Class 66

66001 Abbotswood 20 March 2009

66001 passes Abbotswood with the 6V07 13:21 Round Oak to Margam steel train on 20 March 2009. It has just traversed the line between Norton and Abbotswood Junctions, which can just be seen to left of the signal in the background. The main line from Birmingham curves around to the right in front of the large buildings on the horizon.

66001 Kings Sutton 3 June 2011

A contrast in trains sizes at Kings Sutton on 3 June 2011. As 66001 slowly heads north with a very lightly loaded 6M28 18:16 Hinksey to Bescot departmental working, 66541 heads south with a much more substantial 4O17 15:44 Lawley Street to Southampton freightliner. 66001 is pictured here at exactly its booked departure time from Hinksey!

66001 Frisby-on-the-Wreake 2 April 2013

Gleaming after a repaint into DBS colours, pioneer 'Shed' 66001 looks superb as it passes Frisby-on-the-Wreake with the 6L41 09:25 Mountsorrel to Barham stone train on 2 April 2013. This was its first revenue earning working since being repainted, which explains why the buffers are still silver. The Leicester to Melton Mowbray line seemed to be just on the edge of an area of better weather, with almost cloudless skies to the south, but with much cloudier conditions to the north.

66001 Tackley 11 July 2013

The very last rays of the setting sun illuminate 66001 as it plods northwards past Tackley on 11 July 2013 with the 6X65 19:43 Didcot to Mossend. A massive train, with the last few wagons just visible behind the bushes in the far distance. As well as a large number of Ford cars and vans, the consist also includes a number of VGA vans and a couple of tanks. Just about the closest thing we have now to the mixed freight trains of the past.

66001 Moreton-in-Marsh 2 January 2016

66001 brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z61 09:55 Round Oak to Oxford 'Mini Tug' railtour at Moreton-in-Marsh on an exceedingly dull 2 January 2016. Note the pair of semaphore signals in the background, including the one that controls the exit from the little used down refuge siding, which seems to be blocked by a recently fallen tree.

66001 Hinksey 2 January 2016

66001 passes Hinksey Yard in the rain on 2 January 2016 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z62 14:23 Oxford to Birmingham New Street 'Mini Tug' railtour. 08742 can just be seen the background, waiting for its moment of glory, hauling the train back down the yard. Also present are 70805 & 70808.

66002 Barnetby 31 December 2001

66002 passes through Barnetby station with an Immingham to Drakelow special MGR coal working on 31 December 2001. The 1914 built Great Central Railway Barnetby East signal box can be seen in the background, still controlling a forest of semaphores around the station area. The final day of 2001 turned out to be perfect photographic weather, with unbroken sunshine and a light covering of snow - at least in Lincolnshire!

66002 Yarnton 14 January 2012

A rare passenger working for 66002 Lafarge Quorn on 14 January 2012. It is picturing passing Yarnton with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z52 07:22 Bristol Parkway to Appleford Sidings (via Birmingham) 'Abercot Generator' railtour. The fact that it was running one minute early here was not a sign of things to come. By the time it had completed its booked circuit of Didcot Power Station it had reverted to Railtour Standard Time - in other words, late!

66002 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 14 January 2012

Running 45 minutes late, and consequently having lost its booked path along the main line, 66002 Lafarge Quorn is instead traversing the down relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 14 January 2012 as it heads west with the Pathfinder Tours 'Abercot Generator' railtour, now running as the 1Z55 12:27 (in theory!) Appleford Sidings to Aberthaw Power Station. As it seemed to be a perfect winter's day, without a cloud in the sky, I hadn't been constantly looking around for clouds, as photographers usually do. I was therefore surprised to see a bank of clouds to the south as I walked back to the car. Within a few minutes this superb lighting had disappeared, albeit temporarily.

66002 Bourton 17 June 2014

66002 passes Bourton on 17 June 2014 with the 6O32 12:37 Llanwern to Dollands Moor covered steel wagons. Disappearing into the distance is the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties, unusually hauled by classmate 66118. High summer and backlit, hardly the ideal lighting combination, but this will be the last year of uninterrupted pictures here.

66003 Hampton Gay 20 August 2001

66003 passes Hampton Gay on 20 August 2001 with the 6M14 14:25 Avonmouth to Rugby coal. The girder bridge carries the line over the River Cherwell (amid the shadows on the right), and still has an empty space on this side of the bridge where the former Woodstock branch ran parallel with the main line, before diverging away to the west just after the bridge.

66003 Brentingby 25 June 2008

An extremely grubby 66003 passes Brentingby (near Melton Mowbray) on 25 June 2008 with a Corby to Toton departmental working. Bretingby's tiny church can just be seen on the horizon directly above the second wagon. Note the unusual consist with a shark plough brakevan in the centre of the train with five seacow ballast hoppers on either side.

66003 Pilning 27 April 2010

66003 pulls out of the down freight loop at Pilning on 27 April 2010 with the 6B50 16:25 Swindon to Alexandra Docks steel empties. Note the variation in colour of the BYA covered steel carrier wagons, partly due to weathering, but I'm not so sure about the one nearest the loco.

66003 Denchworth 24 February 2011

66003 emerges from the lichen covered bushes at Denchworth on 24 February 2011, as it ambles along the down relief line with the 6B33 13:30 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Running to the booked time, it will sit at the end of the loop at Challow to allow four HSTs to pass.

66004 Appleford 9 August 2012

66004 passes over Appleford level crossing on 9 August 2012, as it nears its destination with the 6V03 09:29 Kineton to Didcot MoD stores. It would shortly be heading back from whence it came (at least as far as Oxford) with the 6A49 12:10 Didcot to Bicester. This very short train just neatly fits this location.

66004 Steventon 19 February 2013

A sight that would become history just over a month after this picture was taken. 66004 passes Steventon on 19 February 2013 with the 4D12 12:52 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties, while the train's point of origin can clearly be seen in the background, throwing great columns of steam into the still spring air. Amazingly, this was the first time that I visited this particular location, and therefore only just in time to get a picture that includes Didcot's well known landmark in the background!

66004 Lower Basildon 30 March 2015

66004 passes Lower Basildon on 30 March 2015 with the 6Z23 10:39 Thorney Mill to Appleford Sidings spoil hoppers. An interesting train, but I would have preferred it to have been hauled by 56301, as it was the previous week. This view has recently been opened up considerably by the removal of a tree. A shame that it will soon be ruined by the overhead catenary!

66004 Baulking 23 April 2015

66004 passes Baulking on 23 April 2015 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties. Hard to believe that at nearly 17 years old, this loco has now lasted longer in traffic than the venerable Class 52 'Westerns', which were the principal motive power on this route in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

66004 Wychnor Junction 3 June 2015

A busy moment at Wychnor Junction on 3 June 2015. 66004 heads south with the 4O76 16:40 Burton-on-Trent to Southampton Western Docks intermodal, while in the background the 1S52 13:46 Southampton Central to Edinburgh CrossCountry service disappears into the distance, passing another Voyager that is doing a spot of shunting at the southern end of the Central Rivers depot.

66004 Wantage Road 13 July 2016

66004 passes Wantage Road on 13 July 2016 with the 6B35 10:46 Hayes & Harlington to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties. This was an extremely brief patch pf sunshine, in fact the sun didn't come out until the loco was passing the small lineside hut.

66005 Great Bourton 3 August 2011

With just a few minutes to go before sunset, and with the sky rapidly gaining a purple tint, the very last rays of the sun weakly illuminate 66005 as it passes Great Bourton on 3 August 2011 with the 4E70 16:10 Southampton Western Docks to Wakefield Europort intermodal. Two public footpaths cross the line here with a short distance. The other one is just past the electricity poles in the background. It doesn't offer quite the same uninterrupted view as this particular spot.

66005 Banbury 11 March 2016 66005 approaches Banbury on 11 March 2016 with the 6O42 11:31 Halewood to Southampton Eastern Docks car train, conveying Range Rovers from the Jaguar plant for export. With a train of this length full of luxury 4x4s, there is certainly some money's worth on the move!
66006 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 11 February 2012

With a few traces of the previous day's snow still visible in the fields, 66006 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham on 11 February 2012 with the 4D10 12:20 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. As usual, there is plenty of evidence of graffiti on the wagons.

66006 Wolvercote 24 August 2016

This picture graphically illustrated the deplorable state that Network Rail have let certain parts of the rail network get into, through their total lack of maintenance. 66006 runs along the up relief line at Wolvercote on 24 August 2016 with the 4O21 09:15 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. The trees and bushes are touching the tops of the standard size boxes on this train, but crashing into the taller 'high cub' containers, and effectively being trimmed to (almost) the loading gauge by the constant passage of trains! You can clearly see the foliage above the fourth box about to get whacked by the bright orange Hyundai container.

66007 & 66017 Charfield 2 March 2010

Shaken, not stirred! 66007 & 66017 pass Charfield with the 6B13 05:10 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks on 2 March 2010. Unfortunately this is now the standard traction on this particular train since DB Schenker mothballed virtually all the Class 60s at the end of 2009. A graphic illustration that a 66 is not as good as a 60!

66007 & 66017 Gossington 5 March 2010

66007 & 66017 pass Gossington with the 6B13 05:10 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks on 5 March 2010. The locos rostered for this working are liable to stick on it all week, and the same pair were observed three days before at Charfield.

66007 Steventon 5 January 2017

66007 seems to have received some very selective cleaning, with the middle section of the loco still left in a filthy state. It is seen here passing under the first of the electfrication gantries after a long mast free section at Steventon on 5 January 2017 with the 7B38 11:34 Southall to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties. The massive reduction in rail borne coal traffic has resulted in these relatively new HTA bogie coal hoppers now being used for aggregates.

66007 Tackley 19 April 2017

66007 passes through Tackley on 19 April 2017 with the 6O42 11:31 Halewood to Southampton Eastern Docks car carriers, conveying Range Rovers for export. With a number like that, shouldn't 007 be hauling Aston Martins?

66008 Patchway 16 September 2006

66008 passes Patchway on 16 September 2006 with the 6B80 07:30 Westbury to Machen empty Hanson stone hoppers. This is the point where the up and down lines start to take different levels, prior to entering the twin single bores of Patchway Tunnels.

66008 Uffington 1 December 2007

On 1 December 2007 I visited a new location (for me) on a footpath across the fields between Uffington and Knighton. It proved to be an excellent location for a train of this length. 66008 heads west with the 4V14 05:30 Dollands Moor to South Marston empty Honda covered car wagons. The loco returned east shortly afterwards as 0V14 Swindon to Didcot.

66008 Barby Nortoft 21 April 2010

66008 passes Barby Nortoft on 21 April 2010 with the 4M00 08:18 Ipswich to Hams Hall intermodal. The large building in the background is the Daventry International Railfreight Terminal (DIRFT), the rail connection to which is just beyond the bridge in the background. At this locations the relief and main lines are separated by some considerable distance. However, since the demise of loco hauled passengers workings, virtually all the interesting trains can be seen from this location.

66008 Denchworth 8 July 2013

A photo that breaks all the rules. Taken from the wrong side, and with a massive reflection off the windscreen. As the lighting was getting very head on, and the subject is only a 'Shed', I decided to go for the artistic approach at Denchworth on 8 July 2013. 66008 heads eastwards with the 02:35 Tondu Llynfi Goods Loop to Hinksey ballast empties, running 86 minutes early.

66008 Cholsey 8 July 2014

Unfortunately corresponding not only with the passage of the 1C03 07:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads HST, but also with a lengthy cloudy spell, 66008 passes Cholsey on 8 July 2014 with the diverted 6A49 07:32 Didcot to Bicester MoD stores. This was travelling via London due to the closure of the Oxford to Didcot line. The doomed Didcot Power Station is in the background.

66010 Claypole (Balderton Crossing) 30 May 2012

66010 passes Balderton Crossing, Claypole on 30 May 2012 with the 6E88 12:39 Middleton Towers to Goole Glass Works sand train. 66010 is easily identifiable has having worked for Euro Cargo Rail, with an additional data panel, and striped sticker on the front end.

66011 Liskeard 24 October 2000

66011 rounds the very sharp curve out of Liskeard station on 24 October 2000, as it starts its journey down the Looe branch with the Hope (Earles Sidings) to Moorswater cement tanks. This was not only before Freightliner took over the traffic, but also the inevitable fencing was erected to prevent this roadside view!

66011 Hatfield & Stainforth 15 March 2007

66011 weaves off the Wakefield line at Hatfield & Stainforth on 15 March 2007 with the 6E93 21:37 Mossend to Immingham Enterprise service. The field in the background between the two lines is known by the unusual name of the Haggs!

66011 Little Haresfield 22 September 2016

66011 passes Little Haresfield on 22 September 2016 with the 6V51 03:03 Arpley Sidings to Portbury empty car carriers. I certainly wouldn't normally bother to go out for this, but in this case it was running a mere five minutes in front of the much more interesting 66779 Evening Star on the 6V80 19:53 Gascoigne Wood to Portbury Coal Terminal gypsum.

66012 Baulking 24 March 2009

66012 passes Baulking with the 6A32 Ashchurch to Didcot MoD working on 24 March 2009 with its usual short load, today consisting of a single VGA van and five OCA open wagons. Its approach was announced by the flashing amber signal further down the line indicating it would be looped at Challow. Interestingly the HST drivers must have got wise to this because the following train crawled past me and despite the signal clearing to green was making no attempt to accelerate. Presumably not applying full power till past Challow to avoid catching up with the freight.

66013 Greenholme 19 June 2006

66013 weaves around the reverse curves at Greenholme with the 6M32 Greenburn to Ratcliffe loaded coal on 19 June 2006. These bogie HTA were at this time rapidly replacing the older four wheel HAA type, as seen hauled by 66119 at the same location a mere five minutes later.

66013 Hinksey 7 April 2011

66013 moves slowly along the bi-directional line at the south end of Hinksey Yard with the 4V40 03:49 Purfleet to Cowley empty car carriers, which it has just run round in the yard. It will wait to gain access to the line to the Mini car plant at nearby Kennington Junction. This was not what I wanted to see, as BR Standard 70000 Britannia was due any minute!

66013 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 25 May 2017

Running over four hours late, and therefore providing a rare daylight picture in the Denchworth area, 66013 passes underneath Circourt Bridge on 25 May 2017 with the 6A35 02:03 Moreton-on-Lugg to Hayes & Harlington stone hoppers. This had actually started a few minutes early, with the delay occurring later, in the Bristol area. Note the huge rusty patch on the relatively new bridge in the background. As Network Rail do not understand what paint is for, that will probably now be permanent!

66014 Bunbury 2 April 1999

This is definitely something out of the ordinary! 66014 passes Bunbury on 2 April 1999 with the 1K67 12:51 Holyhead to Crewe, substituting for an unavailable Class 37/4. The earlier outward working was the first use of a Class 66 on a passenger train (railtours excepted). Despite the novelty of the traction, the fact that it replaced a Class 37 did not go down well at the time. Even though the weather was awful, I'm glad I took this historic picture, as it seems from perusal of the web that virtually nobody else did!

66014 Radley 23 April 2013

66014 approaches Radley on St George's Day, 23 April 2013 with the 4L40 16:42 Morris Cowley to Purfleet BMW Mini car carriers. The distinctive wagons on this train always make a good picture, but not as interesting as the unusual working I saw this particular loco on fourteen years previously!

