Class 60

60051 South Moreton 21 June 1991

60051 Mary Somerville passes South Moreton with the 6B23 13:12 Colnbrook to Waterston oil empties on 21 June 1991, ironically exactly one month after it failed on the same train and had to be rescued by 37372! At this time Class 60s were still being constructed and this working was generally the only chance of seeing one in the Thames Valley. After the mass introduction of Class 66s, the heavy haulage Class 60s would gain a cult following, but at this time this was definitely not the case, especially when they replaced pairs of 37s on workings such as this!

60051 Culham 13 May 1992

60051 Mary Somerville has just passed through Culham station on 13 May 1992, whilst working the 6M23 15:54 Fawley to Longport LPG tanks. Note the buildings on the left which were once part of nearby RAF Culham, one of the many airfields opened locally in the 1930s. Part of the site is now used for nuclear research.

60051 South Moreton 22 May 1992

60051 Mary Somerville passes South Moreton on 22 May 1992 with the 6M23 15:54 Fawley to Bromford Bridge bitumen tanks. No LPG for Longport on this occasion. During the first couple of years of Class 60 operations in the Thames Valley, 60051 seemed to be the loco that always appeared on the various petroleum workings.

60051 Denchworth 17 August 1992

60051 Mary Somerville passes Denchworth on 17 August 1992 with the 6V13 12:18 Furzebrook to Hallen Marsh LPG tanks. This view clearly shows the down relief line under construction, with sleepers in position in the background, and fresh ballast poured on top of a plastic liner in the foreground.

60051 Challow 29 October 1992

Shortly after sunrise on 29 October 1992, 60051 Mary Somerville passes Challow with the very late running 6O43 02:07 Hallen Marsh to Eastleigh empty LPG tanks. The tanks would later be tripped to Furzebrook for refilling. The extensive works taking place on the site of the old station are in connection with the reinstatement of the relief lines from here to Wantage Road. The trailing point for the down relief has already been installed, and the old platform in the foreground has just been obliterated.

60051 Gossington 8 April 2010

60051 passes Gossington with the 6E41 11:41 Westerleigh to Lindsey oil empties on 8 April 2010. This pictures is taken from a public footpath crossing, with the stile conveniently used to gain a little extra height in lieu of a stepladder! Note the line of cars on the A38 in the background. This was caused by extensive roadworks near the roundabout at nearby Slimbridge.

60052 Shrivenham 9 November 2006

60052 Glofa Twr - The last deep mine in Wales - Tower Colliery passes Shrivenham with the 6C23 10:29 Hayes to East Usk empty hoppers on 9 November 2006. Unfortunately the cloud that can be seen bubbling up in the distance spoilt the picture of the next Class 60 on the 6B33 Theale to Robeston tanks a short while later. Despite the fact that this picture is taken well into November, there seems very little sign of autumn colour on the bushes and trees.

60053 Radley 24 April 1991

60053 John Reith passes Radley on 24 April 1991 with the 7V85 13:00 Barrow Hill to Didcot Power Station MGR. It's a pity that whoever pruned the tree in the garden on the right didn't also do something about the lineside trees ion the left!

60053 Aynho Junction 7 December 1991

The midday sunshine is only just beginning to melt the frost at Aynho Junction on 7 December 1991, as 60053 John Reith heads north with the 6E50 09:45 Langley to Lindsey empty oil tanks. The loco was less than a year old at the time.

60053 Elsham 11 March 1997

60053 passes a nice selection of vintage railway infrastructure at Elsham on 11 March 1997, as it heads west with the 6G47 15:15 Immingham to Tinsley steel coils. Unfortunately the semaphore signals and wooden crossing gates have now gone.

60053 Allandale 18 September 2002

60053 Nordic Terminal passes Allandale with the 6D17 14:00 Grangemouth to Mossend oil on 18 September 2002. The distinctive white backed nameplates can clearly be seen. This loco was formerly named John Reith, but was renamed in 1997 in connection with one of EWS's major customers at the time.

60053 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 18 October 2007

60053 Nordic Terminal approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, at Shrivenham on 18 October 2007 with the 6B33 13:30 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. The rabbits in the field don't seem at all concerned about the noisy train passing over their heads. In fact, the one on the extreme right is actually running towards the line!

60054 Swarkestone 4 September 1991

Running very slowly, 60054 Charles Babbage passes Swarkestone on a slightly misty 4 September 1991 with the 6V52 08:48 Lindsey to Langley aviation fuel. The loco had only been in traffic four months when this picture was taken.

60054 Melton Ross 18 July 1996

An immaculate 60054 Charles Babbage passes Melton Ross on 18 July 1996 with the 6D73 14:56 Lindsey to Leeds Total oil tanks. Charles Babbage (1791-1871) is considered to be the father of computing. His 'Difference Engine' of 1823 was an early mechanical computer, although theoretically sound, its extreme mechanical complexity rendered the design impractical.

60054 Stanlow 3 May 1997

Railfreight Petroleum liveried 60054 Charles Babbage is pictured in a highly appropriate location, as it passes Stanlow Oil Refinery with the Pathfinder Tours 1T71 11:35 Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street 'Crewe Cut' railtour on 3 May 1997. The location may be fitting, but a passenger train is definitely not normal for a Class 60. The tour arrived at Crewe from Eastleigh behind 33116 & 33051.

60054 Burbage Common 2 March 2002

60054 Charles Babbage passes Burbage Common on 2 March 2002 with the 6G64 08:52 Washwood Heath to Bardon Hill stone empties. Despite being partly shaded by bushes, this is the most well used photographic location between Nuneaton and Leicester.

60054 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 5 April 2007

60054 Charles Babbage passes Claydon with the 6V07 13:21 Round Oak to Margam steel empties on 5 April 2007. I do not normally swap lenses at a location, believing that each viewpoint has a "right" focal length. However, after taking several shots here with a long lens in order to bring up the church in the background and produce a better perspective, I decided to switch to a wider view to include the overhanging Black Poplar branches with catkins in full bloom. Also, I knew that 60054 was on this train, and as it is the only Class 60 to retain Railfreight sub sector livery (in this case petroleum), I wanted a wider shot so that the livery was more visible.

60054 Stoke Orchard 1 July 2008

60054 Charles Babbage passes Stoke Orchard with the 6V92 10:10 Corby to Margam steel empties on 1 July 2008. I suppose nowadays two decades is quite a long time for a particular locomotive livery to survive in traffic. In 2008 this is the only Class 60 to carry a variant of the Trainload Freight livery, in this case showing the decals of the petroleum sub sector. Originally the entire class was introduced in one form or other of this livery.

60054 Coaley 18 September 2009

60054 Charles Babbage passes Coaley in nice soft autumnal light on 18 September 2009 with the 6E41 10:42 Westerleigh to Lindsey oil empties. For a long time this has been the only Class 60 to retain its original Railfreight livery, and considering the time that has elapsed since it was painted it is not in too bad a condition. Some later repaints look a lot worse!

60054 Wickwar Tunnel 25 September 2009

60054 Charles Babbage emerges from Wickwar Tunnel on 25 September 2009 with the 6B13 05:10 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks. Unfortunately the sunny start to the day soon gave way to heavy cloud, which at the time this train was due still had the occasional clear spot. Typically the sun came out just after the train had passed.

60054 Lower Wick 12 October 2009

The sole surviving Class 60 in its original livery, 60054 Charles Babbage passes under the M5 motorway at Lower Wick on 12 October 2009 with the 6B13 05:10 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks. The angle of light is just about acceptable, but of course would become useless once the clocks are altered at the end of the month.

60054 Wantage Road 17 November 2011

Travelling very slowly on the approach to a red signal near the site of Wantage Road station, 60054 is pictured working the 6B33 13:35 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties on 17 November 2011. Unfortunately the sun was starting to go in an out of a bank of cloud, and did so several times during the infuriatingly long time it seemed to take to reach me from when I first saw it in the distance. Even though not fully out, at least it was bright at the critical moment. Although the red signal cleared to green (with feathers for the relief line), the train didn't seem to make any attempt to accelerate, as was moving at a snail's pace as I started the long walk back to the car.

