Class 59

59201 Pinxton 4 January 1997

59201 Vale of York passes Pinxton on 4 January 1997 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z59 05:27 Bristol Temple Meads to Sudforth Lane 'G.M. Gyrator' railtour. This is not the picture I had in mind, but the sudden appearance of the MGR heading in the opposite direction meant I had to quickly switch sides. I wasn't going to miss the shot after trudging through the snowy fields to get here!

59201 Dinnington 4 January 1997

With South Anston church just visible on the horizon, 59201 Vale of York passes Dinnington with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z59 05:27 Bristol Temple Meads to Sudforth Lane 'G.M. Gyrator' railtour on 4 January 1997. It is just approaching Dinnington Colliery Junction on the Shireoaks to Doncaster freight line. Given the appalling freezing weather conditions, it is surprising that the tour was only running 20 minutes late at this point, and even more surprising that it managed to recover this lost time later on in the itinerary.

59201 Knottingley (England Lane) 4 January 1997

With the cooling towers of Ferrybridge Power Station dominating the background, 59201 Vale of York is pictured passing England Lane at Knottingley on a freezing cold 4 January 1997 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z59 05:27 Bristol Temple Meads to Sudforth Lane 'G.M. Gyrator' railtour. The train will soon be coming to a halt at Sudforth Lane for a loco change. The tour also featured a slightly earlier variation of the Class 59 design, in the shape of 59103.

59201 Milford Junction 16 November 1999

Luckily 59201 Vale of York is only moving very slowly here, as it passes Milford Junction on 16 November 1999 with a rake of ex National Power hoppers. With the weather being so dull, a shutter speed of 1/125sec was all that was available using Fujichrome 100. As this is one of the few pictures I took of a Class 59/2 in EWS ownership in Yorkshire, it is included here for its historic interest.

59201 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 16 October 2012

Looking smart after its recent repaint into DBS red, 59201 ambles along the down relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 16 October 2012 with the 7C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. Pity it didn't pass in full sun, but at least this livery makes the most of less than ideal lighting.

59201 Denchworth 8 September 2014

In immaculate condition, and looking superb in the summer sunshine, 59201 trundles along the down relief line at Denchworth on 8 September 2014 with the 6C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Westbury Mendip Rail stone empties. Note the bell between the cab windows, a typical American feature, but only carried on 59001 and 59201. In each case on one end only.

59201 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 28 January 2015

59201 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham on 28 January 2015 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties. Luckily the Met Office was spot on with their forecast on this occasion, with a largely sunny (although very cold) afternoon. Something which I never would have guessed judging by the torrential downpours in the morning!

59201 Baulking 6 March 2015

59201 passes Baulking on 6 March 2015 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties. When standing further to the left it is possible to see a long way up the line, and at first I thought this was a 66, as there appeared to be a triangle of three front lights. However, it soon became obvious that the top 'light' was the sun glinting off the US style bell that 59201 carries at No.1 end.

59201 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 October 2016

59201 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 5 October 2016 with the late running 6C48 14:59 Appleford to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties, although there obviously wasn't enough time to unload the first seven wagons! This had left Appleford 89 minutes late, but by not running down the relief line and waiting at Challow as booked, it was nearly back on time by Swindon.

59202 Milford Junction 18 July 1996

In the last of the weak afternoon sun, 59202 slowly passes Milford Junction on 18 July 1996 with a Gascoigne Wood to Drax Power Station coal train. Still less than a year old, the locomotive has yet to receive its Vale of White Horse nameplates. It had arrived at Hull Docks from Canada in August 1995, and would be named at Didcot Power Station on 28 September 1996. I didn't know it at the time, but this would turn out to be my most photographed member of the sub-class, probably because I deliberately sought it out in later years in view of its name. The Vale of White Horse being the area were I first took an active interest in railways in the early 1970s.

59202 Didcot Power Station 28 September 1996

National Power's 59202 was named Vale of White Horse at Didcot Power Station on 28 September 1996. With the huge bulk of the cooling towers dominating the background, it pictured along with a rake of National Power hoppers shortly after being named by Bob Johnson, chairman of the Vale of White Horse District Council.

