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Class-60 Original Grey based Liveries
This is the colour scheme that this class was originally in when introduced in 1989.Repaints into EWS-Maroon began in about 1996.No grey locomotives are operational at this date (2015) but quite a few a stored in the old colours.
A general view off the A52 (Brian Clough Way) road bridge looking at the main active complex at Toton.Various GM products of both 66 and 67 are in evidence,along with parts of the DBS-Executive Train plus a few 60's.These ones here are probably pencilled in for return to service over the coming months.Amazingly even here the weeds and bushes have been allowed to infest the site. Have they no pride in their workplace????? It most certainly would not have been allowed to happen back when this place was an LMS Shed.
..29 march 2012..
Thumping up through Cam&Dursley Station is 60015 'Bow Fell' with the empty bogie fuel-tanks from Westerleigh going back to Lindsey.Strange nobody about today for this one '6E41' even though the skies were bright and sunny.
..20 april 2011..
To round off a memorable day out in the spring sunshine '6B33' from Theale returning empty fuel-tankers to Robeston put in its appearance bang on time for the booked slot through the Severn-Tunnel.Powered today by 'Robert Boyle' 60013 making a fine sight passing Pilning on the Main.Annoyingly the black-backed nameplate was again showing on the sunside,the red plate on the other flank is (for me) rather camera-shy!
..07 april 2011..
Unusually running on a Wednesday due to problems at Lindsey hence additional traffic from Robeston. 60084 showing the side with its one remaining nameplate 'Cross Fell' heads west towards Coalpit-Heath past Ram-Hill with '6B33' from Theale back to Robeston.
..23 march 2011..
'6E41' tugs north past Gossington xing with 'Bow Fell' 60015 in charge.A difficult place to do these Oil-Trains as there is a very real chance one will 'blot' out the other!
..23 march 2011..
After a long wait whilst the sun finally went awol behind the thickening cloud 60013 'Robert Boyle' finally departed Westbury heading for Whatley with '6C76'.Typically red nameplate side showing when no sun about.
..21 march 2011..
Bow Fell 60015 powers '6E41' past Badgeworth nr Cheltenham with the empty fuel tanks heading back to Lindsey. Today was such a mild day I even had to take off my woolly hat and jumper!
..19 march 2011..
'Robert Boyle' 60013 unusually for me with its red nameplate showing for a change passes Heytesbury in the Wylye-Valley on '7V16' returning empties from Fareham heading back to Whatley Quarry.We still occasionally get a stray 'Tug' working off the Mendip Stone Scene but they never stick around for more than one or two days.
..09 march 2011..
'6C74' to Whatley from Theale passes Gt-Cheverell on the B&H.60013 showing me its black nameplate as usual!
..08 march 2011..
'6A74' produced 60013 today for a change.Here thumping up through Clink nr Frome in the soft morning light having left Whatley and now going toTheale.
..08 march 2011..
60013 'Robert Boyle' creeps down the leafy Canyon that is the Westerleigh Branch with '6B13' from Robeston with another 3 million quids worth of fuel-oil(tax paid).As usual I get the black nameplate side!
..16 august 2010..
Trainload Petroleum liveried Class-60 No. 60054 'Charles Babbage arrives at Westerleigh with '6B13' from Robeston.This was the final loco in service to still wear the long defunct sectorization style colours.Now stored at Toton for conversion to 'Super-60' status sometime in 2011/2012.Actually re-entered service fully overhauled and in DBS-Red in October-2011 .. 10 october 2009..
60073 restarts '6B33' from the loop at Challow having been sidelined there for about 30 minutes to allow a couple of HST's to overtake.Coming from Theale and going to Welsh-Wales this has always been an afternoon favourite due to it being almost exclusively a Tug-Turn.
..10 september 2009..
60013 chugs up through Charfield past the remains of the old station buildings there.This is '6B47' the returning empties to Robeston that were delivered earlier today as '6B13' to Westerleigh.For a few years, after this section was cleared out of tree's and bushes by Network-Rail it made a really good shot in the evenings but now in 2012 (3 years later) it has returned to nature and the bushes now obscure the line again-----Pity-------
..16 june 2009..
'Robert Boyle' 60013 runs through the wooded area around Frocester just south of Stroud with '6B13' from Robeston going to Westerleigh with loaded 'TEA-s'. For a while this recently cleared cutting was quite popular for picturing this train.I have no doubt now though that in 2012 (3 years later) this has reverted to a jungle of bushes and tall shrubs!
..16 june 2009..
60054,at this time the sole remaining 'petroleum' liveried locomotive in the country passes Alderton on the top-road with a 'petroleum' working '6B33' from Theale to West-Wales.This loco now at Toton being overhauled in the Super-60 programme for life extension.
..21 march 2009..
EWS's 60072 'Cairn Toul' runs slowly through Park-Junction north of Newport with '6C80' from Machen going back to Westbury.Unusually the wagon-set is ex-freightliner bogie-hoppers still in that companies green livery. Today in early 2016 this loco lies dumped in the Toton-Compound with little or no chance of ever working again.
