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The Rail Head Treatment Train Gallery

Images of the annual Rail Head Treatment Trains (RHTT) which have been photographed in the Taunton Area.

25th November 2018
The Network Rail RHTT set made a very rare appearance at Taunton on Sunday 25th November 2018. Normally Sundays are reserved for the set to visit Paignton via Newton Abbot, however because of its revised diagram this weekend the 3J14 08:30 Tavistock Junction - Tavistock Junction via Taunton operated. This provided the rare chance to capture DB Cargo liveried Class 66 No.66104 leading the set into Taunton, as during its normal weekday diagram passes Taunton under the cover of darkness. The grubby Class 66 is pictured passing 40 Steps on the approach to Taunton where the set terminated and returned to Tavistock Junction.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


25th November 2018
Grubby DB Cargo Class 66 No.66104 and EWS liveried No.66200 pass Marlands on Sunday 22nd November operating the Network Rail RHTT set on an additional (and rare) Sunday visit to Taunton. The 3J14 08:30 Tavistock Junction - Tavistock Junction via Taunton terminated in Platform 3 before returning south.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


24th November 2018
EWS liveried Class 66/0 No.66200 leads classmate No.66104 westbound through Norton Fitzwarren on the 24th November 2018. The pair were operating the 3J13 09:07 Westbury - Tavistock Junction service either end of the Network Rail RHTT set. The train normally runs through to St Blazey but because of engineering work between Liskeard and Penzance recessed at Tavistock Junction instead. Passing in the opposite direction are GWR Hitachi pairing No.802018 and No.8020003 operating 1A82 12:01 Exeter St Davids - London Paddington.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


27th October 2018
Passing through Taunton Station on Saturday 27th October EWS liveried Class 66 No.66067 leads partner No.66104 south while operating the Network Rail RHTT clearing rail heads of leave mulch contamination. The 3J13 09:07 Westbury - St Blazey via Salisbury is pictured amongst the undergrowth at 40 Steps.
(Photo: Robert Latham)


24th October 2018
After only a couple of weeks into the leaf fall season, DB Cargo Class 66 No.66200 & No.66120 were replaced with No.66067 and DB Red No.66104 on the 3J13 08:50 Westbury to St Blazey via Salisbury RHTT, the latter pair pictured at work at Whiteball summit on Wednesday 24th October 2018.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


20th October 2018
The 2018 Rail Head Treatment Train has already seen a double locomotive swap just weeks into its annual contract. EWS liveried Class 66 No.66067 is pictured on the western end of the RHTT set with DB Cargo Red liveried Class 66 No.66104 located on the London end. The pair are pictured at Cogload Junction on Saturday 20th October operating 3J13 09:07 Westbury - St Blazey. The set departed Westbury 100 minutes ahead of schedule as it didn't visit Salisbury due to the line from Warminster being closed for Engineering work. The early departure saw an extra slow run along the Berks and Hants to arrive into Taunton on schedule.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


13th October 2018
With the huge amount of vegetation clearance work which Network Rail has carried out on the approach to Taunton, open and tidy scenes can again be recorded on the approach to Taunton Station. DB Cargo Class 66 No.66200 leads No.66120 south through Taunton on the 13th October 2018 operating the 3J13 09:07 Westbury - St Blazey Rail Head Treatment Train (RHTT).
(Photo: Adam Snow)


4th October 2018
Leaf fall season is here once again. On 4th October 2018 DB Cargo Class 66 No.66200 and No.66120 pass through Cogload Junction operating the 3J13 08:56 Westbury - St.Blazey via Salisbury with the Network Rail, Rail Head Treatment Train (RHTT).
(Photo: S A Ginn)


2nd October 2018
As we highlighted on Taunton Trains several weeks ago, the time of year is here when all the leaves from trees and bushes begin to fall onto the rails of the UK. The 2018 Rail Head Treatment Train season has now begun. Operating one of the first trains of the season DB Cargo provided EWS liveried No.66200 and No.66120 pass Whiteball working the 3J13 08:50 Westbury - St Blazey (via Salisbury) exiting Whiteball Tunnel on the 2nd October 2018. It should be noted that the 'up' spraying diagram has been tweaked for the 2018 season, meaning the rails are cleaned before the first two London bound trains from Devon arrive into Taunton around 06:30. In previous years the tracks have been cleaned after these first two trains to London which had resulted in some tricky railhead conditions. Its good to see this diagram has finally been adjusted to assist the early morning commuter services.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


2nd December 2017
DB Cargo Class 66's No.66127 and No.66027 smoke and spray their way through the village of Creech St Michael on the approaches to Taunton on Saturday 2nd December 2017 working the 3J13 09:07 Westbury - St Blazey via Salisbury.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


25th November 2017
DB Cargo Class 66 No.66127 and No.66027 pass through Cogload Juncton on a sunning 25th November 2017 while working the 3J13 09:07 Westbury - St Blazey Rail Head Treatment Train (RHTT).
(Photo: Simon Harling)


22nd November 2017
DB Cargo Class 66 No.66127 leads class mate No.66027 west through Cogload Farm on the 3J13 08:50 Westbury - St Blazey RHTT.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


11th November 2017
DB Cargo Class 66's No.66127 and No.66027 pass Norton Fitzwarren on Satruday 11th November workng the Network Rail - Rail Head Treatment Trains (RHTT) as the 3J13 09:07 Westbury - St Blazey.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd November 2017
EWS liveried Class 66 No.66027 leads classmate No.66074 either end of RHTT wagons 642035 642020. The Rail Head Treatment Train set passed Taunton on the 2nd November 2017 working the daily 3J12 01:21 Par to Westbury.
(Photo: Nathan Williamson)


27th October 2017
As the annual leaf fall season comes towards its conclusion the filthy job of keeping the rail heads clear of leaf mulch will soon come to and end as well. On the 27th October 2017 Class 66 No.66074 leads classmate No.66027 through Allerford working the 3J13 08:50 Westbury - St Blazey RHTT circuit.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


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