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Class 66 Gallery

Images of Class 66 Locomotives taken in the Taunton Area

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)


9th June 2018
Pathfinder Tours operated 'The Peak District Explorer' charter from Taunton on Saturday 9th June 2018. The tour featured a Class 66 locomotive from DB Cargo from Taunton to the West Midlands (and also assisting with movements in the Peak District) and a Class 56 from Colas Rail Freight from the West Midlands. After the late arrival of stock from Eastleigh, the unique white roof Class 66 No.66177 is seen being coupled to the charter at Taunton ready to form the 1Z43 05:10 Taunton - Buxton. 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)


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: Nathan Williamson)


6th June 2018
In the stunning evening light, DB Cargo Class 66 No. 66055 'Alain Theuvette' passes Allerford on the 6th June 2018 working the 6W98 16:38 Westbury - Burngullow Long Welded Rail Train. The set will drop fresh rail in Cornwall overnight before returning to Westbury on Thursday morning. The locomotive hauling the train is also fitted with an additional spotlight on the front nose end as it is one of five locomotives fitted with this modification for banking heavy freights up the Licky Incline between Bromsgrove and Barnt Green. The light was to allow a better view of the coupling during night time operations.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


2nd June 2018
Freightliner Class 66/5 No.66516 pushes back on the Fairwater Yard headshunt at the head of the 6X04 18:38 Fairwater Yard - Twyford track renewal train. (No.66587 was out of sight on the rear of the set) During the week the set has been departing in the evenings to Plymouth, but for Saturday work it departed north on the 2nd June 2018.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


29th May 2018
Freightliner Class 66/5 No.66551 brings up the rear of the 6X04 18:32 Fairwater Yard - Plymouth departing Fairwater Yard on 29th May 2018. No.66587 (out of sight in this shot) lead the Network Rail TRT set south from Taunton.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


24th May 2018
Freightliner Class 66 No.66550 descends from Whiteball Tunnel on Thursday 24th May 2018 hauling the 6X04 18:32 Fairwater Yard - Plymouth which conveyed the Network Rail TRT and a set of 5 Autoballasters. Out of sight in this show was No.66531.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


23rd May 2018
Freigthliner Class 66/5 No.66550 powers away from Fairwater Yard while hauling the 6X04 18:32 Fairwater Yard - Plymouth. The train conveyed the Network Rail TRT (or TRS as Network Rail refer to it) with No.66531 also powering at the rear of the train. The track renewal train will be working south from Taunton for the next three months and will be gradually relaying track between Plymouth and Newton Abbot each week night. The set is seen passing Norton Fitzwarren in the evening sunshine.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


20th May 2018
Freightliner Class 66/5 No.66550 leads the 6X04 14:10 Ruscombe - Fairwater Yard through Cogload Junction on Sunday 20th May 2018. Out of sight on the rear of the set was also No.66568 which was also powering the set towards Taunton. The Network Rail TRT had spent the Saturday night and Sunday morning relaying track on the Great Western Mainline near Twyford.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


18th May 2018
Freightliner Class 66/5 No.66531 arrives into Taunton on Friday 18th May 2018 returning from Westbury hauling the as required 6C73 12:12 Westbury - Fairwater Yard hauling freshly loaded ballast for inclusion within the Network Rail TRT set, which later departed from Fairwater Yard for overnight track renewals.
(Photo: Richard Tuplin)


15th May 2018
Freightliner have been operating the Network Rail TRT south from Taunton during the past week. It's been many years since the TRT last headed south of Taunton for track renewals as recently it spends much of its time on the Great Western and Wales mainline. The set has first been working south to Plymouth before relaying track overnight between Plymouth and Newton Abbot. On Tuesday 15th May 2018 Freightliner Class 66 No.66568 leads the 6X04 18:32 Fairwater Yard - Plymouth with No.66550 trailing on the rear of the set.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


9th May 2018
Freightliner Class 66/5 No. 66526 'Driver Steve Dunn (George)' departs from Fairwater yard conveying used sleepers for recycling on 9th May 2018. The 4E18 09:47 Fairwater Yard - Doncaster Wood Yard journeys 200 miles to collect new sleepers and return them to Fairwater Yard for use renewing the track in the South West.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


9th May 2018
Freightliner Class 66 No. 66526 'Driver Steve Dunn (George)' starts its 227 mile journey to Doncaster Wood Yard on 9th May 2018 returning used concrete sleepers for recycling and to collect a new rake of freshly manufactured sleepers to return the 227 miles back to Taunton. The 4E18 04:47 Fairwater Yard - Doncaster Wood Yard passes Cogload Junction.
(Photo: Sclub)


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