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Class 66 Gallery

Images of Class 66 Locomotives taken in the Taunton Area

14th January 2018
Freightliner Powerhaul liveried Class 66/5 No. 66528 'Madge Elliot MBE Borders Railway Opening 2015' passes Oath on the 14th January 2018 while working the 6Y15 08:15 Reading West Junction - Fairwater Yard. The locomotive was returning the Network Rail HOBC set to Taunton after overnight ballast cleaning on the Great Western Mainline. On the rear of the set (out of sight) was Class 66 No. 66501 'Japan 2001'.
(Photo: Sclub)


11th January 2018
Thursday 11th January 2018 provided a classic crisp Winter day with clear skies in the Taunton area. Freightliner Class 66/5 No. 66528 'Madge Elliot MBE Borders Railway Opening 2015' is pictured at Cogload Junction returning to Taunton with the loaded 6C73 12:12 Westbury - Fairwater Yard HOBC portion conveying freshly loaded ballast.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


7th January 2018
DB Cargo bought a splash of red to Taunton on Sunday 7th January 2018. Class 66 No.66192 hauled the 6C97 07:58 Pilning - Westbury continuous long welded rail train (CWR) and is pictured approaching Taunton at Cogload Junction. After reversing direction at Taunton's Fairwater Yard the train returned to Westbury via the Berks & Hants route.
(Photo: Stephen A.Ginn)


7th January 2018
DB Cargo Class 66 No.66192 hauls the 6C97 07:58 Pilning - Westbury over the Somerset Levels at Oath after reversal at Taunton's Fairwater Yard on Sunday 7th January 2018.
(Photo: Stephen A.Ginn)


7th January 2018
On Sunday 7th January 2018, DB Cargo Class 66 No.66034 makes its way back to Westbury with the 6C22 06:00 Bristol East Junction - Westbury via Fairwater Yard with a train load of spent ballast in various Network Rail JNA/MLA wagons. The location is Oath on the Somerset levels.
(Photo: Stephen A.Ginn)


7th January 2018
Engineering work in Devon over the weekend of 6th/7th January 2018 produced a number of interesting workings through the Taunton area. On Sunday 7th, DB Cargo Class 66 No.66061 & Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No. 70808 worked in 'top and tail' formation with Colas crew operating as the 6C23 08:24 Exeter St.Davids - Westbury. The location is Oath on the Somerset Levels.
(Photo: Stephen A.Ginn)


3rd January 2018
DB Cargo operated the first freight train of 2018. Before Christmas DB Cargo stored a rake of wagons at Exeter Riverside for the Christmas period. On January 3rd EWS liveried Class 66 No.66025 was sent light engine from Westbury and haul the rake back to Whatley Quarry where they would return to daily use. The locomotive is pictured climbing to Whiteball Tunnel hauling the 7C28 Exeter Riverside - Whatley Quarry formed of empty aggregate wagons.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


2nd December 2017
DB Cargo Class 66's No.66127 and No.66027 smoke and spray their way through the village of Creech St Michael on the approaches to Taunton on Saturday 2nd December 2017 working the 3J13 09:07 Westbury - St Blazey via Salisbury.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


25th November 2017
DB Cargo Class 66 No.66127 and No.66027 pass through Cogload Juncton on a sunning 25th November 2017 while working the 3J13 09:07 Westbury - St Blazey Rail Head Treatment Train (RHTT).
(Photo: Simon Harling)


22nd November 2017
As an image which shows how confusing the current rail sector is in the UK, this image provides another reminder. A former DRS Class 66 No.66413 is pictured on the 22nd November 2017 shunting a rake of DB Cargo 80T 'Lobster' wagons on the Fairwater Yard head shunt. The locomotive is now operated by Freightliner but carries the former Direct Rail Services colours. The Class 66/4 is one of the last of the former DRS fleet still operating in its old operator colours.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


22nd November 2017
DB Cargo Class 66 No.66127 leads class mate No.66027 west through Cogload Farm on the 3J13 08:50 Westbury - St Blazey RHTT.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