66014 South Moreton 7 May 2013

66014 passes South Moreton on 7 May 2013 with the 6X38 13:50 Eastleigh to Didcot, which with its mixed load of cars, vans and containers looks a little like a classic 1980s Speedlink train, only considerably better loaded!

66014 Shrivenham 18 February 2015

66014 approaches the site of Shrivenham station on 18 February 2015 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties. The loco is still in its original livery, although with its EWS branding painted out, and no signs of it present DBS ownership.

66015 Farleaze 18 November 2014

66015 passes Farleaze on 18 November 2014 with the 6Z47 08:15 Wembley Euro Freight Operating Centre to Cardiff Docks Ryan's Wharf refurbished and repainted HKA hoppers. Initially I wasn't going to take this, as there was no possibility of a conventionally angled picture. However, I quite like the different viewpoint, and it certainly shows up the colourful autumn foliage.

66015 Baulking 23 April 2015

66015 passes Baulking on 23 April 2015 with the 6V47 10:57 Tilbury to Trostre steel empties. Due to the growth of lineside vegetation at this location, this more head on viewpoint is now needed in order to include the entire train.

66016 Goole (Potters Grange Junction) 4 October 2007

In dramatic evening lighting at Goole on 4 October 2007, 66016 departs with the 6D88 14:39 Goole Docks to Scunthorpe steel empties, running over two hours late and consequently departing at the booked time for the 6H93 Goole to Peterborough sand empties, which was held on the glass factory line behind me, unable to gain access to the main line! Luckily the large bank of dark clouds stayed just to the north, so the sun remained out with an impressive dark background.

66016 South Moreton 8 May 2008

A filthy 66016 passes South Moreton with the 6Z35 Moreton-on-Lugg to Hothfield stone train on 8 May 2008. This train is easily recognisable as it always seems to run with a couple of ex RMC hoppers in an otherwise uniform rake of EWS wagons. You can understand Network Rail's insistence on erecting high security lineside fencing everywhere (although not yet at this location), when you can see the amount of potentially lethal materials left lying by the side of high speed lines. Just look at the amount of old rail sections lying next to the 125 mph line in this picture!

66016 Yarnton 20 October 2016

66016 passes Yarnton on 20 October 2016 with the 4O21 09:15 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. The train was slowing down in preparation for taking the relief line at Wolvercote Junction, as booked.

66017 Radley 31 August 2012

Rounding off a morning's photography of minuscule freight trains at Radley on 31 August 2012, 66017 ambles by with the 6O26 10:19 Hinksey to Eastleigh departmental working, comprising just three wagons. Neither 66081 with MoD stores, nor 66040 with car carriers had been much longer. Note the cloud building up in the background, a definite cue to start the long walk back to the car!

66017 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 17 February 2015

Still accelerating after pulling out of Ashchurch loop (just beyond the bridge in the background), 66017 passes Claydon on 17 February 2015 with the 4V70 05:18 Ratcliffe Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. The 'Big Sheds' of Ashchurch Industrial Estate dominate the background.

66017 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 18 February 2016

The leading cab of 66017 has certainly had a good splattering of something! It is passing the site of Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham, on 18 February 2016 with the 6Z36 11:41 Acton to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties. Note the assortment of wagons liveries, including some still in the National Power blue colour scheme.

66017 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 28 March 2017

66017 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 28 March 2017 with the 6Z47 08:49 Wembley Euro Freight Operating Centre to Cardiff Docks Ryan's Wharf empty hoppers. It seems that loco cleaning is not a DB Cargo priority, but considering all the ailing company's other problems, its probably not surprising! Ironically the last time I saw this loco was at this same location, on a similar train, but before any electfrication masts were spoiling the view.

66018 Lathallan 5 October 2007

After seeing 47787 on the Royal Scotsman at Linlithgow, I drove to Lathallan (near Polmont) to see it again. During the ten minute wait, the first train to turn up was 66018 with the 6J13 12:22 Longannet Power Station to Hunterston MGR empties. It makes a nice change to see the vintage HAA 4 wheel wagons rather than the high capacity bogie HHA type.

66019 South Moreton (Didcot East) 19 December 2014

An exceedingly grubby 66019 passes South Moreton (Didcot East) on 19 December 2014 with the 4O40 08:21 Morris Cowley to Southampton Eastern Docks covered car carriers, with BMW Minis for export. No way can this be confused with any other train!

66019 Wolvercote 19 January 2015

The bridge over the railway in the village of Wolvercote is a constant source of problems for both Network Rail and the local council, due to its poor condition. It is weight restricted, and has traffic lights, restricting the flow of vehicles over the bridge. By standing on the adjacent footbridge, and stopping the lens well down to f11 (on a short telephoto) it is possible to add inertest to a mundane view of a red 66, by including this venerable structure in the picture. 66019 works the 4O21 11:00 Bescot to Southampton Western Docks intermodal on 19 January 2015.

66020 Overthorpe 22 December 2001

On 22 December 2001, 66020 is just about to pass under the M40 motorway at Overthorpe, near Banbury with the 5Z12 10:45 Tyseley to Old Oak Common ECS comprising just two First Great Western Mk 2 coaches. This look a pleasant sunny shot, but it was absolutely freezing, and apart from certain days on the Settle & Carlisle line, I have never felt so relieved to get back to the car! If you drink instant coffee, the chances are it came from the building emitting steam on the left in the background. This is the giant Kraft Foods plant producers of  Kenco, Maxwell House, and Mellow Bird's instant coffees.

66020 Grange Court 22 February 2016

66020 passes the site of Grange Court station on 22 February 2016 with the 6V35 04:50 Masborough to Cardiff Tidal slag empties. One of the Great Western Railway's Scots Pine trees has obviously succumbed to old age, and fallen across the site of the former up goods loop.

66024 Little Heck 20 March 2000

66024 heads down the ECML at Little Heck with the 6D47 10:49 Wardley to Doncaster Decoy Yard MGR on 20 March 2000. The weak spring sunshine seen here didn't last long, just look at those black clouds rolling in from north! The train is just about to pass under the M62 motorway bridge, and directly afterwards the site of the following year's terrible accident caused by a Land Rover driver falling asleep and crashing down onto the line, subsequently being hit by a southbound GNER service.

66024 Harbury 22 December 2008

66024 passes Harbury with the 4O04 09:35 Washwood Heath to Eastleigh intermodal on 22 December 2008. Although a useful location for photography on a dull day, as it prevents any possibility of the dreaded 'blank sky' type picture one sees on many websites where no remedial action has been taken, this location is a mere shadow of its former self. The forest of bushes visible on the left completely prevent any picture from being taken on that side of the line

66024 Goole 15 October 2011

Hardly worth pressing the shutter for this! Purely a record shot of 66024 accelerating away from Goole station with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z29 05:45 Bristol Temple Meads to Monk Bretton 'Ousing Dove' railtour on 15 October 2011. This should have been a pair of 37s, which would just about have compensated for the chronic backlighting, but as I was already at Goole it seemed churlish not to at least take a look. For once I have included a going away shot, not only for the better lighting, but also the better traction!

66024 Rawcliffe Bridge 15 October 2011

66024 passes Rawcliffe Bridge with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z29 05:45 Bristol Temple Meads to Monk Bretton 'Ousing Dove' railtour on 15 October 2011. One of the highlights of this tour was the inclusion of the little used Goole to Knottingley line. Unfortunately the eastern end of this line is very overgrown, but rather than opt for the hackneyed location of Heck Ings, I wanted a picture on the section between Potters Grange Junction at Goole and Hensall Junction, where the heavily used line from Drax joins the route. So here it is in on one of the very few shadow free sections, approximately two miles from Goole, and just over half a mile from Rawcliffe station.

66024 Tackley 18 June 2015

66024 passes Tackley in superb late evening light on 18 June 2015 with the 4M66 16:40 Southampton Western Docks to Birch Coppice intermodal. The Met Office had predicted a completely sunny afternoon, instead of which, large areas of cloud were present for much of the day, only dispersing just before sunset.

66028 Evesham 27 February 1999

66028 arrives at Evesham station on 27 February 1999 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z45 06:34 Sheffield to Trowbridge 'Yankee Sidewinder' railtour. Presumably the highlight of the tour was the then novel appearance of a Class 66 on a railtour (certainly a first for the Cotswold Line). However, I was more interested in the superior form of US built traction that was added to the train at Oxford.

66030 Kings Sutton 24 July 2006

Glorious evening light at Kings Sutton on 24 July 2006 as 66030 heads northwards with the 6M28 18:01 Hinksey to Bescot departmental working. Unfortunately the expected Class 37 on the 6M65 MoD stores did not appear, and this is a very poor substitute!

66030 Upper Heyford 23 March 2011

On 23 March 2011, 66030 ambles slowly down the Cherwell Valley, near Upper Heyford with the 6Z27 11:56 Stud Farm to Hinksey ballast. I would imagine the train drivers were quite surprised to see a photographer in this field, as it is a fair walk from the nearest road - a fact that puts most people off!

66031 Compton Beauchamp 23 July 2012

66031 passes Compton Beauchamp on 23 July 2012 with the 6M50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot ballast, running just five minutes behind 66416 on the 4O59 Wentloog to Southampton freightliner. The low wagons reveal one of the more distinctive wild flowers to colonise railways embankments - the Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus). The tall flower spikes can be seen above the third and fourth wagons.

66031 Compton Beauchamp 13 September 2016

66031 passes Compton Beauchamp on 13 September 2016 with the 6A03 04:45 Severnside Sita to Brentford Binliner empties. Although this was 37 minutes after sunrise, it was in fact only a minute after the sun had finally appeared from behind a bank of cloud near the horizon. I had been meaning to get a picture of this new working for some time, despite it being hauled by a mundane DB Cargo Shed. However, I had been thwarted by early running, cloud and fog, and I was beginning to think that by mid September I had missed my chance, at least on the Swindon to Didcot section of the Great Western Mainline. This view will be ruined by summer 2017, although theoretically the ugly 25kV catenary should have been in place several years ago!

66032 Compton Beauchamp 30 May 2001

66032 passes Compton Beauchamp on 30 May 2001 with the latte running 6B24 15:33 Didcot Power Station to Cardiff Tidal oil empties. Signs of Railtrack wasting money on the right. Obviously signaling needs to be modified or upgraded occasionally, but why replace the whole post complete with new foundations? They haven't even moved it to a new position! Presumably the old one didn't meet some arcane new pointless regulation, although perfectly satisfactory for the job. Unfortunately this kind of stupidity and waste is now rife in Britain.

66032 Patchway 11 December 2004

Catching the last rays of the setting sun, 66032 climbs out of Patchway Tunnel with the 6G81 14:36 Machen to Westbury Yard Hanson stone train on 11 December 2004. Note that in the background the two lines are on different gradients, the difference in level become quite marked at the two single line tunnels. This view clearly illustrates the difficulty of railway photography in the winter. Although there are only a few low bushes on the lineside, at this time off the afternoon even they start to shade part of the train.

66033 Culham 27 April 2011

A very grubby 66033 passes Culham on a cloudless 27 April 2011 with the 6A48 14:16 Bicester to Didcot MoD stores. The locomotive still sports evidence of its use with Euro Cargo Rail, including various logos, data panel and a under buffer valance.

66034 Denchworth 22 August 2015

66034 trundles along the up relief line at Denchworth on 22 August 2015, running as the 0O12 11:06 Margam to Eastleigh light engine move. Note the attempt to keep the cab cool by having both bodyside doors open! A very poor substitute for proper air conditioning.

66035 Cample 9 June 2007

With Closeburn Filling Station on the A76 visible in the background, 66035 rounds the curve near Cample on 9 June 2007 with the 6S55 22:27 Burngullow to Irvine china clay tanks. After nearly 19 hours of travelling from far away Cornwall, the train is finally getting near its destination!

66035 Langford 12 May 2008

66035 ambles along the up relief line at Langford on 12 May 2008 with the 6L69 Peterborough to Bow Plasmor block train. This train originates from the block works at Heck. Although settled high pressure brings sunny conditions, it does result in the misty pale sky as seen here. Although it doesn't look as good as a sky full of fluffy white clouds, at least you are confident one of those clouds is not going drift across the sun as the train comes!

66035 & 37410 Yarnton 24 May 2007

Having noted 37410 stabled at Didcot earlier in the day on 24 May 2007, I assumed it would work back north on either the 6M28 18:10 Hinksey to Bescot engineers or the  6M65 18:07 Didcot to Carlisle 'Enterprise'. After the former had passed Yarnton with 60091 in charge, I was not at all surprised to find 37410 dead in tow behind 66035 on 6M65. I was however a little surprised at the miniscule load - a single VGA van! Unfortunately the sun dipped slightly when this ridiculous train passed Yarnton.

66035 Hinksey 10 May 2014

With its point of origin just beyond the bridge in the background, 66035 gets into its stride on 10 May 2014 with the extremely lightly loaded 6Z25 08:46 Hinksey Yard to Westbury. This passed at exactly the time the much more interesting Western hauled railtour was due, which was a bit of a surprise.

66035 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 23 February 2017

66035 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 23 February 2017 with the 6Z47 08:49 Wembley Euro Freight Operating Centre to Cardiff Docks Ryan's Wharf empty hoppers. I almost didn't bother taking this picture, as a filthy DB Cargo Class 66 without the sun on the front is not my idea of a good photo. However, the wagons in this case are more interesting than the loco!

66037 Goole (Potters Grange Junction) 4 October 2007

After being delayed by the late running 6D88 Goole to Scunthorpe steel empties, 66037 pulls out of the loop at Goole with the 6H93 17.04 Goole to Peterborough sand empties on 4 October 2007. The train had been held for a considerable time on the glass factory line, which can be seen in the foreground. Luckily a very smart run round was performed and the train was only a little late leaving, but even so the shadows were lengthening requiring a different viewpoint from the previous train.

66037 Wolvercote 16 December 2014

While an articulated lorry crosses the A34 Oxford bypass bridge in the background, 66037 brushes past the trees as it runs along the up relief line at Wolvercote on 16 December 2014 with the 4O21 09:15 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks freightliner.

66037 Barrow upon Trent 17 March 2015

66037 passes Barrow upon Trent on 17 March 2015 with the 6X44 11:09 Bescot to Toton engineers train. This would normally run with a 6D44 headcode, but the inclusion of the point carriers warrants a 6X44 out of gauge headcode.

66037 Goole (Potters Grange Junction) 14 November 2015

66037 brings up the rear of the UK Railtours 1Z25 07:14 Finsbury Park to Goole Docks 'Galloping Goolie' railtour at Potters Grange Junction, Goole, on 14 November 2015. At the head of the train, 66206 is weaving across into the up goods loop, prior to the train reversing into the dock sidings.

66037 Goole Docks 14 November 2015

66037 slowly negotiates the track into Goole Docks on 14 November 2015 with the UK Railtours 1Z25 07:14 Finsbury Park to Goole Docks 'Galloping Goolie' railtour. Railtours into Goole Docks are extremely rare, in fact the only reference I can find to a previous one is the Branch Line Society's 'Humber Navigator 3' of 20 July 1991, when a Class 101 DMU visited the docks. A three car DMU would have had not problem, but it was a very tight fit in the headshunt for this 12 coach train!

