an express passenger service to London Paddington.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This steam locomotive is thought to be GWR Hall Class 4-6-0 No. 6828 'Trellech Grange' carrying headboard train number 238 at Taunton. Having been built in 1937 at Swindon it survived in traffic until 1963 when it was cut up in September of the same year having spent most of its life based at 84B Oxley.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 No.7025 is pictured paused at Taunton with a Paddington bound passenger train.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR Hall Class 4-6-0 (possibly No. 7905 'Fowey Hall' ,although not confirmed) is pictured at Taunton. The locomotive also has one of the Hawksworth tenders.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 Castle Class No.7036 arrives into Taunton on the 20th August 1960 with a south bound passenger service from London Paddington.
(Photo: Derek Slater)



A BR 2-8-0 8F No. 48520 passes light engine through the up Platform at Taunton. This loco possibly worked to Bridgwater with the Saltney Tanks for British Cellophane and had gone to Taunton to be turned,the loco was for many years in early 60's allocated to 8C Speake Junction,this working often produced a Midland Loco,Saltney being near Chester.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Taken during 1994 a pair of Class 37's No.37207 & No.37191 pass through Taunton on an northbound evening engineers (probably returning from Exeter Riverside to Westbury). Both locos carry civil engineers 'Dutch' which suited the class.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR 4-6-2 Standard Class 7 No. 70017 'Arrow' is pictured paused at Taunton. The locomotive was built in 1951 and later scrapped by 1966 at just 15 years old.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Western No. D1011 'Western Thunderer' stands at Taunton while working the 1V34 07:35 Kensington - St Austell 'motorail' service on an unknown date in 1974
(Photo: Paul Clarke)



This image has been possibly traced as either GWR 4-6-0 No. 6900 'Abney Hall' or No. 6901 'Arley Hall'. The locomotive is pictured being serviced at Taunton. The locomotives first shed allocation was Tyseley but was later changed to Bristol, St. Philip's Marsh.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This unidentified King Class locomotive is pictured storming through Taunton Station non stop hauling a south bound passenger service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An Unidentified Great Western 57XX Large Prairie Tank is pictured at Taunton possibly ready to depart with a service to Minehead.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Western No. D1056 'Western Sultan' stands at Taunton working the 1B18 from London Paddington, image taken on an unknown date.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)



Unidentified 4-4-0 Bulldog is pictured tanking water at the north end of Taunton Station possibly having arrived from Barnstaple.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Western No. D1065 'Western Consort' stands at Taunton while working the 1B95 from London Paddington on an unknown date. The destination could of been Paignton, Penzance or Barnstaple.
(Photo: Paul Carke)



British Railways 0-6-0T No.4663 hauls a rake of ballast wagons through Taunton Station in 1959 dropping fresh ballast onto the tracks as it moves through the station area.
(Photo: Taunton Trains collection)



GWR 4-6-0 No. 4949 'Packwood Hall' stands at Taunton with a north bound passenger service. This image was part of a house clearance which has been restored for Taunton Trains.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 Hall No. 4993 'Dalton Hall' is pictured at Taunton on a north bound passenger service in 1962.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



On an unknown date Great Western Castle Class No.7036 is seen paused at Taunton Station.This image of 7036 was taken before August 1959, because it was after 1959 was fitted with a double chimney, and in the photo it still has a single chimney. The 608 headcode was the 06:25 Penzance to Paddington in 1956/57/58. This photo was sourced via Ebay the original photographer is unknown.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



On an unknown date a BR Blue Class 35 No.D7001 is seen at Taunton working the 5A06 05:55 Plymouth - Old Oak Common parcels service through Platform 4 at Taunton.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



In June 1964 Western No. D1005 'Western Venturer' stands at Taunton with a southbound 1C45 down Cornish Riviera which formed the 10:30 from London Padddington to Penzance. This photo was supplied to Taunton Trains by Andrew French upon scanning his fathers collection, he came across several from the Taunton area.
(Photo: G S French)



This shot shows another Maroon liveried Western with a full yellow end arriving into Platform 3 (Now Platform 5) at Taunton Station. The headcode suggests the 1A17 15:20 Penzance to Paddington?
(Photo: David Ford)



