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Freightliner Class 66/6
Very pro-active Company with interests in Liners/Aggregates/Coal and anything else available! 25 locomotives built in 66/6 guise.6 have been re-exported to work in Poland leaving just 19 now in the UK Fleet.
Whilst everyman and his dog were probably ignorng the current 'social distancing' regulations scrabbling for a shot of the Blue-60 working 6Z91 up the Scudamore incline I remained within exercising distance of my address and managed this shot of 66623 in G&W orange with '6V18' the 11:25 from Allington to Whatley Quarry.This passed here at Clink at about the same time as '6Z91' was approaching Warminster.
----------21 april 2020----------
With the sun finally beginning to make it look like Spring is in the air Freightliner's 66623 in the Orange G&W livery passes Towns End Farm Crossing in Wylye with '7V62' the 13:21 from Southampton Up Yard to Whatley Quarry empty boxes.Nice to finally get a decent shot of this loco before we are all forced to 'Self Isolate' permanantly for up to 12 weeks.
God what a mess!
(As of 20:30 that evening we were!!!!!!)------23 march 2020------
The local G&W Orange loco 66623 finally worked a train that didn't pass through my town in darkness! Here the former Bardon liveried 'Bill Bolsover' approaches Clink Roiad Junction with '6V18' the 11:25 from Allington-ARC going down to Whatley Quarry.-------------------------12 march 2020------
66623 now sports G&W Orange colours for Freightliner.Here it is seen working ''6V62' (a headcode once assoc with the famed Fawley tanks to Plymouth) but now matched to the 13:18 from Southampton Up yard to Whatley Quarry empties stone boxes.Pictured here at Arn Hill nr warminster about to drop down the Upton Scudamore bank into Westbury just 4 miles away.
..12 february 2020..
'4O57' the 13:29 from Wentloog to Southampton-MCT is pictured over the lengthening shadows shortly after passing through Trowbridge.A nicely loaded train consisting of mainly mega-fret's along with a few 'pocket' wagons.These being necessary due to the larger containers that are now quite common being out of gauge on this route if fitted to standard Freightliner-Flats.Unusually a re-geared version 66606 was in use on this service today.
..3 january 2020..
This is an 'STP' Saturday working by Freightliner from Appleford (15:10 away) going to Whatley Quarry F-liner HH.Viewed at Clink where the Freightliner-Green 66605 blends in nicely with the surrounding bushes and shrubs.Lets hope they get a few repainted into G&W orange before too long,That certainly won't blend into the background for sure!
..31 august 2019..
And so it begins!!! This is Freightliner's regeared- 66610 working a former DB duty.It is the 12:41 from Chichester to Merehead Quarry.Its reporting number being '7V07'.It seems that FL are already beginning to take over some of the Mendip Stone work somewhat prematurely given that the DB contract still has several months to run? Viewed at Clink Road Junction.This could very well be the first 'daylight' Mendip aggregate working ever by Freightliner of a former DB duty? so quite significant really. ---21 august 2019---.
It was a seemingly fairly cloudless evening here at Berkley Marsh until this working '6C89' with G&W 66623 heading the 18:16 from Stoke Gifford to Whatley Quarry departed Westbury just a few minutes earlier.--------.It was the biggest,blackest,slowest moving cloud all evening-----typical!!! Anyway being the first G&W GM I have pictured here locally it was just about worth a record shot albeit very dull which was a pity!
..12 july 2019..
Re-geared 66614 '1916-POPPY-2016' more at home working out of Peak Forest or cement trains to Theale for the Peaks finds itself with a load of aggregates coming out of Whatley Quarry going to Stoke Gifford as '6Z43' the 10:00 off.No doubt this small sub-class (66/6) will become fairly regular fare around here when G&W takeover from DB in the Mendips later this year.Pictured at Fairwood on the approach to Westbury.
..10 may 2019..
A new era is beginning to happen out of the Mendip Quarries.Here is my first sighting of a Freightliner operated aggregate working from Whatley Quarry. Wisely G&W have seen fit to use a re-geared 66/6 variant on this type of working (Trying to make a favourable impression no doubt). For sure in the Autumn where FL take over from DB this GM version will be quite common! So here is 66621 in 'heritage' FL-Green with '6Z82' the 09:50 from Whatley Quarry going to Newport-East Usk Yard.The wagons being most definitely Freightliners own! Viewed in an extreemly lucky gap in the almost 85% cloud coverage.