59202 Culham 29 September 1996

Presumably this is the only occasion that a National Power liveried Class 59 has visited the Didcot area. After being named Vale of White Horse at Didcot Power Station the previous day, 59202 heads back to Ferrybridge on 29 September 1996 with its rake of hoppers. Despite the gloomy weather, I wasn't going to miss the opportunity to record this unique event, and this location at Culham seemed the obvious spot, as its place of naming can clearly be seen in the background. Until its later acquisition by EWS, 59202 never worked in the Vale it was named after.

59202 Ashchurch 26 May 1997

59202 Vale of White Horse passes through the newly completed Ashchurch station with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z45 06:38 Sheffield to Llandrindod Wells 'Central Wales Navigator' railtour on 26 May 1997. The tour was 20 minutes late leaving Sheffield, and had not managed to recover any time at this point, and in fact the late running persisted all day. The station opened the following week, and was built on the site of the much more extensive junction station that closed in 1963.

59202 Knucklas 26 May 1997

59202 Vale of White Horse crosses Knucklas Viaduct on 26 May 1997 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z45 16:25 Llandrindod Wells to Sheffield 'Central Wales Navigator' railtour. It seems that the viaduct is receiving some much needed maintenance. Unfortunately the weather had deteriorate, since the morning, when I saw the tour pass through Ashchurch.

59202 Copyhold Junction 12 March 2005

59202 Vale of White Horse approaches Copyhold Junction with the ill fated Pathfinder Tours 1Z56 'Aggregated Syphons' railtour on 12 March 2005. 37427 can just be seen on the rear of the train. The object of the tour was to traverse the Ardingly branch, seen here on the right, but due to the unbelievable farce of not having the correct paperwork, the tour headed back from whence it came after a lengthy delay.

59202 Crofton 21 July 2006

59202 Vale of White Horse rounds the curve at Crofton on 21 July 2006 with the 7A09 06:56 Merehead to Acton Mendip Rail 'jumbo' stone train. After some early morning fog, the sun was just starting to appear through the murk. This is an excellent location, but doesn't really do justice to this train, as half of it is still round the corner, hidden from view.

59202 Fairwood 11 September 2007

59202 Vale of White Horse passes Fairwood (near Westbury) with the 6V07 09:21 Chichester to Merehead stone empties on 11 September 2007. The name of the loco might seem appropriate here, but it does not in fact refer to Westbury's white horse which can be seen in the background, but to the one at Uffington, which predates the Westbury horse by at least 3000 years!

59202 Patney & Chirton 11 May 2009

59202 Vale of White Horse passes the site of Patney & Chirton station on 11 May 2009 with the 7C31 09:45 Theale to Merehead Mendip Rail stone empties. Recent vegetation clearance work here (not quite right up to the bridge in the background unfortunately) has opened up the view in both directions considerably.

59202 Compton Beauchamp 5 June 2010

59202 Vale of White Horse in the Vale of White Horse! Passing Compton Beauchamp in the vale that it is named after, 59202 Vale of White Horse heads east with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z59 Bristol Temple Meads to Newtown 'Powys Chugger' railtour on 5 June 2010. Apart from being named at Didcot Power Station on 28 September 1996, 59202 never came anywhere near the area while it was owned by National Power, and only once it became an EWS loco did it regularly travel through the vale. Indeed here it is only just over two miles away from the 3,000 year old Uffington White Horse hill figure, which gives its name to the area.

59202 Uffington 18 September 2010

A highly appropriate location for a picture of 59202 Vale of White Horse. It is seen here passing Uffington with the 6B33 12:12 Theale to Margam Murco oil empties on 18 September 2010. Uffington White Horse is a prehistoric hill carving on the downs above the village, which of course gives the vale (and this locomotive) its name. This is just about the closest point on the railway to the monument. A Class 59 on this working is certainly a novelty, and in this case was caused by the failure of 60084. Ironically, as is often the case on a Saturday, this reduced load would actually be within the modest haulage capabilities of a Class 66!

59202 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 11 February 2012

Unusually running on a Saturday, 59202 Vale of White Horse passes the site of Ashbury Crossing at Shrivenham on 11 February 2012 with the 7C48 Appleford to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. Not only is it running at the weekend, but also considerably earlier than the usual booked time, pictured here one and a half hours before its normal departure time of 13:30! At least the locomotive is highly appropriate for the location. There had been a reasonably heavy snowfall the previous day, but although still bitingly cold, it has unfortunately mostly disappeared from the fields at this location.