..24 january 2009..
'Charles Babbage' 60054 still in its original Petroleam-Sector colours (In fact the last operational 60 to wear them) passes Shrivenham heading for West-Wales from Theale on '6B33'.This engine is still in operation with DBS having recently being refurbished and given a new coat of Schenker-Red in the process.
..20 september 2008..
60054 was the last Tug to remain in service carrying the original grey/sector livery.As of early 2012 it has been fully overhauled and carries the new 'Schenker-Red' see HERE... Meanwhile here it was on '6V41' returning to Westbury with an engineers trip from Eastleigh consisting of some rusty looking 'HOA-s'. Elm Hill nr Warminster sets the background.
..16 april 2008..
'Big-Beastie' stickered 60063 thumps up through Berkley-Marsh with '6M20' from Whatley going to St-Pancras.Wagons in use at this time were a mixture of ex-NP and ex-RMC.Both types have now gone from the trains coming out of the Mendip-Quarries.60063 meanwhile 'as of' Feb-2012 is undergoing a major overhaul at Toton to join the evergrowing fleet of refurbished 60's.
..14 april 2008..
Grey Tug 60068 with the added embellishment of a huge bodyside EWS Sticker thumps through the remains of Badminton Station on the Theale to Robeston empty bogie fuel-tanks.'6B33' remains to this day a pretty firm '60' duty despite efforts to replace them with GM traction that basically ain't strong enough for the job!
..08 april 2008..
Tug 60034 passes Woolhampton shortly after departing Theale with the returning empty 'Tanks' to S-Wales.Working '6B33' was diverted via the B&H due to engineering works.Regretfully this shot is now no longer possible due to one of the ridiculous and ugly masts that have appeared in the last few years.
..12 january 2008..
60055 'Thomas Barnardo' was known locally about this time as the 'Voodoo-Tug' due to the near impossibility of picturing in the sun.However I managed to nail it on this occassion here at Clink Road-Junction in Frome.It was operating '6V18' the afternoon empties from Hither-Green going to Whatley Quarry.Unusually as well its load turned out to be the rake of ex-RMC hoppers that had recently appeared in this area after transfer down from the Peak-Forest district.
..13 september 2007..
As of December 2013 this engine has been re-instated after being stored for over 4 years.Of coarse it is now going to be photographed regularly as it now sports a new 'Drax-Silver' livery.Here is a shot of it when it ran in basic-two-tone-grey with a yellow EWS-sticker.The original name 'John Logie Baird was long gone. 60066 was working a '6V38' from Marchwood to Didcot-MOD train and a good load as well! The setting is Millbrook in the suburbs of Southampton.
..31 july 2007..
EWS-style yellow sticker Large-Logo adorned 60014 'Alexander Fleming' rolls past Arn-Hill nr Warminster with '7V16' from Fareham returning empty boxes to Whatley-Quarry.This loco remained in service for just another 18 months and on 12 december 2008 was stored after just 15 years of active service.Now in 2016 (8 years later) it is dumped in Toton-Old Bank Yard with very little chance of it ever returning to use.Another squandered Asset?
..12 march 2007..
Still in original colours 60015 'Bow Fell' pauses briefly adjacent to the Great Rocks-Junc Signal Box at Peak-Forest before proceeding on into Tunstead Quarry light-engine. This loco still works today in 2016 as it was one of those selected by Schenker to be part of the 'super-60' rebuild programme.
..28 september 2006..
A sunny scene at Dove-Holes in the Peak-District.LNWR liveried 08588 sits along with an RMC 0-6-0 Industrial awaiting its next duty whilst 60060 also indulges in a spot of shunting.Over 6 years on 60060 lies stored 'WNTS' at Toton whilst 08588 now works at Washwood-Heath in Birmingham.
..26 september 2006..
'Alexander Fleming' 60014 stands adjacent to the Peakdale EW&S offices during a crew change.Despite looking in superb condition this loco fell victim to the purge of this type and on 12 december 2008 was consigned to storage.It has been effectively dumped in Toton-Old Bank Yard now for over 3 years.It was actually offered for sale for a period of time,this must indicate (Me being a cynic) that it is now heavily stripped!
..29 march 2006..
A late afternoon scene at Dove Holes-Peakdale with 66127 stationary awaiting a crew change whilst 60095 is seen running back to the holding sidings after a short shunting session in the Dove Holes Quarry.
..29 march 2006..
Dole Holes at Peak-Dale is seen during the early evening 'Rush Hour' with virtually all the available tracks occupied! 60099 stands adjacent to Freightliner's 66607 in the holding sidings there whilst an incoming empty return service pauses for a crew change prior to entering the holding sidings here.This is one of my early digital images made with a Minola-Dimage 7i 5m pixels bridge camera,the cost of which 10 years ago was truly excessive (Don't ask) compared to todays mega-pixel offerings.Still the personal digital revolution had to start somewhere?
..28 march 2006..
