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Class-60 EWS Maroon livery.
The adopted livery for EWS was soon applied the the majority of the working fleet of 60's after privitisation.Many were withdrawn in this scheme.Some survived to gain the next livery of Schenker-Red.
So here we have probably the scruffiest 'Tug' currently in operation! 60049 in very rough and faded EWS-Red rolls through Trowbridge with '6C54' the 13:06 off Oxford-Banbury Rd going to Westbury.Again due to near darkness use of 1600-asa was needed to have any hope of stopping the action even at the relatively low speed this working was travelling at.
..13 november 2014..
Despite being expected to be called to Toton for refurbishment or storage after the end of the RHTT season 60071 continues to soldier on working turn and turn about with the two dozen or so '60-s' that have now been overhauled.My cohort for the day MDF was not best pleased when this appeared as he was hoping for 60099 which is also working off Margam today.Me? I was happy enough the train actually came and the sun was out. (I am easily pleased!).
..11 january 2014..
Still running around in the old EWS colours 60071 'Ribblehead Viaduct' rolls past East-Usk Junction in Newport with a lengthy '6B67' from Margam going to Llanwern.This regular 'tripper' always seems to produce a '60' if one is lying around available for use at Margam-Knuckle Yard.
..11 january 2014..
After being set aside in Challow loops for about 30 minutes to allow four HST's to ovetake it '6B33' from Theale going to Robeston gets on the move again.A fairly clean looking 60065 doing the business today.Although it is only 15:00 in the afternoon the shadows were lengthening by the minute and 10 minutes later would have started to obscure the bogies. Note how small the overbridge clearance is here at Challow.This will almost certainly be replaced soon as part of the electrification scheme. Another 6ft high sheet steel monstrosity in the name of progress????
..13 november 2013..
60065 'The Jaguar' stands in Challow-Loop waiting for several HST's to pass before being allowed to proceed on its way to Robeston from Theale with '6B33', the discharged fuel-tanks.Note the unusually uniform first 10 tanks on the train.It is normally a mis-mash of red/blue and older darker versions.-----13 november 2013-----
6B33' unusually ran today on a Tuesday! Which was nice as it employed one of the few remaining EWS liveried unrefurbished Class-60's.The general concensus is that when the RHTT season has finished releasing many 'Sheds' back to normal duties these last few 'unrefurbs' will be stopped and entered into the 'Super-60' programme at Toton.Anyway here is 60065 'The Jaguar' running up the loop here at Circourt Bridge with a train of largely red-VTG 'TEA-s'.Note the 'clean-end' leading and also the yellow painted under-buffer skirting.
..13 november 2013..
Good old reliable skirt-less 60049 continues to plod on in service still wearing the now defunct EW&S livery.Here it is hauling '6B13' from Robeston to Westerleigh passing a less well known location than most in Quedgeley at Naas Lane.
..12 november 2013..
60049 is seen shunting the tanks off of '6B13' it had just brought into Westerleigh about 20 minutes ago.The routine is the loco runs round the bogie-tankers and draws forward sufficiently to be able to push the train back into the compounded dicharging area.As this siding is only long enough for about 50% of the train it is then split and the remainder parked alongside in an identical length siding next to the first.The '60' then parks up and waits until the evening before returning the empties back to South-Wales.
..09 november 2013..
Schenker's Red-EWS 60049 continues to run reliably athough it is has yet not benefited from a Toton overhaul and repaint.Here it is at an increasingly overgrown Wickwar north of Bristol with '6B13' from Robeston going to Westerleigh Oil Terminal.The short glimpse of sun visable in this shot was basically all that was to be had all day,such was the dire state of the weather around Bristol today.Note '49' is still lacking its front-end guard-iron on the exhaust-end giving this 'Tug' a unique front -end appearance.
..09 november 2013..
Tug 60049 still in EW&S-Red passes Compton-Beauchamp in the Vale of the White Horse with '6B33' the 13:00 from Theale going to Robeston in S-Wales.Although it was only 15:00 in the afternoon the winter light at this time is becoming quite yellowy but thankfully at this location the shadows had not yet become a problem,mainly due to shrub clearance on the linesides in readiness for the dreaded masts and wires! ..29 october 2013..