60054 Whittlesea (Black Bush) 31 May 2014

60054 passes Whittlesea on 31 May 2014 with the 16:15 Whitemoor Yard to Spalding engineers train. A really dull day, but as this was on the route home from a few days in Norfolk, it was definitely worth the short wait at Black Bush level crossing, on the edge of the town.

60054 Crofton 24 January 2015

60054 runs alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal near Crofton on 24 January 2015 with the 6B33 11:27 Theale to Margam Murco oil empties. This train was diverted away from its normal route via Swindon due to engineering works in the Reading area.

60054 Bourton 12 August 2016

60054 passes Bourton on 12 August 2016 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Note the two electrification mast bases directly above the loco, also the two new rather flimsy looking plastic covered signals in the background, which replaced the much sturdier former gantry, which obviously had to be removed to allow the future installation of 25kV overhead wires.

60054 Bremell Sidings (site of) 14 September 2016

An empty oil train passing a (now no longer rail connected) fuel depot. 60054 passes Purton Oil Depot, at what was formerly known as Bremell Sidings, with the diverted 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties on 14 September 2016. This was diverted via the Swindon to Gloucester Line due to the closure of the Severn Tunnel. It had left Theale 100 minutes late, but had managed to recover over half of that, and surprisingly managed to avoid getting held up any more at Swindon, which was experiencing problems due to a line blockage on the route to Bristol.

60054 Standish Junction 24 September 2016

60054 passes Standish Junction on 24 September 2016 with the 6B13 05:02 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks. I was very lucky with the sun here, as it was still behind a big black cloud as the train was approaching. How touch and go it was can be seen from the dark background. Pity those poor photographers just around the corner at Haresfield! Note the variety of liveries amongst the tank wagons. Just visible near the rear of the train is an especially bright ex-works tank, which I couldn't resist photographing.

60054 Ley Court 2 November 2018

60054 runs alongside the minor road near Ley Court on 2 November 2018 with the 6B41 11:35 Westerleigh to Robeston empty oil tanks. There is very little likelihood of a car getting in the way of the picture at the crucial moment here, although a tractor is a possibility. This is one of network of very lightly used single track roads in the Oakle Street and Grange Court area of Gloucestershire.

60056 Burton Salmon 25 October 1995

60056 William Beveridge passes Burton Salmon on 25 October 1995 with a Gascoigne Wood to Fiddlers Ferry Power Station MGR. The combination of a filthy debranded grey loco and equally dirty HAA coal hoppers, does not make for a very colourful picture!

60057 & 60032 Ellistown 26 May 1991

Running three hours late, 60057 Adam Smith & 60032 William Booth pass Ellistown on 26 May 1991 with the Coalville to Nuneaton leg of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z36 'Coal Scuttler' railtour. This had just visited the Coalville Open Day. A broken rail was the cause of the delay. Both locos are brand new, in fact 60057 was not actually accepted into BR stock until the following week!

60057 & 60032 Burbage Common 26 May 1991

60057 Adam Smith & 60032 William Booth pass Burbage Common (between Narborough and Hinckley) with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z36 'Coal Scuttler' railtour on 26 May 1991, run in connection with the Coalville Open Day. The train is pictured here returning from the open day, running a staggering 3 hours late! This was due to a broken rail on the line into the site, which caused massive delays to the numerous railtours converging on the site, one of which didn't even get there! After a very dull day, the sun almost came out here, highlighting the locos against a dark sky. Unfortunately in order to cope with the previously poor lighting I had Kodachrome 200 in the camera, so the picture is a little grainier than I would like.

60057 Warrington 25 March 1993

Still sporting its original Trainload Coal livery, 60057 Adam Smith has just passed under the WCML at Warrington, and is about to enter Arpley Yard on 25 March 1993 with a train of MGR empties from Fiddlers Ferry Power Station. The massive Lever Brothers plant dominates the background. Unfortunately I never went to this classic location when pairs of Class 20s worked these trains, but at least a clean triple grey 60 is infinitely preferable to a 'Shed'!

60057 New Barnetby 8 December 2001

60057 Adam Smith rounds the curve at New Barnetby on 8 December 2001 with the 6K23 11:40 Santon to Immingham iron ore empties. The well known bridge at Melton Ross can be seen in the background, complete with some of the seemingly ever present photographers!

60059 Banbury 17 May 1993

60059 Samuel Plimsoll heads north from Banbury on 17 May 1993 with the 6E53 16:05 Didcot Power Station to Worksop MGR empties. Crossing the bridge is a reminder of Banbury's once famous local industry. The Northern Aluminium Co opened a factory at Banbury in 1931, and it became a major employer in the town. The company was trading as British Alcan Extrusions during the 1980s and 1990s, but after yet another takeover in 1996, the Banbury plant was closed in 2007.

60059 Stenson Junction 22 May 2001

60059 Swinden Dalesman approaches Stenson Junction on 22 May 2001 with the 6E54 10:03 Kingsbury to Humber oil empties. The pair of signals on the left no longer have any trains to control, as all lines into the former Willington Power Station, just out of sight on the left, had recently been lifted.

60059 Fiddington 18 February 2008

I was particularly glad to see 60059 Swinden Dalesman on the 6V92 10:10 Corby to Margam steel empties on 18 February 2008, as I had been unable to get to the Berks & Hants line two days previously when it worked the diverted 6B33 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. It is pictured here passing Fiddington (near Ashchurch) in nice winter afternoon light, even if the haze in the background means that Ashchurch church can barely be seen.

60059 Cossington 28 July 2008

60059 Swinden Dalesman approaches Cossington with the 6M87 11:35 Ely to Peak Forest Cemex stone empties on 28 July 2008. The train was moving very slowly and I thought that the HST seen receding into the distance would block the shot. That was well out of the way, but the sun was being uncooperative, although at least it managed to stay out on the front of the train!

60059 Ruscombe 22 July 2012

60059 Swinden Dalesman passes Ruscombe in superb light on 22 July 2012 with the 6A70 08:32 Didcot to Colnbrook aviation fuel. This train only travels via the Thames Valley on a Sunday, and works down to Didcot the previous day as the 6V70 14:11 Lindsey Oil Refinery to Didcot.

60059 Wolvercote 22 July 2012

Here's something you don't see everyday - Class 60 clag! The driver of 60059 Swinden Dalesman applies the power as he passes Wolvercote on 22 July 2012 with the 6E38 17:03 Colnbrook to Lindsey Oil Refinery aviation fuel empties. Luckily this was running exactly to time, as the foreground shadows were advancing rapidly across the line.

60059 Islip (Mill Lane) 3 May 2013

Super power for the 6A48 14:16 Bicester to Didcot MoD stores on 3 May 2013. 60059 Swinden Dalesman rounds the curve through the village of Islip in a few seconds worth of sunshine, amid the clouds that were rapidly building up from the west. This was just a week after I had photographed 56303 at this location, but I returned again, as although not ideal, the lighting angle here is the most favourable on the Bicester to Oxford line.

60059 Baulking 29 March 2014

60059 Swinden Dalesman passes Baulking on 29 March 2014 with the 6B33 11:27 Theale to Margam Murco oil empties. I deliberately chose a wider than normal view for this train in order to include the overhanging tree branches with their flower buds. It also clearly shows that the public footpath closely parallels the line at this point. Although it was a sunny day, some high cloud just took the edge off the light when this passed, although I suppose it does result in less harsh shadows in the trees on the right!

60059 Eggborough 26 March 2016

60059 Swinden Dalesman slowly approaches Eggborough on 26 March 2016 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z36 05:55 Eastleigh to Eggborough Power Station 'Generating Finale' railtour. Out of sight around the corner, 66059 is on the rear of the train.

