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EuroPorte GBRf (After 01 August 2018)
A growing Concern mainly based in the South and East of the Country.This band of locomotives has by far the most diverse selection of liveries applied to them since introduction in 2002.79 loco's are in the sub-class.One however 66734 has been broken up in Sept-2013 due to an accident and the impossibility of recovering it fully intact! A further 10 were added in late 2018 when the Company purchased additional locomotives from DB.
Here is (for me) the rather elusive 66779 'Evening Star' that has for the previous 3 days worked this train '4Y19' the 12:30 from Mountfield Sidings to Southampton Western Docks empty boxes to collect a load of Gypsum.A cold day but the trip down to here on my motorcycle was well worth the effort!----------11 april 2019----------
With '7B12' hauled by 59204 forming the backdrop GBRf's 66775 'HMS Argyll F231' moves away from Westbury heading for Whatley Quarry with '6V42' the 07:50 from Wellingborough to the Quarry to collect a trainload of aggregates.
..19 february 2019..
'Lesia' 66737 named after GBRf's MD's wife runs under Sherrington Lane bridge with '6M46' the 12:18 MOD working from Marchwood going up to Bicester.Predictably it was just a rake of empty container flats.The significance of the large '37' in the number is that the loco was named on his wife's 37th birthday!
..13 february 2019..
GBRf's 66749 with 50049 in tow traverses the Wylye Valley,seen at Sherrington whilst operating this loco move from Kidderminster(SVR) to Eastleigh Works (GBRf).There this '50' it is to undergo a repaint into GBRf colours for occasional use on stock moves etc.It departed Kidderminster as '0Z50' at 10:55.
..13 february 2019..
66748 'West Burton 50' today operated '6V42' the 07:50 from Wellingborough Up-TC to Whatley Quarry to collect a load of aggregates. This loco was imported from the Netherlands in 2012 and retained its grey original livery for quite some time.Finally gaining its Europorte colours in 2016.
Today an all too infrequent MOD working occurred between Warminster-MOD and Bicester-MOD.Sadly it was just four flat wagons but at least it was some activity out of these seldom used sidings! GBRf's 66712 'Peterborough Power Signal Box' was todays chosen loco to work '6M07' the 15:21 from Warminster-MOD to Bicester-MOD.Here seen at Heytesbury just 20 minutes after its departure from the MOD sidings.
..21 january 2019..
Here is 66778 'Darius Cheskin' working '6V42' the 07:50 from Wellingborough Up-TC GBRf to Whatley Quarry empty boxes in readiness to collect a load of aggregates.Technically this was the 2nd to last GM-66 type ever to be built but the claimant to be the final loco, 66779 was actually built using a large proportion of 2nd hand reconditioned components recovered when 66734/66402 was carefully dismantled on the banks of Loch Treig in Scotland after a major derailment.Therefore 66778 can rightly claim to be the final completely 'brand new' GM built for the european market!
..14 january 2019..
GBRf's 66715 'Valour' heads this steel working comprising a set of KVA-Ferryvans on '6V32' the 10:37 from Tilbury-I.R.F.T going to Trostre in South-Wales.Viewed at South Marston nr Swindon.With excellent timing the sun briefly burst out through the clouds allowing the almost 'full light' shot,seconds later it was gone again! ---22 december 2018---
This is my first visit to this location (South Marston) since the OHLE has been erected and the footbridge I am standing on was installed to replace a simple foot crossing.Not too bad here photographic wise with the posts only being on the north side of the line hence shots are acceptable considering all the new metal furniture. Here is GBRf's 66869 working '4B11' the 11:55 from Acton Yard going down to Cardiff Docks with a set of pretty workstained Ex-Freightliner HHA's.
..22 december 2018..
66750 once worked on the European Mainland for 'Rush-Rail' until imported by GBRf along with quite a few others when demand for freight engines was much higher than it is these days! Detailed differences on the front end point to its ancestry. Here it is passing Bratton on the B&H with '6V42' the 07:50 from Wellingborough Up Yard going to Whatley Quarry for a train load of aggregates.
..10 december 2018..
GBRf's 66715 'Valour-In Memory of all Railway Employees who gave their Lives for their Country' edges slowly towards Clink Road Junction after a signal check working '6V42' the 07:50 from Wellingborough-Up TC GBRf to Whatley Quarry empty stone boxes.
..21 november 2018..
Here is the unique GBRf- 66727 'Maritime One' in its distinctive blue colour scheme.It was working '6M40' the 11:56 from Westbury going up to Stud Farm.A difficult train to picture locally due to the sun angle.You need to go almost to Swindon before a shot on the front is possible----a pity.
..13 november 2018..
66707 'Sir Sam Fay-Great Central Railway' sits is the sunlight at Westbury having just arrived as '0M40' from Eastleigh in readiness to haul '6M40' the 11:56 from here to Cliffe Hall-Stud Farm with empty ballast boxes.
..31 october 2018..
'4Y19' the 12:30 from Mountfield Sdg's to Southampton-Western Docks passes Mount Pleasant as the shadows now rapidly start to invade the scene here as the sun sinks rapidly towards the horizon.The following weekend the clocks will revert to GMT from BST so this shot will no longer be available for this train until next Spring.The loco is 66751 an ex-European 'Rush Rail' engine that now carries the name 'Inspiration Delivered-Hitachi Rail Europe'.
..22 october 2018..
This is my first sighting of one of the GBRf operated fuel trains that now work into Westerleigh-Puma and return to Immingham.Here is 66771 with '6C45' the 11:35 from Westerleigh-Puma going up to Immingham with its train of discharged TEA's.Seen passing over the River Avon at Eckington going north.
..10 october 2018..
A second bite at GBRf's Muncie-Indiana built 66774 working '6V32' the 10:48 from Tilbury to Trostre.With a shiny loco,full sun and not a bush to be seen--why not!
..1 october 2018..
This makes a change from aggregate boxes or hoppers! GBRf's 66774 with a long string of ferryvans used to transport steel products passes Hungerford with '6V32' the 10:48 from Tilbury-I.R.F.T.going to Trostre Works in S-Wales.
..1 october 2018..
Recently named 'The Pavior' GBRf-Europorte liviried 66758 works '6V42' the 07:50 from Wellingborough-Up TC to Whatley Quarry over Hungerford Common.
..1 october 2018..
Here is '1Z10' the 'GBRf 2018 Out of the Ordinary' Charity Railtour (Day 1) going from London Victoria to Port Talbot.Loco for this leg is 66782 c/w its Charity Railtours Logo on the flanks.It departed London-Victoria at 09:39. Interestingly this was the first of the 10 engines obtained from DB (66046) released in GBRf livery.Viewed in pretty abject lighting conditions passing Ladydown in Trowbridge.
..20 september 2018..
The former DB-66058 now renumbered as 66783 'The Flying Dustman' for GBRf works through Hungerford with '6V79' the 12:01 from Angerstein Wharf to Pengham Reception Sdg's.This train is diverted via the B&H due to Bristol-Parkway being currently out of commission.A nice surprise this to finish off a day of sweeping shadows and high winds.Sadly no sunlight for this striking locomotive!