'James Clark Maxwell' 60067 gets the Theale to Robeston empty tanks '6B33' under way after a short halt in the loop here at Steventon just west of Didcot.The famous Power-Station there forming the backdrop. Less than six weeks later this Engine went into the storage pools due to a failed Alternator (Quite a major defect) and has remained inactive ever since.Now dumped at Toton along with most of the disused fleet!
..05 february 2006..
If word got out these days of such a '60' combination as this, was on '6V41' to Eastleigh from Westbury I would probably have been killed in the rush for this spot.However back in 2003 this was a fairly common event so generally passed fairly un-noticed.Here are 60077 in 'Mainline' along with 60019 in EW&S Red hauling a fairly lengthy CWR passing Bapton in the Wylye-Valley. Those were the days! Start work at 08:15.Nip into Codford Cafe for a bacon sarnie then pop into whatever vantage point I fancied for this working before commencing my work for the day at either Codford or Wylye!
..01 september 2003..
Once called 'Tryfan' but now nameless 60094 in plain 'Mainline' 2-tone grey passes Arn-Hill with '6V41' from Eastleigh going to Westbury.One set of 5 'HQA-s' in tow. Later on after an EWS repaint it was renamed as 'Rugby Flyer' but has since been stored from Feb-2010 at Toton,not selected for life extention-yet? To see it in its final guise click HERE.
..02 july 2003..
'Charles Darwin' 60068 eases along the speed restricted Merehead-Branch from the Quarry to the mainline at East-Somerset-Junction with '6L21' at Wanstrow.Ten years ago this originated from Merehead not Whatley as it does now and then went to Purfleet whereas today it goes to Dagenham Dock.
..14 may 2003..
60088 with a set of HQA's and a GM-DOR swings through the reverse curves at Llangewydd west of Bridgend in West-Wales as it passes the well known derelict farm there.Although this loco formally 'Buachaille Etive Mor' was only barely 10 years old or so when this shot was taken it only had just over 2 years to go before being unceremoniously dumped out of use at Toton-Yard.As this was over seven years the chances of this one returning to active service seem pretty remote!
..08 april 2003..
One of the rarest livery styles to picture was the Loadhaul 'sticker only' variation.Here is 60064 minus its 'Back Tor' nameplates thumping through Bapton in the Wylye-Valley with the morning Westbury to Eastleigh infrastructure working '6O41'.Today in early 2013 it lies stored at Toton-TMD and has been since January 2006.
..06 april 2003..
60054 'Charles Babbage' was by a very big margin the longest surviving member of the '60' fleet to carry a sectorisation decal of any desciption.This one was for the 'Petroleum' division.It is still an active member of the much reduced fleet of about 20 or examples (Down from 100) and like most of those now wears Schenker-Red. Anyway here it is sat in the Down-Yard at Westbury awaiting its next call to duty.This yard in those days was fairly open and sometimes you were able to nip in for a quick 'parkup' shot such as this.However 10 years later in 2013 the place is like Fort-Knox surrounded by tall tall spiky palisade fencing.The only thing missing are the guard-dogs and the machinegun towers!
..01 april 2003..
60014 'Alexander Fleming' with what I believe to be '6V05' from Round-Oak going to Margam passes Magor heading west.This fencing that had served its purpose well for many years has now been replaced by ugly palisade fencing about 6ft high.Any thoughts of reproducing this shot these days are without a doubt a total waste of time! The engine still retains the grey colour scheme in 2013 however it has been 'oos' since December 2008 and dumped in Toton-Old Bank Yard so won't be returning to service anytime soon, if ever!
..22 march 2003..
60076 waits time in Bristol-Temple Meads with '6M72' the St-Blazey to Cliffe-Vale Stoke bulk china clay flow to the Potteries.No GM-66's around at this time so traction was either Class-60's or a pair of 37's.Regular visits were made to Temple-Meads at this time to picture the RES-47's on Mail Trains.This was a nice bonus.
..07 october 1999..
60054 thuds up through Aberbeeg at Cwn Road with a heavy train of steel coils from Port-Talbot up to Ebbw-Vale.This Steelworks was closed by Corus in 2002 and the line remained dormant until passenger services were revived in 2008.Since then the line has thrived but alas no more freight trains!
..06 june 1999..
Then named 'Dorothy Garrod' after a famous English Archaelogist 60071 wearing the budget version on Mainline Livery rumbles up the loop at Circourt Bridge west of Didcot with a train of HAA MGR-empties after delivering coal to the then fully functioning Didcot-A Power Station returning to Avonmouth.About the only thing left in use in 2015 to do with this scene is the railway track.60071 has just been stored,probably for good,HAA wagons are now all gone and of coarse Didcot-A was closed down at the behest of the Idiots that infest Brussels!
..05 december 1998..
60034 'Carnedd Llewelyn' is seen leaving Llanwern Steelworks with a set of empty iron-ore tipplers having just delivered several thousand tons of the raw material to the works from Port-Talbot.15 years later the scene in completely changed.The blast furnaces here are closed and demolished,the wagons are scrapped,60034 has been in store for years. Pity!