EWS liveried sometime 'super-shunter' and general dogsbody 60049 thuds past a freshly manicured (In readiness for OHLE mast erection) Bourton with '6B33' from Theale heading for Margam.From the picture you would think 'Thats a nice day!'---wrong----the sun appeared seconds before this working and disappeared almost as quickly after it had passed....Only a chase up from Baulking (8 miles away) to get under a small blue patch allowed this shot to succeed with minutes to spare.
..19 october 2013..
Unrefurbished 60049 in its old 'heritage' EWS colours thuds east past Bourton with '6M50' departmental from Westbury (07:55 off) going to Bescot.Originally we had tried to picture it at Broughton-Gifford nr Melksham but that was a bit optimistic as at 08:20 to shadows are still rather overpowering.However after a headlong chase to here beating the train by just a minute the situation had changed dramatically!
..10 october 2013..
60045 again worked to Woking today and is seen returning here at Heytesbury in the Wylye-Valley as '6V12'.After doing an Infrastructure job overnight it has ended up getting reversed with the dirty exhaust end now leading.Still it adds a bit of variety.Since these EWS-Red Tugs are now an endangered species every chance of seeing and shooting them locally must be grabbed!
..19 september 2013..
Tug Power yet again on '6V12 from Woking going to Westbury then after eversal on down to Merehead Quarry, 'The Permanent Way Institution' 60045 still in the EWS colours of that long defunct Company passes Arn-Hill nr Warminster..Note how the low autumn sun (even at 17:30) nicely frames the entire train.An interesting effect.
..18 september 2013..
60045 continues to work the 6O41/6V41 Infrastructure duty to Eastleigh and back each day from Westbury..I think this is the 4th day running it has done it,so no excuses if you ain't got a shot of it yet on this train.Its even been full sun pretty much all of the week as well! Here it is from a slightly different angle at Arn Hill nr Warminster.Load was yet more scrap track panels and three OBA's loaded with general track stores and components
..06 september 2013..
This move was rumoured for a couple of days and unbelievably actually happened! Pairs of 60s are rare enough but these days with over 90% of the working examples in Schenker-Red the chance of two EWS-Red versions together was a really rare event.So here are 60045 and 60049 rolling past Southampton-Maritime with '6O41' from Westbury going to Eastleigh Yard. And the best part? It was a superb cloudless day thus ensuring a decent photograph of this rare working.
..05 september 2013..
Unrefurbished EWS-Tug 60045 rolls through Millbrook with '6V41' from Eastleigh going to Westbury.The load being a couple of bogie-flats loaded with old track panels going to the Westbury track re-cycling centre to be processed for disposal.
..04 september 2013...
With the loss of most of the DBS engineering workings in the south now to either Freightliner or Colas from the 21st of October 2013 the chances of getting another '60' on this working have receeded to almost zero! With no Westbury to Bescot (Colas) and no Eastleigh to Hinksey/Bescot (Now Freightliner) there is just no way it can get to Westbury on infrastructure work.---Anyway in happier times here is 60045 on '6O41' from Westbury going to Eastleigh rounding the bend at Millbrook in Southampton.--------------------------------------------04 september 2013----------
'6V41' the afternoon return infrastructure working from Eastleigh back up to Westbury yet again produced a Sixty. 60045 still in EWS colours and not refurbished yet but looking very smart was doing to duty.Not much of a load,a pair of bogie-flats carrying old track panels for scrapping but it fitted nicely into the space available here at Arn-Hill nr Warminster.
..03 september 2013..
After a very swift drive through the City traffic and a very illegal piece of parking on double-yellows at a junction next to some traffic lights this view of 60065 on '6B44' was grabbed.Here it is seen threading over from the freight lines west of Southampton-Central to gain the 'up' line through the tunnel here.Even 'Fewy' was impressed with my terrible parking,without which this shot would not have been possible.Needless to say we buzzed off straight away afterwards!
..22 august 2013..
60065 eases away from the Western-Docks in Southampton at Millbrook with '6B44',the tripper from there up to Eastleigh Yard.The 'Tug' was being used for this duty for a spot of crew training,note there are at least 4 staff in the cab,one sitting in the window!