..25 april 2019..
Today unusually a Freightliner operated bulk cement train (VSTP) ran from Westbury Cement Sidings (Tarmac) going up to Tunstead at Peak Forest,(this being the return empties).It departed as '6M36' at 12:20 with HH re-geared 66607 in charge.The make-up was a monster load of 25-JGA bogies,certainly a change from the usual PCA's from Aberthaw! The location seen here being Oldfield Park in Bath.
..23 april 2019..
With Dove Holes Quarry as a backdrop this pair of Freightliners 66622/66616 rolls past with an STP movement from Hope (Earles Sidings) departing at 14:05 going down to Tunstead.GBRf's 66764 was in the loading line taking on aggregates whilst 56081 was sitting 'cold' in the loco headshunt.
..5 april 2019..
Here we see of foretaste of what to expect on Freightliner operated aggregate trains out of the Mendips this autumn! This is the re-geared HH 66618 'Railway Illustrated Annual Photographic Awards-Alan Barnes' with a long set of brand new boxes all liveried up in the G&W/Freightliner's new colours.It was working a '6V44' from Southampton Up Yard (FL) to Bristol East Depot (DB).Seen at Bapton in the Wylye Valley.
1 april 2019..
Making a rare appearence in this area these days is a 66/6 regeared variant of the standard Freightliner GM-Shed. Here is 66615 working '6C72' the 08:20 from Taunton-Fairwater Yard going up to Westbury with a small load of just four JJA-type hoppers for ballast replenishment.Pictured passing Berkley Marsh nr Frome.
..21 june 2018..
A pretty work stained looking 66621 brings '6M91' the 11:13 from Theale to Hope-Earles Sdg's through Sonning Cutting not long after the start of its journey returning empty bogie cement tanks to base for a reload.
..09 august 2016..
Regeared FL-HH 66615 passes under London Road in Sonning with '6M91' the 11:11 from Theale returning emptied cement bogie tanks to Earles Sidings in the Hope Valley.
..06 august 2016..
Re-geared Freightliner-66604 heads '6M91' the 13:36 from Theale returning empty cement bogies to Hope (Earles Sidings) for a refill.Seen heading east at Ruscombe in the Thames-Valley.Note the monster post behind designed to support a few small wires.It could actually be used as a support pole for an Oil-Rig such are its dimensions!
..05 may 2016..
Here is something that is set to become increasingly rare on the UK Rail Network. Due to increased carbon taxes/EU pressures and a general swing away from fossil fuels producing electricity coal trains are in steep steep decline.Indeed 2015 will see the complete end in the UK of Deep Mining with the final three Collieries closing this year.Rumour has it coal will be a total thing of the past by 2020!!!!!!!! Amazing and quite sad.....Anyway here is 66613 working '6M49' from Immingham Import-Terminal FLL going to Rugeley-B Power Station loaded with imported pulverized coal.Pictured at Elford Loops.
..31 july 2015..
The view from the footpath bridge at Breadcott Lane in White Waltham has recently been greatly enhanced by heavy vegetation removal in preparation for installation of the OHLE in the next year or so.In the meantime a few more decent shot can be had from here.Here is the recently de-branded ex Bardon Aggregates but now just liveried as 'Freightliner' 66623 with '6V94' the 07:35 loaded cement from Hope-Earles Sidings heading for Theale-Lefarge.A pretty heavy train this (2000 tons) given the nature of the product being carried.
..18 february 2015..
Todays Schenker's '6V41' from Eastleigh to Westbury was unusually in the hands of Freightliner's 66615.I can only assume this is a temporary 'Hire-in' due to loco shortages for DBS.Typically it was mega dull so what you see is what you get. Location is of coarse Arn-Hill nr Warminster.
..09 october 2014..
66618 'Railway Illustrated-Annual Photographic Awards (Alan Barnes)' runs into Westbury with '6Y63' from Goring & Streatley from where it departed at 10:36.Its load comprising of 4-sets of HQA's,20 bogies in total.All wearing various shades of yellow and rust!The front end of 66618 was just as bad,heavy corrosion area's and very stained from rampant streaks of rust!.No doubt an early candidate for Freightliners current programme of smartening up their now ageing fleet.
..28 september 2014..
Heavyweight 66603+HOBC gets '6V73' underway after a refill at the VQ in Westbury.It then reverses up the 'Ditch' on the Trowbridge line to wait time.Its booked slot is 12:12 off but today was delayed by some 15 minutes due to a late running HST from Paddington.