11th November 2017
DB Cargo Class 66's No.66127 and No.66027 pass Norton Fitzwarren on Satruday 11th November workng the Network Rail - Rail Head Treatment Trains (RHTT) as the 3J13 09:07 Westbury - St Blazey.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


3rd November 2017
Colas Rail Freight Class 66 No. 66849 'Wylam Dilly' decends from Whiteball Tunnel at Marlands on the 3rd November 2017 while working the 6Z66 09:00 Tavistock Junction - Tavistock Junction driver training run in preperation for Colas tamper drivers being trained to drive Class 66's.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


2nd November 2017
EWS liveried Class 66 No.66027 leads classmate No.66074 either end of RHTT wagons 642035 642020. The Rail Head Treatment Train set passed Taunton on the 2nd November 2017 working the daily 3J12 01:21 Par to Westbury.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


2nd November 2017
During October and November a series of freight turns from Fairwater Yard using DB Cargo 'Octopus' wagons filled with spoil. The wagons have been loaded with spoil from Fairwater Yard, the pile up spoil has been so large it was spilling into the local alloments leading to the residents complaining. On the 2nd November Freightliner Class 66/5 No.66542 arrives into Taunton with 20 MXA lobster wagons working the 6C72 08:20 Fairwater to Westbury.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


2nd November 2017
Colas Rail Freight Class 66/8 No. 66849 'Wylam Dilly' and a consist of six loaded wagons of ballast passes through Taunton on the circuitous 6Z66 09:00 Tavistock Junction to Plymouth via Bristol, Bath & Westbury on Thursday 2nd November 2017.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


31st October 2017
Colas Rail Freight Class 66/8 No. 66849 'Wylam Dilly' passes Creech St Michael hauling the 6Z66 11:55 Westbury - Exeter Riverside engineers formed of 6 MHA/MTA wagons. Captued on the 21st October 2017
(Photo: Simon Harling)


31st October 2017
Colas Rail Freight Class 66/8 No. 66849 'Wylam Dilly' passes through Platform 3 at Taunton on the 31st October 2017, while hauling a short engineers as the 6Z66 11:55 Westbury to Exeter Riverside.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


25th October 2017
DB Cargo Class 66's No.66027 and No.66074 spent a short period stabled in Platform 1 at Taunton on the 25th October 2017. Having been callled upon to push a stalled heavy freight train up Whiteball Bank the locomotives 3J12 run to Westbury with the Rail Head Treatment Train was cancelled. The pair spent a period in Platform 1 at Taunton prior to dropping back onto their booked return diagram to Par.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


22nd October 2017
Recently there has been a discarded Osprey wagon located in the tamper sidings behind Platform 2 at Taunton. Freightliner Class 66 No.66545 retrieved errant wagon DB996584 from the Tamper Sidings on Saturday 10th June 2017, and moved it to Fairwater Yard. The wagon was removed from an engineers train (6W08) on April 22nd.
(Photo: Leigh Wills)


21st October 2017
DB Cargo Class 66's No.66074 and No.66027 are pictured passing Norton Fitzwarren on the 21st October 2017 working the 3J13 09:51 Westbury to St Blazey via Salisbury daily Rail Head Treatment Train.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


4th October 2017
A series of driver training runs took place during October to train Colas Tamper Drivers on Class 66's ahead of the RHTT season. These crews will suppliment DB Cargo's own drivers. In a stange turn of events a Freigthliner Class 66 was used for the training trips, providing the rare sight of a single locomotive hauling the Rail Head Treatment Train. On the 4th October 2017 Class 66/9 No. 66957 'Stephenson Locomotive Society 1909-2009' 'Stephenson Locomotive Society' passes Norton Fitzwarren working the 6Z77 09:11 Exeter Riverside to Exeter Riverside via Fairwater Yard and Par.
(Photo: Sclub)


13th September 2017
Freightliner often provide locomotives for shunting duties at Fairwater Yard for Network Rail as there is no dedicated shunter outbased at the yard. On Wednesday 13th September Frightliner Class 66 No.66560 arrives into Taunton having run light engine from Westbury as 0C66. The locmotive shunted some wagons within the yard before returning at 14:37 to Westbury running light engine once again.
(Photo: Mark Fishlock)


