66501 Coedkernew 20 July 2000

Almost exactly a year old, but still nearly a year away from acquiring the name Japan 2001, 66501 passes Coedkernew amid the lengthening shadows on the evening of 20 July 2000 with the 4S81 18:20 Pengam to Coatbridge freightliner. At this time there were still only ten Freightliner Class 66s in the country, and the sight of a 'Fred' working one of their trains instead of a 47 or 57 was still a novelty. How times have changed!