59202 Crofton 22 May 2012

59202 Vale of White Horse rounds the curve at Crofton on 22 May 2012 with the 7C31 09:45 Theale to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. This high viewpoint clearly shows the rust patches all over the cab roof, especially along the apex.

59202 Wolvercote Tunnel 20 August 2013

59202 is just about to enter Wolvercote Tunnel on 20 August 2013 with the 6C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. Awful lighting, with the sun directly head on, but as I was passing the spot anyway, and had been unable to photograph the loco at Banbury Road a little earlier, I decided to get another picture of the erstwhile Vale of White Horse.

59202 Denchworth 20 August 2014

59202 Alan Meddows Taylor MD, Mendip Rail Limited runs along the down relief line at Denchworth on 20 August 2014 with the 7C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. One of the recently installed overhead electrification piles can be seen directly above the loco's cab. The black metal tube is capped with a temporary plywood cover. There are going to be thousands of redundant plywood discs shortly. I hope they will be disposed of environmentally!

59202 Didcot North Junction 4 November 2014

59202 Alan Meddows Taylor MD, Mendip Rail Limited emerges from the fog at Didcot North Junction on 4 November 2014 with the 6A14 05:04 Whatley Quarry to Oxford Banbury Road Mendip stone train. Of course this is not the picture I had in mind! The forecast was for full sun, but I shouldn't have been surprised that the Thames Valley was in thick fog, which didn't clear in some places until mid morning. At least the DBS livery stands out well in such dire conditions.

59202 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 14 November 2014

59202 Alan Meddows Taylor MD, Mendip Rail Limited passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham on 14 November 2014 with the 6C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Westbury Mendip Rail stone empties. Obviously the loco's former name (Vale of White Horse) would be much more appropriate for this location!

59202 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 3 December 2014

59202 Alan Meddows Taylor MD, Mendip Rail Limited ambles along the down relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 3 December 2014 with the 6C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Westbury Mendip Rail stone empties. This was running an hour early, but its early departure did it no good whatsoever, as it would sit at Challow, just a short distance further on, for over an hour, leaving the loop at its booked time.

59202 Steventon Stocks Lane 10 March 2015

59202 Alan Meddows Taylor MD, Mendip Rail Limited approaches Stocks Lane level crossing, Steventon, on 10 March 2015 with the 6C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Westbury Mendip Rail stone empties. In the background is Steventon road bridge (still with white signal sighting patch). There has been extensive local opposition to Network Rail's proposal to demolish this historic bridge and replace it with an ugly concrete substitute, as part of the Great Western electrification programme. At the moment there is an impasse after intervention by the local MP.

59202 Little Haresfield 20 February 2016

59202 Alan Meddows Taylor MD, Mendip Rail Limited pulls out of Haresfield Loop on 20 February 2016 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z58 06:40 Banbury to Merehead Quarry 'Fifty-Niner' railtour. This tour was a celebration of 30 years of the Class 59, and although the former National Power 59/2 seen here is a mere 20 years old, a couple of the original Foster Yeoman (now Aggregate Industries) 59/0s would feature on the tour south of Bristol. In true railtour tradition, the train was booked to traverse various freight loops, not because the train needed to be held, but purely for the unusual track mileage! As rain was forecast for later in the day, I decided not follow the train to the Westbury area.

59202 Sonning 16 August 2016

59202 Alan Meddows Taylor MD, Mendip Rail Limited passes through Sonning cutting on 16 August 2016 with the 6C76 14:40 Acton to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties. 166210 can just be seen disappearing into the distance with the 1K65 14:39 Bedwyn to Paddington GWR service.

59203 Kintbury 2 April 2007

59203 Vale of Pickering leans into the curve at Kintbury on 2 April 2007 with the 6A21 13:24 Whatley to Acton stone train. No mistaking which member of the class this is, with its additional extra large front end numbers! After a generally sunny day, the light was now getting weak has a hazy veil started to diffuse the sun.

59203 Froxfield 24 July 2008

59203 Vale of Pickering passes Froxfield with the 7A17 10:30 Merehead to Acton Mendip Rail stone train on 24 July 2008, running nearly an hour early. Note the use of wagons hired in from Freightliner at the head of the train. Unusually on this day the normally very reliable 7A09 07:12 Merehead to Acton 'Jumbo' stone train had been cancelled due to lack of a loco! Unfortunately Froxfield is another location where the growth of lineside bushes is ruining the picture. Various viewpoints around the Kennet & Avon Canal lock (just visible on the left) used to be possible.

