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Snow Plough Tests

Images taken of locomotives testing the Network Rail Snow Ploughs from Fairwater Yard

9th May 2018
DRS Class 37's No.37218 and No.37259 depart Fairwater Yard on the 9th May 2018 with a snow plough test just weeks after the heaviest snowfall of the year. The 7Z15 10:15 Fairwater Yard - Fairwater Yard via Highbridge Loop with Snow Ploughs ZZA ADB 965231 & ZZA ADB 965209 are pictured passing 40 Steps.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


9th May 2018
DRS Class 37s No.37218 and No.37259 depart Fairwater Yard on the 9th May 2018 with a snow plough test just weeks after the heaviest snowfall of the year. The 7Z15 10:15 Fairwater Yard - Fairwater Yard via Highbridge Loop with Snow Ploughs ZZA ADB 965231 & ZZA ADB 965209 are pictured returning through Platform 2 at Taunton heading for Fairwater Yard.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


9th May 2018
Too late the snow was in March! Thursday 9th May 2018 was full of excitement when a pair of Direct Rail Services Class 37's operated light engine overnight from their base at Crewe Gresty Bridge to Fairwater Yard. No.37218 and No.37259 arrived at 06:11 before collecting both of the Network Rail Snow Ploughs from Fairwater Yard (ZZA ADB 965231 & ZZA ADB 965209). The two veteran locomotives then formed the 7Z15 10:15 Fairwater Yard - Fairwater Yard via Highbridge Loop with the drift ploughs formed at either end of the locomotives. The annual snow plough test certainly raised a few eyebrows passing through the platforms at Taunton Station. The pair are pictured here passing Cogload Junction while working outbound to Highbridge in search of snow!
(Photo: Sclub)


9th May 2018
DRS Class 37s No.37218 and No.37259 depart from Fairwater Yard on the 9th May 2018 with both Network Rail Drift Ploughs formed at either end of the locomotives. The 7Z15 10:15 Fairwater Yard - Fairwater Yard via Highbridge Loop approaches Staplegrove Road.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


9th May 2018
Having visited Highbridge Loop on the 9th May 2018, DRS Class 37s No.37259 and No.37218 return south through Banklands with the 7Z15 10:15 Fairwater Yard - Fairwater Yard via Highbridge Loop carrying out a snow plough test for Network Rail.
(Photo: Paul Wilkins)


21st March 2017
The 21st March 2017 saw the annual snow plough test from Fairwater Yard. Direct Rail Services are contacted to carry out this diagram. Class 66/3 No.66302 and Class 66/4 No.66431 were used to collect both Network Rail snow ploughs from either end of Fairwater Yard and then operated the 7Z09 16:21 Fairwater Yard – Fairwater Yard via Tiverton Loop. The pair of locomotives and snowploughs ZZA 965231, ZZA965209 were captured on their return to Taunton at Norton Fitzwarren. Having deposited the ploughs back in Fairwater Yard the locomotives returned to Bridgwater Yard for the night before heading to Devonport next day to collect a flask from Devonport.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


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