60059 Eggborough 26 March 2016

After doing a circuit of Eggborough Power Station, 60059 Swinden Dalesman heads away from the doomed coal fired plant on 26 March 2016 with the Pathfinder Tours 'Generating Finale' railtour, now running as the 1Z37 15:55 Eggborough Power Station to Ferrybridge Power Station. The UK's coal fired power stations are rapidly being taken out of use, and Eggborough is set to close in 2017. This will leave the country seriously short of generating capacity, and with no new large scale plants coming on line, the very real prospect of future power cuts.

60059 Ackworth 26 March 2016

60059 Swinden Dalesman passes Ackworth in a torrential downpour on 26 March 2016 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z38 16:55 Ferrybridge Power Station to Eastleigh 'Generating Finale' railtour. This was running 15 minutes late, and it was nearly dark. ISO 1600 was required, with a shutter speed of 1/500sec, and the lens wide open at f2.8. Although the rain was heavy here, it was nothing compared to what happened half an hour later, as I was driving through Goole. For about 20 seconds, so much rain came down that visibility virtually dropped to zero, and the road was turned into an instant lake!

60059 Lowdham 30 September 2017

60059 Swinden Dalesman approaches Lowdham on 30 September 2017 with the 6M00 14:19 Humber Oil Refinery to Kingsbury oil tanks, passing the now disconnected siding. The weather was really grim, with some slight drizzle acting as a prelude to the evening's heavy rainfall. However, as I was actually passing this spot en-route to Yorkshire, I thought it worth recording. I had just arrived, and walked to the extreme end of the platform, when the level crossing barriers descended, so there was no need to check the phone for the train's whereabouts!

60060 Coedkernew 18 August 1995

60060 James Watt passes Coedkernew on 18 August 1995 with the 6M86 11:00 Margam to Dee Marsh steel coils. Judging by the number of people in the cab, this is also being used as a route learning trip. By this date the loco's Trainload Coal sub sector markings had little meaning.

60060 Marshfield 27 August 1998

Still in Trainload Coal livery, although bizarrely with one EWS liveried roof panel, 60060 James Watt passes Marshfield (between Cardiff and Newport) with the 6B13 05:40 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks on 27 August 1998. For some reason around this time there were various odd instances of either wrong colour roof panels or incomplete liveries amongst the Class 60 fleet.

60060 Shrivenham 9 November 2006

60060 James Watt passes Shrivenham on 9 November 2006 with the 6B33 13:30 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. A fair number of Class 60s received this hybrid livery, with the EWS 'Three Beasties' logo on a yellow panel, covering up the previous Trainload sector decals.

60061 & 60044 Abergele 11 August 1991

60061 Alexander Graham Bell & 60044 Ailsa Craig pass Abergele on 11 August 1991 with the 1T60 14:30 Crewe to Llandudno special, one of a number of trains operating over the route with Railfreight traction, during the Trainload Coal Motive Power Day. The distinctive upper quadrant signals in the foreground certainly add to the picture, the typical North Wales seaside caravans are less photogenic.

60062 Denchworth 14 March 1994

60062 Samuel Johnson passes Denchworth on 14 March 1994 with the 6B23 13:12 Colnbrook to Robeston empty aviation fuel tanks. In those days I used to think the recently erected signal gantry had spoiled this location, but now of course there is no view at all from this bridge, due to the line's electfrication.

60062 Elsham 31 December 2001

With its distinctive uniform rake of brick red coloured containers, 60062 Samuel Johnson passes Elsham on 31 December 2001 with the very last 6D86 13:15 Roxby to Grimsby Tioxide gypsum waste empties. Even though it was a completely sunny day, the temperature was so low that the seasonal snow was still much in evidence.

60062 Stoke Orchard 1 July 2008

60062 passes Stoke Orchard with the 6V07 13:21 Round Oak to Margam steel empties on 1 July 2008. I had gone to this location to see 60054 on 6V92, but despite the strong winds bringing in large banks of clouds from the south west, it seemed possible that I might get another picture in the sun, and so it proved! Note the variety of wagon types in this short train. Although a fairly good location for southbound trains, the northbound shot from this bridge is severely restricted, and it is not a pleasant spot to wait for any length of time due to the constant stream of vehicles going to the nearby recycling centre.

60062 Knighton 11 October 2008

60062 heads west through the Vale of White Horse with the 6B33 12:12 Theale to Margam Murco oil empties on 11 October 2008. The location is near the site of Knighton Crossing, just to the west of Uffington. A fine panoramic view that doesn't require any effort to get to, as it is just by the side of the Longcot to Uffington road. The large crowd of photographers that had gathered to watch Sir Lameil pass by had all now disappeared!

60062 Challow 16 July 2013

Due to engineering works, the 6A11 22:49 Robeston to Theale Murco oil tanks was diverted away from its normal route via the Berks & Hants line on 16 July 2013. Instead it travelled via Swindon and Didcot. Luckily its two hour early start had been reduced to just a few minutes early running by the time it passed Challow, as 05:42 is quite early enough to be out taking pictures! With no other trains around at this time of day, it has no need of the relief line, and 60062 Stainless Pioneer is pictured passing the site of Challow station on the main.

60062 Compton Beauchamp 16 July 2013

60062 Stainless Pioneer passes Compton Beauchamp on 16 July 2013 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Much earlier in the day, it had headed in the other direction along this route with the loaded train, being diverted away from its normal route via the Berks & Hants line.

60062 Standish Junction 31 August 2013

60062 Stainless Pioneer is under full power as it pulls its heavy train out of Haresfield Loop, and passes Standish Junction on Saturday 31 August 2013. The working is the 6B13 05:04 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks. Considering that this train started out from South Wales two hours before its booked departure time, and managed to increase this early running by another thirty minutes, I was surprised that I was able to get this picture of the train now running pretty much spot on time!

60062 Baulking 3 September 2013

60062 Stainless Pioneer passes Baulking on 3 September 2013 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Note the recently installed signal bases, which will obviously soon completely ruin this well known photographic location. Not that it matters that much, as the forthcoming electrification of the Great Western Mainline will mean this location will be lost anyway!

60062 Clay Mills 25 June 2014

Running 87 minutes late, 60062 Stainless Pioneer passes Clay Mills on 25 June 2014 with the 6M00 11:40 Humber Oil Refinery to Kingsbury oil tanks. This late running would have meant a much better lighting angle, if only the sun had come out! The 1S51 12:25 Plymouth to Glasgow Central CrossCountry HST can just be seen disappearing in the distance.

60062 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 30 December 2014

60062 Stainless Pioneer rumbles along the down relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 30 December 2014 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Running a little early, its wait a little further up the line at Challow was extended to half an hour. This would normally be a cue for an attempt at a second picture. However, at not long after the shortest day, the lack of locations free of shadows in the late afternoon makes this a pointless exercise.

60062 Moredon 21 May 2019

60062 Stainless Pioneer passes Moredon in superb early morning light on 21 May 2019 with the 6V15 20:18 Boston Sleaford Sidings to Swindon Stores covered steel carriers. After not running for a couple of months, this was the second Tuesday in a row that this train ran. In the distance a coach crosses the bridge at the site of Bremell Sidings.

60062 Coates 21 May 2019

60062 Stainless Pioneer passes Coates on 21 May 2019 with the 6M53 16:20 Swindon Stores to Toton Up Sidings steel empties. The earlier cloudless morning had turned into quite a cloudy afternoon, and it seemed likely that this picture would be ruined, as the sun was on the very edge of a large black cloud. Luckily I got away with it this time! This is the site of Coates Goods Station, which was the freight handling facility for nearby Kemble station. It had originally also been Kemble's passenger station, and was named Tetbury Road until 1908.

60063 Worting Junction 29 July 1991

Just over a month after being introduction into traffic, 60063 James Murray passes Worting Junction on 29 July 1991 with the Mondays only 6V08 09:20 Fawley to Clydach LPG tanks. The secondman is clearly relaxing, with feet up against the windscreen!

60063 Stroud 4 August 1991

60063 James Murray passes the listed Brunel designed broad gauge goods shed (still with visible GWR writing) at Stroud on 4 August 1991, as it works the Pathfinder Tours 1Z62 13:20 Kemble to Gloucester mini railtour, one of a number of specials run in connection with the Gloucester Rail Day. Out of sight behind the bushes on the rear of the train are 20210 & 20169.