..12 september 2014..
HH-66619 draws its loaded HOBC-set out of the Virtual-Quarry at Westbury in readiness for the almost immediate departure back to Taunton-Fairwater Yard.Today it was routed via Bristol.This working '6C73' left at 12:03,3 minutes after this shot was taken.
..11 august 2014..
As usual as of late, hard working 66603 was in charge of '6C72' from Taunton's Fairwater Yard up to Westbury-VQ for a refill.Since it was running particularly early the use of bridge number-2 of the Berkley/Clink set of 5 was the most appropriate given the favourable angle.Also a more 'head-on' angle enabled the entire HOBC train to be pictured.
..30 july 2014..
66619 brings up the rear of this very long HOBC working '6Y07' from Taunton's Fairwater yard going to Grateley on an overnight job.A well out of sight 66603 was leading as it passed Berkley-Marsh going to Westbury prior to reversal before continuing on down to the Southern.
..29 july 2014..
Such is the intensity of freight sometimes along this line through Berkley Marsh workings can sometimes be less than 5 minutes apart.This train '6C72' from Taunton's Fairwater Yard to Westbury was running that close behind '6M20'. Regeared 66603 was doing the honours hauling an HOBC to get refilled in the VQ at Westbury.
..29 july 2014..
66619 accelerates away from Fairwood Junction heading back to Taunton's Fairwater Yard with '6C73',the daily refill tripper to Westbury for the HOBC.As can be seen the NR gardeners have been very busy here and surprisingly tidy as well.
..10 july 2014..
A quick dash across the main road here at Arn Hill enabled a 'Going away shot' of '6Y07' as it was heading slowly south towards Warminster.Plenty of time to nip across the road as the train took nearly 30 seconds to pass due to its extreme length. 66619 was on the back whilst 66603 was but a mere speck in the distance leading!Grateley was the destination from Taunton's Fairwater Yard. The working of coarse had to reverse at Westbury to gain this route.It did this via Heywood Road Junction and the Westbury avoiding line.
..09 july 2014..
Here is '6Y07' the 17:47 from Tauntons Fairwater Yard going to Grateley for some overnight track maintenence in that area.This heavy and long HOBC required the use of a pair of 66/6's.66603 was leading here at Arn Hill nr Warminster with an out of sight 66619 on the back.
..09 july 2014..
'6C72' from Taunton's Fairwater-Yard to Westbury-VQ passes Fairwood-Junction.Regeared heavyweight 66619 was in charge of a particularly smart looking 'HOBC'. Interestingly only about 6 of the 24 or so hoppers required refilling.However I presume the policy is to keep it completely loaded at all times hence the regular trips to Westbury.
..07 july 2014..
Home from the Cruise on Saturday,straight out Sunday morning for a couple of shots! Here is FL-HH 66619 on '6Y08' the 09:15 from Ashchurch running to Westbury. Load was spent ballast in a fair sized rake of JNA's.The working is seen rounding the curve on the approach to Westbury at Hawkeridge.
..25 may 2014..
Re-geared Heavyweight GM 66617 passes up through Berkley Marsh with todays '6C72' going to Westbury from Fairwater Yard at Taunton for a top up of this part-HOBC.
..21 march 2014..
66617 eases through Fairwood on the approach to Westbury with this mornings '6C72' heading for a refill at Westbury's Virtual Quarry for this portion of the HOBC.
..25 february 2014..
'The Hope Valley' 66601 trundles '6C72' up through Berkley Marsh to Westbury from Taunton for a refill of ballast at the Virtual Quarry there.The Doyen of the regeared 66/6 series now looking pretty rusty around the cab-end area!
..21 february 2014..
66601 'The Hope Valley' eases through the station as it gets '6C73' from here back down to Tauntons Fairwater-Yard underway.This 1/2 HOBC had just been reloaded with fresh ballast from the Virtual-Quarry situated here at Westbury.
..17 february 2014..
'6C84' from Taunton to Westbury eases past Fairwood with its load of 10 very rusty NR-yellow HQA's.Another refill required at the Virtual Quarry there at Westbury.Regeared FL-HH 66607 doing the duty.
..09 january 2014..
