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The Colas Rail Freight Gallery

Images taken of Colas Rail Fright Locomotives operating Trains in the Taunton area.

5th April 2018
Colas Rail Freight continue to operate the weekly bulk cement flow from Tarmac's Aberthaw Cement plant in South Wales. On the 5th April 2018 Class 70 No.70807 hauls the empty PCA rake through Bathpool operating the 6B36 08:16 Mooswater - Aberthaw service.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


26th March 2018
British Rail veteran Class 37 No. 37254 'Cardiff Canton' pushes a Network Rail test train through Taunton on the 26th March 2018 while working the 5Z12 10:17 Exeter Riverside - Derby DTC.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


22nd March 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70812 hauls 24 PCA's on the approach to Taunton at Norton Fitzwarren working the returning cement empties to Aberthaw as the 6B36 08:16 Moorswater -Aberthaw on Thursday 22nd March 2018.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


1st March 2018
As the snow started to fall on Thursday 1st March 2018 before the full onset of snow and Storm Emma, Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70816 hurries its way northwards through Taunton kicking up the powdered snow while hauling the 6B36 08:16 Moorswater - Aberthaw. Having passed Taunton the train was diverted to Westbury (off route). The train is pictured passing Taunton 46 minutes ahead of schedule.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


25th February 2018
In stunning Winter sunlight but freezing cold conditions, Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70816 crosses the Somerset Levels at Wick (near Oath) heading east bound on Sunday 25th February hauling the 6C97 08:45 Dawlish Warren - Hinksey Yard empty CWR set.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


25th February 2018
Having spent the previous night dropping long welded rail in the Devon area, Colas Rail Freight returned an empty continuous welded rail train back to Hinksey Yard (south of Oxford) on Sunday 25th February 2018. Class 70 No.70816 passes Bradford on Tone hauling the 6C97 08:45 Dawlish Warren - Hinksey Yard.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


22nd February 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70802 (which does not carry a front end number) takes the road for Bristol at Cogload Junction whilst working the 6B36 08:26 Moorswater to Aberthaw empty cement tanks on Thursday 22nd February 2018.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


16th February 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70/8 No. 70808 passes Whiteball on the 16th February 2018 running light engine. Having received a B Exam at Tavistock Junction the locomotive operated the 10:47 Tavistock Junction - Westbury light engine move.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


4th February 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 66/8 No. 66850 'David Maidment OBE www.railwaychildren.org.uk' passes Coglad Junction on the 4th February 2018 while hauling the 6C25 10:46 St Blazey - Westbury engineers consisting of lifted track panels.
(Photo: Sclub)


4th February 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70809 exits from Whiteball Tunnel passing Marlands on the 4th February 2018 returning from weekend Engineering works in Cornwall. The 6C26 11:01 St Blazey - Westbury conveying lifted track panels and spoil passes Marlands.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


4th February 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 66/8 No. 66850 'David Maidment OBE www.railwaychildren.org.uk' passes Marlands having just entered Somerset on the 4th February 2018 while hauling the 6C25 10:46 St Blazey - Westbury engineers consisting of lifted track panels.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


4th February 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70809 passes Cogload Junction on the 4th February 2018 returning from weekend Engineering works in Cornwall hauling the 6C26 11:01 St Blazey - Westbury.
(Photo: Sclub)


1st February 2018
With wondeful clear blue skies and visibility to 40,000ft Colas Rail Freight Class 70/8 No.70812 passes the former Cider Works at Norton Fitzwarren while hauling he 6B36 08:16 Moorswater - Aberthaw cement empties.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


26th January 2018
Friday 26th January 2018 provided the fine sight of a 'split headcode' BR Large Loco Class 37 No. 37025 'Inverness TMD' at Taunton Station. Having passed through Taunton heading south in the early hours of the 23rd January and spent the week touring the branches of Cornwall, the Network Rail Test Train returned north on the Friday of the same week. The Heritage liveried Class 37 No. 37025 'Inverness TMD' is pictured at Taunton Station during a brief pause while working the 3Q13 20:28 Exeter Riverside - Derby RTC test train.
(Photo: Shaun Mockridge)


20th January 2018
Returning from weekend engineering work between Totnes and Plymouth, Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70816 decends from Whiteball Tunnel on the 20th January 2018 while working the 6C26 14:30 Totnes - Westbury engineers loaded with old lifted track panels.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


