ST2325 : A very curious locomotive shunting at Taunton

taken 69 years ago, near to Taunton, Somerset, Great Britain

A very curious locomotive shunting at Taunton
A very curious locomotive shunting at Taunton
View westwards, towards Taunton station, Exeter etc.: ex-GWR London/Bristol - Taunton and the South-west main line. Taken on impulse from a passing train - hence the poor quality, the scene shows an ex-GW 0-6-0T with an unusual history. This is No. 5 'Portishead', a London, Brighton & South Coast Stroudley 0-6-0T built at Brighton in 1877 as class A1 No. 43 'Gipsey Hill', rebuilt to A1X in 1919, purchased by the Weston, Cleveland & Portishead Light Railway in 12/25 as their No. 2 'Portishead'. The impecunious WC&P Railway was closed abruptly in 5/40 and its stock acquired by the GWR, which found only two (GWR Nos. 5 and 6) of its engines serviceable. They were first put to work on the Bristol Harbour lines but No. 6 lasted only until 1/48: No. 5 was then sent to work at Taunton (later Newton Abbot) until 1/50 when it was put in Store at Swindon and eventually withdrawn in 3/54. On the left is one of Taunton's several '2251' 0-6-0s, No. 2267 with an ex-ROD tender.
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ST2325, 147 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
16 July 1949   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 21 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 2323 2546 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:1.4019N 3:5.7582W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 2323 2546
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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