60063 Kings Sutton 8 August 1991

60063 James Murray passes Kings Sutton on 8 August 1991 with the late running 6V54 Ripple Lane to Banbury oil tanks, The low angle of the sun and consequent low light readings, required this to be taken on the extremely grainy Kodachrome 200 film, which thankfully due to its extreme sharpness cleans up reasonably well.

60063 Denchworth 17 August 1992

60063 James Murray passes Denchworth on 17 August 1992 with the 6B23 13:12 Colnbrook to Waterston aviation fuel empties. The down relief line is in the process of being laid, with a wobbly line of sleepers in the background, and fresh ballast spread over a black plastic liner in the foreground.

60063 Patchway 23 July 1993

60063 James Murray passes through Patchway station on 23 July 1993 with the 6B33 12:35 Theale to Robeston empty oil tanks. At this time the loco was only a couple of years old, and in contrast to today's mass following, the class was not generally liked by the majority of enthusiasts, as they were replacing more vintage traction. How times change!

60063 Standish Junction 9 October 1993

60063 James Murray approaches Standish Junction on 9 October 1993 with the early running 6B25 12:45 Westerleigh to Robeston Murco oil empties. I wouldn't have travelled to Standish Junction just for a backlit picture of a 60, but being a Saturday morning, there was something much more interesting due from the other direction a few minutes later!

60063 Baulking 12 October 2006

60063 James Murray approaches Baulking with the 6B33 13:30 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties on 12 October 2006. The bi-directional signal gantries were erected at the same time as the relief lines to the east were relayed between Wantage Road and Challow in the mid 1990s, and the signal on the left displays a flashing amber as the first indication to up train drivers that they are going to be looped at Challow, Two miles distant. Note how the white underside of the leaves of the White Poplar trees in the background really stand out at this time of year.

60063 Oaksey 21 November 2009

60063 approaches the site of Oaksey station in the pouring rain on 21 November 2009 with the diverted 6E41 10:13 Westerleigh to Lindsey oil empties. The normal route via Cheltenham was closed due to engineering works and consequently the rare opportunity to photograph a tank train on the 'Golden Valley' route was not to be missed. This was the second week of the engineering works, but the previous week's attempt was thwarted by a Class 66 being allocated to the working. However, this time as I knew 60063 was allocated to the train, it was just a question of waiting in the rain, which was no fun, as just like the previous week it was 100 minutes late! Note the marks on the side of the loco from where the James Murray nameplate has been removed.

60063 Standish Junction 25 October 2010

60063 James Murray passes Standish Junction on 25 October 2010 with the 6B13 05:05 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil train. Running slightly late and quite obviously not looped at Haresfield (just round the corner in the background) this train reminded me of the good old days - in other words it could be heard long before it came into view. Obviously the audible approach warning was not as noticeable as a pair of 37s or a 50, but pretty impressive for today's railway!

60063 Denchworth 7 May 2013

60063 runs along the down relief line at Denchworth on 7 May 2013 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Although the sun is very high in the sky during the middle part of the day during May, and consequently not the best quality of light, at least a day with nearly 100% blue sky meant no constant looking to see where the next cloud was coming from!

60063 Tumpy Green 15 July 2013

Running bang on time, 60063 rounds the curve at Tumpy Green on 15 July 2013 with the 6B13 05:07 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks. A little later would have been better, as the sun is only just starting to glance across the front end. At least the shadows from the hedge had retreated away from the track. Railway photographers always complain about something!

60063 Bourton 18 July 2013

60063 worked the diverted 6A11 22:49 Robeston to Theale Murco oil tanks on 18 July 2013, bringing the unusual sight of an eastbound loaded oil train to the Vale of White Horse line. I had a cunning plan to photograph this at Bourton, just after sunrise, with the very first light illuminating the train. Unfortunately, it ran fifty minutes early, which meant it passed me well before sunrise! So, purely for the record, and with apologies for the very poor technical quality, here is 60063 passing Bourton in the darkness, with some of the lights of Swindon visible in the background.

60063 Acton Turville 18 July 2013

60063 passes Acton Turville on 18 July 2013 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Typically, after standing around for ages in full sun, just at the time the train appeared some clouds were starting to build up, and one of them got in the way!

60063 Llanhilleth 25 August 2013

Returning from Ebbw Vale, 60063 passes Llanhilleth on 25 August 2013 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z58 09:33 Bristol Temple Meads to Machen 'Taffy Tug' railtour. Although the South Wales valleys are recovering from the scars of the former coal mines, there is some more recent industrial decay here, with the concrete floor of a former industrial unit standing out starkly on the left.

60063 Bedlinog 25 August 2013

The local residents of Bedlinog come out to see the unusual sight of an eleven coach train wending its way up the valley to Cwmbargoed. 60063 brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z59 13:04 Machen to Cwmbargoed 'Taffy Tug' railtour on 25 August 2013. 60017 can just be seen leading the train into the trees in the distance.

60063 Bedlinog 25 August 2013

60063 approaches Bedlinog on 25 August 2013 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z60 16:08 Cwmbargoed to Bristol Temple Meads 'Taffy Tug' railtour. This proved to be the ideal spot to photograph this train as it headed back down the valley, as not only is it a nice clear location with a rock cutting as a background, but also the sun decided to co-operative, in marked contrast to Cwmbargoed, a little further north, which was underneath the ominous dark clouds that can be seen in the background.

60063 Challow 10 October 2013

After a bright start, the weather had totally collapsed by the afternoon of 10 October 2013. However, as I was already at Challow, I decided to wait for 60063 on the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. I chose this unusual viewpoint, to show it pulling away from its short stop in the loop, and passing underneath the signal gantry.

60063 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 15 April 2014

60063 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 15 April 2014 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Having visited this spot for over four decades, frequent visits are now been made to make a final record of the location before the wires go up, and the viewpoint is ruined for ever.

60063 Baulking 15 April 2014

Red meets blue! 60063 passes Baulking on 15 April 2014 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties, while the 1A20 14:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western HST heads in the opposite direction. Both trains were travelling at reduced speed due to a temporary speed restriction.

60063 Clay Mills 25 June 2014

With the Victorian Clay Mills swage pumping station, and the major engineering works at the modern replacement visible in the background, 60063 passes Clay Mills on 25 June 2014 with the 6E08 13:03 Wolverhampton Steel Terminal to Immingham covered steel wagons.

60063 Shrivenham 18 February 2015

60063 passes Shrivenham on 18 February 2015 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. This was one of those days when the weather was actually much better than forecast, with just a few clouds around midday in an otherwise sunny day.

60063 Cattybrook 19 July 2016

60063 emerges from Patchway Short Tunnel on 19 July 2016 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. This picture is taken with a long lens from Cattybrook footbridge, and clearly shows the difference in gradient of the two separate lines. The up line tunnel is one continuous bore, but the down line has one long and one short tunnel, which explains the vegetation that is just visible inside the tunnel above 60063. Due to the extreme heat (33.5C at Brize Norton) causing problems with GWR's timetable, this train was running 22 minutes early, not having had to be held at Bristol Parkway, and had a clear run through the Severn Tunnel. The HST that should have overtaken it at Bristol Parkway was an hour late!

60063 Gossington 17 December 2018

60063 passes Gossington on 17 December 2018 with the 6B13 05:00 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks. The sun had almost completely faded out into high cloud, and I thought that would be the last I would see of it for the day, as the Met Office had forecast. However, shortly afterwards the sun was back to full strength.

60063 Challow 4 January 2019

60063 runs along the down relief line at Challow on 4 January 2019 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Its arrival and departure from the loop, to allow the 1C17 14:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads Class 800 EMU to overtake, were both exactly to time.

60063 Challow 4 January 2019

After walking back along the edge of the field on the right, after taking a picture of 60063 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties on 4 January 2019, I couldn't resist taking this second picture as it sat at the end of Challow loop.