18th January 2018
In wonderful Winter lighting Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70812 passes Taunton Schooll hauling the 6B36 08:16 Moorswater - Aberthaw cement empties on the 18th January 2018.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


14th January 2018
Weekend engineering work in Devon saw a selection of engineers trains returning to Westbury on Sunday 14th January. Class 70 No.70814 leads the 6C31 07:40 Hemerdon - Westbury east bound through Oath with classmate No.70809 trailing on the rear.
(Photo: Sclub)


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)


5th January 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70816 leads class mate No.70813 in top and tail formation through Cogload Junction on Friday 5th January 2018. The mixed load of NLU/JNA's, MLA's, YWA's, IEA's were running as the 6Z29 10:30 Westbury - St Blazey ready for weekend engineering work. However upon arrival at Exeter Riverside Yard the load was split to form two trains. 20 wagons remained in Exeter Riverside Yard with No.70813 while the remaining 11 continued to St.Blazey hauled by No.70816.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


15th December 2017
Colas Rail Freight provided their two Class 67 locomotives as a substitute for the Network Rail New Measurement Train HST on Friday 15th December, while the HST was out of traffic for maintenance. No. 67023 'Sheila' 'Shelia' and No. 67027 'Charlotte' 'Charlotte' are pictured at Taunton with the 1Z19 18:57 Taunton - London Paddington test train.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


22nd November 2017
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70806 passes Norton Fitzwarren hauling the 6C35 05:15 Aberthaw - Moorswater loaded cement PCA's on the 22nd November 2017.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


11th November 2017
Colas Rail (Matisa B 41 UE) tamper No.DR75407 passes Norton Fitzwarren working the 6J84 08:55 Hereford - Totnes movement.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


9th November 2017
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70816 climbs to Whiteball Tunnel on the 9th November 107 while hauling the 6C36 11:38 Moorswater - Aberthaw cement empties.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


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
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)


2nd November 2017
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70816 passes 40 Steps, Taunton with 6C36 10:00 Moorswater to Aberthaw cement 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)


21st October 2017
Engineering work in the Somerton area on the 21st/22nd October 2017 provided several engineering workings to the Taunton area. On the 21st October 2017, Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70808 exits from Fairwater Yard having run round its train. The 6C22 11:18 Fairwater to Westbury via Bristol passes 40 Steps.
(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)


7th September 2017
Colas Rail Freight Class 70/8 No.70807 operated the weekly cement flow to Moorswater on Wednesday 6th September. The loco is seen here on Thursday 7th September returning to Aberthaw hauling the 6C36 11:38 from Moorswater having been unloaded the previous day.
(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)


30th July 2017
Colas Rail Freight operated an overnight engineers train into Devon during Saturday 29th July to perform a rail drop on the Dawlish Sea Wall section. Class 70 No.70812 is pictured passing Cogload Junction on Sunday 30th July returning the 6C98 to Westbury from Dawlish Warren.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


30th June 2017
Colas Rail Freight recently purchased two Class 67 locomotives from DB Cargo for used on test trains, the pair No. 67027 'Charlotte'+67023 have been painted into Colas Rail Freight colours and named They have also received the names 'Charlotte' and 'Stella'. On the 30th June 2017 the pair stood in for the Network Rail New Measurement Train HST set which was out of service for maintenance. Class 67 No. 67027 'Charlotte' is pictured here passing Creech St Michael working the 1Z18 15:46 Paignton to Taunton via Bristol Temple Meads leg of the track recording diagram.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


30th June 2017
During the 30th June 2017 Class 67's No. 67027 'Charlotte' and No. 67023 'Sheila' visited Penzance, Paignton, and Bristol Temple Meads passing through Taunton 3 times (once to change direction) before returning to London Paddington. No. 67023 'Sheila' 'Stella' leads the 1Z18 15:46 Paignton to Taunton via Bristol Temple Meads seen passing Norton Fitzwarren. Stock for the train was formed of Mk2a No.977969 Staff Coach, Mk2f No.977997 Radio Survey Coach RSC3, MK2f No.72631 Plain Line Pattern Recognition Coach PLPR1 and Mk1 No.975091 overhead line inspection coach.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