66037 Goole Docks 14 November 2015

66037 returns from the former Railway Dock siding at Goole Docks on 14 November 2015, whilst working the UK Railtours 1Z25 07:14 Finsbury Park to Goole Docks 'Galloping Goolie' railtour. After reversing, it would visit the former Stanhope Street line (now truncated to Lower Bridge Street), which is the line just to the left of the loco. Although restricting the view somewhat, the silver birch trees do provide a splash of autumn colour on this dull day.

66027 Goole Docks 14 November 2015

66037 returns from the former Stanhope Street siding at Goole Docks on 14 November 2015, whilst working the UK Railtours 1Z25 07:14 Finsbury Park to Goole Docks 'Galloping Goolie' railtour. The line on the left connects with the main line, and the one on the right heads towards the south side of West Dock, and formerly continued on to Railway Dock.

66037 Goole 14 November 2015

66037 slowly weaves across from the down platform at Goole station, into the up goods loop on 14 November 2015 with the stock from the UK Railtours 1Z25 07:14 Finsbury Park to Goole Docks 'Galloping Goolie' railtour. A little earlier the train had traversed the same line, in the opposite direction, after visiting Goole Docks. Now, after depositing the passengers at the station it would wait for over an hour, before once again weaving across the points to set off with the returning railtour in the direction of Hull.

66037 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 20 April 2016

66037 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 20 April 2016 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Westbury stone empties. To the left of the loco, and in the grass on the right are piles marking the site of the soon to be erected electrification masts that will ruin this location forever.

66037 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 27 April 2016

Running a staggering three hours late, 66037 runs along the up relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 27 April 2016 with the 6A15 05:05 (actually 08:10) Westbury to Appleford Mendip Rail stone train. The Great Western Mainline electrification scheme continues at a snail's pace. Whilst the masts in the background have been in situ for several weeks, the only additions during the last weekend possession appears to be the mast near the rear of the train, and another just out of the picture to the right.

66039 Hinksey 19 October 2011

66039 catches a little weak sunshine between the showers, as it passes Hinksey Yard on 19 October 2011 with the 6E55 13:35 Theale to Lindsey oil empties. A Network Rail sponsored nature reserve (their probable description of the untouched wilderness between the tracks!) has prevented the whole train from being visible. Three decades before things were much tidier.

66039 Tackley 20 July 2016

66039 approaches Tackley on 20 July 2016 with the 4M66 16:40 Southampton Western Docks to Birch Coppice intermodal. The grass next to the track has been recently mown, which is a little unusual, as Network Rail very rarely bother with lineside maintenance until it gets totally out of control.

66040 Kings Sutton 28 April 2008

66040 has a relatively light load on 28 April 2008, as it passes Kings Sutton with the 4O53 04:33 Wakefield Europort to Southampton intermodal. I was very lucky with the sun for this one. Note the ominous dark cloud approaching across the field on the left.

66040 Radley 31 August 2012

66040 approaches Radley on 31 August 2012 with what is presumably the the 4A40 08:45 Morris Cowley to Didcot car carriers. Note how short the train is, the 4O40 08:21 Morris Cowley to Southampton that runs in the same path is a massively long train.

66041 Collingham 10 March 2011

66041 approaches Collingham on 10 March 2011 with the 6M00 11:33 Humber to Kingsbury oil tanks. A red Class 66 on tanks is not a very inspiring subject, but as I was already in position waiting for the GBRf 66 on 4L78 and the sun was out, the picture was duly taken. The decrepit wooden fence in the foreground certainly adds to the composition, so much better (and shorter) than bright green palisade fencing!

66041 Wantage Road 15 January 2013

66041 approaches Wantage Road on 15 January 2013 with 4D12 13:22 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties, only a few weeks before the power station was finally shut down. I was lucky to get this picture, as the step ladder on which I was standing was unbeknown to me slipping into the mud. Just after I fired the shutter it slowly tilted sideways, and I fell off into the mud! I bet 66041's driver was killing himself laughing!

66041 Standish Junction 12 October 2016

66041 passes Standish Junction on 12 October 2016 with the 6V35 14:51 Bescot to Avonmouth Hansons Sidings cement tanks. I wouldn't normally bother taking a Class 66 hauled train in such poor light, but you never know how long these shiny tanks are going to remain shiny!

66042 Shrivenham 22 September 2002

66042 passes through the long closed Shrivenham station on 22 September 2002 with the 1Z27 09.20 Swindon to Paddington Countryside Alliance special. This was one of two special trains run from Swindon to London for pro hunt supporters to attend the so called 'Countryside March'.

66043 Tackley 21 May 2009

In superb low evening light just before sunset on 21 May 2009, 66043 approaches Tackley with the 4E70 16:20 Southampton to Wakefield Europort intermodal. In the background on the right is the long closed Shipton-on-Cherwell cement works. Various proposals for the site have been mooted since the works closed in the mid 1980s, including rather bizarrely for a quarry site, residential development. Various plans have been thwarted by the fact that the site is now a haven for wildlife, which it certainly wasn't whilst it was in operation.

66043 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 23 May 2009

66043 approaches Oxford on 23 May 2009 with the 4O53 04:07 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks freightliner. Both relief lines have recently been relaid here, the line on the right now being a bi-directional line for use by Oxford to Bicester First Great Western trains.

66043 Didcot North Junction 8 September 2012

On 8 September 2012, 66043 & 66016 were used to turn a crane, using the Didcot triangle. 66043 is shown leading here, as the train approaches Didcot North Junction on its short trip from Hinksey Yard. The pair returned north again within the hour, heading back to Hinksey.

66043 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 24 November 2014

66043 approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham on 24 November 2014 with the 6B35 10:47 Hayes and Harlington to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties. Despite the Met Office forecasting a bright sunny day, the sun had only just come out from beneath a dense layer of high cloud.

66043 Heyford 30 September 2015

Two different forms of transport at Heyford on 28 September 2015. All is quiet on the Oxford Canal as 66043 sweeps through Heyford station with the 4O43 06:43 Birch Coppice to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. Note the station's name formed from clipped hedging.

66044 Goole Docks 13 March 1999

66044 is pictured shunting steel wagons in Goole Docks on 13 March 1999. Next to the loco are the wagons brought in on that morning's 6D50 07:37 Rotherham to Goole Docks service, which have been unloaded on the dock lines to the right. The loco is setting back onto the wagons from the previous day's trip before leaving as the 6J50 11:38 Goole Docks to Rotherham. Class 66s are not liked by enthusiasts because they have displaced more interesting heritage traction, and they are equally disliked by their crews due to their poor driving environment, high noise and general poor build quality. This would explain the 'Yanks go home' message scrawled in the dirt below the cab window!

66044 Pilning 7 August 2005

66044 approaches Pilning station on 7 August 2005 with a Sunday engineering ballast train, destination unknown. A tricky location for freight photography, as if the train is routed via the loop on the right, there is no way you can get a decent picture.

66044 Fiddington 18 February 2008

The afternoon shadows are lengthening at Fiddington on 18 February 2008, as 66044 heads south with 6V41 14:33 Brierley Hill to Cardiff Tidal scrap. This is not a location that many people visit, as the track leading up to the bridge has now become so rough that it is no longer possible to drive right up to it.

66044 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 3 December 2008

With the customary single ex RMC wagon in an otherwise uniform consist, a work stained 66044 approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing at Shrivenham on 3 December 2008 with the 6B35 10:15 Hayes and Harlington to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties.

66044 Little Haresfield 21 March 2011

Inspiration for railway modellers with small layouts! 66044 passes Little Haresfield on 21 March 2011 with the 6B36 07:32 Didcot to Ashchurch MoD stores, conveying just a single open wagon with a jumble of indeterminate military equipment. If you think this load looks pretty small, the return was even worse, i.e. light engine! I wouldn't normally bother to take a picture of a Class 66 in such poor light, but the humourous nature of this train makes this an exception.

66044 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 March 2013

Following the failure of 60074 Teenage Spirit on the 6B33 13:00 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties the previous day, 5 March 2013 saw the train temporarily revert to Class 66 haulage. 66044 is pictured running along the relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth.

66047 New Barnetby 18 September 2012

66047 rounds the curve at New Barnetby on 18 September 2012 with the 4R11 07:12 West Burton Power Station to Immingham coal empties. The field on the right contains the remains of a medieval moat, although like numerous similar sites throughout the country, it now looks just like a very rough hummocky field.

66047 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 8 January 2015

66047 moves very slowly along the down relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 8 January 2015 with the 6V47 10:27 Tilbury to Trostre steel empties. It would shortly becoming to a stand at a red signal, as 66169 was in front of it in the loop. With the RHTT season having finished a month earlier, you would have thought the loco would have at least had a wash!

66047 Brill Tunnel 19 January 2016

Although the major rebuilding of the Oxford to Bicester line was completed in October 2015, the section from the newly built Oxford Parkway station to Oxford North Junction was not finished at the same time, with the result that the MoD trains to Bicester, and the stone trains to Oxford Banbury Road have to travel via the Chiltern Line, accessing the Oxford route via the new chord at Gavray Junction. 66047 emerges from Brill Tunnel on 19 January 2016 with the 6V01 11:04 Oxford Banbury Road to Acton stone empties.

66048 Washwood Heath 17 February 2007

66048 passes Washwood Heath on 17 February 2007 with the 6M60 23:21 Tavistock Junction to Bescot china clay tanks, passing four of its classmates stabled in  the yard, which by this time was beginning to be used as much for storing redundant stock, as operational wagons.

66050 Denchworth 24 March 2011

66050 EWS Energy plods along the down relief line at Denchworth on 24 March 2011 with the 6B33 13:35 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Typically, the sun decided to find some wispy high cloud just at this moment!

66050 Whitley Bridge Junction 13 March 2014

The shabby condition of 66050 EWS Energy contrasts markedly with the shiny new bogie hopper wagons of the 4D87 14:56 Drax Power Station to Hull biomass empties, seen here passing Whitley Bridge Junction on 13 March 2014.

66051 Denchworth 16 October 2012

The 6M50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot departmental working is booked to use the up relief line between Challow and Wantage Road. However, it often gets a clear run along the main line, as was the case on 16 October 2012, when 66051 worked the train. It is pictured here passing Denchworth.

66051 Charlbury 29 July 2014

Although the northern section of the Cotswold Line sees considerable movement of freight between Worcester and Honeybourne (for Long Marston), the southern section is virtually a passenger only railway. Therefore, when a freight working was scheduled for 29 July 2014, it just had to be photographed. Unfortunately its timing was very difficult for photography, with a choice between very backlit locations, and totally impossibly backlit locations! 66051 passes through Charlbury station with the 6Z36 08:28 Didcot to Long Marston, conveying two TEA bogie tank wagons, which are going to receive bogie repairs.

66051 Kingham 29 July 2014

A disinterested member of the public watches 66051 as it speeds through Kingham station on 29 July 2014 with the 6Z37 14:45 Long Marston to Didcot, conveying eight TEA bogie oil tanks, fresh from bogie overhauls. Unfortunately this corresponded with a massive bank of dark clouds blotting out the sun, but I wasn't going to miss getting a picture of a freight on the Cotswold Line. As far as I can remember, this is the first time I have photographed a revenue earning freight train at Kingham. Note the reproduction GWR seat, and the original running in board, above the locomotive.

66053 Denchworth 27 July 2012

A scene that is now history, as Didcot Power Station closed in 2013. 66053 runs slowly along the up relief line at Denchworth on 27 July 2012 with the 6D13 11:00 Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station coal train.

66053 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 4 December 2012

The low afternoon winter sun highlights 66053, as it approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 4 December 2012. A commonplace view with just a few months to go before the closure of Didcot Power Station would render it extinct. The working is the 4D12 13:13 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties.

66053 Steventon 9 December 2015

With the three remaining cooling towers, and the tall chimney of the disused coal fired Didcot Power Station visible in the background, 66053 passes Steventon on 9 December 2015 with the 6B35 10:47 Hayes and Harlington to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties. Note the single red repainted DB Schenker wagon half way along the train. As the sun was not yet quite fully on the front for this train, I decided on a wider and more distant view. The ploughed field, and contrasting unploughed strip of grass makes an ideal foreground.

66053 Uffington 22 January 2017

The bright red MXA wagons of the 6W14 09:55 Rumney River Bridge Junction to Westbury spoil train certainly stand out in the winter sunshine, as they pass Uffington on 22 January 2017, hauled by 66053. This had left 81 minutes early, which I thought was excellent news, as the lighting would then be perfect at Uffington. Unfortunately, the train dawdled, and passed Uffington 4 minutes late, so the sun had just gone off the nose!

66054 Bourton 4 February 2009

66054 passes under the signal gantry that controls the double crossovers at Bourton (near Swindon) as it heads west with the 6B24 10:36 Didcot to Wentloog MoD stores on 4 February 2009. Snow had fallen during the night to top up the previous day's covering, so with the sun shining I set off for the Great Western Mainline hoping for some excellent photographic conditions. As I drove towards the line the sun just got weaker and by the time 66054 appeared it had virtually gone! Note the remains of the white painted sighting patch on the bridge in the background, a relic of the days of semaphore signaling. This section of line was converted to automatic colour light operation in 1965.

66054 New Barnetby 18 September 2012

66054 passes New Barnetby on 18 September 2012 with the 6E46 04:35 Kingsbury to Lindsey empty oil tanks. The day had started with plenty of clear sky, but even by 09:30 the clouds were already building up. A prelude to some very heavy showers, at least while I was on the way home via the M180!

66054 Somerton 28 November 2015

66054 passes some signs of Network Rail activity at Somerton on 28 November 2015, as it heads down the Cherwell Valley with the 4O43 06:31 Birch Coppice to Eastleigh intermodal. Unfortunately the promised early morning sun was already starting to disappear into high cloud.

66050 Chipping Sodbury Tunnel 10 July 2014

66055 emerges from the 2 mile long Chipping Sodbury Tunnel on 10 July 2014, as it heads for South Wales with the 6V47 10:27 Tilbury to Trostre steel empties. The houses of Chapel Lane, Old Sodbury in the background obviously have a fine view of trains approaching from the west!

66057 Uffington (Viewed from White Horse Hill) 5 April 2008

Viewed from the top of White Horse Hill, 66057 passes Uffington with the 4V14 Dollands Moor to South Marston empty Honda covered car wagons on 5 April 2008. Uffington's 13th Century St Mary's church with its distinctive octagonal tower can be clearly be seen in the foreground. Foreground being a relative term, as it is two miles away! The tower was formerly topped by a spire until it was brought down by a storm in 1740. The use of a long lens has compressed the perspective, with various details in the distance becoming visible. On the right is Kitemore House, Shellingford (5 miles), in the background on the left, Bampton church (11 miles), and near the horizon, the industrial units at Witney (15 miles). It had started as a sunny morning, but as can be seen from the patchy shadows, clouds were starting to build up. In fact the sun was only just reappearing on the village in the foreground shortly before the train came into view.

66058 Stoke Orchard 6 May 2013

66058 passes the blackthorn blossom at Stoke Orchard on 6 May 2013 with the 4V13 Toton to Avonmouth coal empties. Due to the incredibly cold spring, the flowering of these lineside blackthorn bushes was approximately a month later than usual.

66059 Melton Ross 26 July 2003

66059 passes Melton Ross on 26 July 2003 with a featherweight 6D66 14:52 Immingham to Doncaster Enterprise service, running very early, as was often the case at the time. With loads such as this, you can see why BR abandoned the Speedlink network over a decade earlier!