60063 Churcham 19 February 2019

60063 passes Churcham in stunning light on 19 February 2019 with the 6B13 05:00 Robeston to Westerleigh oil tanks. When I got to this location the sun was just barely shining through thin cloud, but as I stood in the field waiting for this train, it just got better and better, although clearly just to the south there is no sun at all! Full sun, with black clouds in the background - perfect.

60064 Brocklesby 17 July 1996

Wearing the interim Loadhaul branded grey livery, 60064 Back Tor passes Brocklesby on 18 July 1996 with the 6K22 09:30 Santon to Immingham iron ore empties. The name Back Tor could well have appeared on a Class 44 locomotive, as it is one of the Peak District summits. Certainly if they had produced more and had to resort to lesser peaks for names!

60064 Melton Ross 18 July 1996

60064 Back Tor passes Melton Ross on 18 July 1996 with the 6T26 15:04 Immingham to Santon iron ore. By pure coincidence, one of the other three Loadhaul branded grey Class 60s was also on the iron ore circuit, and had passed by just over an hour earlier. There was a slight livery variation between the two, as 60064 lacked 60070's orange stripes behind the cab doors..

60064 & 60086 Foxhall Junction 13 March 1997

An interesting meeting of Class 60s on Didcot Power Station coal trains at Foxhall Junction, Didcot on 13 March 1997. What makes this particularly noteworthy is the fact that each loco is in a different temporary livery applied by the newly privatised freight companies to the former Trainload Freight liveried machines. Loadhaul 60064 Back Tor has just run round its train near Didcot Parkway station and is approaching with the 6A64 loaded train from Avonmouth, while on the left Mainline 60086 Schienhallion waits with the 6C67 returning empties, which will shortly run round and head back to Avonmouth.

60064 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 17 March 1997

Clearly showing its Loadhaul branded former Trainload grey livery, 60064 Back Tor runs along the up relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 17 March 1997, heading for Didcot Power Station. Just three locos acquired this colour scheme.

60064 East Hardwick 12 April 1997

60064 Back Tor passes through the cutting near East Hardwick on 12 April 1997 with the 6E31 11:45 Wolverhampton to Lackenby steel empties. I wouldn't normally a take picture from the shady side, but there was no possibility of a more conventional shot here.

60064 Oxford 16 August 1997

60064 Back Tor passes through Oxford station on 16 August 1997 with the 6Z91 Lindsey to Langley bogie oil tanks. The end is nigh for the sidings in the foreground. The buddleia is taking over, as the site is in limbo after the scrap dealer left the site. It would soon become Oxford station's car park.

60064 Sutton Bridge Junction 27 March 2004

Only the daffodils on the side of the cutting liven up this gloomy scene at Sutton Bridge Junction on 27 March 2004, as 60064 passes the semaphore signals with the 6V75 09:29 Dee Marsh to Llanwern steel empties. Only two other locos carried this interim Loadhaul branded triple grey livery.

60065 Hinksey 1 August 1991

60065 Kinder Low passes Hinksey Yard (near Oxford) with the 7V06 11:16 Rufford to Didcot Power Station MGR coal train on 1 August 1991. Presumably this is a test run for the locomotive, as it was not accepted into traffic for a further six weeks, and would then be based at Cardiff in the petroleum FPEK pool, which would certainly be more appropriate to the livery carried here. Class 60s in inappropriate liveries did often appear on the Didcot coal trains, but I don't ever remember seeing another brand new loco on test from Brush and prior to it being accepted by BR.

60065 Denchworth 2 October 1991

60065 Kinder Low passes Denchworth on 2 October 1991 with the 6V13 12:18 Furzebrook to Hallen Marsh LPG tanks. Although the weather was lousy, it was certainly worth hanging around, as half an hour later 37901 passed by with the Leicester to Cardiff scrap train.

60065 Sonning 26 March 1992

60065 Kinder Low passes through Sonning cutting on 26 March 1992 with the 6V53 02:20 Humber to Langley aviation fuel tanks. A ridiculously short load for a Class 60 on this occasion. Note the bridge reconstruction going on in the background.

60065 Robeston 8 January 1994

60065 Kinder Low stands on the bridge over the Robeston to Hubberston road, while the front of the train waits at the entrance to Robeston (Milford Haven) Oil Refinery. D400 & 50007 are the lead locomotives (out of sight around the curve), the date is 8 January 1994, and the train is the Pathfinder Tours 1Z16 'Dyfed Dub-Dub' railtour, which had originated from Crewe.

60065 Marshfield 24 July 1996

60065 Kinder Low has lost most of its front end numbers in this view at Marshfield on 24 July 1996. It is working the 6B40 Llanwern to Port Talbot iron ore empties and is about to be overtaken by the 09:00 Brighton to Tenby Regional Railways service worked by 158826. Would anyone want to travel from Brighton to Tenby?

60065 Badgeworth 31 October 2006

60065 passes a gloomy Badgeworth on 31 October 2006 with the 6V92 10:10 Corby to Margam steel empties, with three coils being retuned, presumably for rebanding. Note the recently replaced section of rail on the left hand track in the foreground.

60065 Goole 15 October 2011

60065 Spirit of Jaguar brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z29 05:45 Bristol Temple Meads to Monk Bretton 'Ousing Dove' railtour at Goole on 15 October 2011. 66024 can just be seen on the front, heading for a circular tour of Hull, before heading back to Goole again.

60065 Compton Beauchamp 21 June 2014

Freight meets passenger at Compton Beauchamp on 21 June 2014. 60065 Spirit of Jaguar heads the 6B33 11:27 Theale to Margam Murco oil empties, while travelling at approximately twice the speed in the opposite direction is 43169, leading the 1A17 12:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western service.

60066, 60097 & 60005 Great Rocks 9 August 1995

A Transrail Class 60 convoy at Great Rocks on 9 August 1995. 60066 John Logie Baird, 60097 Pillar & 60005 Skiddaw head north past the site of the former Longsiding Lime Works. The flat area on the left was once occupied by sidings for the works.

60066 Hexham 14 September 1996

60066 John Logie Baird passes through Hexham station on 14 September 1996 with the 6E48 04:35 Stanlow to Jarrow oil train. This was taken on possibly my longest one day photographic trip - Oxfordshire to Hexham and back, over 600 miles in one day! Not something I would consider doing nowadays.

60066 Steventon Stocks Lane 10 March 2015

60066 looks superb in its 'Drax Powering Tomorrow' silver livery, as it approaches Stocks Lane, Steventon, on 10 March 2015 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Note the black electrification mast base only partly driven in to the ground in front of the third wagon.

60066 Baulking 20 March 2015

A definite improvement over the normal DBS red livery on this train! The 'Drax Powering Tomorrow' silver liveried 60066 passes Baulking on 20 March 2015 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties.

60066 Wickwar Tunnel 15 April 2015

60066 approaches the southern entrance of Wickwar Tunnel on 15 April 2015 with the 6E41 11:35 Westerleigh to Lindsey oil empties. Due to the strong backlighting, I wouldn't have bothered with this had it been an ordinary DBS red 60, but the 'Drax Powering Tomorrow' silver livery adds something to the picture.

60066 Little Haresfield 18 April 2017

60066 pulls out of the loop at Little Haresfield on 18 April 2017 with the 6B13 05:00 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks. Unfortunately the first small cloud of the morning decided to drift in front of the sun at the critical moment, but thankfully it really was a small cloud, affecting just one tree in the middle distance!

60066 North Kelsey Moor 6 November 2017

Shortly after sunrise on 6 November 2017, 'Drax Powering Tomorrow' silver liveried 60066 passes North Kelsey Moor with the 6M57 07:18 Lindsey Oil Refinery to Kingsbury oil tanks. With the sun so low even my chosen spot by the farm crossing was partly in shadow, but a little further up the field there was this convenient gap in the bushes.

