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Class 59/0 (After 01 August 2018)
The Engines that started the GM Revolution in the UK. 5 built but 59003 was exported to Germany in 1997.However in 2015 it was repatriated and has started working in the UK for GBRf leaving 4 working out of Merehead for Aggregate-Industries who took over Foster-Yeomans.
Unbelievably although this loco has been a regular in Westbury now for many months this is the first time I have managed a shot with the sun on the front end of it in GBRf colours.Its regular duty before the GBRf takeover of several engineering duties out of Westbury was '6M40'.This working was always backlit when departing northwards just after midday from Westbury.So here is 59003 on the first GBRf operated '6O41' from Westbury to Eastleigh East Yard.GBRf's previous regular duty '6M40' has now been given over to Colas.All very entertaining I must say. The train is viewed in sparking light passing the small church at Little Langford in the Wylye Valley.Hopefully some of the GB-Celebs will make occasional appearences as well---you never know.The Westbury Area Hotstop just got a little bit hotter!---------1 april 2019--------
'6V18' the 11:25 from Allington-ARC is seen approaching Clink Road Junction ready to take the line towards its destination,Whatley Quarry.'AI' 59005 catches the remaining sunlight before it enters the long shadows cast by the overbridge and the trees where I was located.In 35mm terms this is a telephoto shot in excess of 230mm.A standard 50mm lens would effectively be a waste of time!
..27 february 2019..
Veteran 'AI' loco 59004 'Paul A Hammond' runs down the straightaway from Fairwood Junction with '7C77 the 12:40 from Acton-TC to Merehead.Just boxes again on this service today,no hoppers whatsoever!
..27 february 2019..
This was a bit of a bonus,running nearly 90 minutes early '6C74' the 15:35 from Theale returning empties to Whatley Quarry is seen west of Kintbury with 'AI' 59005 at the helm.Note the sad graffitied state of the ex-EWS HTA coal hoppers now used for aggregates.Its about time Network Rail hired active snipers and hungry guard dogs to patrol their Yards in and around London!
..26 february 2019..
'Kenneth J Painter' 59005 rumbles towards Crofton on the B&H with '6A74' the 09:22 from Whatley Quarry bound for Theale.Now these locomotives are the property of Freightliner (Genesee & Wyoming) it cannot be too far into the future before this 'AI' livery gets eliminated?
..26 february 2019..
Grandaddy-GM Pioneer 59001 'Yeoman Endeavour' dodges the lengthening shadows as it slowly climbs Upton Scudamore Incline with '7O40' the fridays-only 13:35 from Merehead going down to Eastleigh Aggregate Sidings.Viewed passing the stubble fields where the once previously fallow fields have for the last 5 years or so have been given over to maize production. ..15 february 2019..
59005 powers up as it approached Fairwood Junction with the empties from Fareham (11:56 off) going down to Whatley Quarry.Note this is the only 'AI' without a 30 years commemorative plaque fitted to the cabsides. Quite simply this loco was only 28 years old when they were applied to the other loco's in the fleet!
..15 february 2019..
Earlier today 59002 ran light-engine from Merehead to Woodborough Loops to collect this rake of empty hoppers that were parked there possibly after a loco failure the previous evening..Here it is with this STP working that departed there at 12:11 going down to Merehead at Clink nr Frome.
..15 february 2019..
The Grandad of them all 59001 'Yeoman Endeavour' runs up through Berkley Marsh with '7B12' the 11:30 from Merehead to Wootton-Bassett.
..23 january 2019..
59001 creeps slowly away from Woodborough Loop with a train of 40 bogies hoppers (mainly JHA's but a few IIA's and HOA's mixed in) fully loaded with aggregate goin to Theale from Merehead as '7A77'.This departed the quarry at 11:24.
..3 january 2019..
59005 rolls slowly through Fairwood with '7B12' the 11:30 from Merehead to Wootton Basset.A couple of days ago the news broke that Freightliner (G&W) have been awarded the contract to operate all these trains away from Merehead and Whatley from next autumn.All the 59/0's and 59/1's are included in the deal. Speculation is rife about what happens next ???? Are these loco's now considered life-expired after more than 30 years on the job or will they be refurbished.Freightliner havn't really got any satisfactory replacements.66/6's or 70's as a stopgap perhaps? but we shall see.Maybe DB will flog G&W a dozen refurbished Class-60's.Whatever happens G&W orange is set to become the norm within a few years!