59203 Wantage Road 2 February 2012

59203 Vale of Pickering approaches the site of Wantage Road station on 2 February 2012 with the early running 7C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. Even in this 'train in the landscape' view the huge are of rust along the upper bodyside is clearly evident. It is quite obvious that this is a DBS owned 59, rather than a Mendip Rail one!

59203 Steventon 3 March 2012

A meagre load for a Class 59! With Didcot Power Station dominating the background, 59203 Vale of Pickering has just ten autoballasters in tow as it passes Steventon on 3 March 2012 with the 6W24 Hinksey to East Somerset Junction. With a convenient gap between HST services, it has no need of the loop here, although it would later be put inside at Wantage Road, for a run down the relief line to Challow.

59203 Baulking 22 May 2012

Diverted away from its usual route due to a fatality at Ufton Nervet, 59203 Vale of Pickering passes Baulking on 22 May 2012 with the 6V18 12:39 Hither Green to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. Its repaint into DBS red was not far away, and not a moment too soon judging by the large patches of rust.

59203 Compton Beauchamp 3 May 2013

59203 passes Compton Beauchamp on 3 May 2013, running exactly on time with the 7A14 05:27 Westbury to Oxford Banbury Road Mendip Rail stone train. Unfortunately, the other freight train that I had planned to photograph here ran a staggering 92 minutes early, meaning it had just passed when I arrived at the bridge!

59203 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 24 November 2014

59203 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham on 24 November 2014 with the 6C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Westbury Mendip Rail stone empties. I hadn't intended to revisit this location quite so soon after my earlier visit, so this is a nearly identical picture to 59202, photographed on the same working just ten days earlier.

59204 Burton Salmon 1995

National Power 59204 passes Burton Salmon with the 6D92 11:30 Drax to Ferrybridge limestone empties on 25 October 1995. After witnessing the success of Class 59s in service with Foster Yeoman and ARC, National Power ordered a slightly modified locomotive in 1994, followed by a further five locos the following year. All were initially painted in the striking National Power blue livery, although it is questionable whether white was the best colour choice for the underframes of a heavy freight loco. However when clean (as here) the sub-class certainly looked impressive.

59204 Whitley Bridge Junction 17 September 1996

Looking superb in its original National Power livery, the still unnamed 59204 passes Whitley Bridge Junction on 17 September 1996 with coal empties from Drax Power Station. With the benefit of hindsight I should have made more effort to get pictures of the 59/2s in their original condition, but at least this one shows off the colour scheme in the best possible light.

59204 Barry 16 November 1996

An exceedingly rare location for a National Power Class 59. On a dull misty 16 November 1996, just as it was getting dark, 59204 passes through Barry station en-route from Yorkshire to Aberthaw Power Station, where it would be named Vale of Glamorgan by the then Welsh Secretary, William Hague MP. The choice of location was ideal, as not only is it an immediately identifiable location with the added bonus of semaphore signalling, but also in view of the grim weather the train's slow speed through the station meant I was able to take this picture in colour as well as the more appropriate to the conditions black & white. However the exposure was only 1/125sec with the lens wide open!

59204 Crofton 21 November 2006

59204 Vale of Glamorgan passes Crofton on the Berks & Hants line with the 7A09 06:56 Merehead to Acton Mendip Rail "jumbo" stone train on 21 November 2006. The last of the autumn leaves on the trees and the hawthorn berries show up well in the early morning light. Unfortunately the Class 59/2s now looking similar to their inferior Class 66 cousins since being repainted into EWS livery, although of course no way could a Class 66 handle a train of this length and weight, half of which is still around the corner behind the bushes.

59204 Crofton 11 February 2012

59204 Vale of Glamorgan runs alongside the frozen Kennet & Avon Canal near Crofton on 11 February 2012 with the UK Railtours 1Z78 07:48 Paddington to Cranmore 'Angel of Bedlam' railtour. There is a need for some canal maintenance here, as the reeds are encroaching rapidly into the channel, narrowing it considerably. The canal was much clearer in 2001 when I photographed 47205 passing this spot.