60066 Oaksey 13 August 2019

60066 passes Oaksey in superb light on 13 August 2019 with the 6M53 16:20 Swindon Stores to Toton Up Sidings steel empties. Initially I was going to go to Defford for this, but as the weather looked dodgy, and I thought I might just get a dull record shot, I decided to come here, as it was only half the distance. A wise decision!

60066 Moredon 20 August 2019

60066 passes Moredon on 20 August 2019 with the 6V15 20:18 Boston Sleaford Sidings to Swindon Stores covered steel carriers. I was a little worried when I first checked on this at 05:00, to find it had passed Gloucester, and was running 82 minutes early! If it kept that up, it would have passed here before sunrise. I assumed it would wait in Haresfield Loop, and luckily it did, eventually passing the small gallery of photographers at Moredon exactly on time.

60066 Bredon 20 August 2019

60066 passes Bredon in miserable light on 20 August 2019 with the 6M53 16:20 Swindon Stores to Toton Up Sidings steel empties. This was running exactly on time here, but a little further north the curse of Birmingham struck, and the train ended up running an hour late.

60066 Bremell Sidings (Site of) 27 August 2019

60066 passes the site of Bremell Sidings on 27 August 2019 with the 6M53 16:20 Swindon Stores to Toton Up Sidings steel empties. After a very mixed day weather wise, the sun had finally made an appearance, and although I was stood under a large blue patch, it looked a lot cloudier further north. In view of this, I was a little surprised that no other photographers turned up.

60066 Chalford 3 September 2019

60066 approaches Chalford on 3 September 2019 with the 6M53 16:20 Swindon Stores to Toton Up Sidings steel empties. A cloudy afternoon meant that it was possible to get a picture of the train traversing the reverse curves, as the line descends from Sapperton Tunnel into the Stroud Valley. Unfortunately most of the best vantage points that photographers used in steam days have long since been lost to uncontrolled lineside vegetation, but this view still gives a good impression of the sinuous nature of the route of the line in the valley of the River Frome.

60066 Defford 17 September 2019

60066 passes Defford on 17 September 2019 with the 6M53 16:20 Swindon Stores to Toton Up Sidings steel empties. A long lens was required to avoid the foreground shadows, and I was worried that this might mean the back of the train would be cut off by the bushes. However, it has just fitted in the gap perfectly. The middle of the train is passing over the Eckington River Avon bridge, and Eckington church tower can just be seen amid the trees in the background.

60067 Oxford 2 October 1991

60067 James Clerk-Maxwell passes through Oxford station on 2 October 1991 with the 6V53 04:20 Humber Oil Refinery to Langley aviation fuel tanks. 60067 was brand new when this photo was taken, having been in traffic for less than two weeks. Strangely, although allocated to Immingham's FPDI petroleum pool, the loco sports Trainload Coal decals!

60067 Melton Ross 21 August 1992

60067 James Clerk-Maxwell was still less than a year old when it was photographed running light engine past Melton Ross on 21 August 1992. The loco is named after the nineteenth century Scottish scientist who discovered the link between electricity and magnetism.

60067 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 16 March 1994

60067 James Clerk-Maxwell passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 16 March 1994 with the 6A64 07:21 Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station MGR. In the background one half of the field has just been planted with young trees. Twenty years later they had grown considerably, completely blocking out the view of the Petwick Farm, near Challow, in the background.

60067 Carlton 17 February 1996

60067 James Clerk-Maxwell nears journey's end, as it passes Carlton on 17 February 1996 with the 6E13 11:10 Kirkby Thore (Newbiggin) to Drax Power Station gypsum empties. The ballast in the foreground seems to consist of a high proportion of coal, dropped from the wagons going to and from Drax!

60067 Stenson Junction 25 April 1996

Work stained 60067 James Clerk-Maxwell passes Stenson Junction on 25 April 1996 with the 6M57 06:47 Lindsey to Kingsbury oil tanks. This used to be a very well known photographic location, but since the tracks on the right were lifted after Willington Power Station closed, the location has lost some of its appeal. More recently various clutter and fences have further spoiled the view.

60068 Hinksey 8 December 1992

60068 Charles Darwin passes a deserted Hinksey Yard on 8 December 1992 with the 7V65 08:25 Rufford to Didcot Power Station MGR coal train. Note the recently refurbished wagons towards the rear of the train and the recently re-laid track on the down line. However, at this time the wartime yard was largely disused, with just the odd rake of derelict wagons quietly rusting away. Oxford Ice Rink can be seen in the background, its modern design being accused of spoiling the famous Oxford skyline when it was constructed in the early 1980s.

60068 Compton Beauchamp 21 May 2001

A rather grubby unbranded 60068 Charles Darwin passes Compton Beauchamp on 25 May 2001 with the 6D13 06:43 Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station imported MGR coal train. The use of four wheel HAA wagons would soon end on these trains, being replaced by the much higher capacity HTA bogie hoppers.

60068 Up Hatherley 16 March 2009

60068 Charles Darwin passes Up Hatherley with the 6E41 11:18 Westerleigh to Lindsey oil empties on 16 March 2009. This was one of those irritating occasions when a pair of interesting trains are approaching from opposite directions and a snap decision has to be made as to which to photograph. An easy choice here, as a 60 easily beats a shed! 66019 can be seen heading in the opposite direction with the 6A32 Ashchurch to Didcot MoD stores, which ironically I had missed when it went up to Ashchurch earlier in the day while I was walking between locations! Although I would have liked to have photographed it, if it had been 43304 on 1V31 that I had missed instead I really would have been annoyed!

60069 Didcot Power Station 20 February 1993

60069 Humphry Davy leaves Didcot Power Station on 20 February 1993 with the late running 6E13 12:15 Didcot to Barrow Hill MGR empties. It had been delayed by the unusual presence of a DMU railtour traversing the flyash loop.

60070 Immingham 18 February 1995

60070 John Loudon Mcadam crosses over Humber Road at Immingham on 18 February 1995, as it sets out on its journey with the 6T26 15:04 Immingham to Santon iron ore hoppers. I thought this different viewpoint was worth trying, despite the risk of a large lorry getting in the way at the critical moment. This is an A Road, but as it only goes to the Immingham complex, the traffic whilst generally large, is fairly infrequent.

60070 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 20 April 1996

A little weak spring sunshine at Walton Well Road, Oxford, on 20 April 1996. 60070 John Loudon Mcadam heads south with the 6V53 02:20 Lindsey to Langley aviation fuel tanks. Oxford North Junction, where the line to Bicester diverges, is just beyond the footbridge in the background.

60070 Melton Ross 18 July 1996

60070 John Loudon Mcadam passes Melton Ross on 18 July 1996 with the 6K23 11:24 Santon to Immingham iron ore empties. I'm not quite sure how appropriate the John Loudon Mcadam name is for a railway locomotive, as of course Mcadam was a famous nineteenth century road engineer!

60070 Melton Ross 18 July 1996

Immaculately clean 60070 John Loudon Mcadam passes Melton Ross on 18 July 1996 with the 6T25 13:04 Immingham to Santon iron ore. This was in the days when a visit to the area yielded a constant procession of freight trains, still with some variety of motive power.

60070 Cargo Fleet 22 September 1997

With Middlesbrough Football Club's newly constructed Riverside Stadium dominating the background, 60070 John Loudon Mcadam passes Cargo Fleet on 22 September 1997 with the 6E40 10:23 Corby to Lackenby steel empties.

60070 Cefn Cribwr 1 July 2000

60070 John Loudon Mcadam shakes the foundations of the former level crossing keepers house near Cefn Cribwr, as it negotiates the weed choked Port Talbot to Tondu freight line with the Worksop Depot CTC 1Z58 06:22 Worksop to Cardiff Central 'Class 58 Farewell' railtour on 1 July 2000. The slightly prematurely named farewell tour had the main tour locos, 58024 & 58037 on the rear at this point.

60070 Broken Cross 29 February 2004

A welcome Sunday afternoon freight at Broken Cross (near Gloucester) on 29 February 2004. 60070 John Loudon Mcadam rumbles past with the 6E48 12:02 Llanwern to Lackenby steel empties. The loco is wearing the interim Loadhaul livery, which was simply a rebranding of the original Trainload Freight colour scheme.