..22 august 2013..
'6B43' was today used as a crew training exercise to refresh local crews on 'Class 60-s'.Here 60065 currently the regular Eastleigh 'Super-Shunter' trips away from Eastleigh heading for the Western Docks at Southampton.A pretty lack lustre train of about 10 empty bogie flats.However when it returned later in the day it was fully loaded (Which was nice!) Note,at least 4 crew were crammed into the cab,one was even sitting up in the window!
..22 august 2013..
One of the few 'Sixties' still operating in the now obselecent EWS livery.60065 'Spirit of Jaguar' with its very faded numbers and lettering stands at Westbury where it has been in use for a while as a 'Super-Shunter'.Note the Margam-Sheep emblem sticker on the nose.The next day this returned to Eastleigh hauling '6O41' to be replaced by 60049.
..12 august 2013..
Still wearing its EWS colours unrefurbished 60065 'Spirit of Jaguar' was let off its leash today from shunting duties at Westbury and allowed a trip to Fareham on the South-Coast. Here is the return empty working '7V16' thudding past Bapton in the Wylye-Valley going only as far as Westbury.
..01 august 2013..
The as-yet unrefurbished 60065 'Jaguar' with the added bonus of the old faded EWS colour scheme passes the top of Upton-Scudamore Incline going to Westbury with '6V41' from Eastleigh.Not a particularly inspiring load today either,just a long rake of 'JNA-s'.
..26 july 2013..
This (I think) is the sole remaining Class-60 currently still in service wearing the old EW&S Red and Gold livery. 60049 has an outing from Eastleigh to Westbury with '6V41'.Its load today was Sidetippers and a CWR-set and it is seen here at the top of Upton-Scudamore Incline about to drop down into Westbury.As usual when something decent makes an appearance on this working, the sunshine although just across the adjacent field refused to light the scene.Shot included due to the now rare sight of an EWS-Tug actually moving and not dumped at Toton!
..25 june 2013..
Now a minority livery with just two now out and about,EW&S 60049 passes Norton-Bavant with '6O41' from Westbury going to Eastleigh. Nice few vintage bogie-bolsters & 4-wheelers as well as a CWR-set.First sunny shot for nearly 10 days and that was by the skin of my teeth!The rest of the day was back to normal--------Crud!
..28 march 2013..
For the second day running EW&S liveried 60049 the former Hinksey-Yard Shunter worked up to Westbury from Eastleigh on '6V41'.If you think this shot is dull you should have been here yesterday! It is seen with a loaded CWR-train at Upton-Scudamore just three minutes after the VSOE with Silver-Skip 67026 went the other way.Hence the reason I braved the appallingly cold conditions.No doubt about it the best lens for these conditions is a 35mm F2 prime!
..27 march 2013..
The famed Eastleigh Shunter 60049 was seen moving ballast wagons back and forth in the distance whilst watching on the main road bridge overlooking Eastleigh Station.It was a long two hour wait (It seemed like six!) before it finally pushed the assembled wagon-set back into the main yard.By now the light was becoming quite dire but in view of its imminent departure soon back to Toton,probably for storage the wait was eventually worth it.
..19 january 2013..
Still eeeking out an operational existence in EWS livery 60071 'Ribblehead Viaduct' creeps slowly along the single line branch from Westerleigh Oil-Terminal up to Yate and the mainline north.Working is of course '6E41' going to Lindsey.My first photo for over a week due to a total lack of sunshine!
..25 october 2012..
'6B33' from Theale returning to Margam was today hauled by one of the few unrefurbished and unrepainted 'Tugs' still in service.60049 is easily identifiable because of the lack of the skirting below the buffers,at least on this end seen here.Location is Acton-Turville.
..16 october 2012..
'7C76' after a short layover at Westbury continues on down to the Quarry at Whatley from Acton in London.Today the working was graced with 60049,a rare outing indeed these days for a 'Tug' into the Mendip-Quarries.Here it is seen slowing for Clink-Junction as it passes through the Berkley-Marsh area just east of Frome.
..17 july 2012..