66059 Tackley 19 March 2009

66059 approaches Tackley on 19 March 2009 with the 6V59 10:32 Mountsorrel to Westbury ballast train. Just enough room to fit in the train, and just in time to visit this location before the bushes grew up and started to obstruct the view.

66059 Compton Beauchamp 30 April 2013

Colas Rail Sheldon cranes DRC78226 & DRC78235 head up the consist of the 6M50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot engineers train, as it passes Compton Beauchamp on 30 April 2013 behind 66059. Note the Margam sheep logo above the multiple working socket.

66059 Culham 30 June 2015

66059 approaches Culham on 30 June 2015 with the 4M66 16:40 Southampton Western Docks to Birch Coppice intermodal. Thistles and assorted weeds are already colonising the recently cleared field edge, while the oilseed rape crop in the field appears to have been seriously invaded by deadly poisonous hemlock.

66059 Harbury 26 March 2016

66059 passes Harbury on 26 March 2016 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z36 05:55 Eastleigh to Eggborough Power Station 'Generating Finale' railtour. This is the site of the severe landslip of January 2015, which closed the line for several weeks. Evidence of the work to stabilise the cutting can be seen on the left, as well as scaffolding around Harbury Tunnel mouth in the distance.

66059 Hemington 26 March 2016

66059 passes Hemington on 26 March 2016 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z36 05:55 Eastleigh to Eggborough Power Station 'Generating Finale' railtour. The 'Big Sheds' of Castle Donington Industrial Estate can be seen in the background.

66059 Eggborough 26 March 2016

66059 brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z36 05:55 Eastleigh to Eggborough Power Station 'Generating Finale' railtour, as it approaches its destination on 26 March 2016. The lead locomotive, similarly numbered 60059, is just passing underneath the A645 Knottingley to Goole road bridge.

66060 & 60059 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 27 August 2009

I suppose it is newsworthy, but this certainly isn't the picture I was intending to take when I went to the site of Ashbury Crossing at Shrivenham to photograph the 6B33 13:35 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties on 27 August 2009. 60059 Swinden Dalesman had worked the 6A11 loaded service, so I fully expected to get a shot of the 60 in its faded Loadhaul livery, if I could find a gap in the clouds. Unfortunately 60059 had obviously failed, so 66060 has been added to the front to take the train back to Wales. A good job the tanks are empty, as otherwise the total load including a dead 60 would obviously be too much for a 'shed'! Although the sun was out at the appropriate moment, the fact that the train was over an hour late meant that the lighting was a little head on.

66060 Culham 4 May 2016

With the 650 feet tall chimney, and partially collapsed turbine hall of the disused Didcot Power Station dominating the background, 66060 approaches Culham on 4 May 2016 with the 6M66 05:04 Southampton Western Docks to Garston (Speke) Ford cars and vans. What I hadn't noticed until I viewed this picture on the computer is the heron stood in the field in the foreground.

66061 Little KImble 24 May 2010

66061 approaches Little Kimble on 24 May 2010 with the 6A56 10:05 Calvert to Northolt binliner empties. Despite their filthy contents, the containers manage to still retain a more colourful livery that the very drab ex EWS livery of the locomotive.

66061 Uffington 12 July 2014

66061 passes the ripening wheat at Uffington on 12 July 2014 with the 6V13 08:12 Dollands Moor to Margam steel empties. This section of embankment has had extensive strengthening work carried out in recent years.

66061 Heck Ings 7 April 2015

With the chimney of Eggborough Power Station dominating the background, 66061 passes underneath the East Coast Mainline at Heck Ings on 7 April 2015 with the 6H43 06:27 Immingham to Drax Power Station imported coal.

66063 & 60099 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 4 June 2011

Oh no, not again! 66063 with failed 60099 dead in tow passes the site of Ashbury Crossing at Shrivenham on 4 June 2011 with the late running 6B33 12:12 Theale to Margam Murco oil empties. The silver 'tug' had failed on the outward loaded working near Hawkeridge Junction. I must stop going to this location as it is obviously a jinxed spot when an interesting liveried Class 60 is on the Theale working, as two years previously I got a similar picture, only this time with 66060 & 60059! At least I managed to get this in an unbelievably lucky one minute's worth of sunshine.

66063 Baulking 30 September 2015

66063 passes Baulking on 30 September 2015 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties. This location will be ruined by the forthcoming electrification, but it is already massively overgrown compared with what it was like in the 1990s.

66064 Woodborough 17 February 2001

66064 passes Woodborough on 17 February 2001 with the diverted 6V59 09:48 Purfleet to Cardiff Tidal Sidings steel empties. This 'as required' working was one of the few freight trains booked to run via the Swindon line on a Saturday. Due to that line's closure for engineering works on this occasion, it is here traveling via the Berks & Hants.

66066 Stenson Junction 4 November 2009

Palindromic 'Shed' 66066 passes Stenson Junction on 4 November 2009 with the 6M85 05:32 Tyne Yard to Bescot empty cartics. An ideal location for photography during the autumn and winter months, as the large clear space on the right where the former lines into Willington Power Station once were, means there is not a lot to shade the line.

66066 Baulking 20 March 2015

Framed by the doomed signal gantry and its modern replacement at Baulking on 20 March 2015, 66066 heads westwards with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties. This view makes an interesting comparison to the same train at the same location a couple of years earlier, just as a start was being made on the resignalling works.

66066 Chipping Sodbury Tunnel 7 April 2017

Palindromic DB Shed 66066 Geoff Spencer emerges from Chipping Sodbury Tunnel on 7 April 2017 with the 6Z47 13:10 Acton to Cardiff Docks Ryan's Wharf stone empties. Although some of the wagons are graffiti covered, the loco is in sparkling condition, having obviously recently had a wash, at least up to cantrail level!

66067 Kirby Bellars 5 September 2014

66067 rounds the curve at Kirby Bellars on 5 September 2014 with the 6M64 10:57 Peterborough to Mountsorrel empty Redland self discharge train. The little bit of weak sun was neither expected or particularly welcome here, as the cutting is party in shade.

66067 Cossington 31 March 2016

The pigeons on the electricity wires take no notice, as 66067 passes Cossington on 31 March 2016 with the 6L47 08:55 Mountsorrel to Trowse Redland stone hoppers. It's nice to see a battered rustic wooden lineside fence, rather than the now all too common green palisade variety!

66068 Lowdham 21 July 2014

66068 passes through Lowdham station on 21 July 2014 with the 6M00 10:32 Humber Oil Refinery to Kingsbury oil tanks. Because of the lineside trees, it is only possible to take this head on view at this location, but it does give a clear view f the signal box, and the impressive station building (now a private house).

66068 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 24 November 2014

Viewed through a long lens in order to avoid the encroaching late afternoon shadows, 66068 approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham on 24 November 2014 with he 6V47 10:27 Tilbury to Trostre steel empties, which on this occasion was terminated at Margam.

66069 Uffington 13 July 2010

66069 passes the site of Uffington station in abysmal light on 13 July 2010 with the 6B33 13:33 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties, proving that the reappearance of Class 60 haulage on this train the previous week was just a fluke. Obviously I would not bother to go out to photograph this train in such poor light, but as it was running just half an hour before the Royal Scotsman was due from the other direction, I relented! The large building on the right was once the Station Hotel and at the time this picture was taken was up for sale for 465,000. This seems quite a reasonable figure for what is quite a substantial building, but then even the most creative of estate agents could hardly claim it is in a quiet location!

66069 Sonning 26 April 2016

With its customary rake of bright DBS red hoppers, mixed with a few faded ex National Power blue ones, the 6Z47 08:49 Wembley Euro Freight Operating Centre to Cardiff Docks Ryan's Wharf empties passes through Sonning cutting on 26 April 2016, led by 66069.

66070 Churchdown (M5 Junction 11) 17 June 2017

66070 crosses over the M5 near junction 11 at Churchdown on 17 June 2017 with the 6V81 15:32 Masborough to Cardiff Tidal scrap. With the relative quietness of the Class 66, and the noise from the motorway, there was no warning of this approaching, so knowing that it had left Cheltenham, it was a case of camera at the ready for a quick reaction!

66073 Wootton Rivers 20 October 2010

The early morning sun has just appeared over the nearby hill as 66073 leads the 3J43 05:29 Basingstoke to Didcot (via Westbury) Rail Head Treatment Train through valley of the infant River Avon near Wootton Rivers on 20 October 2010. Surprisingly clean for an RHTT loco (at least on this side), 66073 shows the various modifications that it received from its sojourn in France working for Euro Cargo Rail. Note the wasp stripe painted valance, modified livery and additional stickers. Classmate 66026 on the rear of the train is also a recent repatriation.

66074 Aynho 15 August 2008

66074 approaches the site of Aynho station with the 6M19 07:06 Didcot Yard to Kineton MoD train on 15 August 2008. This was one of my briefest ever visits to a location. As my route this morning took me over the railway here, I decided to stop to see if the location was still OK photographically, not have been to the spot for a few years. As I arrived at the bridge the 66 was just coming round the corner, so I quickly got the camera out of the bag, took the picture, then walked straight back to the car!

66075 Bourton 17 September 2014

66075 passes Bourton on 17 September 2014 with the 6O32 10:00 Margam to Dollands Moor covered steel carriers. Typical hazy summer lighting, but the less harsh light is at least a little more suitable for a backlit subject such as this.

66075 Waddesdon Manor 25 November 2016

66075 passes the site of Waddesdon Manor station on 25 November 2016 with the 6Z58 10:06 Calvert to Bow spoil empties. The first sunny morning for ages, and the prospect of some late autumn colour tempted me out to do this, despite the fact that the train is no longer Class 56 hauled.

66076 Aller 11 August 1999

66076 approaches Aller on 11 August 1999 with the Wessex Trains 1Z96 04:19 Victoria to Plymouth 'Wessex Eclipse Express' railtour, one of a number of special trains that traveled down to the west country to allow people to view the total solar eclipse, which could only be fully appreciated in Devon and Cornwall. I traveled down by car, which obviously entailed a ridiculously early start from Oxfordshire. The eclipse itself was spectacular, but unfortunately most of the many specials passed Aller in the fog, and it had only just cleared when 66076 came into view.

66076 Bourton 2 July 2014

66076 passes Bourton on 2 July 2014 with the 6O32 10:00 Margam to Dollands Moor covered steel carriers. Note the Margam sheep logo between the two windscreens, just below the headlight. Very appropriate, considering the train's point of origin!

66076 Oxford 30 January 2015

66076 passes through the centre road of Oxford station on 30 January 2015 with the 4O43 06:43 Birch Coppice to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. Since I was here two years earlier, yet another new building has sprung up on the left of the picture.

66077 Melton Junction 5 September 2014

A conveniently short train for the limited view at Melton Junction on 5 September 2014. 66077 Benjamin Gimbert G.C. is viewed from the recently constructed footbridge, as it heads east with the 6M96 05:51 Margam to Corby steel coils. The residents of the new house will have a good few of the line for just a short time, as it looks like those trees are the infamous Leylandii conifers.

66079 Creykes Crossing 13 March 2007

66079 approaches Creykes Crossing  to the south of Goole with the 6H93 17:04 Goole to Peterborough Yard sand empties on 13 March 2007. Unfortunately the glorious evening light which was turning the willow bushes along the ditch a rich fiery red had just faded out. If the train had just been a couple of minutes earlier! In the background the three major landmarks of Goole can be seen (not counting the huge new glass factory from which this train has come, which is off to the left). On the extreme left are the two water towers (Salt and Pepper Pot), in the gap in the bushes are the dock cranes, and just behind the rear of the train is the parish church.

66080 Cossington 31 March 2016

66080 passes Cossington on 31 March 2016 with the 6L75 06:13 Peak Forest to Ely Papworth Sidings stone train. Note the much coarser than normal grade of stone in the leading wagons. The steam rising from Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station's cooling towers dominates the background.

66080 Denchworth 4 September 2016

66080 passes through the forest of new electfrication masts at Denchworth on 4 September 2016 with the 6B35 12:53 Southall to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties. Note the mix of recently repainted (and now vandalised!) wagons, along with some still in extremely faded National Power livery.

66081 Yarnton 2 June 2004

66081 passes Yarnton, just to the north of Oxford, with the 4M04 16:36 Southampton Eastern Docks to Washwood Heath imported Ford cars on 2 June 2004. A recently constructed footbridge has created this new vantage point, which is handy for northbound trains in the evening, as from around 18:30 the sun is on the front of the loco. It is also a good location to watch the stationery rush hour traffic on the A34 a few fields away!

66081 Rousham 17 December 2008

Viewed from the hillside half a mile away, 66081 rounds the curve near Rousham (between Banbury and Oxford) in superb late afternoon light with the 6V59 10:32 Mountsorrel to Westbury ballast train on 17 December 2008. Just visible in the trees in the distance directly above the second wagon is the Rousham Eyecatcher, a sham ruin created by William Kent (1684 - 1748) as a folly to be viewed from nearby Rousham House. Some idea of the length of lens needed for this picture can be gauged from the fact that this local landmark is over two miles away from where I am standing.

66081 Radley 31 August 2012

66081 passes Radley on 31 August 2012 with the 6M21 07:29 Didcot to Fenny Compton MoD stores. A wisp of steam from the cooling towers in the background shows that Didcot Power Station is using up some of its few remaining generating hours. It won't be long before this familiar Thames Valley landmark is no more.

66082 Wantage Road 26 March 2007

66082 approaches Wantage Road on 26 March 2007 with the 4D12 13:13 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. But for the misty conditions, it would normally be possible to see the steam rising from Didcot's cooling towers in the background.

66082 Stenson Junction 4 November 2009

66082 has just passed North Staffs Junction and is approaching Stenson Junction on 4 November 2009 with a slightly truncated 6M11 08:30 Washwood Heath to Peak Forest stone empties. This train is typically twice this length. Young silver birch trees now dominate the site of Willington Power Station, on the left.

66082 Wolvercote 10 May 2014

A dull and damp Wolvercote, pictured on 10 May 2014, with even darker clouds (and presumably heavier rain) over the City of Oxford in the background. 66082 slowly heads north with the 6M44 05:18 Southampton Eastern Docks to Halewood empty Jaguar car carriers. On the right the works for the reinstatement of the former down goods loop can be seen, with a slightly superfluous stop board marking the end of the short section of relaid track from the trailing junction a short distance to the north.

66082 Steventon 18 July 2015

66082 passes Steventon on 18 July 2015 with the 05:30 Margam to Acton, conveying 27 MEA wagons recently removed from storage. Several of the wagons are still in Mainline blue, and most seem to have been attacked by graffiti vandals. Unfortunately this came during a cloudy spell, but with the sun following the train down the track. It was running over an hour late (it had been nearly two hours late at one point) and that would have improved the angle of the light - but for this one pesky cloud! Note the electrification steel piling tube on the right.

66082 Souldern Wharf 24 August 2016

66082 passes Souldern Wharf on 24 August 2016 with the 6O42 11:31 Halewood to Southampton Eastern Docks Range Rovers for export. Now totally hidden by the trees in the background, the Chiltern Line converges in from the right, on the approach to Aynho Junction.

