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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.

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 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)


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)


14th August 1966
British Rail Green liveried Warship No.D849 passes 40 Steps, Taunton on the 18th August 1966 hauling the 1N21 11:15 Penzance to Bradford. The sevice passes a Class 35 Hymek stabled on the adacent yard lines.
(Photo: Colour Rail)


14th August 1966
British Rail maroon liveried Western No. D1065 'Western Consort' passes 40 Steps, Taunton on the 14th August 1966 hauling the 1A62 10:00 Penzance - London Paddington serivce.
(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)


5th September 1962
Taken at Minehead on the 5th September 1962 2-6-2 No.5563 prepares to depart for Taunton. We have tried to find the details of the original photographer but so far there has been no trace. If you can help please contact us.
(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)



Taken in 1988 Intercity 125 livered HST set No.253053 (43187 + 43188) pass over Athelney Crossing passing the Athelney Signal Box with a Paddington bound express.
(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)



British Rail Intercity Class 47 No.47615 arrives into Taunton on an unknown date and service in 1989. This early version of the Intercity livery was superseded by several other versions before the Intercity Swallow livery was adopted for the fleet.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image shows a BR Blue split headcode Class 45 'Peak' passing through Victory Crossing nearing Norton Fitzwarren & Taunton. The date for this image is unknown by thought to be around 1976 / 1977 due to the 0000 headcode being displated on the front end of the locomotive.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image shows a British Rail Class 119 stabled in Platform 1 at Taunton in the 1980's. At the time this platform was not for passenger use, so the Class 119 must have been stabled between duties (or failed).We know little information about this image.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



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)



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)



BR Class Class 25 No.25033 passes 40 Steps Taunton, with a BR Inspection Saloon in tow. Presumably 9Z01 was the train headcode running as a special working. 25033 was withdrawn from service in 1983 and later scrapped in 1985.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



On an unidentified date an unidentified Class 45 uses the Taunton avoider to work between Taunton West and East yards without passing through the main station area. The BR Blue Class 45 is seen passing 40 Steps.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This image shows a former British Rail, Rail Grinder stabled at Taunton Shed. This rare image shows how the technology of rail grinding has moved on since the 1980's.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Class 50 No. 50009 'Conqueror' pulls away from Taunton Statio passing Taunton School at Staplegrove Road on route south with the 1B73 14:30 London Paddington - Paignton service.
(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)



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)



On an unidentified date around 1989, two BR Blue Class 31's power away from Taunton. No.31444 leads the duo and was named 'Keighley & Worth Valley Railway' at the time. The service is likely to be one of the summer season Rose Grove - Paignton services, which were frequently double headed by Class 31's.
(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)



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



An Unidentifed BR Blue Class 45 passes Fairwater Yard on an unidentified date and unidentified norhtbound passenger working.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Taken in 1964, GWR 4-6-0 Hall No. 4932 'Hatherton Hall' passes 40 Steps, Taunton with a mixed train of perishables in tow, using the Taunton Station 'avoider' line.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 47 No.47234 passes 40 Steps, Taunton using the Taunton Station 'avoider' line. The train (most likey heading for Cornwall) is made up of verious China Clay wagons.
(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)



British Rail Large Loco Class 50 No. 50049 'Defiance' takes the relief line on departing Taunton. The track rationalizationof the late 1980's dates the image to around this period. The loco at this time also had its high intensity headlight plated over.
(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)



An Unidentifed BR Blue Class 45 passes Fairwater Yard on an unidentified date and unidentified norhtbound passenger working.
(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)



An unidentified BR Blue Class 45 uses the Taunton 'avoider' to pass between Taunton East and West yards with a mixed set of 'speedlink' wagons in tow.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 33 No.33203 passe Staplegrove Road while working a south bound petroleum service on an unknown date.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



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)



BR Class 103 Park Royal DMU No.P200 was previously based at Plymouth (Laira) and used on the Kingswear Branch before clousure. It's seen here at Minehead wearing the West Somerset Railway colours of the time, taken on an unknown date.
(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)



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)



The comparatively new Class 150 'sprinters' had only just arrived in the area in 1988/1989 to replace the aging BR Diesel Multiple Unit fleets. On 1988 Class 150/2 No.150276 passes Cogload Junction heading for Bristol Temple Meads.
(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)



A general view of Taunton Station looking west with Taunton West Signal Box central to the image as a local Diesel Multiple Unit service arrives on an unknow service and date.
(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)



In 1989 the transition change from BR Blue and Grey to the first version of Intercity livery was still in full flow, here a cross country service (probably from Plymouth) is seen heading north at Cogload Junction. 253009 was formed of powercars 43019 and 43018.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



GWR 2-6-2T Small Prairie Tank No.5571 is pictured on Taunton Shed (83B) stabled on a unknown date. The locomotive was built at Swindon Works in 1929, and was based at Taunton for most of its life. It's final shed being 81C Southall. It was withdrawn in October 1964 and cut up by the 31st January 1965.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



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)



BR Class 50 No. 50021 'Rodney' passes over the classic flyover at Cogload Junction in 1988 heading South from Bristol. Note the mixed rake of coaching stock including also charting the transition through to Intercity from BR Blue and Grey.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Class 50 No. 50021 'Rodney' passes over the classic flyover at Cogload Junction in 1988 heading South from Bristol. Note the mixed rake of coaching stock including also charting the transition through to Intercity from BR Blue and Grey.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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