One of the few remaining operational 'Tugs' in the now obselecent EW&S colours today made a surprise appearance on '7C74' from Acton going to Whatley.Here seen passing Great Cheverell on the B&H making good time is 60049.Rumour has it it will be sticking around for a few days at least.Lets hope the sun come out soon then!
..17 july 2012..
Shunter 'Super-Sub' 60039 poses at Westbury during a short break in shunting operations.Apart from the fully faded numbering and logo's it actually looks quite smart glinting in the sunshine!
Footnote--By the end of the month it had gravitated to St-Blazey where it now lies in open-air storage.--I just hope the local cornish gippo's don't get their metal-thieving hands on it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
..20 june 2012..
Still wearing the old EWS colours, unrefurbished 60039 is currently acting as the 'Super-Shunter' here at Westbury replacing the defective 08633.How long it will remain on this duty is open to question but ultimately it is bound for St-Blazey and open storage.
..19 june 2012..
One last long lingering look look at the East-Yard at Toton.Most of the once extensive sidings of course no longer needed now that the local coal industry has been decimated.Those that remain hold mainly stored locomotives and a few engineering trains.Actually non-'internal railway' traffic has pretty much now disappeared from this yard.I fully expect within 10 years this will be an Asda or Blocks of Flats.
..29 march 2012..
Further down the yard beyond the 14 Tugs in a line was another cluster of stored 60's headed by 60042,10 in total.Unsure of the status of these.Also in view is 66147,a working Loco but actually filthier than the suppose 'life-expired' 60's. The actual numbers of this group of Class-60's is as follows-- 60042/37/27/18/88/50/86/60/32 and 60067.
..29 march 2012..
'6E54' from Kingbury going to Humber passes Chellaston on the freight only line east of Stenson-Junction. Old-Stager 60071 'Ribblehead Viaduct' in the now (for 60's) increasingly rare Red&Gold EWS Colours.
..29 march 2012..
Whilst waiting for '6B13' 60071 went northward on '6E41' to Lindsay with the empties from Westerleigh.Not too many EWS liveried examples left in service so was worth a punt!
..26 march 2012..
Compared to freshly overhauled 60063 that went south about 20 minutes before, 60071 looks decidedly care-worn.Engine hours for this one are now approaching 16000 but this locomotive still remains quite reliable.Being operational it is not listed as required for the 'refurbishment programme'.More than likely it will suffer a serious engine malfunction and get stored indefinately.Paradoxically soon photographers will be clamouring to picture this one as the EWS livery gets rarer! Anyway here is the EWS-Tug 60071 'Rubblehead Viaduct' heading north at Gossington on '6E41' from Westerleigh going to Linsdey-OR. As can be seen the cloud build-up was about to put halt to most of the rest of the days photography!
..19 march 2012..
The Red&Gold EWS livery is now a fading breed as far as the 60's are concerned.After the refurbishment program is completed,assuming all are repainted in Schenker-Red what future lies ahead for the remainder? Anyway here is one recently returned to service from the storage lines but has been working 'up-north' until this week,60045 'The Permanant Way Institution' looking quite grubby apart from one section that has had a quick wipe over. The train, '6B33' from Theale going to Robeston is viewed passing Shrivenham heading west.
..23 february 2012..
After picturing the Tug at Coedkernew (See below) a quick drive east on the M4 enabled me to grab another shot of '6B13'.This time at Severn-Tunnel Junction.We actually got there with about 10 minutes to spare as it was sidelined to allow a couple of passenger services to pass.Here again is 60071 'Ribblehead Viaduct' in 'old' EWS colours this time accelerating through the remains of the massive yards that once occupied this site.
..27 january 2012..
'6B13' the Robeston to Westerleigh loaded 'TEA-s' with 60071 heading it passes Coedkernew just managing to dodge sunless area's.Now towards the end of January early morning photography is again becoming more possible.
..27 january 2012..
Still running in the now obselescent Red&Gold of EW&S 60049 passes Wickwar north of Bristol with '6E41' from Westerleigh going to Lindsey with the discharged fuel tanks.Quite a trek up an extreemly muddy field to get to this location.As the sun remained out it was well worth the filthy effort!
..07 january 2012..