66082 Ledburn 19 April 2017

66082 passes Ledburn on 19 April 2017 with the 4M12 04:02 London Gateway to Birch Coppice intermodal. This picture sums up why I hate taking pictures on 25kV lines. Admittedly in this case all the overhead clutter is augmented in the ugly stakes by the rusty portaloo!

66083 Yarnton 6 July 2006

66083 passes Yarnton on 6 July 2006 with the 6M23 14:04 Fawley to Bromford Bridge bitumen tanks. A long standing freight flow, that unfortunately ended a couple of years after this picture was taken, after running under the same headcode for nearly half a century! Naturally during this long period of operation the variety of traction (starting with steam) has been incredible.

66083 Charlbury 24 July 2009

Work to reinstate double track on parts of the Cotswold Line started in late July 2009, with initial work confined to slewing the track to its former position and moving signal cables, basically undoing all the realignment work done at the time of the 1971 singling. On 24 July, 66083 sits next to Charlbury station car park with the 6W88 ballast train from Hinksey. Unfortunately a buckled rail meant that it would be unlikely to move for some time, so I abandoned my original plan to photograph the return empties somewhere nearer Oxford, which would have been headed by 66118, which is well out sight round the corner here on the rear of the train. This is not a very photogenic location, but at least it was parked somewhere that was easily accessible. It was just a case of waiting for one of the brief bursts of sunshine before taking the picture and then heading home!

66083 Up Hatherley 4 May 2010

There is an interesting and varied load behind 66083, as it passes Up Hatherley on 4 May 2010 with the late running 6B36 07:32 Didcot to Ashchurch MoD stores. About the only time you see a really mixed load in a freight train nowadays is on one of the military services.

66084 Didcot North Junction 8 March 2011

66084 slowly approaches journey's end with the 6V03 09:13 Kineton to Didcot MoD stores on 8 March 2011. This is one of the feeder services that brings military traffic into Didcot, other locations include Bicester and Marchwood. A trunk service works north to Carlisle in the evening.

66084 Didcot North Junction 20 October 2011

66084 passes Didcot North Junction on 20 October 2011 with the 4O53 04:33 Wakefield Europort to Southampton intermodal. By a bizarre coincidence, the last time I saw this locomotive, was seven months previously at the same location, although on that occasion it was working a totally different type of train. Within the next thirty minutes two more Class 66s would appear, each in different liveries. 66721 in GBRf Metronet blue, and 66567 in Freightliner green.

66084 South Moreton 10 September 2015

66084 runs along the down relief line at South Moreton on 10 September 2015 with the 6V38 13:50 Eastleigh to Didcot, which looks for all the world like one of the sadly missed Speedlink trains of the 1980s, except for the traction of course! Three containers and two old HEA hoppers full of gravel make up the minuscule load.

66084 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 13 March 2017

66084 approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham, on 13 March 2017 with the 6V47 10:51 Tilbury to Trostre steel empties. This view clearly shows the inefficient random way in which Network Rail are installing the electfrication masts. Note the isolated pair, then one single mast on its own in the background. No wonder they are years behind with this haphazard way of working!

66085 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 16 April 2015

Signs of impending electrification at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 16 April 2015, with the piles on the north side of the line sticking up in the air to various heights. 66085 comes out of the gloom into a patch of weak sunshine, as it runs slowly along the down relief line with the 6V47 10:27 Tilbury to Trostre steel empties.

66086 Up Hatherley 4 May 2010

66086 passes Up Hatherley on 4 May 2010 with the 6M96 05:50 Margam to Corby steel coils. For many years this was a safe bet for Class 60 haulage, but now of course unfortunately like most of the remaining freight traffic that DB Schenker hasn't lost, it is 'shed' hauled.

66086 Great Bourton 8 December 2010

66086 passes Great Bourton on 8 December 2010 with the 4O16 09:16 Ditton to Southampton Western Docks intermodal service. A very good photographic location for southbound trains, even in winter. As long as the hedge doesn't grow!

66086 Sonning 26 April 2016

66086 passes through Sonning cutting on 26 April 2016 with the 6L35 08:08 Didcot to Dagenham empty car carriers. This was running a few minutes late, which was just as well, as I hadn't arrived at the bridge at the booked time, courtesy of an extra long traffic jam crossing the River Thames at Sonning Bridge.

66087 Milton 10 December 2009

After the end of the Rail Head Treatment Train season in December 2009, DB Schenker withdrew all but a handful of their Class 60s, resulting in long standing 60 turns such as the 6B33 13:33 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties being entrusted to Class 66s. Although empty here, the 24 tanks when loaded must be right on the limit of what can be hauled by a 66. 66087 heads west along the relief line at Milton on 10 December 2009, with Didcot Power Station dominating the background.

66087 Steventon 19 August 2013

66087 passes Steventon on 19 August 2013 with the 6X50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot departmental working, principally made up of a lengthy rake of point carriers. The rear of the train is passing over Stocks Lane level crossing, while Causeway crossing can just be seen in the background.

66087 Challow 10 October 2013

66087 passes the site of Challow station on 10 October 2013 with the 6M26 08:55 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties. An interesting working, but not as interesting as 60049 which passed by half an hour earlier with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot.

66087 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 22 September 2014

A train that should by rights be hauled by a Class 59. Unfortunately on 22 September 2014 it was 66087 instead. The 7C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Westbury Mendip Rail stone empties trundles along the down relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth.

66087 Uffington 30 September 2015

Unfortunately no longer a Colas working, but still worth a picture on a warm sunny early autumn afternoon. 66087 passes Uffington on 30 September 2015 with the 6V62 11:26 Tilbury to Margam steel empties. While waiting a large herd of dairy cows that were in the field gathered around me, but once it was clear that I wasn't the farmer bringing food, they lost interest and wandered off!

66089 Denchworth 8 July 2013

Extensive engineering work north of Hereford over the weekend of 6 & 7 July 2013, resulted in a whole procession of trains working back to Hinksey early on the morning of Monday 8 July. One of these, the 02:56 Shelwick Junction to Hinksey, is pictured passing Denchworth, with 66089 leading, and 66020 just visible on the rear of the train.

66089 Compton Beauchamp 8 April 2015

66089 passes Compton Beauchamp in soft evening light on 8 April 2015 with the diverted 6O42 11:31 Halewood to Southampton Eastern Docks car train, conveying Range Rovers from the Jaguar plant for export. Normally this train would travel via Basingstoke, but was being diverted via the Vale of White Horse due to ongoing signalling works in the Reading area. The venerable old brick road bridge will shortly be severely altered for the forthcoming electrification, and the pleasant brick arch structure that blends in with the countryside will no doubt be converted into the usual horrible white eyesore. Note the rookery in the background. This makes what is otherwise a very quiet rural location quite noisy, especially when the young rooks are clamouring for food! 

66089 South Moreton 10 September 2015

66089 passes South Moreton on 10 September 2015 with the 6X44 14:38 Dagenham Dock to Didcot Ford car train. Note that not only are there a mix of vehicles, but also they are being carried on four different types of wagon.

66089 Denchworth 19 September 2015

The 6V62 Tilbury to Llanwern steel empties, which had brought Colas Class 56s, 60s 66s & 70s to the Thames Valley on a regular basis, unfortunately changed to DBS haulage in September 2015. An unusual turn of events, as we are all so used to Colas grabbing traffic from DBS, not the other way round! As I was already at Denchworth on 19 September 2015, I decided to wait for the train, as the sun was out. Unfortunately it turned out to be a longer wait than I anticipated, as the train had a protracted layover at Didcot, and passed me an hour late. So here is the new order, 66089 with the 6V62 11:20 Tilbury to Margam passing under the signal gantry at Denchworth.  

66089 Compton Beauchamp 16 May 2016

Sita UK have redeveloped the old ICI chemicals plant site at Severnside, building a generating plant that will burn household rubbish. Paths have appeared in the working timetable, but as far as I'm aware, as of May 2016 no trains have yet run. However, on 16 May 2016 a train did run the path of the 6A03 05:14 Severnside Energy Recovery Centre to Brentford, running instead to Acton. This was actually the wagons from a stone train that had been cancelled, causing the empty wagons to end up at Avonmouth. This working was used to get the wagons back to the London area for their next working. Luckily this was running over an hour late when it passed me at Compton Beauchamp, resulting in a much better lighting angle.

66090 Evesham 19 August 2009

At less than walking speed, 66090 approaches the impressive bracket signal at Evesham with the 6W85 Worcester to Aldington ballast train on 19 August 2009. The train of ballast was for use in connection with the doubling of the Cotswold Line, which will unfortunately see the end of these semaphore signals. This is why I was keen to get a picture of this particular train at this location, and was slightly surprised that I was the only photographer there. It is a little ironic that the little used siding on the right seems to have marginally less vegetation growing on it than the main line! I very nearly didn't get this picture in the sun, as although it was sunny while the train was stopped by the box, a cloud appeared as it moved off. Luckily with such a heavy load the train was moving so slowly that the sun had come out again by the time it was in the right position. Note tamper DR73912 in the siding, waiting to move off five hours later.

66090 Aldington 19 August 2009

After seeing 66090 pass Evesham with the 6W85 Worcester to Aldington ballast train on 19 August 2009, I drove round to a spot near its final destination in the hope of another picture. In the event there was a long delay before it appeared, by which time the location was getting severely backlit. As well as this, the picture is not helped by the cloud of dust coming up from under the loco. Admittedly the track here is freshly ballasted, but as the train was moving at less than walking speed, it does seem a little odd.

66090 Broken Cross 3 September 2010

With the hills in the background virtually obscured by lifted fog and low cloud, 66090 passes Broken Cross (near Gloucester) on 3 September 2010 with the 6M96 05:48 Margam to Corby steel coils. The weather improved slightly for the much more important 6B13, but even then the promised sunny day didn't really happen.

66090 Goole 29 August 2015

66090 slowly approaches Goole on 29 August 2015 with the 6H94 14:13 Hull to Drax Power Station biomass hoppers. The train is snaking round the curve on the approach to Goole station, having just crossed over the River Ouse via the Goole Swing Bridge, which if it wasn't for the bushes, could be seen in the distance on the right of this picture.

66092 Allandale 16 June 2006

66092 passes Allandale on 16 June 2006 with the 6J12 10:55 Longannet Power Station to Hunterston MGR coal empties. Scotland was the last area of the county to use these 1960s built HAA wagons, the final ones being withdrawn shortly after this picture was taken.

66092 Tredington 10 October 2008

66092 heads south past Tredington on 10 October 2008 with the 6V41 14:33 Brierley Hill to Barry Dock scrap train. Superb evening light, with the clouds in the background for once not causing a problem by getting near the sun!

66092 & 66212 Baulking 29 March 2014

66092 has Euro Cargo Rail 66212 dead in tow, as it passes Baulking on 29 March 2013 with the 6V13 08:12 Dollands Moor to Margam steel empties. A photographic bonus, but it would have even better if 66212 had been the lead loco!

66093 Fenny Compton 22 April 2009

Although no longer the classic location since the removal of the semaphore signals, the view from the main road near Fenny Compton is pleasant enough, especially with the bright spring foliage. On 22 April 2009, 66093 passes with a Castle Bromwich to Southampton Docks car train.

66093 Souldrop 21 April 2010

66093 heads up the bi-directional freight line at Souldrop on 21 April 2010 with the 6F93 11:11 St Pancras to Ketton Castle Cement empties. Note the difference in level between the passenger and freight lines at this location.

66093 Wadborough 8 February 2011

66093 heads south past Wadborough on 8 February 2011 with the 6V92 10:10 Corby to Margam steel empties. This is on the long straight section of track between Abbotswood and Croome. The Wadborough to Abbotswood road crossing can be seen in the background.

66094 Churcham 6 April 2011

Almost a bit of classic traction type clag from 66094 as it passes Churcham on 6 April 2011 with the 6V67 03:53 Redcar to Margam loaded coal. It wasn't until I was working on this picture that I noticed the vintage monoplane and biplane (complete with intrepid wing walker) in the distance. I remember seeing them over to the right a little later, but didn't realise I had caught them in the picture. Although they are quite remote, I thought I would resist the temptation to clone them out.

66095 Georgemas Junction 7 August 2000

The short lived North of Scotland Safeway Intermodal service is pictured at its destination, Georgemas Junction on 7 August 2000. 66095 waits with its train at the unloading area at this remote Scottish location, next to the crane and road vehicles that will be used to move the containers to nearby Wick and Thurso. This train had originated from Mossend as the 4H44 00:56 to Inverness, from there it traveled north as the 4H45 05:18 to Georgemas Junction. Later in the day in would return as the 4H46 15:08 Georgemas Junction to Inverness and 4D66 19:45 Inverness to Mossend.

66095 Radley 8 October 2009

66095 approaches Radley station with the 6A48 14:14 Bicester to Didcot MoD stores on 8 October 2009. The Army, like everyone else, now makes extensive use of containers for the movement of smaller items of equipment, with only the first vehicle in the consist being a traditional wagon.

66095 Up Hatherley 3 September 2010

A 'Shed' makes an unwelcome appearance on 6E41. Although not uncommon, Class 66s usually accede to the superior Class 60s on the 6E41 11:41 Westerleigh to Lindsey oil empties. However, on 3 September 2010 it was the turn of 66095. It is seen here passing Up Hatherley (near Cheltenham).

66095 Blagrove 14 May 2014

Running over 90 minutes late, 66095 passes Blagrove (on the western edge of Swindon) with the 6M26 07:37 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties. For once the weather forecast was spot on. Full sun early was supposed to give way to cloudy periods after 10am. Looks what's appearing in the background!

66096 Hatton 27 November 2007

Despite the atrocious weather, a brief visit was made to Hatton on 27 November 2007 to see if any autumn colour was left on the trees. A few trees still retained a little colour which adds to this picture of 66096 on the 6M31 10:26 Banbury to Mountsorrel Lafarge self discharge stone empties. Considering this was around midday, this looked more like dusk, as it was already virtually dark!

66096 Denchworth 2 July 2009

66096 passes Denchworth with the 6B33 13:33 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties on 2 July 2009. Unfortunately a Class 66 is a regular occurrence on this train now instead of a Class 60, especially on a reduced load as seen here. The temptation was not to bother to take the picture, but as the sun was out and I was on the bridge anyway, why not!

66096 Hinksey 7 April 2011

66096 passes Hinksey on 7 April 2011 with the 4O53 04:33 Wakefield to Southampton intermodal. Note the work going on in the background to construct a new bridge on the site of the well known 'Redbridge' at the south end of Hinksey Yard. This work is being done to allow the loading gauge to be increased, benefiting trains such as this. Also just visible under the new bridge, is 66013 sneaking out of Hinksey Yard with the 4V40 03:49 Purfleet to Cowley empty car carriers.

66096 Chipping Sodbury 15 April 2015

66096 passes Chipping Sodbury on 15 April 2015 with the 6B35 10:47 Hayes and Harlington to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties. Note the Colas Rail tamper stabled in the sidings on the site of Chipping Sodbury station, which closed in 1961.

66096 Tackley 29 June 2015

66096 approaches Tackley on 29 June 2015 with the 6Z71 17:16 Swindon Cocklebury to Aldwarke scrap. On this occasion the train is very well loaded, as the square blocks of compressed scrap metal can be seen above the tops of the wagons, even from this relatively low viewpoint. Often the load only partly fills the wagons.