59204 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 20 April 2015

59204 approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 20 April 2015 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. The excavator on the left was used during the previous weekend's track relaying just to the west of here, at Bourton.

59204 Compton Beauchamp 12 May 2015

59204 passes Compton Beauchamp on 12 May 2015 with the 6A57 15:03 Whatley Quarry to Oxford Banbury Road Mendip Rail stone train. As this is very backlit, I decided to go for a wide angle view, and include the lichen encrusted bridge parapet in the foreground. Whether this survives the forthcoming electrification is debatable.

59204 Challow 20 January 2017

59204 runs along the down relief line at Challow on 20 January 2017 with the 6C48 14:59 Appleford to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. The driver was clearly taking it easy, driving at a fairly slow speed along the relief, so that he wouldn't have to stop for the booked seven minutes at Challow. His signal had just cleared, as the overtaking HST had passed just before I took this picture.

59205 Burton Salmon 12 March 1997

59205 Vale of Evesham passes Burton Salmon on 12 March 1997 with a Gascoigne Wood to Drax Power Station National Power coal train. It's hard to imagine that 59205 ever made it to the Vale of Evesham whilst it carried the name (June 1996 to March 1998).

59205 Bethania 18 April 1998

59205 L Keith McNair slowly negotiates the Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfyndd branch on 18 April 1998 with the Herfordshire Railtours 1T54 07:56 Euston to Trawsfyndd 'Roman Nose' railtour. The location is Bethania, just south of Blaenau Ffestiniog. I had looked out this position as being a good spot to show the train against the typically imposed welsh background. My main memory of this occasion is of a local farmer who started ranting at another photographer who was in his field (just to my left) and having to listen to this increasingly bitter exchange as the train slowly appeared around the corner and hoping that it wouldn't involve me!

59205 Maentrwog Road 18 April 1998

59205 L Keith McNair approaches Maentwrog Road on 18 April 1998 with the Herfordshire Railtours 1T54 07:56 Euston to Trawsfyndd 'Roman Nose' railtour. The inclusion of the snow capped mountain in the picture is slightly compromised by the one limitation of the Pentax 6x7 when using a telephoto lens - unbelievably shallow depth of field.

59205 Maentwrog Road 18 April 1998

59205 L Keith McNair brings up the rear of the Hertfordshire Railtours 1T54 14:57 Trawsfyndd to Euston 'Roman Nose' railtour at Maentwrog Road on 18 April 1998. The two lead locomotives, 37377 & 37098, are just passing underneath a farm occupation bridge, hidden by the lineside bushes in the background.

59205 Heck Ings 6 September 1999

59205 L Keith McNair has just passed underneath the East Coast Mainline at Heck Ings on 6 September 1999, as it heads towards Drax Power Station with another load of coal from Gascoigne Wood. EWS were quick to repaint the locomotives into their uninspiring livery when they took over National Power's assets, but obviously the wagons were considered less important!

59205 Kelvedon 12 May 2001

59205 L Keith McNair passes Kelvedon with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z42 14:35 Lowestoft to Crewe 'Freightliner Phoenix' railtour on 12 May 2001. This tour, which had started out as the 1Z41 03:58 Crewe to Lowestoft did not actually use any Freightliner traction at all, so was slightly misnamed! At this point the tour was running 75 minutes late, but at least that meant that the angle of the sun had improved, resulting in near perfect lighting when it eventually did appear.

59205 Kintbury 2 April 2007

59205 L Keith McNair passes Kintbury on 2 April 2007 with the 6C74 13:15 Theale to Westbury Hanson stone empties. Note the red backed nameplate, which is contrast to the black plates of the 'Vale' named locos of the 59/2 sub-class.

59205 Uffington 20 January 2011

59205 L Keith McNair passes Uffington on 20 January 2011 with the 6B33 13:30 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. After pairs of 37s, 60s, pairs of 66s, and then back to 60s, we now have Class 59s on this long standing mega tank train. Although it looks like a completely sunny day here, there was in fact a large bank of cloud across the sun shortly before it came. However, I knew that the train's long stand in Challow loop to allow four HSTs to pass would allow time for the cloud to move away to the south.

59205 Baulking 4 March 2011

59205 L Keith McNair ambles along the Great Western Mainline at Baulking on 4 March 2011 with the 7C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. It is now getting back into stride after being looped at Challow to allow an HST to pass. This is obvious from how quickly it followed the HST, however, for trains traveling in the opposite direction, the signal on the left of this gantry will start flashing amber to indicate that they are about to be looped.

