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Class 59/1(After 01 August 2018)
Formally ARC Engines but now owned by Hanson in turn owned now by Heidelberg Cement.based at, or around the Mendip-Quarries.
Hanson Number-1 'Village of Whatley' draws '7C31' the 09:28 from Theale to Whatley through Clink.This is actually now the longest lasting livery still on show in the UK.Not including all the quasi celebrity repaints that are knocking around these days obviously!
..21 november 2018..
'Hanson' 59103 hauls '6V18' the 1:25 from Allington-ARC to Whatleythrough Bratton on the B&H in the late afternoon sunlight.Note the defaced hoppers in this formation.How those scumbags get away with this vandalization night after night amazes me.RT should start using big aggressive hungary free-range guard dogs to patrol the yards in London overnight if you ask me?
..2 november 2018..
'Hanson in the Sun' (My first this month) 59104 passes Clink with '7C31' the 09:59 from Theale-ARC to Whatley Quarry.
..2 november 2018..
59102 works down past Fairwood with '7C31' the 10:26 from Theale to Whatley Quarry.Note some HTA ex coal hoppers in the formation now used for aggregates.
..27 october 2018..
Unusually an STP working ran to Royal Wootton Bassett today with additional aggregates.Here is the returning empties running as '7C67' the 10:19 away from Wootton Bassett going down to Merehead.Hanson-59103 'Village of Mells' is viewed passing Hawkeridge Junction on the approach to Westbury.
..27 october 2018..
If all fails there is always a 'Hanson in the Sun' !! Here is 59103 with a rather delayed '7C29' the 06:25 from Acton-TC to Merehead. It was held at Newbury-Racecoarse for 2 hours for some reason. Seen in a brief patch of brightness at Clink nr Frome.
..26 october 2018..
'6C76' this evening produced just a single 'Hanson'.Here is 59102 with its long train of empty hoppers bound for Whatley Quarry from Acton-TC(14:39 off). Seen at Cowleaze Lane or if you prefer Baynton farn nr Bratton.
..19 october 2018..
With the autumnal colours reddened even more by the setting sun 59103 'Village of Mells' passes Clink nr Frome with '7V07' the 12:41 from Chichester to Merehead empty boxes.It is worth noting that the 59/1 sub-class still carry their original names unlike most of the 59/0 amd 59/2 versions.Something of an achievement on todays image obsessed railways!
..4 october 2018..
This livery worn by the Class-59/1 sub-class is now the oldest carried by any trains in the UK apart from 'celeb' repaints.It still looks very smart even after approx 25 years! Of course these loco's are somewhat more pampered than your average GM. So here id 59101 'Village of Whatley' with '6C76' the 15:36 from Acton-TC bound for Whatley Quarry with a set of hopper empties.Nice to see a set of wagons that are not completely ruined by the jack-ass graffiti nonces that prowl the London freight yards after dark.Viewed at Hungerford Common in the late afternoon sunshine.
..1 october 2018..
With less than 10 minutes to go before the sun dropped over the horizon I managed to scrape this shot of 59103 'Village of Mells' at Witham Friary with '7C64' the 15:26 from Acton-TC to Merehead.
..17 september 2018..
'Good Ol Boy' 59101 runs through a now rather autumnal Clink slowing for the junction there with '6V18' the 11:25 from Allington-ARC going down to Whatley Quarry.
..14 september 2018..
'Village of Great Elm' 59104 in fairly clean condition swings through Great Cheverell on the B&H with '6C76' the 14:23 from Acton-TC going down to Merehead Quarry with a string on empty boxes.This type of wagon compared to the hoppers seems to be comparatively ignored by the rampant gaffitti artists probably because the wagon sides are not completely flat for them to daub there pointless crap on too.
..13 september 2018..
Oh-well! At least I managed my monthly 'Hanson in the Sun' if nothing else.This is 59101 with a boxes-only '7C64' the 15:26 from Acton-TC heading for Merehead.Seen in the yellowing evening sunlight at Berkley nr Frome.
..12 september 2018..
This months 'Hanson in the Sun' is 59103 'Village of Mells' runs through Berkley with '7V12' the 15:38 from Woking to Merehead.