60071 Hinksey 25 June 1993

60071 Dorothy Garrod passes Hinksey Yard on 25 June 1993 with the 7V06 11:16 Rufford to Didcot Power Station MGR. The loco is named after the British archeologist Dorothy Annie Elizabeth Garrod CBE FBA (1892 - 1968).

60071 Crosby Garrett 30 October 2003

60071 passes the site of Crosby Garrett station on 30 October 2003 with the 6M52 10:16 Drax Power Station to Newbiggin gypsum. Note the Fulham F.C. sign in the windscreen! Crosby Garrett station closed in 1952. Note the unusual station layout, with sturdy retaining walls backing onto the platforms, with cut outs for the waiting rooms.

60071 Tackley 7 September 2007

60071 Ribblehead Viaduct rounds the curve at Tackley on 7 September 2007 with the 6E55 13:30 Theale to Lindsey oil empties. The grassy bank behind the train is now a nature reserve (note the information sign board in the bushes at the top). Unfortunately the wildlife friendly vegetation has made an possibility of a photographic viewpoint from the reserve very remote!

60071 Stoke Orchard 18 September 2007

60071 Ribblehead Viaduct passes Stoke Orchard on 18 September 2007 with the 6V92 10:10 Corby to Margam steel empties. Although there is just a little brightness, this was unfortunately during one of the day's numerous cloudy periods.

60071 Cossington 28 January 2008

60071 Ribblehead Viaduct passes Cossington with the 6Z87 08:10 Doncaster Decoy to Stud Farm departmental working on 28 January 2008. This was a day of variable weather. I had started out from Yorkshire in cloud, came through a sunny patch near Doncaster, back into cloud again, and then through thick fog on the M1. It was sunny for a good while at Cossington, but as soon as I headed towards Leicester, I was back into the cloud again, which persisted for the rest of the day.

60071 Broken Cross 18 February 2008

60071 Ribblehead Viaduct passes Broken Cross (between Lydney and Gloucester) with the 6M96 05:48 Margam to Corby steel coils on 18 February 2008. It was bitterly cold, with frost still on the ballast and the low early morning sunshine providing perfect illumination, despite the hazy conditions. Indeed the visibility in the distance was so poor that the line of the hills in the background can only just be seen in the gloom. This was the first of what turned out to be three Class 60 hauled trains seen during the day.

60071 Gossington 5 March 2010

60071 Ribblehead Viaduct passes Gossington on 5 March 2010 with the 6E41 11:41 Westerleigh to Lindsey oil empties. Just visible in the field on the right are the minimal earthworks of the First World War branch line that diverged here to serve the Slimbridge Munitions Depot. Situated next to the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal, the explosives depot, which was officially known as His Majesty's Magazine No. 23, Gloucester, was connected to the main line by a lightly laid standard gauge track.

60071 Frocester 2 August 2010

It's 2010 and this is the 6E41 11:41 Westerleigh to Lindsey oil empties, therefore the loco must be 60071 Ribblehead Viaduct! Although other locos have worked it, this one seems welded to the front, at least when I contemplate going out for it! It is pictured here passing Frocester on 2 August 2010. The loco is easily recognised from a fair distance by the virtually white bodyside numbers.

60071 Uffington 29 September 2011

After almost coming to a stand under adverse signals near the site of Uffington station by the bridge in the background, 60071 Ribblehead Viaduct slowly gets the 6B33 13:35 Theale to Robeston empty Murco oil tanks moving again on 29 September 2011. The reason for the signal check was the fact that it was running just five minutes behind 59206 on the 7C54 stone empties. Two freight trains in five minutes and neither of them a red shed - perfect!

60071 Wantage Road 2 February 2012

Still carrying the flag for the obsolete EWS livery, amid an ever increasing sea of dayglo DBS repaints, 60071 Ribblehead Viaduct approaches the site of Wantage Road station on 2 February 2012 with the 6B33 13:35 Theale to Robeston empty Murco oil tanks. The cloud of steam in the background is emanating from Didcot Power Station, which is obviously using up some of its few remaining generating hours prior to closure in 2015.

60071 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 11 February 2012

60071 Ribblehead Viaduct passes the site of Ashbury Crossing at Shrivenham on 11 February 2012 with the 6B33 12:12 Theale to Margam empty Murco oil tanks, watched by a large gallery of photographers. This has become one of the classic photographic locations on the Didcot to Swindon line, a far cry from the 1980s, when you were far more likely to meet a horse rider or dog walker rather than another photographer!

60071 Thorne South 18 October 2013

60071 Ribblehead Viaduct passes through Thorne South station 18 October 2013 with the 6D75 08:45 Scunthorpe to Doncaster Decoy continuously welded rails. A new footbridge has recently been installed at this station, and as can be seen from this view, the massive disabled friendly access ramps completely dominate the small station. Although it wasn't the thick fog that the Met Office had predicted, the weather was still exceedingly grim.

60072 Kings Sutton 20 July 1995

Unbranded Trainload grey liveried 60072 Cairn Toul passes Kings Sutton on 20 July 1995 with the 6M23 14:23 Fawley to Longport tanks. The white tanks contain LPG, whilst the black tanks on the rear of the train contain (and are coated in!) bitumen. These will be detached at Washwood Heath.

60072 Shawford 16 December 2001

In near darkness on 16 December 2001, 60072 Cairn Toul passes through Shawford station with the 6Y81 Southampton Western Docks to Mountfield containerised  gypsum. This was unusually running in daylight (nearly!) and is included here despite the poor quality, as it is the only picture I have of a Class 60 on this train. This was purely a stop off en-route to visit a friend at Botley, near Southampton, just in case anyone thinks I travelled down from Oxfordshire on such a miserable day just for this!

60072 Beighton 25 November 2008

Hardly a worthwhile load for a 3100 hp Class 60! 60072 Cairn Toul passes Beighton with the ridiculously short 6M73 11:36 Doncaster Decoy to Toton departmental working on 25 November 2008. A welcome change from the regular Class 66 on this working and even more so as it features one of the few remaining locos in the former Trainload Freight grey livery, albeit with a large EWS logo. The train is just about to cross the River Rother.

60072, 66133, 66250 & 66226 Croome 29 July 2001

For once a convoy with a decent loco on the front! 60072 leads 66133, 66250 & 66226 northwards past Croome on 29 July 2001. The 60's front end could certainly do with a repaint, with part of the number missing, and a patchwork of faded yellow paint.

60073 Leven Viaduct 25 April 1992

60073 Cairn Gorm approaches Leven Viaduct on 25 April 1992 with a Workington to Padiham Power Station coal train. This flow only lasted a short while (Padiham closed the following year), and it was notable for its use of ex ARC wagons. The sand on the left is Plumpton Bight, forming part of the estuary of the River Leven. The signal in the background is by the site of Leven Junction, where the Lakeside branch (closed in 1967) diverged to the right.

60073 Aynho Junction 22 July 1993

60073 Cairn Gorm approaches Aynho Junction on 22 July 1993 with the very early running 7V23 14:36 Barrow Hill to Didcot Power Station MGR coal train. The speed restriction signs are for the approach to and exit from the junction. Kings Sutton church can just be seen on the horizon.

60073 Kempston 25 July 1997

A visit from the weedkilling train is definitely needed at Kempston on 25 July 1997. Instead, 60073 brings another load of London's rubbish to dump in a hole in the ground. The train is the 6A61 08:25 Cricklwoood to Forders binliner. Interesting enough, but even more ratable traction appeared on this train the following year!

60073 Knighton 1 May 2007

60073 with the 6C23 11:17 Hayes to East Usk approaches Knighton with a mixed consist of vintage Gunnel wagons and new EWS hoppers on 1 May 2007. This location is approximately  200 yards east of the now completely overgrown location at the site of Knighton Crossing, where I photographed 56038 in 1980.