With three 'Super-Sixties' now running around in Schenker-Red, people are already beginning to realise that the once maligned EWS liveried versions are becoming an endangered species.Hence more interest in their movements now.Here is 60071,a seemingly ever reliable example,not yet booked into the refurb programme but probably will be soon.Today working '6B33' from Theale back to West-Wales with the empty bogie fuel tanks.Now the winter clocks have reverted to BST any further west than this area is now getting too shadowy for a decent shot.The light is going yellowy now as well by 15:15, just about 2 hours from sunset. Shot recorded at Shrivenham.
..01 november 2011..
This is the shot you get when you arrive at a location 2 seconds late! No information whatsoever posted except that the failed '6W77' had passed Castle-Cary very late after restarting from its halt somewhere west of Cary. Fully expecting to see the following (also delayed) RHTT I got quite a surprise seeing this and grateful (I suppose) for even this effort! Here is rescue engine 60039 dragging a 'dead' 66086 along with its train of 'falcons' that was coming from Saltash going to Westbury.Seen at Fairwood less than a mile from its destination.
..24 october 2011..
Star of this mornings 'mini' procession was this working, '6Z17'. Again from Whatley but this one going to Hayes.A real 'Peak-Forest' type formation as well with 60039 hauling a set of mixed design ex-RMC's still in their old orange livery.Viewed at Great-Cheverell on the B&H running slightly down on booked time.This is the first 'Tug' to visit the Westbury area for about 6 months so quite pleasing to be able to record it in decent light!
..21 october 2011..
Somehow 60039 ended up allocated to '6V18' from Hither-Green down to Whatley-Quarry.Although the lite was shite it is worthy of inclusion as this is the first 60 on a stone train to the Mendips for months.Here it is passing Berkley-Marsh running 75 minutes late,this not helping the situation at this time of year.Better luck hopefully tomorrow morning as it is booked to go back towards London via the B&H. We shall see?----17 hrs later- Success!
..20 october 2011..
No time to move to the bridge in the background for the southbound shot so this platform version of 60071 on '6B13' from Robeston to Westerleigh was tried instead.Pretty impressive having a '60' passing within 3 feet of you at 60 plus!
..20 october 2011..
A quick drive up the road from Undy enabled me to grab another shot of '6B13' as its slows to take the line up towards Gloucester.Here 60071 seen passing the remains of the once extreemly busy complex that was Severn-Tunnel-Junction Yards.All that is left now is miles of palisade fencing and piles of 'Notwork-Fail' crap!
..03 october 2011..
'6B13' from Robeston to Westerleigh was today handled by 60071 'Ribblehead Viaduct'.Seen here rolling slowly up the relief line at Undy just a mile or so from Severn-Tunnel-Junction.
..03 october 2011..
Get your shots of EWS liveried 60's while you can.Pretty soon they will all be in Schenker-Red! Here is 60071 passing Somerton Bridge on '6B03' going to Llanwern from Trostre. No shadows from the old semaphore signal to worry about but that was quite a nice problem to have!
..30 september 2011..
60071 'Ribblehead Viaduct' slows through East Usk with '6B03' from Trostre going to Llanwern.Fairly lightly loaded but well worth the wait in the superb late september sunshine.
..30 september 2011..
'Ribblehead Viaduct' 60071 chugs slowly away from Haresfield-Loop with '6B13' the loaded fuel-oil tanks to Westerleigh from Robeston in West-Wales.Think this was stuck in the loop for quite a long time due to it missing its usual booked slot because of signalling difficulties west of Gloucester.Eventually passing this spot at Standish-Junction about 75 minutes down on schedule.
..15 september 2011..
Tug-10 in the now 'old-hat' EW&S colours thumps northwards with '6E41' from Westerleigh going back to Lindsey for a re-load.The train is seen just negotiating the double-junction here at Standish.
..15 september 2011..
60096 appears to be the most reliable of the Class-60's currently in service.I don't recall it failing for ages! Here it is running down the single line past Westerleigh-Village less than a mile from its destination at the Oil-Terminal there.Working is '6B13' from Robeston in West-Wales.
..27 august 2011..