An unidentified Western passes through Taunton Station on an unknown date.
(Photo: Kevin Auger)



GWR Castle 4-6-0 No. 5051 'Drysllwyn Castle' stands at Taunton during the Great Western 150 celebrations waiting to depart to Bristol.
(Photo: Graham Roose)



Taken in May 1968 Class 52 Western No. D1044 'Western Duchess' is seen reversing onto stock at Taunton Station. The train from Bristol had arrived behind Hymek No.D7014 (Possibly viewed in the background of this image). At Taunton a locomotive switch took place to allow the Western to continue to Plymouth.
(Photo: Kevin Auger)



Taken during 1994 a pair of Class 37's No.37207 & No.37191 pass through Taunton on an northbound evening engineers (probably returning from Exeter Riverside to Westbury). Both locos carry civil engineers 'Dutch' which suited the class, also visible in this image is ZOX Crew Van No.889027
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 47 No.47230 arrives into Taunton Station in July 1983 hauling a northbound passenger service past Taunton West Signal Box.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Rail Express Systems liveried Class 47 No.47760 arrives into Taunton on an unknown date in 1996 with a southbound passenger service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



On an unknown date during 1982 BR Large Logo Class 50 No. 50008 'Thunderer' arrives into Taunton with a passenger service heading for London Paddington. In the background a BR Blue Class 47 can also be spotted stabled in the sidings behind the station.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Large Logo Class 50 No. 50039 'Implacable' stands at Taunton in September 1983 on an unknown service train.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



British Rail Warship No.D828 stands at Taunton in May 1963 while working the 1M05 11:40 Penzance - Crewe service.
(Photo: Micky Farkas, supplied by Steve Awford)



British Rail Class 42 'Warship' No.D853 stands at Taunton in 1963 while working the 1A41 06:45 Truro - London Paddington 'Mayflower' service.
(Photo: Micky Farkas, supplied by Steve Awford)



A British Rail DMU stands at Taunton having arrived from Minehead in 1963.
(Photo: Micky Farkas, supplied by Steve Awford)



British Rail Hymek No.D7071 stands at Taunton having arrived with the 10:25 Minehead - London Paddington service in June 1970.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Taken by an unknown photographer with no details, a 2-6-0 Mogul arrives into Taunton (possibly from Barnstaple) with a three coach local service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 50 No. 50037 'Illustrious' arrives into Taunton with the 13:21 from Liverpool Lime Street passing stabled BR Blue Class 46 'Peak' No.46017. The image is thought to have been taken around 1977 by an unknown photographer.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An Unidentified Class 08 stands at Taunton in the Barnstaple Bay Platform in the early 1960's. Adjacent are several steam locomotives awaiting their next duties. The canopy on the was in the process of being stripped in this image which shows the exposed Victorian steelwork frames.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An Unidentified Class 22 (displaying the headcode 2C77) stands at Taunton in the early 1960's. The canopy on the was in the process of being stripped in this image which shows the exposed Victorian steelwork frames.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 4-6-0 Hall No. 4914 'Cranmore Hall' stands at Taunton on the down Devonian in 1959.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An unidentified Intercity 125 - HST arrives into Taunton Station passing the former Avimo building (right) as it heads north.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



At the start of the Her Majesty The Queenss reign, steam was still common place on the UK rail network. GWR Mogul 2-6-0 43xx No.6343 is pictured between duties at Taunton in 1959, the loco was allocated to Taunton Shed (83B) and was a regular locomotive sighted in the local area.
(Photo: Strathwood Publishing)



BR Mogul 2-6-0 43xx No.7303 is seen at Taunton on an arrival from Barnstaple or a stopper going to Bristol in 1964. This is possibly a summer Saturday as the centre platform is in use. Also odd is the DMU which appears to be arriving on the centre road- as they usually only worked stoppers they would use the platform occupied by the mogul.
(Photo: Colour Rail)



This superb image shows a summer service at Taunton in 1989. Intercity liveried Class 47 No.47609 'Fire Fly' arrives into Taunton with passengers ready for their holiday travels. A classic 1980's scene, although the young lad in the sombrero is probably a little over optimistic on his destination and the weather!
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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