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The Whiteball Gallery

Images taken at Whiteball Tunnel

10th July 2018
The Royal Scotsman normally luxury sleeping and dining train spends the majority of its life touring Scotland as its name suggests. However, since GBRf have been operating the train more imaginative and forward thinking has seen it take occasional forays to other far-flung parts of the UK mainline. Tuesday 10th July 2018 was as early start with the train leaving Gloucester at 04:17 for the slightly less than glamorous location of Newton Abbot. The purpose of the tour was to provide passengers with an early morning breakfast with a view of the South Devon Sea Wall. The southbound trip passed Taunton at 05:54. Having run around the train at Newton Abbot the two dedicated Royal Scotsman locomotives No.66743 and No.66746 formed the 1Z80 07:23 Newton Abbot - Bath Spa leg of the unique dining experience. The pair is seen climbing Whiteball with breakfast very much consumed taking passengers to their Bath Spa destination.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


4th July 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70810 emerges from Somerset into a wet Devon on Wednesday 4th July 2018. It's incredibly rare to be able to capture the southbound loaded cement into Cornwall as it normally passes Taunton during the early hours, however, on this occasion, the train was running later because of the Severn Tunnel engineering closure and was therefore diverted via Gloucester. The locomotive is pictured at Whiteball during an equally rare summer downpour which brought some respite from the recent heat wave hauling the 6C35 05:15 Aberthaw - Moorswater loaded Cement
(Photo: Simon Harling)


4th July 2018
Testing and Driver Training on the new Class 800, and 802 Hitachi IETs is continuing in the South West. Upwards of 6-10 diagrams a day can be viewed at Taunton on some occasions. On Wednesday 4th July 2018 Class 802 No.802001 exits Whiteball Tunnel while working the 5Z87 10:56 Southall - Penzance diagram. The previous trip from Laira had cut short its diagram to London Paddington and so terminated at Southall to return to Penzance. The set later worked back to Laira Depot where it stabled overnight.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


4th June 2018
Colas Rail Freight was back providing cover for DB Cargo on June 4th, 2018 hauling the Mendip Stone trip to Exeter Riverside. Class 70/8 No.70808 is pictured climbing Whiteball Bank with the return 7C28 13:44 Exeter Riverside - Whatley Quarry, with a lengthy rake of wagons in tow.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


3rd June 2018
SR 'Merchant Navy' Class 4-6-2 No. 35028 'Clan Line' heads the first Torbay Express charter of the 2018 season on Sunday, May 3rd. Having departed Bristol Temple Meads 36 minutes late the 1Z27 08:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear had regained 30 minutes of lost time upon arrival at Taunton and by Whiteball Summit where we see it here it was running 2 minutes ahead of schedule.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


24th May 2018
Freightliner Class 66 No.66550 descends from Whiteball Tunnel on Thursday 24th May 2018 hauling the 6X04 18:32 Fairwater Yard - Plymouth which conveyed the Network Rail TRT and a set of 5 Autoballasters. Out of sight in this show was No.66531.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


29th April 2018
Sunday 29th April 2018 saw Colas Rail Freight return a long welded rail train back from an overnight rail drop on the Barnstaple Branch. Class 70/8 No.70807 leads the 6C97 09:00 Crediton - Westbury up Whiteball with Class 66/8 No.66846 trailing on the rear of the set.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


28th April 2018
DB Cargo Belmond Pullman liveried Class 67s No.67024 and No.67021 haul the British Belmond Pullman up Whiteball Bank towards Whiteball Tunnel on Saturday 28th April 2018. The pair hauled the 1Z79 08:44 Penzance - Bishops Lydeard to Taunton where No.67024 ran round the train before hauling the train onto the West Somerset Railway.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th April 2018
A mixed rake of First Great Western Blue and GWR Green HST stock climbs Whiteball Bank on Saturday 28th April. With No.43026 leading No.43005 the pair are pictured working the 1A82 12:01 Exeter St Davids - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th April 2018
Great Western blue liveried HST No.43028 leads No.43069 down from Whiteball Tunnel on Saturday 28th April 2018 while working the 1C77 10:03 London Paddington - Penzance service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th April 2018
A full GWR Green liveried HST set climbs to Whiteball Tunnel on Saturday 28th April 2018. No.43188 and No.43093 are pictured working the 1A81 09:00 Penzance - London Paddington service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th April 2018
GWR HST No.43034 leads No.43177 north to Whiteball Tunnel on Saturday 28th April 2018 while working the 1A80 07:59 Penzance - London Paddington service. The transition between GWR Green and First Great Western blue evident with the GWR green buffet car within the set.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th April 2018
On Saturday 28th April 2018 Class 221 No.221123 descends from Whiteball Tunnel while working the 1V46 09:55 Gloucester - Plymouth Cross Country service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


19th April 2018
Intercity Swallow liveried HST powercar No. 43185 'Great Western' leads No.43144 around the curve at Marlands on the approach to Whiteball Tunnel on the 19th April 2018 while working the 1C84 14:03 London Paddington - Penzance GWR service.
(Photo: Eddy)


16th April 2018
Aggregate Industries liveried Class 59/0 No. 59004 'Paul A Hammond' descends Whiteball Bank at Beambridge returning from unloading at Exeter Riverside Yard on the 16th April 2018 hauling the 7C28 13:44 Exeter Riverside - Whatley Quarry empties.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


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