66096 Compton Beauchamp 17 October 2016

66096 leads the 3J43 02:53 Didcot to Didcot (via Chippenham, Reading and Westbury) Rail Head Treatment Train past Compton Beauchamp on 17 October 2016, with classmate 66031 bringing up the rear. As this is at the start of the RHTT season, the locos are still relatively clean, not sporting the 'all over grime' colour scheme of later in the season!

66097 Bletchingdon 26 March 2009

66097 passes the site of Bletchingdon station in its own little patch of sunshine with the 6V59 10:27 Mountsorrel to Westbury ballast train on 26 March 2009. The bridge the train is just passing over carries the line over both the Oxford Canal and the River Cherwell. Unfortunately the industrial unit occupying the former station site on the left is a little less photogenic than the original station buildings, which were demolished soon after the station closed in the 1960s.

66097 Tackley 11 July 2013

66097 passes Tackley on 11 July 2013 with the 6M28 18:16 Hinksey to Bescot departmental working. I was surprised to find that even after not having visited this spot for a couple of years, there has not been any increase in lineside vegetation, and it is still an excellent spot to photograph northbound trains on a summer evening. As can be seen from the glancing shadows on the front end of the loco, this is just about the first train where the sun is on the front.

66097 Oxford 1 April 2015

66097 passes through the centre road of Oxford station on 1 April 2015 with the 4O43 06:43 Birch Coppice to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. Several years after the introduction of the bright red DBS livery, still only a handful of 66s have been repainted.

66097 Culham 30 June 2015

In the very last few seconds worth of weak evening sun, just as a large bank of totally unforecast cloud arrives from the south, 66097 approaches Culham on 30 June 2015 with the 4V39 17:36 Southampton Eastern Docks to Morris Cowley empty car carriers. At least the bright DBS red livery shows up well in the weak light. Just before the train came, several flashes of lighting could be seen in the background over the Berkshire Downs.

66098 Croome 25 March 2011

66098 heads south at Croome on 25 March 2011 with the 6V67 03:53 Redcar to Margam loaded coal. What this picture doesn't show is that within a few seconds the train is about to be obscured by 66221 heading north with the balancing working, the 4E66 08:55 Margam to Redcar empties!

66098 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 4 June 2011

66098 passes a field full of buttercups near the site of Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham, as it heads west on 4 June 2011 with the 6Z12 07:50 Dollands Moor to Trostre steel. The day had started with full sun, turned to full cloud virtually straight away, gradually turned sunny again and was now clouding up again! At least this came in one of the diminishing sunny patches.

66098 Wolvercote Junction 5 November 2012

66098 passes Wolvercote Junction on 5 November 2012 with the 4O23 11:13 Hams Hall to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. The single track Cotswold Line diverges to the left, with the relay room marking the site of Wolvercote Junction Signal Box (or Wolvercot as it was spelt in those days).

66098 Burn 4 June 2015

66098 passes Burn on 4 June 2015 with the 6H14 15:13 Hatfield Colliery to Drax Power Station coal. Hatfield and Drax are not that far apart as the crow flies, but this has to travel a devious route via Temple Hirst Junction, Hambleton Junction and Knottingley.

66099 Ashchurch 7 September 2012

66099 passes Ashchurch on 7 September 2012 with the 6O42 11:31 Halewood to Southampton Eastern Docks covered car carriers, conveying Land Rovers. This train only traverses this route on a Friday, the other days of the week it travels via Oxford.

66100 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 5 April 2007

Ashchurch's station (left) and church (right) can be seen in the distance as 66100 heads southwards down the long straight past Claydon with the 6V16 13:08 Washwood Heath to Portbury coal empties. The date is 5 April 2007 and the blackthorn blossom is still evident in the trackside bushes amid the new green leaves of the hawthorn.

66100 Aynho 27 March 2012

The sheep turns its back on a 'Shed'! 66100 passes Aynho on 27 March 2012 with the 6V03 09:13 Kineton to Didcot MoD stores. I had no idea what the load would be this morning, but hoped the usually short train would fit in the available gap - and it did! Note the Chiltern Line flyover on the right.

66100 Ashchurch 9 August 2014

A very smokey 66100 speeds past Ashchurch on 9 August 2014 with the 4Z42 06:37 Neville Hill to Westbury empty coal hoppers. A highly unlikely point of origin and destination for a rake of HTA wagons! Although this is mildly interesting, the main reason for visiting this spot, the DCR operated 6Z34 06:19 Chaddesden to Cardiff Tidal was canceled!

66100 Tredington 31 July 2015

Running over an hour early, 66100 passes Tredington on 31 July 2015 with the 6V35 15:11 Bescot to Avonmouth Hansons Siding cement tanks. This was just a bonus, as my main target was 56081, which was working a train with a very similar headcode - the 6Z35 11:41 Chaddesden to Cardiff Tidal loaded scrap. I would photograph this from the brick bridge seen in the far distance.

66101 Uffington 27 September 2008

66101 passes Uffington with the 4D10 12:20 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties on 27 September 2008. Almost every wagon in the consist appears to have suffered at the hands of graffiti vandals. This is the site of the former Uffington loops, made redundant when the relief lines were reinstated between Challow and Wantage Road in the early 1990s.

66101 Baulking 4 March 2011

66101 passes Baulking on 4 March 2011 with the 4D10 12:20 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. It seems that the loco has some dragging brakes, which explains the slight smoke visible coming from the wheels.

66101 Culham 9 August 2012

The former station building awning, with its decorative edging adds a touch of steam age atmosphere to an otherwise modern railway scene at Culham on 9 August 2012. 66101 passes through the station with the 6O26 10:19 Hinksey to Eastleigh departmental, today comprising a lengthy train of rails.

66102 Abbotswood 13 June 2014

66102 passes Abbotswood on 13 June 2014 with the 4V83 05.19 Toton North Yard to Portbury Coal Terminal empty coal hoppers. Although it was a sunny morning, it was a little damp wading through this field of dew soaked long grass!

66103 Hinksey 24 September 2009

66103 passes Hinksey Yard with the 6A48 14:14 Bicester to Didcot MoD stores on 24 September 2009. Such is the tree growth at this location in recent years that the lake on the right is now virtually invisible from this direction. Luckily there are no trees on the left to cause shadows across the line in the late afternoon.

66103 & 66150 Rearsby 28 March 2012

66103 & 66150 head west through Rearsby on 28 March 2012 with the late running 6D32 08:56 Elstow to Mountsorrel stone empties. 66150 had failed, hence the late running and the addition 66103. A slight diversion whilst waiting for a much more interesting train in the shape of 7X09.

66103 Bourton 10 December 2014

Unfortunately the 6C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Westbury Mendip Rail stone empties can often produce a Class 66, rather than a Class 59. Such was the case on 10 December 2014, when 66103 was entrusted with the train. It is seen here passing Bourton, shortly before an unforecast bank of cloud rolled in from the west and put an end to the day's photography!

66103 Wolvercote 14 April 2017

With the spires (and cranes!) of Oxford visible in the background, 66103 passes Wolvercote on 14 April 2017 with the diverted 6M60 03:05 Exeter Riverside to Bescot china clay tanks. I wouldn't normally bother taking a picture of a loco this filthy, in light as bad as this, but the off route working makes its noteworthy. I seem to have inadvertently captured my own reflection in the windscreen!

66106 & 67004 Drumochter 10 June 2005

66106 gives 67004 a helping hand with the 4D05 11:37 Inverness to Mossend empty parcels vans on 10 June 2005. The train is just passing Drumochter Summit, as marked by the blue board on the right. At 1484 feet above sea level this is the highest point on the national rail network, and marks the end of am arduous climb all the way from Newtonmore, with several stretches at 1 in 80. The climb from the other direction is even worse with over six miles of continuous 1 in 70 gradient.

66107 Compton Beauchamp 14 March 2013

A busy few minutes of freight activity at Compton Beauchamp on 14 March 2013. Just five minutes after 66250 had passed by with the 6M50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot, along comes 66107 with the 08:01 Westbury to Stud Farm.

66107 Wolvercote 19 July 2013

The shadows are lengthening at Wolvercote on 19 July 2013, as 66107 heads northwards with the 4E70 17:03 Southampton Western Docks to Wakefield Europort intermodal. This view clearly shows the work going on to reinstate the down relief line between Oxford and Wolvercote Junction. This line originally opened in 1942, and as can be seen here, was separated from the main running lines by a considerable distance. It is hard to believe now, but up until the 1980s there was a footpath crossing in the middle of this view, which made a good location to photograph northbound trains in the evening (this viewpoint from the Godstow Road footbridge was already obstructed by bushes in the mid 1980s, and has only just been cleared). The site of the crossing is where there is extra fencing close to the line, with the approach path marked out by the parched grass in front of the cows grazing on Port Meadow.

66107 Bourton 17 March 2016

66107 passes Bourton 17 March 2016 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties. In preparation for the forthcoming electrification, the lineside bushes have been cleared. Also, two new signals in the background have replaced the earlier gantry.

66108 Kidlington (Sandy Lane) 22 September 2012

66108 passes Kidlington (Sandy Lane) on 22 September 2012 with the very late running 4O53 04:33 Wakefield to Eastleigh intermodal. The smoke in the background is not the result of some enthusiastic driving by 66108's driver, but is coming from a bonfire in the small industrial yard by Sandy Lane Crossing!

66109 Thingley Junction 19 June 2017

66109 approaches Thingley Junction on 19 June 2017 with the 6A03 05:14 Severnside Sita to Brentford Binliner empties. As is often the case, this actually left around an hour early, but as usual was not far off the right time here.

66110 Westry 22 January 2005

With frost still covering the tracks, 66110 ambles across the flat Fenland landscape at Westry with the 6L38 07:29 Mountsorrel to Broxbourne stone train on 22 January 2005. Naturally this flat landscape has plenty of level crossings (note the one just behind the train), but very few bridges or other means of gaining a more elevated view, so full use was made of this new bridge which carries the March by-pass.  Typically this good lighting had disappeared by the time the Class 40 hauled railtour turned up 40 minutes later!

66110 Culham 9 July 2015

66110 catches the last of the late evening sunshine at Culham on 9 July 2015, as it heads north with the 6X65 20:28 Didcot to Mossend freight, which on this occasion is less than half the length of what is usually one of the longest freight trains in the country.

66111 Thoresby Colliery Junction 21 February 2007

66111 arrives at Thoresby Colliery Junction on 21 February 2007 with yet another rake of coal empties for refilling at the nearby colliery. Only if you are a signalman would you park your car this close to the track!

66111 Woodhall 14 March 2008

66111 passes Woodhall (between Gilberdyke and Selby) on 14 March 2008 with the 6D72 11:32 Hull Dairycoates to Rylstone Tarmac stone empties. Once a regular Class 60 working, but more often than not 'shedded' now!

66111 Stoke Orchard 6 May 2013

66111 passes the late flowering blackthorn at Stoke Orchard on 6 May 2013, as it heads south with the 6Z16 08:28 Doncaster Belmont to Westbury. This special working was taking the repaired stone hopper wagons back to Westbury. Partly hidden by the bushes is a single VGA van on the rear of the train. It is a pity that this train was running over an hour early, as the sun is still very much head on at this location in the early afternoon.

66111 Denchworth 8 July 2013

66111 runs along the up relief line at Denchworth on 8 July 2013 with the 6C35 04:45 Shelwick Junction to Hinksey track panels, with 66067 on the rear. This was one of a number of specials returning from weekend engineering work near Hereford.

66111 Shrewley 10 July 2013

66111 passes Shrewley on 10 July 2013 with the 6M28 18:16 Hinksey to Bescot departmental working. It is accelerating away from its booked ten minute stop in Hatton Down Goods Loop. The tall bridge in the background carries the road from Shrewley to Pinley Green.

66111 Burn 13 March 2016

Just a few minutes into its journey, 66111 passes Burn on 13 March 2016 with the 4R19 14:35 Milford West Sidings to Immingham biomass empties. The pristine Drax liveried wagons contrasts very unfavourably with the filthy state of the loco!

66112 Wantage Road 17 November 2009

66112 approaches the site of Wantage Road station on 17 November 2009 with the 4D10 12:20 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. This picture is taken from a little used footpath between Grove and East Hanney (hence the sign on the gatepost). It has been a few years since this gate has moved, and I wouldn't guarantee that it would stay in one piece if you tried!

66112 Cholsey 15 November 2013

66112 leads the 3J41 14:51 Didcot to Didcot (via Westbury) Rail Head Treatment Train past Cholsey in failing light on 15 November 2013. A totally filthy 66085 brings up the rear. This could well be my last visit to this well known photographic location, as once the wires go up, it will presumably be ruined.

66113 Didcot North Junction 8 March 2011

Is this DB Schenker's new livery, designed to appeal to the youth market? 66113 is definitely unlucky 13 to be subjected to this treatment! The most graffiti covered piece of rolling stock that I have ever seen approaches Didcot North Junction on 8 March 2011 with the 6O26 10:19 Hinksey to Eastleigh departmental working.

66113 Worting Junction 14 May 2016

66113 passes Worting Junction on 14 May 2016 with the 6M48 09:28 Southampton Eastern Docks to Halewood empty car carriers. The rear of the train is still descending the gradient from where the line passes over Battledown Flyover.

66114 Kings Sutton 23 April 2009

66114 passes through Kings Sutton station on 23 April 2009 with the 4O21 11:10 Burton-on-Trent to Southampton intermodal. Although an excellent location, the line of trees on the left does tend to cause problems with shadows in the late afternoon. However, on this occasion the sun was gradually fading out into high cloud, resulting in no shadows to worry about!

66114 Sonning 16 August 2016

66114 passes through Sonning cutting on 16 August 2016 with the 6M20 08:30 Whatley Quarry to Churchyard Sidings stone train. Surprisingly, I have only visited this iconic location a handful of times, in this case leaving it right until the very end, just before electrification ruins the view for ever!

66115 Radley 25 June 2003

66115 approaches Radley on 25 June 2003 with the 4L44 16:37 Morris Cowley to Purfleet car carriers. This was conveying BMW Minis for export. These cars, which share nothing in common with the classic 1960s Mini, other than the name, were then only into their second year of production.

66115 Fiddington 28 March 2009

66115 approaches Fiddington (just north of Cheltenham) on 28 March 2009 with the 6M60 23:41 Tavistock Junction to Bescot china clay train. I would not normally bother to take a picture of a Class 66 hauled train in such poor light, but as otherwise it would have been a 70 mile round trip for just one picture, for once I made an exception!

66115 Gavray Junction 19 June 2014

With the closure of the Oxford to Bicester line for major engineering works in connection with the new link to the Marylebone line, the Didcot to Bicester MoD train has had to take a massive detour via London, stretching the normal 50 minute trip to not far short of five hours! A Network Rail worker carefully watches the recently installed point (clipped for the passage of this train) at Gavray Junction, Bicester, on 19 June 2014, as 66115 gingerly negotiates the new trackwork with the 6A49 07:32 Didcot to Bicester MoD stores. In the background 70802 waits with a ballast train.

66115 Wychnor Junction 3 June 2015

With some of the load getting deposited all over the trackside bushes, 66115 approaches Wychnor Junction on 3 June 2015 with the 6G45 16:53 Toton to Bescot engineers train. Note the solitary vintage PGA stone hopper on the rear of the train.