7th September 2017
The normal nocturnal operation of the 6C99 21:45 Alexandra Dock Junction - St Blazey empty China Clay flow broke cover on Thursday 7th September 2017. The previous nights service had been cancelled due to a lack of train crew. As a result the train was rescheduled to operate during daylight hours. Sporting an impressive 6V99 headcode, DB Cargo Class 66 No.66023 passes Platform 3 at Taunton hauling the 21 wagon consist as the 6V99 08:05 Alexandra Dock Junction to St Blazey.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


13th August 2017
Colas Rail Freight operated an overnight long welded rail train for a rail drop on the Barnstaple Line on Saturday 12th August 2017. Having deposited their new lengths of welded rail Class 66/8's No. 66850 'David Maidment OBE www.railwaychildren.org.uk' and No.66847 return through Norton Fitzwarren operating the 6C97 08:30 Crediton to Westbury.
(Photo: Philip Izzard)


16th July 2017
Having spent the night out on the Great Western Mainline between Ruscombe and Reading relaying track, Network Rail's TRT returned to Taunton on Sunday 16th July. Freightliner Class 66/9 No.66952 hauls the 6X04 08:20 Reading West Junction - Fairwater Yard through Creech St Michael nearing Taunton.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


15th July 2017
Freightliner 'Powerhaul' liveried Class 66 No. 66528 'Madge Elliot MBE Borders Railway Opening 2015' 'Madge Elliot' operated the 6X04 16:10 Fairwater Yard to Ruscombe on the 15th July 2017. The track relaying train had been formed in Fairwater Yard during the early afternoon ready for its overnight work to relay track. The colourful set is seen passing Charlton (near Cogload Junction) on route north.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


11th July 2017
After its rather damp naming ceremony the Royal Naval Dockyard in Plymouth GBRf Class 66/7 No. 66775 'HMS Argyll F231' returned through Taunton on the 12th July 2017 with it's newly decorated body side including a white ensign and cast ships crest alongside it's new name 'HMS Argyll'. The with pigeons diving for cover the locomotive works light engine through Taunton operating as the 0Z32 15:52 Saltash to Westbury.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


2nd July 2017
Torbay Express passengers were again left without a steam locomotive to haul their train to Kingswear on Sunday 2nd July 2017. Booked LNER A1 Pacific No. 60163 'Tornado' 'Tornado' was not able to operate the train and was replaced by a DB Cargo Class 66 No.66177. The unique experimental white roof Class 66 is pictured passing Allerford near Victory Crossing hauling the 1Z27 08:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear service.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


24th June 2017
Pathfinder Tours 'Mazey Day Cornishman' from Worcester to Penzance didn't quite go to plan on Saturday 25th June 2017 in one of the most public failures of railtour traction in a very long time. Direct Rail Services supplied two Class 37/0 locomotives (some of the oldest operational Class 37's on the UK network) for the charter. It was planned to be potentially the last pair of DRS Class 37's to visit Penzance, as they are currently being phased out by new Class 68 and 88 locomotives. Before departure from Worcester 37069 sporadically shutdown with a CCB fault, and couldn't be reset, and was removed from the train. It was planned for sister locomotive No.37059 to go it alone and take the train forward. With load 10 in tow 37059 reached Great Malvern where it developed a DSD fault. This fault was fixed after another 20 minutes. It was decided should the tour need to reach Penzance then a second locomotive would be needed and a Class 66/5 No.66525 was hired from Freightliner. So the colourful combination with Class 37 No.37059 doing all the work is seen passing Norton Fitzwarren running a mere 159 minutes behind schedule.
(Photo: Sclub)


15th June 2017
Freightliner Class 66 No.66514 leads the TRT and 66549 returns to Taunton at at 06:45 having been out on overnight engineering works. Catching the early morning light the 6X04 04:33 Leckwith North Junction to Fairwater Yard passes through Platform 2 at Taunton on the 15th June 2017.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


