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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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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 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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


19th May 1957
4-4-0 No.3440 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 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)


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)



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)



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



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 'Western Explorer' '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)



An unknown crew member posing on the footplate of GWR No.3440 'Cormerant'.
(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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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



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)



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)



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 photogrpaher with no details, a 2-6-0 Mogal arrives into Taunton (possibly from Barnstaple) with a three coach local service.
(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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