'6M40' from Westbury-VQ going to Stud Farm invariably uses one of the 66/6 regeared variants 66610.This can be a seriously heavy train when returning fully loaded with ballast from up in the midlands.Here that working is about to set off from Westbury in torrential rain,hence the reason I was sheltering under the canopy.No Canon-EOS with me today so my Samsung-Galaxy S3 Mobile-Phone did the job instead....a useful stand-in (If the train isn't moving!)
..16 october 2013..
'6C73' the reloaded HOBC powers away from Fairwood-Junction and is about to pass over the Fairwood Farm Crossing as it heads back down to Taunton's Fairwater Yard. FL-HH 66621 being on the duty today.
..03 september 2013..
Hard on the heels of '7A09' at Clink nr Frome (well actually 7 minutes later) was '6C72' coming up from Taunton going to Westbury-VQ for a refill.Today the HOBC was powered by 66614,one of the HH regeared versions of the GM breed.
..02 september 2013..
This working '6Z30' popped up with very little warning but a headlong dash across the sprawl that is Southampton enabled us to get into postion here at Redbridge few minutes before its passing. Unique 66623 'Bill Bolsover' in its original custom blue/green livery was working a Westbury to Eastleigh Engineering duty.These FL-HH jobs are now happening almost daily whereas a few years ago were unheard of.It really does seem that FL are slowly taking over the Infrastructure work out of Westbury.Slowly but ever so surely!
..22 august 2013..
FL-HH 66621 creeps out of Westbury with '6C73' from the VQ there with a refilled part-HOBC going to Taunton's Fairwater Yard.Pictured at Fairwood nr Westbury.
..25 july 2013..
This working '6Y13' was held outside the station at Westbury to allow an HST to enter and leave the station.Hence I was able to nip around to the bridge overlooking the Powerbox there for a second bite of this very sunny apple. So here again is the 14:15 off Gloucester rumbling by to its destination a few hundred yards away.66604/66607 being the combination.
..21 july 2013..
Top 'N' Tail 66604 and 66607 slowly approach Westbury at Hawkeridge-Junction with '6Y13' from Gloucester.Yet another working operated by the 'Green Team'.
..21 july 2013..
Here is the 09:16 off Theale to Hope-Earles Sidings empty cement 'PCA-s'.It is seen just after passing Twyford heading east towards London. Power was provided by regeared 66621 from Freightliner.
..25 may 2013..
66623 the one-off Bardon-Blue 'Bill Bolsover' powers down past Frome returning to Taunton's Fairwater-Yard with its replenished part HOBC.The working is '6C73'.Note the very threatening sky in the background,this came to nothing and in fact despite appearances the sun was actually in a nice big patch of blue when this working passed me!
..15 may 2013..
Another Freightliner powered service barely 10 minutes after the previous one was '6C73' with 66604 taking the replenished part-HOBC back to Taunton's Fairwater-Yard.No looking over your shoulder today worrying about cloud banks and floaters! It was a completely china-blue sky just like we all dream about!
..07 may 2013..
An interesting 'Z' working today was this one taking the Network-Rail 'IOA-s' that usually do the Westbury to Stud Farm ballast trips down to Exeter-Riverside Yard.Here is the one-off liveried 66623 in Bardon-Blue speeding down through Frome shortly after departing Westbury with '6Z40'.Kicking up quite a dust haze as it goes.Train is seen at Berkley-Marsh.
..07 may 2013..
'6C72' with 66604 brings a half-HOBC-set up to Westbury-VQ from Taunton Fairwater-Yard for a reload of ballast.The working is seen at Fairwood farm crossing as it slows for Fairwood-Junction nr Westbury.
..07 may 2013..
Scruffy 66603 heads '6M40' from Westbury heading for Stud Farm for a refill of ballast to keep the Wiltshire VQ topped up.It is seen passing Shrivenham Station where the old platform faces still betray the fact that that was once a four track station location!
..30 april 2013..
This particular working is not a diversion but uses this route every day.This is '6M40' the 11:56 from Westbury going to Stud Farm for another refill of ballast to keep the Westbury-VQ well supplied.It is invariably a 66/6 working as the loadings involved are probably a bit of a struggle for one of the higher-geared 66/5's. So here is 66604 passing Broughton-Gifford between Bradford-Junction and Thingley with its load of empty 'IOA-s' wearing their distinctive NR-livery.
..03 april 2013..
A very workstained 66616 heads '6C72' up to Westbury-VQ from Taunton.The HOBC again requiring a top-up.Seen passing Styles Hill in Frome.
..14 march 2013..
