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The Colas Rail Freight Gallery

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

9th January 2019
Colas Class 56 No.56113 leads Lorum Rail Operations Grinder south through 40 Steps, Taunton on the 9th January 2019 operating 6Z01 05:29 Derby RTC to Okehampton. The of Class 20s (No.20189 No.20142) tagged on the back were used for the reversal move from Exeter St Davids. At Exeter, the Class 56 was detached to allow the Class 20s to venture along the Meldon branch where the Rail Grinder was dropped off and will be used for staff training.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


9th January 2019
Colas Rail Freight Class 56 No.56113 is pictured 'top and tailing' with London Transport Liveried Class 20 No.20142 and BR Blue No.20189 passing Charlton on Wednesday 9th January 2019. Lorum Rail Grinder DR79231, 32, 33, 36 & DR79237 was conveyed as the 6Z01 05:29 Derby RTC to Okehampton via Exeter St.Davids. On arrival at Exeter, the Class 56 was detached leaving the pair of Class 20s to complete the final part of the move to Okehampton via Crediton.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


4th January 2019
Colas Class 37 No.37521 makes a brief pause at Taunton on the 4th January 2019 while operating the 3Q13 20:28 Exeter Riverside - Reading Triangle Sidings test train for Network Rail, the train conveyed test coaches 6397 96608 6262 999606 and DBSO 9702
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


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)


21st December 2018
Unusually running on a Thursday/Friday, the Aberthaw-Moorswater-Aberthaw cement tanks is pictured passing Norton Fitzwarren on December 21st 2018. Equally unusual is the use of a Class 66 in place of the usual Class 70 traction, only the second time that this has occurred since this operation to/from Cornwall began. Colas Rail Freight Class 66 No. 66850 'David Maidment OBE www.railwaychildren.org.uk' returns the 6C36 08:00 Moorswater to Aberthaw empties.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


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)


11th November 2018
Colas Rail Freight Class 37 No.37219 makes a colourful sight in the Autumn scene at Creech St Michael on Sunday 11th November 2018. The locomotive is seen pushing the 3Z08 12:55 Exeter Riverside - Derby RTC Network Rail test train through Creech St Michael. With DBSO 9703 leads the train towards Cogload Junction.
(Photo: Adam Snow)


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)


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