14th June 2017
Freightliner Powerhaul liveried Class 66/4 No. 66528 'Madge Elliot MBE Borders Railway Opening 2015' operated the 4E18 09:47 Fairwater Yard to Doncaster Wood Yard concrete sleepers on Wednesday 14th June 2017, the colouful set is seen passing Charlton near Cogload Junction at the start of its 200 mile journey to Doncaster.
(Photo: Tony Christie)


12th June 2017
Freightliner have a limited amount of their Class 66's painted in 'powerhaul' livery. The revised freightliner branding was meant to be a bit of change for the company but it has been very slow in applying it fleet wide. Many of the former Direct Rail Services Class 66/4's do carry the livery. On Monday 12th June 2017 Class 66/4 No.66420 returns light engine (0C73) to Fairwater Yard from Westbury, see passing through Taunton Station
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


27th May 2017
It's been quite some time since we've had a lengthy HOBC set operating into Taunton, on Saturday 27th May 2017 Freightliner operated the 6Y15 18:00 Wooten Bassett Junction - Fairwater Yard returning from overnight engineering work. The full set was hauled south by Class 66/5 No.66520 with counterpart No. 66502 'Basford Hall Centenary 2001' 'Basford Hall Centenary' located on the rear of the set. It's pictured here arriving slowly into Taunton in the evening sunlight.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


22nd May 2017
The stabling of Locomotives in Platform 6 at Taunton has always been incredibly rare, not least that the platform is often used by passenger trains, so locomotives stabled in this bay platform are normally kept to a minimum. On Monday 22nd May 2017. Freightliner Class 66/9 No.66952 was captured stabled in the Platform 6 at Taunton in-between duties.
(Photo: 50006 Neptune)


23rd April 2017
EWS liveried Class 66/0 No.66034 returned the long welded rail train back to Eastleigh from Cornwall on Sunday 23rd April 2017. The set had worked down to Truro during Saturday evening where it unloaded rails for future replacement. The empty train returned as the 6W98 08:00 Truro - Eastleigh Yard seen here at Marlands on the Sunday morning.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


22nd April 2017
DB Cargo provided a splash of colour on Saturday 22nd April 2017, with newly painted Class 66/0 No.66041 top and tailed with EWS liveried No.66024 while working the 6W11 14:40 Westbury - Bristol East Junction via Fairwater Yard. The trainload of new concrete sleepers are pictured passing Bathpool on the approach to Taunton.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


22nd April 2017
The 6W11 14:40 Westbury - Bristol East Junction engineers train passing through Taunton Station entering Fairwater Yard on the 22nd April 2017. Here the train changed direction with No.66024 to lead the train to Bristol East Junction where it would enter the engineering blockade and eventually be unloaded of its new sleepers.
(Photo: Sclub)


17th April 2017
Having run round in Fairwater Yard, Taunton. Class 66/5 No.66520 powers the 6Y56 13:03 North Somerset Jn - Westbury via Fairwater Yard along the Somerset Levels towards Westbury with its rake of empty mixed engineers wagons in tow in top and tail formation on the 17th April 2017.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


17th April 2017
Easter Monday 17th April 2017 provided a mid afternoon Network Rail engineering train returning to Westbury. Running two hours behind schedule Class 66/5 No.66596 leads the 6Y56 13:03 North Somerset Junction - Westbury via Taunton. Class 66 No.66/5 66520 was coupled to the rear, pictured here at Cogload Junction heading to Taunton.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


10th March 2002
EWS liveried Class 66 No.66038 passes Cogload Junction on the 10th March 2002 while operating the 6W25 Lostwithiel - Westbury engineers returning from over night engineering work in Cornwall.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd March 2002
EWS liveried Class 66 No.66187 stands at Platform 3 Taunton on the 2nd March 2002 having run round it's engineers train. The 8W20 Westbury to Bridgwater needed to change direction at Taunton before heading into an engineering blockade between Bridgwater and Highbridge. The empty wagons are formed ready to receive lifted track panels.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


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