60073 Oakley 16 August 2007

60073 passes Oakley with the 6B42 07:00 Toton to Forders departmental working on 16 August 2007. Another day when it was sunny virtually all the way whilst driving to the location, only for the clouds to roll in from the west as soon as I got out of the car!

60073 Steventon Stocks Lane 29 September 2009

60073 Cairn Gorm approaches Steventon Stocks Lane with the 6B33 13:33 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties on 29 September 2009. This was my reason for visiting this location, as I knew this particular loco was on the train. Unfortunately by the time it was due it was completely cloudy. This did however allow me to vary the viewpoint by shooting from the north side of the line.

60073 Hinksey 29 November 2010

60073 Cairn Gorm passes Hinksey Yard on 29 November 2010 with the 6E48 14:09 Didcot Power Station to Lindsey oil empties. A bitterly cold day, and although Oxfordshire had still yet to receive the snow that was affecting other parts of the country, this train has brought a little of its own down from the north on its overnight run, as can be seen on the loco's front valance and the tops of the wagons. The Met Office had promised it would brighten up in the afternoon. Needless to say it didn't, and the light was absolutely abysmal by the time this train appeared.

60074 Portway 5 June 1993

60074 Braeriach passes Portway a loaded MGR on 5 June 1993. This was long before this particular locomotive acquired something approaching cult status by virtue of its unique blue livery. In fact at this time certain photographers ignored the Class 60s, as they were felt (with some justification) to be replacing their favourite classes of heritage diesels.

60074 Hallen Marsh Junction 24 July 1996

60074 Braeriach slowly approaches Hallen Marsh Junction on 24 July 1996 with a loaded MGR coal train for Didcot Power Station. The train is just a few minutes into its journey, the loading bunker being clearly visible directly above the locomotive. The area around Avonmouth still gives the impression of heavily industrialised area, although sadly most of the former rail served industrial sites are now no longer used.

60074 Bourton 6 April 2000

The last rays of the setting sun glint along the side of 60074 and its train and turn it golden on 6 April 2000. It is working the 6M17 16:48 Newport Alexandra Dock Junction to Wembley Enterprise service, and is seen here passing Bourton on the Great Western Mainline just to the east of Swindon, which can just be seen in the distance. The glancing sun is also highlighting the mark left by the removal the previous year of the original Braeriach nameplate. This train could often be fairly lengthy, although like on this occasion, usually had a number of empty flats in the consist.

60074 Baulking 30 April 2009

60074 Teenage Spirit has managed to avoid my camera ever since it was painted in this one off light blue livery, so despite the terrible weather I went out to Baulking on 30 April 2009 to get my first picture of it in this guise. I had made sure it was actually at Theale before I left home, so barring failures, I was guaranteed to get a picture of it working the 6B33 13:42 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. And so here it is passing Baulking in the rain and within a few seconds of being blocked out by an HST (note the green signal in the background, which normally only clears when a train is just passing Uffington).

60074 Circourt 12 May 2009

60074 Teenage Spirit ambles along the down relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth with the 6B33 13:42 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties on 12 May 2009. Although it cannot be relied upon, this train is normally looped here to allow a couple of First Great Western HSTs to pass (four on this occasion!). This makes it easily possible to get a second photo further up the line, and so I nipped around to the next bridge and got an even better picture as it passed the site of the long closed station at Challow.

60074 Challow 12 May 2009

After waiting in the loop to be overtaken by no less than four First Great Western HSTs, 60074 Teenage Spirit slowly accelerates past the site of Challow station with the 6B33 13:42 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties on 12 May 2009. The 35 minutes that had elapsed since I saw it just a mile up the line at Circourt Bridge had allowed the sun to come out fully, which not only shows off the loco's unique livery, but also the deplorable state of the paintwork on the bridge in the background. The platforms at Challow were still largely intact until the construction of the freight loops in the early 1990s. The bank in the foreground is now all that remains to mark the station's site.

60074 Uffington 23 May 2009

60074 Teenage Spirit ambles through the Vale of White Horse near Uffington with the 6B33 12:12 Theale to Margam empty Murco oil tanks on 23 May 2009. I am not having much luck with this particular location, as on my previous visit the train ran so late (due to the failure of 59202) that I had given up an had gone home. Today however, the previously sunny day had deteriorated into all over cloud by the time the train appeared. Considering this location is a fair walk from the nearest road, I am beginning to think it is jinxed!

60074 Little Haresfield 30 May 2009

With barely any audibly hint of the enormous power being used to gets its nearly 3000 tonne train moving (over 2000 tonnes of which is the payload), 60074 Teenage Spirit pulls slowly out of the loop at Little Haresfield on 30 May 2009 with the late running 6B13 05:10 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil train.

60074 Gatcombe 2 June 2009

60074 Teenage Spirit runs alongside the River Severn at Gatcombe on 2 June 2009 with 6B13 05:10 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil train. Even on a weekday a number of photographers had tuned up at this remote spot for this train, which resulted in a road tanker driver having to wait until it had been, as photographer's cars were preventing him turning round!

60074 Churcham 4 May 2010

60074 Teenage Spirit passes Churcham on 4 May 2010 with the 6B13 05:05 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil train. After a period of haulage by pairs of Class 66s, commonsense seems to have prevailed, and 60074 has once again become a regular performer on this working. With the loco at Margam the previous night and a sunny day forecast, this shot was more or less guaranteed provided the clouds didn't build up too soon, and the loco would actually start this particular morning. Luckily the clouds held off until later and obviously 60074 did start!

60074 Standish Junction 25 October 2010

Severely backlit, but worth a picture nonetheless. 60074 Teenage Spirit passes Standish Junction on 25 October 2010 with the 6E41 11:41 Westerleigh to Lindsey oil empties. The line going off to the left is the 'Golden Valley route to Swindon.

60074 Woodborough 10 November 2010

60074 Teenage Spirit cautiously pulls out of Woodborough loop on 10 November 2010 with the 6L21 13:30 Whatley to Dagenham Dock stone train. I wouldn't normally bother to take a picture in such severely backlit conditions, but the combination of the autumn colours on the trees and the unique liveried Class 60 changed my mind!

60074 Uffington 30 July 2011

Caught in a very lucky minute's work of sunshine, 60074 Teenage Spirit passes Uffington on 30 July 2011 with the 6B33 12:12 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. As is often the case on a Saturday, the train had left Theale well before time, and was actually passing Didcot at the booked departure time. I wasn't sure whether this location would give a clear enough view for the whole train, but I needn't have worried, as it just neatly fits in the gap.

60074 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 2 February 2013

With a toot and a wave from the driver, 60074 Teenage Spirit passes the gallery of photographers at Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) on 2 February 2013 with the 6B33 11:27 Theale to Margam Murco oil empties. Luckily this was running early, as some totally unforecast cloud was already beginning to bubble up.

60074 Denchworth 16 February 2013

60074 Teenage Spirit passes Denchworth on 16 February 2013 with the 6B33 11:50 Theale to Margam Murco oil empties. No need for the relief line today, as it speeds along the main line, running 24 minutes early. Unfortunately the Met Office had been a little over optimistic about the amount of sunshine, and although there had been a short spell of sun just before 60074 appeared, it was mostly cloudy. At least the loco's unique light blue livery shows up well in poor light.

60074 Steventon 19 January 2016

60074 passes Steventon on 19 January 2016 with the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Pleasant enough in the low winter sunshine, but it would have looked so much better had it not been repainted from its earlier light blue livery. Now it's just another anonymous Class 60 in DBS's over the top dayglo red livery.

60074 Grange Court 22 February 2016

60074 passes Grange Court on 22 February 2016 with the 6B13 05:00 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks. Just visible behind the bushes on the right is a line of rotting sleepers. This is all that is left of the former up loop, which has been lifted since I was last at this location to photograph this train.

60075 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 13 May 2008

60075 passes Claydon on 13 May 2008 with the 6M41 12:20 Margam to Round Oak steel train. Quite an interesting mix of wagon types in this train, despite the uniformity of the product carried. The use of a long lens (needed to clear the bushes in the foreground) has accentuated the Cotswold Hills in the background.