Freightliner-HH 66616 on '6C72' from Taunton runs up the Frome-Avoider going to Westbury-VQ with a 'part' HOBC.Only one wagon required a top-up but the trip was obviously still necessary!
..12 march 2013..
Coming from Crawley and going to Bristol Barrow Road was this set of Bardon-Hoppers drawn by 66605 running as '6V87'.The train has just crossed the Thames at Moulsford heading west.
..05 march 2013..
Freightliner's 66617 ambles up through Berkley-Marsh nr Frome with '6C72' from Fairwater-Yard at Taunton with a part-HOBC going for a refill of ballast at Westbury-VQ.
..21 february 2013..
After departing Bourton after a 2 hours session there a trip a few miles east to Compton-Beauchamp was undertaken to picture '6M40' going from Westbury-VQ up to Stud-Farm (Tarmac) for a refill of ballast for Railtrack.The working is seen with Freightliner-regeared 66620 in charge droning steadity east.
..19 february 2013..
The briefest of bright patches at Shrivenham coincided with the passing of '6V60' from Angerstein-Wharf going to Bristol Barrow Road.Use of a 200mm lens plus a substantial crop was needed to obtain even this glimmer of light on the subject. Freightliners 66610 is viewed hauling its set of heavily graffitied stone hoppers.
..16 february 2013..
The mega-long HOBC is seen at Claverton nr Bathampton in the Limpley Stoke Valley.A difficult train to photograph in its entirety particularly at this time of year! Here is 66620 with 66618 DOR way out of sight about 1/2 a mile away to the rear heading '6Y11' from Alstone Up Goods Loop nr Cheltenham going to Fairwater-Yard Taunton via Westbury.The scene being the nice clear field at Claverton.Note that Railtrack have had a clearance session for signal sighting purposes removing several rather large bushes and shrubs
..18 november 2012..
Running as '6Y12' from the Cheltenham area was FL-HH regeared 66620 with its load of spent ballast.Viewed at Freshford in the Limpley Stoke Valley.
..18 november 2012..
Even at 15:45 in the afternoon now that the clocks have reverted to GMT the sun is getting rather low in the sky.Hence this golden-glint type shot of the double rescue 66's 66622 and 66547 pushing the dead 47245 into the yards at Westbury.This old no-heat 47 has been fairly reliable all this summer,in fact this is the first time I can recall it having a failure.
..02 november 2012..
Regeared HH 66602 rumbles over the Viaduct on the approach to Bath-Spa with '6B37' from Theale returning empty hoppers to Pengham in S-Wales. Note how all the Viaduct Arches have been converted into small Industrial Units generating many thousands of pounds per month for Railtrack in rental.Its a pity they don't spend some of it keeping the shrubs cut back that are growing on the viaduct!
..16 october 2012..
I just happened to catch a glimpse of the yellow wagons in the distance as I was driving over the bypass bridge at Clink nr Frome.So a grab shot was in order.This is '6C73' the back working to '6C72' featured earlier.Same Loco,66622 only this end is not quite so scabby as the other!Train returning to Taunton from Westbury-VQ.
..16 october 2012..
'6C72' continues to run from Taunton up to Westbury-VQ to refill the HOBC.Here is 66622 passing Berkley-Marsh nr Frome on an unusually clear morning!
..16 october 2012..
FL-HH 66613 speeds up past Berkley-Marsh nr Frome with its lightweight load of just 1 set of Auto-Ballaster HQA's.This is '6C72' from Taunton's Fairwater-Yard going to Westbury-VQ for a refill.
..04 october 2012..
As it was running about 3 hours later than normal '6C73' from Westbury-VQ returning to Taunton,it was possible to picture it from the other side at Clink for a change .Here is a reasonably clean re-geared HH type 66622 with its reloaded HOBC running past Clink nr Frome in the slot usually reserved for '6V18' but that was over an hour late as well!
..13 september 2012..
'6M40' is the returning empties for the Stud-Farm to Westbury-VQ ballast service.Here FL-HH 66615 enters the loop at Challow to allow a couple of passenger workings to pass.
..05 september 2012..
'Bill Bolsover' appears in Westbury several times a week as it is currently based at Taunton-Fairwater.Here it is seen returning to Taunton with the reloaded 'HOBC' on '6C73'.A nice variation on the Freightliner-HH Livery.Such a pity nobody ever bothers to wipe a wet rag over it occasionally.The train with 66623 viewed at Berkley-Marsh nr Frome going south. ..23 august 2012..