66116 Bishops Itchington 15 April 2008

66116 rounds the curve at Bishops Itchington on 15 April 2008 with the 4O04 09:35 Washwood Heath to Eastleigh intermodal. The blackthorn blossom in the background will be followed in a few weeks by the hawthorn bushes in the foreground.

66116 Appleford 2 July 2009

66116 passes through Appleford station on 2 July 2009 with the 6A48 14:14 Bicester to Didcot MoD stores train. This is one of a couple of military traffic feeder services that converge on Didcot prior to working north later in the day as the 6M65 Didcot to Carlisle trunk service.

66116 Wolvercote 4 May 2011

66116 passes Wolvercote on 4 May 2011 with the 4O23 11:13 Hams Hall to Southampton intermodal. Note the inclusion of two 9' 6" high containers in the consist, their use on standard wagons made possible by the recent gauge enhancement work on the route to the south coast port.

66117 Kings Sutton 24 November 2010

Even an EWS liveried 'Shed' looks good in this light! 66117 passes Kings Sutton on 24 November 2010 with the 4O16 09:16 Ditton to Southampton Western Docks intermodal service. This is a good location for winter photography, as nothing whatever can shade the line in the afternoon.

66117 Haddenham 20 January 2017

66117 passes Haddenham on 20 January 2017 with the 6V01 11:07 Oxford Banbury Road to Acton stone empties. It is passing the site of Haddenham station, which was closed in 1964. A new station, Haddenham & Thames Parkway, was opened in 1987 near the bridge in the background.

66118 Hatfield & Stainforth 15 March 2007

66118 weaves off the line from Applehurst Junction, as it approaches Hatfield & Stainforth on 15 March 2007 with another load of coal empties bound for Immingham. Note the cooling towers of the long closed Thorpe Marsh Power Station on the right. These pose a demolition problem, due to their close proximity to the nearby River Don.

66118 Manningford Bruce 12 April 2007

66118 passes Manningford Bruce on 12 April 2007 with the diverted 6M44 12:30 Eastleigh to Wembley Enterprise service, re-routed via Westbury and Reading due to the closure of Basingstoke station for major engineering works. The train is passing the site of Manningford station (closed in 1966).

66118 Foxhall Junction 5 April 2013

66118 slowly approaches Foxhall Junction along the up relief line with the diverted 6Z20 10:54 Whatley to Hothfield Mendip Rail stone train on 5 April 2013. This train's normal route would be via the Berks & Hants line, but due to engineering complications resulting from the previous weekend's rebuilding of Reading station, all stone trains were diverted to run via Swindon.

66118 Baulking 5 July 2013

Three TEA bogie tank wagons were tripped from Long Marston to Didcot on 5 July 2013, with 66118 doing the Honours. I was at Baulking, having photographed 57601, so had to settle for this exceedingly backlit shot of 6Z36. This location has become very overgrown in recent years. To prove the point, this 1980 picture shows what it used to be like, admittedly from a slighter wider (now impossible) angle. As there are virtually no points of reference, you will have to take my word for it that it is the same location!

66118 Bourton 17 June 2014

An unwelcome replacement for the customary Class 59, but at least it is a DBS liveried 'Shed', adding a dash of colour to the monotone green landscape. 66118 passes Bourton on 17 June 2014 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties.

66119 Greenholme 19 June 2006

66119 heads south past Greenholme on 19 June 2006 with another load of Scottish coal for English power stations. At this time these HAA wagons were rapidly being phased out in favour of the more modern bogie HTA type, as seen behind 66013 at the same location a few minutes earlier.

66119 Culham 18 July 2015

66119 approaches Culham on 18 July 2015 with the 6M44 05:18 Southampton Eastern Docks to Halewood empty Jaguar car carriers, while in the background, 166218 has obligingly just got out of the way, as it accelerates away from Culham station with the 2P25 07:07 Oxford to Paddington First Great Western service.

66120 Oxford North Junction 13 June 2010

66120 passes Oxford North Junction, and heads back to Didcot with ballast empties on 13 June 2010, after taking part in a Sunday engineering possession. 66034 can just be seen on the rear of the train. The locomotive is just crossing the well used footpath crossing, which is the main means of access to the Trap Grounds allotments.

66120 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 2 February 2013

66120 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing at Shrivenham on 2 February 2013 with the 6V13 08:12 Dollands Moor to Margam steel empties. Note the amount of cloud in the background, on what the Met Office had promised would be a virtually completely sunny day!

66120 Hinksey 20 January 2016

66120 passes Hinksey on 20 January 2016 with the 4O21 09:15 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. A neat division on this occasion: the front half of the train empty, the second half full of boxes!

66121 Compton Beauchamp 14 April 2008

66121 finds a gap in the procession of early morning HSTs to lumber slowly up the Great Western Mainline at Compton Beauchamp with the 6D09 06:43 Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station coal train on 14 April 2008. It will no doubt be put onto the relief line at Challow to allow following First Great Western services to pass. The extra wide trackbed here is a clue to the fact there was also an up relief line at this point in steam days, extending from Shrivenham to Knighton Crossing.

66121 Uffington 7 January 2012

The virtually uninterrupted blue sky in the picture is a little deceptive, as in every other direction there were plenty of ominously dark clouds! 66121 passes Uffington on 7 January 2012 with the 6W23 10:20 Hinksey Yard to Radyr ballast.

66121 Wolvercote 15 December 2012

With the spires of Oxford just visible in the distance, 66121 passes Wolvercote on 15 December 2012 with the 6M48 09:28 Southampton Eastern Docks to Halewood empty car carriers. On the right is Wolvercote Common, part of Port Meadow. This large area of common land has never been ploughed, and in addition to grazing cattle, is used by the people of Oxford for recreation.

66121 Kennington 3 April 2017

3,300 horse power versus one pigeon power! I don't know what speed Wood Pigeons can fly at, but the bird in front of the first wagon is probably travelling faster than the train, as the 4O40 09:43 Morris Cowley to Southampton Eastern Docks BMW Mini car carriers is still accelerating away from it reversal in Hinksey Yard, as it passes Kennington behind 66121 on 3 April 2017.

66122 Oxford 21 January 2013

With some snow still lying on top of some of the containers, 66122 approaches Oxford on 21 January 2013 with the 4M66 09:32 Southampton Western Docks to Birch Coppice intermodal. The trees in the background now prevent pictures from being taken on the west side of the line at this location.

66122 Bletchingdon 26 August 2016

Graffiti covered 66122 passes the site of Bletchingdon station on 26 August 2016 with the 6X01 10:17 Scunthorpe to Eastleigh East Yard, conveying both empty and loaded rail carriers. The previous night's rain had cleared away the earlier high pressure haze, resulting in high contrast lighting. Perhaps not ideal for this now almost totally overgrown location.

66124 Bourton 17 June 2014

An interesting working at Bourton on 17 June 2014. 66124 conveys six refurbished and repainted HKA hoppers, running as the 6Z47 13:31 Wembley Euro Freight Operating Centre to Cardiff Docks Ryan's Wharf. The wagons were formerly part of the National Power fleet, in which guise they wore an equally distinctive light blue livery.

66124 Kingham 28 May 2016

66124 approaches Kingham on 28 May 2016 with the 6W08 05:40 Westbury to Standish Junction engineer's train. This was the fifth of six trains to traverse the Cotswold Line in connection with the major Bank Holiday track possession near Standish Junction.

66124 Hinksey 30 March 2017

66124 passes an unusually empty Hinksey Yard on 30 March 2017 with the 6M48 10:34 Southampton Eastern Docks to Halewood empty car carriers. Just visible in the background, behind the road bridge are 37038 & 37716, waiting in the loop with the 5Z74 11:28 Eastleigh Arlington to Burton-on-Trent Wetmore Sidings ECS.

66125 Goole (Potters Grange Junction) 18 March 2006

66125 waits in the loop near Potters Grange Junction, Goole, on 18 March 2006 with the 6H93 17:08 Goole Glassworks to Peterborough sand empties. Unfortunately the lighting was nothing like this when it left, but I couldn't resist taking this picture during a very brief burst of sunshine, that nicely illuminates Goole's famous 'Salt and Peeper Pot' water towers.

66125 Wolvercote 4 May 2011

66125 passes Wolvercote on 4 May 2011 with the 6V37 08:50 Daw Mill to Didcot Power Station coal train. Coal traffic through the Oxford area will soon be a thing of the past with the imminent closure of Didcot A Power Station. Didcot B is gas fired and will continue in use for the foreseeable future.

66125 Uffington 22 October 2011

The blue skies of 22 October 2011 tempted me to hike across the fields to a spot near Uffington which I have used for a number of years, but which now seems in danger of disappearing. If that bush doesn't soon ruin things, then I expect the forthcoming overhead wires will! 66125 passes by with the early running 4D10 12:20 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties.

66125 Bletchingdon 3 September 2012

66125 passes the site of Bletchingdon station on 3 September 2012 with the 4O30 13:19 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. For once all the boxes are on the front of the train, with the empty flats at the rear - much more photogenic.

66125 Shrivenham 2 March 2015

66125 passes through the remains of Shrivenham station on 2 March 2015 with the 6V85 02:00 Milford West Sidings to Appleford flyash tanks (from Drax Power Station). Unfortunately, unlike the previous week, the front half of the train was just empty flats, which rather spoils the picture, although it does give a clear view of the old platform! As the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot had been cancelled, this was running in its path. It therefore had to wait for 20 minutes at Wantage Road, rather than the booked Highworth Junction.

66126 South Marston 15 July 2016

66126 passes South Marston in fading light on 15 July 2016 with the 6O17 16:32 Barry Docks to Dollands Moor. This train runs from Associated British Port's recently opened intermodal container terminal, and often conveys empty polybulk wagons, which are used for conveying silica sand. However, on this occasion the train is a more or less uniform rake of containers (two per wagon).

66126 Bourton 13 March 2017

66126 passes Bourton on 13 March 2017 with the 6W03 08:50 Newport Alexandra Dock Junction to Hinksey ballast. This was running very late. In fact it had not been activated on the system at the booked departure time, and actually left Newport at 10:07.

66127 Baulking 24 March 2009

66127 heads west along the Great Western Mainline at Baulking on 24 March 2009 with the 6B33 13:33 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Not as interesting as the formerly guaranteed Class 60 traction, but a colourful picture in the sunshine nonetheless.

66127 Pilning 27 April 2010

The start of a brief period of frenetic (by 21st century standards!) freight activity at Pilning on 27 April 2010. 66127 pulls out of the down loop with the 6B33 13:33 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Hidden by the bushes in the background, 66003 waits just behind it with the 6B50 16:25 Swindon to Alexandra Docks Junction steel empties. While coming the other way is 66543 towing failed classmate 66564 with the 4O51 10:00 Wentloog to Southampton freightliner.

66128 Goole Glass Works 26 June 2008

In a brief patch of sunlight before the ominous dark clouds in the background arrived heralding more rain, 66128 stands in the unloading facility at the Guardian Glass Works at Goole on 26 June 2008, as it prepares to start unloading the 6H92 04:00 Peterborough to Goole sand train. This massive float glass works is a significant employer in the area and produces in excess of 700 tons of glass daily, although sadly only the raw materials arrives by rail, with the finished products leaving by road onto the conveniently situated M62 motorway.

66129 Kingston Lisle 6 January 2009

66129 heads west near Kingston Lisle (between Didcot and Swindon) on 6 January 2009 with the 4D12 13:13 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. Unlike a lot of photographers I am not content to repeatedly go back to the same locations over and over again, and although obviously this is unavoidable at times, I am constantly striving to find new viewpoints, which in the case of my local Great Western Mainline is something of a challenge. This view although pleasant and probably not featured on the web until now is hardly sufficiently different to justify the long walk from the nearest road!

66129 Standish Junction 25 October 2010

66129 takes the Swindon line at Standish Junction on 25 October 2010 with the 6A36 Ashchurch to MoD stores train. A single wagon (and that might be empty!), but I suppose its a blessing that its next to the loco and not at the far end of the train!

66129, 66100 & 66091 Denchworth 17 October 2011

How many Class 66s does it take to move twenty one wagons! The answer seems to be three if this photo is to believed! 66129, 66100 & 66091 pass Denchworth in a very lucky brief patch of sunshine on 17 October 2011 with the 6X50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot departmental working. Obviously 66100 & 66091 are dead in tow, as even a 66 could manage this meagre load unaided. The reason for the 6X50 headcode rather than the more normal 6M50 is not immediately apparent in this view, but the switch and crossing panel wagons which renders the train an exceptional load would be added later at Hinksey Yard. Note how Circourt Bridge in the background is not in the sun, proving it was a good job I decided not to go to there.

66129 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 13 July 2013

66129 heads north through Oxford on 13 July 2013 with the diverted 6M60 04:00 Exeter Riverside to Bescot china clay tanks, passing 220011 held at a red signal with the 1O82 06:16 Leeds to Southampton Central CrossCountry service. The huge white buildings in the background are the as yet unfinished Castle Mill student accommodation blocks. Quite how such a hideous monstrosity ever got planning permission, especially in a place like Oxford, is a question that every local resident is asking. As the iconic views from the nearby Port Meadow have been compromised, there is real talk of a review, and even forcing the developers to reduce the height. The buildings have no architectural merit whatsoever, and are more reminiscent of 1950s communist state tenements.

66129 Compton Beauchamp 13 May 2017

Running a staggering 140 minutes late (not bad considering it left 2 minutes early!), 66129 passes Compton Beauchamp on 13 May 2017 with the 6W07 14:00 Leckwith North Junction to Bescot DBS engineers train.

66130 Culham 9 July 2015

Unfortunately corresponding with a period when the sun drifted into some high cloud, 66130 approaches Culham on 9 July 2015 with the 4V39 17:36 Southampton Eastern Docks to Morris Cowley empty car carriers.

66130 Oxford North Junction 25 March 2017

After spending 40 minutes stopped at signals in the background (less than booked), 66130 slowly weaves across from the relief to the main line at Oxford North Junction on 25 March 2017 with the 4V54 09:33 Wakefield Europort to Didcot intermodal.

66132 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 October 1999

My only picture of an EWS Class 66 on the 4C13 11:11 Calvert to Bristol binliner empties. 66132 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 5 October 1999. Prior to this EWS had used a variety of interesting traction, but then in May 2000 they lost the contract, which was taken over by Freightliner Heavy Haul, who worked it until the service came to an end in 2011.

66132 Bletchingdon 23 November 2012

66132 passes the flooded River Cherwell at Bletchingdon on 23 November 2012 with the 4O23 11:13 Hams Hall to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. The small industrial estate on the left marks the site of the former Bletchingdon station.

66133 Oxford North Junction 12 July 2014

66133 emerges from the fog at Oxford North Junction on 12 July 2014 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z25 06:25 Banbury to Llandrindod Wells 'Heart of Wales Rambler' railtour. Hardly a classic railtour, with bland motive power, and not a hint of 'railtour standard time'. In other words it ran to time all the way!

66134 Whitacre Junction 23 September 2000

The impressive Gothic Whitacre Water Works, and the long time abandoned Shark plough brake van immediately identifies this location as Whitacre Junction. 66134 heads east on 23 September 2000 with the 6A02 08:45 Washwood Heath to Wembley Rover cars.