Tug-49 thumps round the corner at Heol Pont-y-cwcw shortly after passing Newport-ADJ with the '6B33' discharged bogie-tanks from Theale going to Margam/Robeston.
..09 august 2011..
Still displaying the EW&S livery-style 60049 bursts out of Chipping-Sodbury Tunnel with '6B33' from Theale with the empty fuel-bogies destined for Robeston.Amazing that in just a few short years this shot here will be totally ruined by the un-necessary parafinalia that goes with an Electrification Scheme.Something that a fleet of good new Diesels would render un-needed!
..23 july 2011..
Originally named 'Scafell' but now nameless 60049 runs down the main getting a straight run at the Severn-Tunnel with '6B33' from Theale going back to West-Wales for a refill.
..21 july 2011..
'6B33' from Theale to Robeston passes Badminton just as the sun was finally beginning to lift the scene,another 20 seconds would have been much better.A seemingly ever-reliable 60096 doing the duty yet again!
..21 may 2011..
Red-Tug 60049 has been hanging around Westbury most of the week,however this is my 1st chance to photograph it.Seen arriving back from Newport-ADJ on the Engineers '6C41'.Note the unique look at the front end due to the Snowplough/Front-Plating assembly being missing!As usual the sun did a disappearing act right on cue. Just like Fotopic! which today was formally announced as having gone into Receivership!!!!!!
..31 march 2011..
A further view of the ploughless end of 60049 can be seen HERE
Scruffy red tug 60096 (Like virtually every other DBS Locomotive) heads south past Gossington with '6B13' from West-Wales going to Westerleigh.
..23 march 2011..
Tug 9 went to Eastleigh in the morning on '6O41'.Remarkably it returned on this, '6V41' dragging the usual selection of infrastructure bogies/wagons/etc. On what was a superb evening it is here passing Arn-Hill nr Warminster about 4 miles from its destination-Westbury.
..25 october 2010..
60009 accompanied by 59203 passes Little Langford in the Wylye-Valley with '6O41' from Westbury down to Eastleigh.
..25 october 2010..
Tug 60096 thumps past Cam&Dursley with '6E41' going to Lindsey from Westerleigh.Probably the least popular of the current 10 or so 60's in and out of service.Can't think why?
..25 september 2010..
60071 'Ribblehead Viaduct' drags it's set of empty boxes back up from Exeter to Westbury.This duty '7C28' was a Tug today unusually,naturally it failed to go back down to the Quarry simply because of that fact! ..23 september 2010..
'6Z98',an additional trainload of various fuels from Lindsay down to Westerleigh.Arriving in the late afternoon this working presented a 'not to be missed' chance for a shot coming from the north at the right time for the light.Here is 60049 about to pass under Westerleigh Viaduct just a mile or so from its destination.
..17 may 2010..
60096 thuds past Milton west of Didcot on the main with '6B33' from Theale going back to Margam (SO).This particulatr 60 had been so reliable seemingly never failing whilst out on the mainline.It is however currently stored albeit only recently in Nov-2012 so will probably be resurrected again.Interestingly it appears this one is not listed for refurbishment in the near future. This '60' has been bought by Colas and given a full overhaul and returned to service.To see how it looks in July-2015 Click HERE.
..08 october 2009..
The former 'Lochnager' 60004 chugs northwards past Coaley with '6E41' from Westerleigh with the empty fuel-tanks going to Lindsey for a refill.This '60' had about another 10 weeks of work ahead of it before being listed as 'NONE' and stored as suffering from wear&tear! That was less than 3 years ago but since it is not in the current overhaul program and is parked with such wrecks as 60081 and 60006 at Toton must be considered 'finished'. To see how the loco looks in March 2012 click HERE. It is the 5th engine down the row after 60081 and 60006.
..11 august 2009..
60065 'Jaguar' performs a spot of shunting at Westerleigh Oil-Terminal after arriving from Robeston with '6B13'.It is necessary to split the train into two equal halves so all the 'TEA' tanks can be emptied in time for the usual evening booked departure time.The Gantry behind the locomotive used to be there for loading the 'Binliner' trains with Bristol rubbish.This service ceased years ago and the structure is now scrapped and removed from site.
..25 april 2009..
