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Class 70 Gallery

Images of Class 70 Locomotives taken in the Taunton Area

30th December 2018
Looking like it could do with a New Year wash and polish, grubby Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70812 leads No.70809 in 'top and tail' formation through Norton Fitzwarren on the last day of the year on the 31st December 2018 working the 6C20 08:52 Newton St Cyres - Hinksey Yard empty Autoballasters after an overnight ballast drop on the Barnstaple Branch.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


30th December 2018
Filthy Class 70 No. 70812 leads classamate No.70809 north out of Whiteball Tunnel at Marlands on the 31st December 2018 hauling the 6C20 08:52 Newton St Cyres - Hinksey Yard empty Autoballasters. The pair had been enguaged in an overnight ballast drop on the Barnstaple Branch.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


29th November 2018
Passing Taunton between heavy showers and high winds, Colas CLass 70 No.70817 passes Norton Fitzwarren on Thursday 29th November 2018 hauling the 6C38 08:00 Moorswater - Aberthaw empty cement PCA tanks.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


24th November 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70817 passes Victory Crossing on Saturday 24th November 2018 while hauling a short engineers train heading to Cornwall as to lay new sleepers between Liskeard and Penzance. The 6C27 11:41 Westbury - Liskeard is pictured passing Victory Crossing on route south.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


15th November 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70815 hauling 23 empty PCA cement tanks crosses the Somerset Levels near the village of Wick with the diverted 6C36 08:00 Moorswater to Aberthaw which operated via Westbury and Swindon on Thursday 15th November 2018.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


8th November 2018
With recent undergrowth removal progressing across the Somerset Levels, the embankments are looking much tidier. On Thursday 8th November 2018, Colas Class 70 No.70807 passes Oath hauling the diverted 6C36 08:00 Moorswater - Aberthaw cement empties.
(Photo: Paul Wilkins)


8th November 2018
Thursday 8th November 2018, and beautiful Autumn colours on the Somerset Levels compliment Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70807 passing Oath hauling the 6C36 08:00 Moorswater to Aberthaw Cement empties unusually returning via Westbury and Swindon for the Severn Tunnel due to engineering work on Filton Bank, near Bristol. It's thought this train will divert via this route for the next three weeks while engineering work to reinstate additional tracks on Filton Bank continues.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


7th November 2018
Engineering work in the Bristol area resulting in a lengthy diversion via Swindon for the Moorswater Cement on Wednesday 7th November 2018. This provided a rare sight of the loaded southbound working (which normally passes in the hours of darkness) coming under Cogload Junction flyover. Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70807 unusually emerges from the Berks & Hants route at Cogload Junction hauling the 6C35 01:53 Aberthaw - Moorswater. In addition, the seawall section between Exeter and Newton Abbot had been closed to all traffic between midnight and 10:00 due to adverse weather conditions resulting in No.70807 running 276 minutes behind schedule upon passing Taunton.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


1st November 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70810 with 23 empty cement PCA's in tow climbs the grade through Burlescombe towards Whiteball summit running as 6C36 08:00 Moorswater to Aberthaw on Thursday 1st November 2018, these returning empty tanks unusually running via Westbury, Melksham, and Swindon and then west via Bristol Parkway for the Severn Tunnel.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


25th October 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70807 exits from Whitehall Tunnel hauling the 6C36 08:00 Moorswater - Aberthaw empty PCA cement tanks on the 25th October 2018.
(Photo: Robert Latham)


4th October 2018
Load 23 of empty cement tanks returning from Moorswater behind Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70807 working as the 6C36 08:00 Moorswater to Aberthaw, pictured approaching Cogload Junction at Charlton on the 4th October 2018.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


12th July 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70815 passes the former station site of Norton Fitzwarren with 6C36 07:26 Moorswater to Aberthaw cement empties on Thursday 12th July 2018.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


4th July 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70810 emerges from Somerset into a wet Devon on Wednesday 4th July 2018. It's incredibly rare to be able to capture the southbound loaded cement into Cornwall as it normally passes Taunton during the early hours, however, on this occasion, the train was running later because of the Severn Tunnel engineering closure and was therefore diverted via Gloucester. The locomotive is pictured at Whiteball during an equally rare summer downpour which brought some respite from the recent heat wave hauling the 6C35 05:15 Aberthaw - Moorswater loaded Cement
(Photo: Simon Harling)


27th June 2018
Colas Rail Freight is back providing more cover for DB Cargo on the Aggregate Industries contract hauling Mendip Stone to the Devon-based virtual quarry. Having been unloaded at Exeter Riverside on Tuesday 28th June 2018, Colas Class 70/8 No.70803 exits from Whiteball Tunnel at Marlands while hauling 7C28 13:44 Exeter Riverside - Whatley Quarry empties.
(Photo: Eddy)


25th June 2018
Colas Rail Freight is currently covering for the absence of DB Cargo crew on the Aggregate Industries flow to Exeter. Captured on Tuesday 26th June 2018 Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70804 passes 40 Steps hauling 7C28 13:44 Exeter Riverside - Whatley Quarry empties.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


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