59205 & 56091 Calvert 21 May 2013

GM's finest meets BR's finest at Calvert on 21 May 2013. 59205 stands at the head of the Northolt to Calvert Binliner, while the crane operator swaps the last of the containers. The train had arrived as the 6A56 03:30 Northolt to Calvert, and would shortly be leaving as the 6A58 10:16 Calvert to Northolt empties. Alongside, 56091 waits while its train is unloaded, before departing as the 6Z91 10:53 Calvert to Didcot Power Station flyash empties.

59205 Calvert 21 May 2013

Unloading finished, 59205 detaches from the front of its train at Calvert, and prepares to run round, prior to forming the 6A58 10:16 Calvert to Northolt Binliner empties on 21 May 2013. Behind it, 56091 will still have to wait a while for its train to be unloaded, before it too can depart with the 6Z91 10:53 Calvert to Didcot Power Station flyash empties.

59205 Worting Junction 14 May 2016

59205 passes Worting Junction on 14 May 2016 with the UK Railtours 1Z59 08:15 Victoria to Minehead 'Quantock Pullman' railtour, using the immaculately turned out VSOE Pullman coaches. Although for once this turned out to be a much sunnier day than forecast, this picture was very nearly spoiled by a rogue cloud, the sun only just coming out just before I pressed the shutter!

59205 Bourton 24 June 2016

Gleaming in the early morning sun, 59205 passes Bourton on 24 June 2016 with the 6A15 04:37 Whatley Quarry to Appleford Mendip Rail stone train. Note the poppies in the foreground, growing in the disturbed ground around one of the new electrification mast bases

59205 & 59101 Sonning 16 August 2016

59205 & 59101 Village of Whatley pass underneath the graceful Warren Road bridge, Sonning, on 16 August 2016 with the 7C64 15:24 Acton to Merehead Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties. There is no comparison between this stylish brick and wrought iron bridge, and the hideous junk that Network Rail see fit to build a century later!

59206 Whitley Bridge Junction 28 March 1997

The as yet unnamed 59206 passes Whitley Bridge Junction on 28 March 1997 with one of the many daily Drax Power Station to Gascoigne Wood coal empties, using National Power's own dedicated hoppers. The loco would receive the name Pride of Ferrybridge at the eponymous depot exactly three months after this picture was taken.

59206 Burton Salmon 6 September 1999

59206 Pride of Ferrybridge passes Burton Salmon on 6 September 1999 with another loaded coal train from Gascoigne Wood. Unfortunately by this time National Power's stylish light blue livery could only be seen (in a rather faded form) on the wagons, the loco having been repainted into the uninspired EWS livery when that company acquired the Class 59/2s the previous year.

59206 Tackley 30 May 2005

With plenty of power available, 59206 Pride of Ferrybridge makes light work of Tackley Bank (between Oxford and Banbury) with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 05:40 Reading to Preston 'Multi Coloured Swap Shop' railtour on Bank Holiday Monday 30 May 2005. At 06:26 you can get the sun on the nose for a northbound shot! The tour was running exactly to time here, but a little further north, at Leamington Spa, the tour came to a stand for 45 minutes due to the farcical situation of neither the driver or the pilotman signing the road!

59206 Wantage Road 26 Mearch 2007

59206 Pride of Ferrybridge approaches the site of Wantage Road station, near Grove with the 6C53 12:59 Oxford Banbury Road (Kidlington) to Whatley Mendip Rail empty stone train on 26 March 2007. Pride of Ferrybridge is hardly an suitable name, now that the loco is based in the south of England, rather than Yorkshire. 59202 Vale of White Horse would have been much more appropriate traction for this location!

59206 Manningford Bruce 12 April 2007

59206 Pride of Ferrybridge passes Mannigford Bruce with the 6V18 12:43 Hither Green to Whatley Hanson stone empties on 12 April 2007. 59206 is pictured here in the drab EWS livery, which is in marked contrast to its former National Power blue livery, and indeed its later DB Schenker 'dayglow' red colour scheme. The overall drabness is not helped by the fact that it hasn't seen the washing plant for a while either!