Blue-66623 'Billy Bardon' dodges the shadows as it passes Clink-Junction heading for the Virtual-Quarry at Westbury from Taunton.This working '6C72' is still running despite persistant rumours about the future of the Fairwater-Yard Complex.Now almost all of the South-West mainline tracks has been renewed it was though that the TRT's and HOBC would be moving on to pasture new.Parkeston-Quay in East Anglia being the suggested next location
..16 august 2012..
The Westbury Cement Works to Hope empty bogie cement tanks running as '6M36' speeds up through Wickar nr Bristol heading north.66617,one of the re-geared /6 variants doing the duty.
..20 july 2012..
The return leg of '6C84' still reports as '6C73'.Here it is slowing to go into Frome at Clink-Junction to allow an HST to overtake it prior to the long run back down to Taunton.66615 of coarse is still the train engine.
..19 july 2012..
Today just might be the start of the long delayed Summer! Here is '6C84' from Taunton's Fairwater-Yard going to Westbury-VQ. HH 66615 rattles the pointwork at Fairwood Junction as it takes the route into Westbury-Yards.
..19 july 2012..
Freightliners Bardon-Blue 66623 today was used on '6L33' from Cardiff-Tidal returning empty scrap wagons back to Dagenham.Seen here passing Saltford in a rare patch of bright sunlight.
..30 june 2012..
The 'HOBC' now replenished is seen heading back to Taunton.66622 still with the set.The report number for the return journey is '6C73' and is seen again a Fairwood where the Station lines and the Avoiding lines converge just before the Junction.
..20 june 2012..
'6C84' from Taunton's Fairwater-Yard going to Westbury-VQ for a refill of ballast approaches Fairwood.GM 66622 with its 'HOBC' load seen at the Farm-Crossing about 1/2 a mile from the Junction.
..20 june 2012..
'0Y12' from Stoke-Gifford going to Westbury was made up with 66604/66523 and 66614.All going to take up weekend engineering workings originating from the Westbury area.This convoy seen passing Bathampton adjacent to the loop there.
..09 june 2012..
Re-geared HH Fred 66619 heads the empty scrap boxes on '6L33' from Cardiff-Tidal returning to Dagenham down yard.Seen at Pilning.I wonder if there is any toilet paper in the Lonely-Loo sat in the Railtrack-Yard overlooking the line here?
..26 may 2012..
66622 goes north from Eastleigh heading for Stud-Farm on '6M80' for a reload of ballast used to replenish either Eastleigh or Westbury Virtual Quarries.Seen passing the largely empty expanse that is Hinksey-Yards in Oxford.
..22 may 2012..
'6V73' from Westbury-VQ back down to Taunton-Fairwater-Yard today consisted of a substantial section of the HOBC train.Loco was 66618,one of the re-geared 66/6 variants.Apparantly Taunton's busy Yard run by Freightliner is soon to close and the infrastructure trains allocated there moved on to a new base.Probably because most of the renewal work within range of the worktrains based there is nearly all completed.Seen at Fairwood-Junction nr Westbury.
..16 april 2012..
The Taunton to Taunton 'Turning' move for the 'TRT' or Track Replacement Train to give it its full description was today running as '6Z86'. It is seen approaching Bradford-on-Avon on its clockwise journey to nowhere.Re-geared 66621 being this mornings traction for this quite regular move.
..19 march 2012..
FL-HH 66616 drags the reloaded 'HOBC' down past Frome going to Fairwater-Yard at Taunton from Westbury's VQ.
..16 february 2012..
This working was running about 7 hours late so I was able to photograph it in good light instead of darkness! '6V14' from Stud-Farm to Westbury-VQ passes Great Cheverell on the B&H with re-geared FL-HH 66618 drawing its distinctive rake of 'IOA' Railtrack yellow-boxes.Do not often get a chance of a loaded stone train going west on the B&H!
..03 february 2012..
Bardon-Blue 66623 rounds the curve into Westbury at Hawkeridge with a CWR-Train from Lansdown-Junction.Report number was '6Y27'.It terminated at Westbury and the engine quickly departed back to the FL Stabling-Point at Stoke-Gifford.
..18 december 2011..
DB Schenker were quite short of traction for this weekends engineering works so this Freightliner-HH 66621 was hired-in. Here it is seen shortly before arriving at Westbury from Maindee East-Junction nr Newport on '6W35' with a long train of 'Coalfish' MHA/MTA type 4-wheelers carrying spoil.Do not often see a FL hauling DBS wagons!