60049 snowplough-less end first emerges from the short tunnel under the Buxton line at Chapel-en-le Frith with '6F06' from Tunstead going to Oakleigh.
..17 october 2008..
60085 'Mini-Pride of Oxford' thuds through Great Cheverell with a diverted '6B33' from Theale to Margam due to weekend engineering work on its normal route via Didcot. Pictured here in a lightly snowy scene.Something that is increasingly rare these days in the south of the UK due to percieved climate change I suppose.60085 continues on in service in 2016 but now carries Colas branding as was sold to that company a few years ago. Click HERE to view it in its new livery.
..07 february 2009..
Tug 60029 passes Chinley with '6H02' from Oakleigh going back to Tunstead.Loco was smartened up for an appearance at its namesake location 'Clitheroe Cement'.
..17 october 2008..
'Ribblehead Viaduct' 60071 heads north at Elford with '6E41' from Westerleigh going to Lindsey on a nice late summer evening.Tug-71 still operates in Jan-2012 though I think it is not part of the Class Refurbshment that is ongoing at this time.
..16 october 2008..
60002 runs past Bourton nr Swindon going to Margam with the empty Fuel-Tanks from Theale '6B33'. Ten weeks later 60002 was stored due to high engine-hours(20508) with no-faults and three years on, still languishes at Crewe in the 'WNTR' pool.
..27 september 2008..
60005 'BP Gas Avonmouth' rolls through Newport-Gwent prior to the building of the extreemly ugly new footbridge there.The working is of coarse '6B33' from Theale returning discharged fuel tanks back to Margam then on the Robeston for a reload. Less than 12 weeks later this loco was withdrawn and stored at Toton after suffering a major engine failure whilst working off Peak-Forest.
..23 september 2008..
This engine 60093 is at this time (Dec-2012) literally dumped on the 'Wrong side of the Tracks' in New Bank Sidings at Toton.This effectively means it is very late in the queue for overhaul if ever! In happier times about 15 weeks before it was removed from service for storage it is seen here passing Badminton with one of the classes staple trains '6B33'.This being the saturday working from Theale it would be going only as far as Margam-Yard.When delivered this loco was named 'Jack Stirk',apparantly one of the designers of the MGR concept!
..13 september 2008.
'Rugby Cement' 60094 passes Patney on the B&H on a lovely summers day (remember those?) with the ex-RMC hoppers on the Whatley to St-Pancras '6M20'.This shot taken from the still extant station footbridge although the remainder of the station has long disappeared The Tug has been OOS since Feb-2010 and is stored in the infamous Toton-Training Compound.Not being in the current program to be restored to service has probably been reduced to the status of 'spare-doner'.
..12 august 2008..
A late running loaded Coal '7C79' from Parc-Slip to Westbury Cement-Works slowly negotiates the Hawkeridge Curve at the junction there. 60017 'Shotton Works Centenary Year 1996' with its load of 'HAA' mgr hoppers really stands out against the backdrop of a gathering storm.This Tug was stored on 27/11/2008 just 4 months after this shot was taken and has not worked since.
..07 august 2008..
'6B33' thunders through Lower-Basildon in the Thames-Valley going to Robeston from Theale.60052 in charge.Luckily it was running on the slow-lines and due to it being several hours late the sun had moved round offering a rare chance of brightness in the front-end for a change.
..08 may 2008..
Double Stamps! 60031 and 60054 make a pretty powerful pairing on '6M65' from Westbury heading for Newport-ADJ.This was quite a rare event, as by now this train was usually monopolised by 66's.The working is seen slowing round the sharp curve at Ladydown in Trowbridge.
..15 april 2008..
60018 eases away from the sidings at Great-Rocks after running round this train it has just brought out of the Tunstead-Quarry.It will now preceed as '6H27' to Hindlow. This Tug has been oos since 01/06/2009 dumped at Toton.
..06 april 2008..
'6B33' from Theale is seen passing Wootton-Rivers on the B&H.Another diversion due to engineering works.60043 looks in fine fettle but by the end of the year was stored.At least it has been kept under cover at Crewe-DMD where is hasn't been used as a spares-bin.That was over 3 years ago in dec-2008 and no sign of its return despite the ongoing class-60 refurb program.