59206 Patney & Chirton 11 May 2009

The new DB Schenker livery is certainly not the most tasteful design to be applied to the Class 59s (or anything else for that matter!), but it definitely shows up, even when severely backlit as here. 59206 John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer plods slowly past the site of Patney & Chirton station on 11 May 2009 with the 6A13 Whatley to West Drayton Mendip Rail stone train.

59206 Baulking 13 June 2009

A very rare passenger working for a DB Schenker Class 59/2. 59206 John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer passes Baulking on 13 June 2009 with the UK Railtours 1Z58 07:08 Paddington to Carmarthen 'Thames-Towy' railtour. Classmate 59205 can just be seen on the rear of the train. The weather forecaster's promised cloudy start would have been welcome here, instead the sun decided to come out resulting in virtually impossible lighting conditions, with the sun directly behind the train. Much careful use of layers in Photoshop has turned a near silhouette into a reasonable picture.

59206 Little Bedwyn 8 October 2009

59206 John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer passes Little Bedwyn with the not quite so jumbo 7A09 07:12 Merehead to Acton Mendip Rail 'Jumbo' stone train on 8 October 2009. A fraction of its normal length, for once the whole train is visible under the bridge. Note the hedge to the right of the lock, which has all but ruined the shot looking the other way from the bridge in the background, and is hardly improving this picture, with the shadows reaching the wagons.

59206 Frocester 2 August 2010

Sensible traction has returned to the 6B13 05:05 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil train, after the ridiculous use of pairs of Class 66s in early 2010. With the Cotswold Hills in the background, 59206 John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer approaches the footpath crossing at Frocester on 2 August 2010 in a very well timed patch of sun.

59206 Broughton Gifford 6 November 2010

59206 John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer passes Broughton Gifford on 6 November 2010 with the 6W36 Didcot to Swindon (via the Berks & Hants line) engineers train. Originally this train was booked to run from Westbury to Swindon. Despite the awful weather, the chance to photograph a Class 59 on a departmental train was not to be missed. It was fortunate that the DBS liveried loco was allocated, as its dayglo livery certainly helps compensate for the miserable weather. The train is conveying materials for the engineering possession between Swindon and Didcot.

59206 Uffington 29 September 2011

Westbury likes its solitary DB Schenker liveried Class 59, and always seems to keep it in immaculate condition, unfortunately in marked contrast to the other 59/2s. On 29 September 2011, 59206 John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer passes Uffington with the 7C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. The radio mast in the background marks the site of Uffington station, junction for the former Faringdon branch.

59206 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 23 February 2012

59206 John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer passes the site of Ashbury Crossing near Shrivenham on 23 February 2012 with the 7C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. I had moved to this location from Compton Beauchamp as it looked like the sun was starting to come out. Naturally as soon as I had done this it went back in again!

59206 & 59005 Baulking 22 May 2012

59206 John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer & 59005 Kenneth J Painter pass Baulking on 22 May 2012 with the diverted 7C77 12:40 Acton to Merehead Mendip Rail stone train (supposedly returning empties, but look at the first few wagons!). I had visited this location the previous day, and I wouldn't normally visit the same spot two days running, but I arrived at Denchworth just as this was going under the bridge, so had to make a brisk drive here to get the shot. The train was re-routed from the Berks & Hants line due to a fatality at Ufton Nervet, which closed the line for most of the day

59206 Pewsey 23 August 2013

59206 John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer passes through Pewsey station on 23 August 2013 with the 7C31 08:40 Theale to Merehead Mendip Rail stone empties. The bridge at the very end of the platform carries the main Marlborough to Pewsey road underneath the railway.

59206 Challow 10 October 2013

59206 John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer waits in Challow loop on 10 October 2013 with the 7C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Westbury Mendip Rail stone empties. Luckily the driver stopped a little way back from the signal, in an ideal photographic position. Unfortunately though, it arrived in thick cloud, and departed in thick cloud. In fact, for the entire time it was sat there (over twenty minutes) it was totally cloudy, except for this ten second burst of fantastic sunshine, which dramatically highlights the black clouds. I know it was ten seconds, because I started taking pictures as it came out, and watched as the little patch of sun worked its way along the train. This was the optimum exposure, when the front of the train just became fully lit.

59206 Baulking 9 September 2014

59206 John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer passes Baulking on 9 September 2014 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. Although a day of intermittent cloud, I didn't realise until reviewing the pictures quite how lucky I was to get the sun on this.