..18 december 2011..
Doyen of the 'regeared' 66/6 sub-class 66601 'The Hope Valley' runs into Westbury past the Signalling Centre there with '6Y13' from an engineering occupation nr Foxhall-Junction at Didcot.The rake of jna's containing old ballast.
..13 november 2011..
Re-geared Fredliner 66615 threads its way out of the 'up' sidings at Westbury heading for Stud-Farm for yet another ballast refill to supply the Westbury-VQ.Now running as '6M40 with the quite distinctive NR bogie boxes. ..05 october 2011..
'Bill Bolsover' 66623 has so far escaped the fate of several of its classmates of being exported to Poland,but you never know?. Here is the custom coloured Bardon liveried loco actually hauling Bardon hoppers! '6V87' from Thorney-Mill down to Hackney-Yard at Newton-Abbot.Seen passing Clink in Frome going well in the evening sunshine on the final day of a remarkable period of six of virtually unbroken clear skies.An Indian Summer ? or a Polish one?
..03 october 2011..
If it's big shiny bogie cement tanks at Pilning then it must be the Westbury Cement-Works to Hope empties.Here is 66619 'Derek W Johnson MBE' with the LaFarge train passing Pilning non-stop today on the main.Working is '6M36' that is basically a substitute for cement production at Westbury which now operates pretty much now as a mere storage and loading depot.
..03 october 2011..
'6Z85' from Taunton-Fairwater to Taunton-Fairwater via Bristol simply to 'turn' the wagons&equipment passes the still stopped coal working just 7 minutes behind '4L32' which it will follow as far as Bathampton where it will diverge and go down the Limpley-Stoke Valley and beyond.Heavyweight 66606 on this one.Malago-Vale again.
..23 september 2011..
Re-geared Semi-Super-Shed 66620 hammers past Wootton-Bassett travelling at the same rate as most of the HST's past here! Working is now listed as '6M40' rather than '6M22'.Working is still from Westbury-VQ up to Stud-Farm for a ballast refill as before.
..14 september 2011..
A 'Magic-Roundabout' took place today to reverse an 'HOBC' set.This train '6Z87' departs Taunton and travels via Bristol then back to Taunton via Westbury.Traction for todays swap-round is re-geared 66606.Seen here passing Clink nr Frome on the final leg back down to Taunton.
..10 september 2011..
Tail-end Charlie,at least from Fairwater to Theale on '6Y33' was 66602.The lead loco in this shot being well out of sight about 1/4 mile away.Note the driver in 66602,he will have nothing to do until well after dark and train can reverse back to the nights worksite at Bedwyn.This GAW was at Berkley-Marsh.
..24 august 2011..
Re-geared Heavy-Haul 66610 heads '6C72' from Fairwood-Yard at Taunton going to Westbury-VQ.Load today comprising of a set of 5-HQA's and a 'Part-HOBC'.
..02 august 2011..
The unique 66623 in Bardon-Blue colours hauls a late scheduled.'6A73' from Westbury-VQ back down to Taunton-Fairwater Yard.Departing Westbury at 19:17 it passed Berkley-Marsh nr Frome spot on time.
..22 july 2011..
The returning Theale to Pengham empties now appeared to be re-routed to Wool in Dorset.Report-Number now is '6O49' for this FLHH working.I certainly hope so as a freight in the Wylye-Valley at this time (17:15-ish) going south will certainly open up a few new photographic possibilities! Here is seen 66619 with the HH-Hoppers climbing Upton-Scudamore Incline south of Westbury. Time will tell?
..14 july 2011..
'6A21',the 08:28 from Pengham to Theale passes Great-Cheverell with its rake of mixed liveried graffitied FL hoppers.66619 doing the duty.How much longer before this loco is assigned to work in Poland?
..14 july 2011..
66613 hauls '6V63' from Bow going to Stoke-Gifford passing Brinkworth west of Royal Wootton Bassett.Load is a set of empty IIA's in a mixture of green and white.
..14 june 2011..
FL 66619 passes Clink nr Frome coming up from Hackney-Sidings at Newton-Abbot going to Goring&Streatley in the Thames-Valley via the B&H.Working listed as '6Y27'.Probably going to collect some lengths of redundant replaced rail lengths in that area.
..25 may 2011..