..09 february 2008..
'7C79' from Park-Slip to Westbury Cement-Works was always a good bet for '60' haulage.Here is 60022 passing Dyrham Lane nr Trowbridge with its loaded set of coal laden HAA's.Everything is this shot now gone! 60022 is dumped oos.All HAA's are removed from service,the adequate fence line has been replaced by an even BIGGER spiky one.Oh-yes! and the Cement Works has been closed. What a Country?
..24 january 2008..
Scruffy 60024 takes the route into Westbury at Fairwood-Junction with '6Z20' from Whatley-Quarry going to St-Pancras-London.This working used the ex-RMC hoppers previously in the Peak-Forest district.60024 was unique in that it had EWS logo on one flank and EW&S on the other.
..22 january 2008..
A look over the bridge at Dove-Holes at Peakdale see's EWS-60018 slowly setting back a long train of RMC-hoppers into the Quarry for loading.Resident shunter,also owned by EWS 08393 sits in its normal 'park-up' position when not being used as it wasn't today.Today in 2016 60018 lies stored at Toton whilst 08393 status is similar at Barton-under-Neewood.Both locomotives future being uncertain.
..25 april 2007..
EWS-Red 60021 thuds past Ram-Hill in the northern outskirts of Bristol with '6C23' from Hayes going to East Usk-Junction in S-Wales.The load being a uniform rake of HGA-Gunnells.The horses in the foreground seem unconcerned as it was rumbling by. Interestingly 60021 was withdrawn less than three years later in Nov-2009 and has been dumped at Toton ever since.It is currently (Oct-2013) on a tender list for sale along with 19 other '60-s' in varying states of disrepair,some knackered and some good.Me-thinks its just Schenkers way of testing the water to see just how much these locomotives are really worth on the open market---Certainly way in excess of the basic scrap value---Interesting---watch this space!
..02 november 2006..
Tug-21 eases through the Platforms at Doncaster with a rake of MGR 'HAA,s' Coal Hoppers.
..30 june 2005..
The Saturday morning empties heading for Machen in S-Wales from Westbury passes Fishermans Crossing near Dundas in the Limpley Stoke -Valley.60096 looking quite clean and tidy dragging its set of 'Hansons'.
..07 august 2004..
Red-Tug 60022 approaches Upton-Lovell level-crossing in the Wylye-Valley with '7O39' the 08:36 from Merehead to Hamworthy nr Poole in Dorset.A good working this as it was often just a few minutes behind the Eastleigh Engineers '6O41' which still runs to this day in 2015.This service however stopped running in the summer of 2012 and currently no paths are shown for it to run so it is probably finished now.
..25 february 2004..
Back in 2003 '6L21' originated from Merehead not Whatley and its destination was Purfleet.Here is 60083 'Mounsorrel' rounding the curve at Great-Cheverell as it heads towards London up the B&H.
..12 august 2003..
Tug 60041 powers non-stop past the Woodborough-Loops with '6L21' from Merehead going to Purfleet.This engine now stored at Toton after being stopped just before Xmas in 2009.No sign of resurrection either as not on the lists for rebuild etc.....
..15 july 2003..
A rare event this,a Class 60 doing the Fawley-Tanks in an age when virtually all 100 loco's in the class were still operating.Here is 60075 running down the Frome-Avoider with '6V62' from Fawley going to Tavistock-Junction.By this time this once solid '37' duty had given way to 66's but sometimes, like today something more interesting would turn-up.This particular engine 60075 has now been stored since November 2008 and is not listed as one of those to be rebuilt in the 'Super-Tug' program.
..18 april 2003..
'High Peak' 60002 pauses briefly at Newport awaiting a booked change of crew before heading on westward.Working is '6V97' the 14:27 from Beeston going to Newport Docks with scrap in the 'MBA' type wagons.Tug-2 now lies stored undercover at Crewe-DMD and has been since December 2008.
..12 november 2002..
Red-Tug 60080 heading west passes Middlesborough with a steel slab train bound for South-Wales from Lackenby.In the distance can be seen the entrance to the still active Middlesborough-Good Yard used for unloading Potash from Boulby.