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The West Coast Railways Gallery

Images of West Coast Railways services which have been photographed in the Taunton Area.

30th June 2018
West Coast Railways fronted the 'Exmoor Coast Statesman' premier dining charter from Crewe to Minehead on Saturday 30th June. The tour was hauled by former western region Class 47/8 No.47832 with No.47826 on the opposite end of the train. The 1Z78 05:05 Crewe - Minehead is pictured passing Norton Fitzwarren having crossed over from the mainline onto the West Somerset Railway.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


30th June 2018
West Coast Railways Class 47 No.47832 trails the 'Exmoor Coast Statesman' (with No.47826 out of sight) through Crowcombe on the 30th June 2018. The premier dining charter is pictured passing the heritage diesel service (15:15 Bishops Lydeard - Minehead) waiting with Class 33 D6566 (No.33048). Unfortunately due to a points failure at Blue Anchor earlier in the day all services were running late. As the 1Z79 15:08 Minehead - Crewe needed to get back to the mainline it took priority over the WSRs own service trains. As a result of the 15:15 heritage diesel service to Minehead was canceled at Crowcombe and returned to Bishops Lydeard after The Statesman Charter had passed.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


30th June 2018
West Coast Railways Class 47 No.47826 leads the 'Exmoor Coast Statesman' through Crowcombe on the 30th June 2018. The premier dining charter is pictured passing the heritage diesel service (15:15 Bishops Lydeard - Minehead) waiting with Class 33 D6566 (No.33048). Unfortunately due to a points failure at Blue Anchor earlier in the day all services were running late. As the 1Z79 15:08 Minehead - Crewe needed to get back to the mainline it took priority over the WSRs own service trains. As a result the 15:15 heritage diesel servce to Minehead was cancelled at Crowcombe and returned to Bishops Lydeard after The Statesman Charter had passed.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


10th June 2018
Heritage Traction in the form of West Coast Railways Class 37 No.37668 hauled the diesel leg of Steam Dreams 'The Cathedrals Express' charter on Sunday 10th June 2018. The locomotive is pictured passing Cogload Junction while hauling the 1Z50 07:15 from London Paddington to Kingswear. At Taunton, the Class 37 was added to the rear of the train, and Steam Traction in the shape of LMS Black 5 No.45212 took over to haul the charter to Kingswear.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


10th June 2018
Passengers alight at Taunton on Sunday 10th June 2018 having arrived behind West Coast Class 37 No.37668 hauling the 1Z50 07:15 London Paddington - Kingswear charter. The Cathedrals Express changed traction at Taunton and operated with LMS Black 5 No.45212 through to Kingswear with the Class 37 being moved to the rear of the train.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


10th June 2018
West Coast Railways Class 37 No.37668 rides on the rear of the 1Z50 07:15 London Paddington - Kingswear charter on Sunday 10th June 2018, as LMS Black 5 No.45212 leads away from the camera.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


27th May 2018
The Northern Belle dining train paid a brief visit to Taunton on the 27th May 2018. The train which was previously hauled by Direct Rail Services is now in the hands of West Coast Railways. Two Class 57 locomotives operated the train with No.57601 leading the 1Z30 11:05 Bromsgrove - Taunton running via Westbury. The train is pictured passing Cogload Farm on the approach to Cogload Junction.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


27th May 2018
The Northern Belle dining train paid a brief visit to Taunton on the 27th May 2018. The train which was previously hauled by Direct Rail Services is now in the hands of West Coast Railways. Two Class 57 locomotives operated the train with No.57601 leading the 1Z30 11:05 Bromsgrove - Taunton running via Westbury. Once at Taunton the train reversed with No.57313 taking the lead to form the 1Z31 14:35 Taunton - Bromsgorve leg of the trip. The train is pictured passing Durston on the return leg of the high class dining trip.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


3rd September 2017
Owing to paperwork issues not allowing No. 46100 'Royal Scot' Royal Scot to leave the West Somerset Railway, West Coast Railways provided Class 57/3 No.57313 to haul The Royal Duchy charter from Bristol Temple Meads to Par on the 3rd September 2017. The 1Z37 08:52 from Bristol passes 40 Steps, Taunton on route south.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


26th August 2017
West Coast Railways operated the 'Dartmouth Royal Regatta Statesman' from Wolverhampton to Kingswear on Saturday 26th August 2017. The high quality dining charter was hauled by Class 57/6 No.57601 with Class 57/3 No.57313 on the rear of the set. The colourful set is seen passing Cogload Junction with the 1Z60 to Kingswear.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


6th August 2017
West Coast Railways Class 33 No. 33207 'Jim Martin' made a second appearance at Taunton in a week, by operating the same charter diagram it performed during the last week of July. On the 6th August 2017 the locomotive hauled the 1Z37 08:52 Bristol Temple Meads - Taunton leg of the 'Royal Duchy' charter. At Taunton the Class 33 was removed from the train and replaced by LMS Steam Locomotive No. 46100 'Royal Scot' 'Royal Scot' for the run to Par. Later the Class 33 was called upon to work down to Exeter St Davids as Royal Scot was running low on coal for the return trip. So passengers treated to a mainline run from Exeter with the veteran locomotive. The Class 33 is pictured storming through Creech St Michael on the morning run to Taunton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


30th July 2017
West Coast Railways operated ‘The Royal Duchy' charter from Bristol Temple Meads to Par on Sunday 30th July. In an incredible turn of events the Bristol to Taunton leg was diesel hauled by a single Class 33 locomotive. No. 33207 'Jim Martin' is pictured here passing Cogload Junction before handing over to steam locomotive ‘Royal Scot' at Taunton. The Class 33 spent the day stabled behind Taunton Station before taking over the tour back to Bristol in the evening.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


13th May 2017
Second charter on the day to visit Taunton on the 13th May 2017 was operated by West Coast Railways. 'The English Riviera Statesman' was hauled by top and tail Class 57/3's. Complete with a scratch from one end of the loco to the other No.57313 leads the 1Z84 05:25 Crewe - Paignton charter through Taunton formed of coaching stock 9497 3188 3438 99679 3312 3360 1211 3395 3313 5991 5912.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


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