..20 december 2018..
It may only be 14:18 in the afternoon but the shadows now in early November are now increasing considerably.Here is 59002 'Alan J Day' with '7V16' the 11:56 from Fareham-ARC going to Whatley Quarry. Seen with the famed White Horse looking down upon it at Fairwood nr Westbury.
..6 november 2018..
'Kenneth J Painter' 59005 passes Bratton in somewhat back-lit lighting conditions.It was hauling '6L21' the 13:23 from Whatley Quarry heading for Dagenham Dock.The superb lighting and autumnal colours just about making the shot worthwhile!
..26 october 2018..
59003 'Yeoman Highlander',the one that got away---then came back continues the operate out of Westbury for its now owners GBRf I think it is probably missing its former original home---Merehead ? Here it is departing Westbury at Hawkeridge Junction with '6M40' the 11:56 to Cliffe Hill--Stud Farm going to collect another load of ballast. Note how much the embankment here have spouted trees and bushes in the few short months since they were completely cleared of all vegetation.Mother Nature making its return with a vengeance!Grab your shots here whilst you can!
..3 october 2019..
AI's 59004 slows on the approach to East Somerset Junction where this working '7V12' the 15:38 from Woking to Merehead will diverge off the mainline to take the branch down to the Quarry.
..17 september 2018..
With the sun now getting ever lower in the skies over Frome at just 18:45 in the early evening the first signs of autumn are now beginning to show in the lineside bushes as 59004 'Paul A Hammond' approaches Clink Road Jn with '7C64' the 15:26 from Acton-TC going down to Merehead.
..14 september 2018..
'AI'-59004 'Paul A Hammond' catches the last dregs of sunshine as the shadows now race across the tracks here at Berkley Marsh just before 19:00 in the evening.It was working '7C64' the 15:26 from Acton-TC to Whatley-Q.
..13 september 2018..
'AI' 59005 works '6A74' the 09:22 from Whatley to Theale up through Berkley Marsh.Notice the eight maroon EWS-HTA's in the train still finding use on aggregate duties now that the movement of coal in this country is virtually a thing of the past.
..23 august 2018..
With its commemorative bell-end leading 59001'Yeoman Endeavour' runs down past Clink with '7V07' the 12:41 from Chichester heading for Merehead.
..16 august 2018..
30+ years old veteran GM-59004 'Paul A Hammond' in the colours of 'Aggregate Industries' works another hopper-less,just boxes '7C64' 15:26 from Acton-TC to Merehead.Here at good old Berkley nr Frome just before the sun dropped into the cloud banks that stretched to the horizon.
..13 august 2018..
With the Westbury White Horse in the background (Amazingly 6 miles away) AI's 59005 rumbles past the recently harvested cornfields here at Berkley Marsh.Just boxes on this train.Note the lack of grafitti.The Nobs that apply that crap obviously prefer the flatter sides on the hoppers to display their lack of intelligence!
..9 august 2018..
59005 'Kenneth J Painter' pops out from under Pot Lane Bridge at Berkley Marsh with '7C28' the 13:44 from Exeter's Riverside yard returning emptied boxes to Whatley Quarry.Luckily the freshly rolled Straw Bales are still in the field.No doubt they will all be removed within a day or so!
..9 august 2018..
GBRf's Ex Foster-Yeoman 'Yeoman Highlander' 59003 sits on the exit from Eastleigh loco sheds about to commence its journey to Westbury as '0V40' from where it carries on up to Stud Farm as '6M40'.Meanwhile 444028 brings up the rear of a 10-car '1W08' the 09:03 from Weymouth going up to London-Waterloo.
..7 august 2018..
With the Westbury White Horse glowing nicely in the evening sunlight amazingly nearly 7 miles away in the distance the Grandaddy-Ying of them all 59001 'Yeoman Endeavour' c/w its 30-years plaque as well passes through Berkley Marsh at Pot Lane with '7C66' the 18:38 from Royal Wootton Basset to Merehead empties.