Published on 17th February 2018
Freightliner Heavy Haul provide a great deal of operational interest with their track renewals contact for Network Rail each week, their locomotives provide haulage for the High Output Ballast Cleaners and Track Renewals Trains operating from Fairwater Yard.
The company has operated these trains for twelve years since Fairwater Yard was first reactivated for the purpose in 2006. We have included a selection of images taken this week of the just some movements captured in the Taunton area.
The Network Rail HOBC made a rare daylight Saturday appearance on the 17th February 2018. The set (hauled by Freightliner Class 66 No.66953) passes Cogload Junction hauling the 6Y15 15:22 Fairwater Yard - Filnton West Junction, ready for overnight ballast cleaning duties. Freightliner powerhaul Class 66/5 No.66504 was also on the rear of the set, out of sight in this image.
Freightliner Class 66 No.66953 passes Oath on the Somerset Levels returning from loading its HOBC portion at Westbury on the 15th February 2018. The 6C73 12:12 Westbury - Fairwater Yard nears Taunton as it passes Oath.
Freightliner powerhaul liveried Class 66/5 No.66504 passes through Taunton Station hauling the 6Y15 19:05 Fairwater to Severn Tunnel Junction for overnight ballast cleaning on the South Wales mainline.