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Class 66 Gallery

Images of Class 66 Locomotives taken in the Taunton Area

13th July 2018
Freightliner Class 66 No. 66593 '3MG Mersey Multimodal Gateway' & No.66544 at Norton Fitzwarren cross the main to gain entry to Fairwater Yard with the returning empty HOBC from the West Somerset Railway the 6C76 12:40 Bishops Lydeard - Fairwater Yard on Friday 13th July 2018.
(Photo: S A GINN)


10th July 2018
The Royal Scotsman normally luxury sleeping and dining train spends the majority of its life touring Scotland as its name suggests. However, since GBRf have been operating the train more imaginative and forward thinking has seen it take occasional forays to other far-flung parts of the UK mainline. Tuesday 10th July 2018 was as early start with the train leaving Gloucester at 04:17 for the slightly less than glamorous location of Newton Abbot. The purpose of the tour was to provide passengers with an early morning breakfast with a view of the South Devon Sea Wall. The southbound trip passed Taunton at 05:54. Having run around the train at Newton Abbot the two dedicated Royal Scotsman locomotives No.66743 and No.66746 formed the 1Z80 07:23 Newton Abbot - Bath Spa leg of the unique dining experience. The pair is seen climbing Whiteball with breakfast very much consumed taking passengers to their Bath Spa destination.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


10th July 2018
Royal Scotsman liveried Class 66/7s No.66743 and No.66746 haul the 1Z81 07:23 Newton Abbot - Bath Spa north through Norton Fizwarren on Tuesday 10th July 2018 having visited the South Devon Sea Wall for breakfast before taking passengers to Bath for the day.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


10th July 2018
Royal Scotsman liveried Class 66/7s No.66743 and No.66746 haul the 1Z81 07:23 Newton Abbot - Bath Spa north through Cogload Junction on Tuesday 10th July 2018 having visited the South Devon Sea Wall for breakfast before taking passengers to Bath for the day.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


8th July 2018
Former DRS Class 66/4 No.66413 (now operated by Freightliner) looks very tired in its old livery and is displaying signs of window rust weeping. No doubt with this locomotive having survived this long in a former operators colours will mean it will soon enter works for attention and repaint into Powerhaul livery. The locomotive is pictured at Creech St Michael on Sunday 8th July 2018 hauling 6Y97 08:15 Lipson Junction - Westbury long welded rail train.
(Photo: Ashley Harris)


8th July 2018
Freightliner Class 66 No. 66593 '3MG Mersey Multimodal Gateway' hauls 6Y15 09:18 Fairwater Yard to East Somerset Junction with partner No. 66592 'Johnson Stevens Agencies' (out of sight), around the curve at Creech St Michael on Sunday 8th July 2018. The pair were transporting the Network Rail HOBC to an engineering blockade to carry out ballast cleaning work.
(Photo: Ashley Harris)


4th July 2018
Freightliner 66593 & 66544 work 6C75 Fairwater Yard to Bishops Lydeard, the West Somerset Railway continuing to receive spent ballast from the HOBC workings. On Wednesday 4th July 2018 6C75 waits at Norton Fitzwarren for access to the WSR as 43027 '90 glorious years' leading 1A79 approaches Taunton with the (06:47) Penzance to London Paddington service.
(Photo: Stephen A.Ginn )


4th July 2018
Freightliner Class 66s No. 66593 '3MG Mersey Multimodal Gateway' & No.66544 work 6C75 10:40 Fairwater Yard to Bishops Lydeard, with spent ballast being delivered to the West Somerset Railway from ballast renewals on the mainline network with the HOBC. On Wednesday 4th July 2018 6C75 waits at Norton Fitzwarren while on the footbridge beyond a father and young son wait patiently for the Class 66's to cross over onto the West Somerset Railway. Passing by 43027 leads 1A79 as it approaches Taunton with the 06:47 Penzance to London Paddington service partnered with No.43188.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


1st July 2018
Freightliner made a rare Sunday outing on the 1st July 2018. Class 66/5 No. 66592 'Johnson Stevens Agencies' leads 6Y15 09:34 Fairwater Yard - East Somerset Junction eastbound through Creech St Michael. Out of sight on the rear of the Network Rail HOBC set was consecutively numbered Class 66/5 No. 66593 '3MG Mersey Multimodal Gateway'
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


1st July 2018
Freightliner Class 66 No. 66592 'Johnson Stevens Agencies' returns to Taunton with the replenished HOBC portion on Monday 2nd July 2018. Having been loaded with Ballast at Westbury the 6C73 12:12 Westbury - Fairwater Yard passes Creech St Michael.
(Photo: Brendan Pavey)


30th June 2018
Freightliner Class 66/5 No. 66592 'Johnson Stevens Agencies' leads the Network Rail HOBC eastbound through Creech St Michael on 30th June 2018 while hauling the 6Y15 10:26 Fairwater Yard - East Somerset Junction loaded HOBC set. Class 66/5 No. 66593 '3MG Mersey Multimodal Gateway' was out of sight on the rear of this train, also providing power as the set headed to its weekend worksite on the Berks and Hants.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


23rd June 2018
China Clay is a commodity which is rarely seen in daylight at Taunton. Saturday 23rd June 2018, however, did see one such appearance. Due to the cancellation of the normal overnight Friday evening path from Exeter Riverside Yard to Bescot, DB Cargo rescheduled their weekly China Clay service to operate the next day. EWS liveried Class 66 No.66060 hauled the loaded Imerys wagons operating as the 6M60 11:30 Exeter Riverside - Bescot. The service also departed 68 minutes late from Exeter Riverside finally passing Taunton around 13:25. The service is pictured here exiting from Whiteball Tunnel at Marlands having made the climb from Devon into Somerset.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


13th June 2018
Freightliner Class 66 No.66522 runs away from the camera towards Cogload Junction with classmate No.66615 leading the 6X04 15:52 Fairwater Yard - Yate with the Network Rail TRT set.
(Photo: Paul Wilkins)


13th June 2018
Freightliner Class 66/6 No.66615 leads the 6X04 1552 Fairwater Yard - Yate through Cogload Junction with No.66522 located on the rear of the train (also providing power). The Network Rail Track Renewals train can be seen loaded with new sleepers ready for a track relay in the Yate area.
(Photo: Paul Wilkins)


9th June 2018
EWS liveried Class 66 No.66177 arrives into Taunton Station on Saturday 9th June 2018 running 55 minutes behind schedule at 05:41 in the morning, hauling the late running empty coaching stock for Pathfinder Tours 'The Peak District Explorer' charter, which started at Taunton. The 5Z43 02:20 Eastleigh - Taunton was hauled to Westbury by No.66129, however, a brake fault at Westbury with that locomotive resulted in No.66177 being used to haul the stock to Taunton, and subsequently the rest of the charter. The charter also featured at Class 56 (No. 56302 'PECO The Railway Modeller 2016 40 Years') from the West Midlands. Because of Engineering work, the tour did not return to Taunton that night, instead, passengers were provided with road coach transfer from Bristol Parkway to Taunton by Chauffeurhire Coaches.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


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