24th May 2017
The 24th May 2017 provided a rare double headed Colas Class 70 working in the South West all be it a rescue mission with Class 70 No.70809 leading brand new Class 70/8 No.70814. The locomotive failed at Exeter Riverside on the 23rd May with an air compressor fault. With the locomotive unable to build air to release the brakes the train was cancelled. The next day Colas sent No.70809 to Exeter to tow the 7C28 Exeter Riverside - Westbury stone empties back to Wiltshire. The pair are seen rolling through the Somerset Levels, with Colas Rail Freight continuing to provide cover for non available crew at DB Cargo.
(Photo: Paul Wilkins)


21st May 2017
Sunday 21st May 2017 provided one of Colas Rail Freights ever increasingly popular Class 70's return from an overnight rail drop in Cornwall. Colas Rail Class 70/8 No.70801 is seen heading towards Ash Bridge at Nynehead, hauling the 6C97 08:50 Par to Westbury CWR train.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


18th May 2017
Colas Rail Freight has returned a large amount of previously preserved locomotives back to the mainline in order to operate many of its Network Rail test train. One such example is split headcode example No. 37099 'Merl Evans 1947-2016' (37324). The locomotive spent many years in preservation at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway in BR Blue livery wearing its 37324 number, later it moved up to the East Lancashire Railway. During 2016 the locomotive returns to mainline operations with Colas Railfreight and was renumbered back to 37099 'Merl Evans 1947-2016'. On Thursday 18th May 2017 the locomotive is seen passing Taunton while working the 3Z53 07:57 Exeter Riverside - Crewe test train.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


9th April 2017
Sunday 9th April 2017 provided a day of summer sunshine and temperatures providing ideal conditions to record engineers trains returning to Westbury from Bath. This image captured Class 70 No.70806 working the 6C23 15:12 Bristol East Junction to Westbury via Taunton, while Great Western HST No.43168 rounds the curve from London Paddington.
(Photo: Wayne Potter)


9th April 2017
Having just run round in Fairwater Yard at Taunton on the 9th April 2017, Colas Rail Freight Class 70/8 No.70810 hauls a rake of Network Rail Autoballasters north passing Cogload Junction working the 6C27 08:55 Bristol East Junction to Westbury.
(Photo: Darren Harris)


9th April 2017
Newly delivered to Colas Rail Freight, Class 70 No.70811 with load 15 passes West Lyng with 6C25 11:18 Bristol East Junction to Westbury via reversal at Taunton on the 9th April 2017.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


8th April 2017
Looking resplendent in their fresh paint Class 70's No.70811 and No.70813 arrive into Taunton on the 8th April 2017 with the 6C26 11:23 Hinksey Yard to Bristol East Junction via Fairwater Yard. The train conveyed new sleepers to be laid at the worksite near Bath.Just several weeks earlier the two locomotives were on the GE test track in America being prepared after being built. 70817 has been the most recent locomotive to have been seen operating in the USA.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


8th April 2017
Saturday 8th April 2017 provided stunning spring day and a procession of trains heading to a weekend blockade between Bristol and Bath. Colas Rail Freight rolled out their newly delivered locos into service. Having been in the country for less than a month Class 70/8 No.70812 passes Bathpool hauling the 6C25 12:27 Westbury - Bristol East Junction running around 20 minutes behind schedule. The train set off a hot axle box detector (which turned out to be hot brakes) at Bruton and was delayed while the train was inspected.
(Photo: Lee Robbins)


8th April 2017
Having been in the country for less than a week. On the 8th April 2017 Colas 'newbies' Class 70 No.70811 and No.70813 teamed up to operate the 6C26 11:23 Hinksey Yard to Bristol East Junction via Taunton loaded with new sleepers. The pair round the classic bend at Cogload Junction nearing Taunton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


8th October 2014
Having just exited an engineering blockade Colas Rail Freight Class 66 No.66846 (formerly No.66573) passes Cogload Junction on the 8th October 2014 working the 6T70 09:00 Athelney - Fairwater Yard spent ballast.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


8th October 2014
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No.70806 is picutred on the 8th October 2014 returning to Taunton hauling empty MRA side tipping ballast wagons. The 6T71 10:34 Athelney - Fairwater Yard passes Cogload Junction.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


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