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The Taunton Trains Collection Gallery

For some time now Taunton Trains has been collecting images from various sources which will provide a historical archive of images for the future. Ebay has provided a good library of images taken in the Taunton area, and as many have been purchased 'with copyright' we are able to provide a good selection of images along with additional images credited to the originator. We would also like to thank Strathwood Publishing and Colour Rail for providing their assistance with some of their images. In all cases we have tried our best to find the original photographer, where this has not been possible images have been entered into the Taunton Trains collection until such time as a photographer name can be identified.

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)


17th June 1989
A very rare working occurred on the 17th June 1989. The 13:05 Paddington - Paignton loco hauled service failed at Westbury. The only locomotive to hand was a Railfreight Construction Class 56. 56046 is seen passing 40 Steps, Taunton with quite a few enthusiasts on board. The loco only worked the train between Westbury and Exeter. At Exeter something a little more appropriate was provided for the trip to Paignton. 56046 later returned light engine to Westbury.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


17th June 1989
A very rare working occurred on the 17th June 1989. Having worked the 13:05 Paddington - Paignton service between Westbury and Exeter. Railfreight Construction Class 56 No.56046 returned light engine to Westbury after a locomotive from Exeter Shed was found to work the passenger service forward. The Class 56 ia pictured returning to Westbury passing 40 Steps.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


24th April 1988
Two British Rail Class 08's are pictured stabled on shed at Taunton on the 24th April 1988. No.08576 is seen neared the camera.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


13th September 1987
2-6-2T No.5572 hauls a Park Royal DMU and three Mk1 Chocolate and Cream coaches away from Washford on the 13th September 1987 heading for Minehead.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


27th September 1986
BR Blue Class 47 No.47418 departs from Taunton on the 27th September 1986 passing 40 Steps. Situated around the departing train is the track rationalization and removal from 1986 period.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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)


1st June 1985
Ex Works BR Blue Class 31 No.31117 exits from Whiteball Tunnel into Devon on the 1st June 1985 hauling the 05:50 London Paddington - Plymouth mail / parcels service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


6th April 1985
Birtish Rail Intercity 125 No.43183 and No.43167 pass through Taunton East Junction on the 6th April 1985 with a cross country service. Note the additional TGS trailer in the consist at the rear of the set.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


27th July 1984
On the 27th July 1984 HST powercar No.43027 departs from Taunton under the famous semaphore signals at Taunton East Junction with a Paddington bound Intercity 125 service from Plymouth. Some 14 years later 43027 still travels the same route into and out of London each day operated by First Great Western. This view shows the second version of the Intercity livery which was eventually dropped in favour of the 'Intercity Swallow' version.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


22nd June 1981
Ruston PWM No.97652 is seen in Fairwater Yard (and was often based here) stabled inbetween shunting duties in the yard. This image was taken on the 22nd June 1981. The popular yellow shunter was a often seen shunting in various Taunton Yards.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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)


24th April 1980
On the 24th April 1980 BR Blue Class 47 No. 47280 tows BR Blue Class 50 No. 50038 'Formidable' through Taunton. The Class 47 was proving a tow for the Class 50 between Laira Depot (Plymouth) and Doncaster Depot for further work to be carried out on the locomotive.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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)


27th February 1977
This image was sold at a Postcard, produced by Monksilver Cards, it shows D1013 'Western Ranger' and D1023 'Western Fusilier' passing through Creech St Michael on the 27th February 1977 hauling 'The 'Western Tribute' railtour to Plymouth from Paddington & Swansea. The tour marked the final farewell to the Western class locomotives. The original image was taken by Peter Triggs.
(Photo: Peter Triggs)


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