As the Blue-Un 66623 was on '6C72' it was obviously going to return around Noon-ish with '6C73' back down to Taunton from Westbury.Occasionally it can go back via Bristol to turn the 'set' but not today. Here 'Bill Bolsover' passes Berkley-Marsh nr Frome heading home to Fairwater.I wonder how long before this machine get allocated to the pool of 66-6's earmarked for export to Poland. It's not fair! They get our engines and we get their job-seekers allowance claiments in return.........
..25 may 2011..
A nicely clean unique 66623 'Bill Bolsover' passes Berkley-Marsh with the regular '6C72' from Taunton's Fairwater-Yard up to the VQ at Westbury for a ballast refill for this 1/2-HOBC set.
..25 may 2011..
Re-geared HH 66603 speeds down the slow at Cholsey Manor-Farm with a set of empty IIA's coming from Theale heading for Stoke-Gifford,report number being '6C29'.
..19 april 2011..
'6C78' headed by 66619 hums past Fairwood Farm Crossing having reloaded the 5 JJA's it was dragging at the ballast dump in Westbury.Seen on the return leg back to Taunton.A cleanish loco,full sun and nice cloud formations.A perfect combination!
..12 april 2011..
'6C73' heading back to Taunton-Fairwater Yard after reloading with ballast at Westbury-VQ. 66617 draws its 'Part-HBOC' past West-Woodlands just west of Frome.
..12 april 2011..
Another FL working going for ballast at Westbury-VQ was '6A84' with a set of five JJA's in tow.Pictured approaching the farm-crossing nr Fairwood-Westbury.Note the silvered buffers,applied when this loco (66619) was on show at the Crewe-Heritage-Centre recently.
..12 april 2011..
Yes I know its a 'GAW' but light was so good could not resist it! 66607 'DOR' of '6Y33' with 66551 leading passes Parson Street going to Taunton's Fairwater Yard.
..07 april 2011..
Re-geared heavyweight 66620 powers a set of five HQA's up from Taunton's Fairwater-Yard to Westbury-VQ for a refill of ballast.This train is '6C72' and even in 2015 remains a regular fixture in the local freight timetables.Location is Bunns Lane west of Frome before Notwork-Fail ruined this location with 6ft high palisade fencing!
..17 september 2010..
The Calvert to Bristol-Barrow Road Binliner '4V60' passes Shrivenham with 66623 'Bill Bolsover' at its head.This is the only FL-Shed in Blue livery so is regarded as a bit of a celebrity for that reason. These Waste-Trains for landfill have since ceased as Bristol Council now incinerate their rubbish instead.
..24 august 2010..
66611 with '6Z85' from Westbury-VQ returning to Taunton's Fairwater-Yard emerges from the misty 'white-out' at Fairwood nr Westbury
..14 january 2010..
To see what this location looks like on a nice day click HERE
'6Y11' from Taunton-Fairwater Yard going to Cholsey,east of Didcot.This long 'HOBC' was headed by 66612 with 66618 just out of sight under the distant bridge.Location is Middle Street nr Brent-Knoll on the Somerset-Levels.
..27 may 2010..
'6Z85' from Westbury passes Frome going to Taunton-Fairwater.Re-geared 66611 shivers it way past me with a load of new concrete sleepers and various pieces of track-plant.
..11 january 2010..
In 'as built' unique colours 66623 'Bill Bolsover' exits Westbury with '7C73. returning a loaded HBOC to Taunton's Fairwater-Yard FL Base..At this time the Westbury Cement Works was still producing cement as the exhaust from the distant Chimney confirms.
..24 january 2008..
'6C72' from Taunton-Fairwater to Westbury-VQ passes Clink nr Frome.66625 drawing 2 sets of Autoballasters,one Railtrack and the other Network-Rail.The loco seen here no longer works in the United-Kingdom as Freightliner exported it to work in Poland in October 2009
..03 august 2007..
66623,at this time still un-named passes Berkley-Marsh nr Frome going to Westbury-VQ on '6C72' to refill the HOBC. Nice light,mind you you need pictures like this to remind yourself what a nice sky looks like!
..30 july 2007..
The 'one-off ' Blue Freightliner 66-heavy 66623 which at this time was still running un-named passes Bunns-Lane near Witham-Friary returning from Westbury-VQ to Taunton's Fairwater-Yard with a replenished HOBC ready for yet another night out on the Network.This working runs as '6C73' and barring unforeseen problems runs pretty much everyday even now 6 years later in 2013.