66135 South Moreton 27 April 2011

Not quite the result I was hoping for, but I suppose it can be regarded as a perfectly timed passing shot. As I was approaching South Moreton on 27 April 2011, I could see 66135 stopped at signals with the 6Z16 Hothfield to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties. Quickly stopping the car, and sprinting to the bridge with the now essential stepladder, I could see the train starting to move as soon as I looked over the parapet. What I couldn't see was the 1V89 12:19 Newcastle to Reading CrossCountry service bearing down from behind! 66135 didn't get very far, as it was stopped yet again at the next set of signals!

66135 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 2 February 2013

Running a staggering 140 minutes early, 66135 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing at Shrivenham on 2 February 2013 with the 4D10 12:20 (in theory!) Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. This freight flow ceased a few weeks later with the closure of Didcot Power Station.

66135 Compton Beauchamp 6 July 2013

66135 passes Compton Beauchamp on 6 July 2013 with the diverted 6M60 04:00 Exeter Riverside to Bescot china clay tanks. This train's normal route would be via Newport and the Welsh Marches line. However, as that line was closed for engineering work north of Hereford, it was routed via Swindon and Oxford. It was only after I had taken this picture, and happened to look round to watch the train going away, that I noticed a large bank of cloud to the east. As it was forecast to be a completely sunny day, I wasn't expecting this. Therefore, it was lucky that it was running early, as although the lighting is very head on, shortly afterwards there wasn't any lighting at all!

66135 Denchworth 8 January 2014

66135 passes Denchworth on 8 January 2014 with the late running 6M26 08:55 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties. Note the lineside tree clearance visible behind the train, the first stage of work in connection with the forthcoming electrification.

66135 Kidlington (Sandy Lane) 21 June 2014

66135 approaches Sandy Lane level crossing, near Kidlington, on 21 June 2014 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z70 04:50 Eastleigh to Carlisle 'Scenic Settler' railtour. Although only a 66, the prospect of some fine early morning light made the effort to get up early worthwhile. The longest day guaranteed the best available choice of locations with regard to light, but even so at 06:17 there are very few locations in the Oxford area that are clear of shadows. 70002 would later be added to the train at Crewe.

66135 Bessacarr 14 March 2015

Passing through the cutting at Bessacarr which has recently been largely cleared of trees, 66135 heads westwards on 14 March 2015 with the diverted 4D56 11:32 Biggleswade to Heck Plasmor block empties. This train would usually travel via the East Coast Mainline.

66136 Uffington 20 January 2011

Disappointing motive power for the 7C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties on 20 January 2011. I would have much preferred the more usual Class 59, but I was already in position in the field near the site of Uffington station, so this picture of 66136 heading back to the Mendips was added to the collection. An aptly named 'Scatter Bird' gas operated bird scarer was protecting the young oilseed rape crop in the field on the right and a PW worker was sounding a loud horn to warn track workers near the bridge of the approach of each train. It wasn't the quietest of spots this particular afternoon!

66136 Up Hatherley 14 March 2011

66136 passes Up Hatherley on 11 March 2011 with the 6B17 Didcot to Long Marston stock move, conveying four bogie tanks for storage. As this location gets backlit around midday, for once I was glad that the sun gone into a patch of thin high cloud. This however had gone by the time 6E41 rolled into view!

66136 Culham 11 June 2015

66136 passes Culham on 11 June 2015 with the 4M66 16:40 Southampton Western Docks to Birch Coppice intermodal. The village of Appleford can just be seen amid the trees in the background, with the distinctive spire of the parish church of St Peter and St Paul on the extreme left.

66137 Forth Bridge 18 April 2003

66137 crosses the Forth Bridge with the 7G70 14:40 Hunterston to Longannet Power Station coal train on 18 April 2003. Considering this is one of the world's engineering masterpieces, very little effort has gone into making a viewing area for the bridge from the north side of the Forth. This picture is taken from a road in a housing estate through a gap in the trees.

66137 Uffington 24 April 2010

A gnarled old oak tree, complete with abandoned rookery makes a perfect frame for 66137 as it passes Uffington on 24 April 2010 with the 6B33 12:12 Theale to Margam Murco oil empties. I had carefully positioned myself to include a slightly wider view than this in order to get a full length train in the picture, but as I half suspected the train was actually running as a short formation (as it often does on a Saturday) and therefore I changed position slightly at the last minute to include more of the tree. This twenty tank train is within the capabilities of a single Class 66, whereas the full length version isn't, hence the use of pairs of 'sheds' instead of the required Class 60.

66137 & 66194 Hinksey 3 April 2013

66137 has 66194 dead in tow, as it shunts a lengthy rake of point carriers in Hinksey Yard on 3 April 2013, prior to working the train north as the 6M28 18:16 Hinksey to Bescot. The wagons had been used during the previous weekend's major track remodeling at Reading. In the background 66116 waits to leave the yard with the 4L40 16:42 Morris Cowley to Purfleet BMW Mini car carriers.

66138 Tackley 19 November 2010

Friday 19 November 2010 was another superb day with very nearly unbroken sunshine. Keen to catch the last of the autumn colours, I trekked across the fields to where the railway crosses the River Cherwell near Tackley. With hawthorn berries and a rustic gate completing the rural scene, 66138 rolls by with the 4O16 09:16 Ditton to Southampton Western Docks intermodal service.

66138 Bourton 12 August 2016

66138 doesn't appear to be in the best of health, as it passes Bourton on 12 August 2016 with the 6Z47 13:10 Acton to Cardiff Docks Ryan's Wharf stone empties. The black smoke being emitted was even worse as it came underneath the bridge in the background.

66139 Tilts 24 November 2008

The severity of the gradients on the Adwick to Stainforth freight only line to the north of Doncaster can be fully appreciated in this dramatic view of 66139 approaching the remote hamlet of Tilts on 24 November 2008 with the 6D95 12:23 Doncaster Belmont to Goole steel train. The train will shortly be crossing the East Coast Mainline.

66140 & 66126 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 30 January 2010

This is what happens when you don't maintain your locomotives properly. Because DB Schenker are reluctant to invest in their Class 60 fleet, in particular the heavy overhauls that the 20 year machines require, early 2010 sees only a handful of the heavy freight locos in service. The result is that heavy oil trains from South Wales have to be entrusted to pairs of the inferior Class 66s. 66140 & 66126 pass Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 30 January 2010 with the 6B33 12:12 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. At least I suppose that it now means that having got this picture of the double headed working in good light, there will be no need to venture out to the lineside to see this particular train again until commonsense prevails and the correct traction is reinstated.

66141 Baulking 12 October 2006

66141 approaches Baulking on 12 October 2006 with the 6C23 10:29 Hayes to East Usk empty hoppers, a working which up until this point had often been worked by a Class 60. It seems that EWS have only seen fit to rebrand a few of the old four wheel hoppers.

66141 Little Langford 30 November 2013

66141 leads the 3L13 09:14 Westbury to Par (via Salisbury) Rail Head Treatment Train past Little Langford in golden early morning light on 30 November 2013. Absolutely filthy 66193 is bringing up the rear. I can understand why 66141's driver's door has been cleaned, but what was the point of cleaning the obsolete English Welsh & Scottish Railway logo?

66142 Dalwhinnie 5 September 2000

66142 runs parallel with the A9 near Dalwhinnie on 5 September 2000, as it heads south with the 6D46 13:30 Inverness to Mossend Enterprise service. Unfortunately the Class 37s had just been replaced on this train, but as the sun was out it was worth a shot.

66142 Seaton Snook Junction 15 September 2001

66142 rejoins the mainline at Seaton Snook Junction on 15 September 2001, after traversing the short branch to Seaton-on-Tees (Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station), with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 20:22 Newport to York 'Blyth & Tyne Meanderer' railtour. 56089 can just be seen on the rear of the train.

66142 Radley 17 December 2012

66142 approaches Radley on 17 December 2012 with the 4O23 11:14 Hams Hall to Southampton Western Docks Intermodal. The sun is too head on for my liking here, but in the winter there is only a short while before the shadows from the trees on the left create an even bigger problem!

66143 Water Eaton (Banbury Road) 14 January 2014

Two empty stone trains in one picture! 66143 passes Banbury Road Stone Terminal, Water Eaton with the 6Z67 10:50 Calvert to Bow Olympic spoil empties on 14 January 2014. In the foreground is the 7C54 13:06 Oxford Banbury Road to Westbury Mendip Rail stone empties, with its loco (59005) in the photographically impossible position, directly underneath the bridge.

66143 Shrivenham 29 November 2014

Work stained 66143 leads the 6Z70 09:33 Didcot to St Phillips Marsh Rail Head Treatment Train past Shrivenham on 29 November 2014, with equally filthy 66168 bring up the rear. At least the bushes don't get in the way of a train of this length!

66143 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 1 December 2016

Framed by a recently installed electfrication mast, and the tree that Network Rail missed when its neighbours were cut down, 66143 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 1 December 2016, running as the 0W60 08:41 Westbury to Didcot light engine.

66144 Compton Beauchamp 29 May 2003

66144 has a good load behind it as it passes Compton Beauchamp on 29 May 2003 with the 6M17 16:38 Newport Alexandra Dock Junction to Wembley Enterprise service. Photography of eastbound trains in the evening on the Great Western Mainline is difficult due to the angle of the sun. This location is better than most, as at least the sun is not directly behind the train. The problem was further helped here by the sun fading out into high cloud.

66145 Coedkernew 20 July 2000

Superb evening light at Coedkernew on 20 July 2000. 66145 heads westwards with what is presumably the late running 6G52 16:30 Avonmouth to Aberthaw Power Station MGR, while in the background, the 4S81 18:20 Pengam to Coatbridge freightliner can be seen disappearing into the distance, hauled by 66501.

66145 Tonna 16 March 2002

A brief burst of sunshine at Tonna on 16 March 2002, as 66145 returns from Cwmgwrach with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 05:40 Sheffield to Onllywyn 'Valley Voyager' railtour. This is the site of Aberdylais Halt, which closed in 1964.

66145 Cefn Coed Colliery 16 March 2002

66145 passes Cefn Coed Colliery on 16 March 2002 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z38 15:45 Onllywyn to Sheffield 'Valley Voyager' railtour. Cefn Coed Colliery was opened in 1926, and eventually the shaft reached a depth of 2,500 feet, making it the deepest anthracite mine in the world at the time. The mine closed in 1968, but Blaenant Colliery opened up right next door, but that had also closed by 1990. Today the site is a museum, although unfortunately without any access the underground workings.

66145 Uffington 12 February 2008

A most unwelcome sight at Uffington on 12 February 2008. Instead of the usual Class 60, 66145 turned up on the 6B33 13:30 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Whether this poor choice of traction for this heavy train (admittedly now within the capabilities of a 66, as it is empty) had anything to do with what happened next I am unable to say.

66147 Wormleighton Crossing 22 April 2009

66147 sweeps round the curve at Wormleighton Crossing (near Banbury) with the 4O21 11:10 Burton-on-Trent to Southampton intermodal on 22 April 2009. This picture almost didn't happen, as a Class 168 unit has only just disappeared round the corner (note the red signal).

66147 South Moreton (Didcot East) 13 September 2012

Some of the most impressive freight trains operating in the south of England in 2012 are the covered car carrier trains conveying new Minis from the BMW plant at Cowley. The sheer length of these trains with their distinctive wagons, makes up for the mundane traction employed. On 13 September 2012, 66147 was entrusted with the 4O40 08:21 Morris Cowley to Southampton Eastern Docks, seen here passing South Moreton (Didcot East), slowly gathering speed after its lengthy layover at Didcot.

66147 Charlton-on-Otmoor 21 March 2017

66147 passes Charlton-on-Otmoor on 21 March 2017 with the 6A48 10:25 Bicester to Didcot MoD stores. I was very lucky to get this in the sun, as after a completely sunny start to the day, the clouds were now building up big time, whipped along by a very strong wind.

66148 Pontefract East Junction 22 June 2013

66148 brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z81 09:56 Sheffield to Leeds 'Loopy Doughnut' railtour at Pontefract East Junction on 22 June 2013. In the distance, 60019 has just regained the correct running line, as it works the train towards Pontefract Monkhill.

66149 Whitehill 29 July 2009

66149 passes Whitehill (between Combe and Finstock) in the pouring rain on 29 July 2009 with the 6W60 Hinksey to Charlbury ballast train. Two ballast workings were booked to work to Charlbury within 45 minutes of each other, so despite the terrible weather I wasn't going to miss the chance to see two engineering trains within less than a hour on what is normally a passenger only section of railway. Just out of sight in the field on the right is North Leigh Roman Villa, and interestingly while I was waiting for these trains a pair of the rare Roman Snails (Helix pomatia) were crawling up the bridge parapet, obviously encouraged by the wet weather. As the Romans brought them to this country, they certainly haven't strayed very far in over 1600 years!

66149 Charlbury 29 July 2009

Its not very often you get to photograph two trains this close together on the main line. In the pouring rain on 29 July 2009, with Brunel's grade II listed station building prominent in the foreground, 66149 with the 6W60 ballast train from Hinksey stands awaiting further instructions, with 66185 on the 6W61 from Hinksey right behind it. They would shortly move off to drop ballast on the section of realigned track between Charlbury and Shorthampton.

66149 Charlbury 29 July 2009

66149 pulls slowly away from Charlbury with the 6W60 ballast train from Hinksey on 29 July 2009. It was just about to drop ballast on the line between here and Shorthampton. In connection with redoubling certain sections of the Cotswold Line the single track is having to be repositioned in several places, undoing the work carried out in 1971. Unfortunately by the time this train decided to move off not only had the rain started coming down again, but it was starting to get dark, which probably explains why I was the only photographer on the scene!

66149 Shorthampton 29 July 2009

In failing light on 29 July 2009, 66149 moves cautiously forward over the realigned and totally unballasted track at Shorthampton, prior to dropping ballast. It is working the 6W60 ballast train from Hinksey, which has already dropped some ballast nearer to Charlbury, just around the corner. A similar train worked by 66185 & 66068 would follow along later. This section of the Cotswold Line is being redoubled, but as the remaining single track was centered in 1971, that work is having to be undone, as here. Preparatory work at this location involved extensive lineside vegetation clearance, which accounts for the abundant growth of Rosebay Willowherb and Stinging Nettles on the side of the cutting.

66149 Denchworth 16 October 2012

Flanked by track workers doing their inspection of the line, 66149 ambles along the up relief line at Denchworth on 16 October 2012 with the 6D11 08:27 Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station imported coal. There would be just five more months of such trains, before the closure of Didcot's coal fired generator, would bring them to an end.

66149 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 16 October 2012

66149 ambles slowly along the down relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth at little more than walking pace on 16 October 2012 with the 4D12 13:22 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. Obviously the driver is hoping that the red signal up ahead will clear before he gets to it, therefore avoiding the need for a standing start at Challow.

66149 Yarnton 20 January 2014

66149 passes Yarnton on 20 January 2014 with the 3F01 12:02 Fenny Compton to Marchwood special priority MoD stores. I had chosen this location as the angle of the sun wouldn't matter, as it was totally cloudy. Naturally, as soon as I had walked across the field to the bridge, and it was too late to go anywhere else, the sun started to appear!

66149 Baulking 30 June 2014

66149 passes Baulking on 30 June 2014 with the 6B35 10:47 Hayes and Harlington to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties. A little backlit, but how many more pictures will I be able to take at this location before the wires go up and ruin the view forever?

66150 Uffington 30 October 2012

66150 passes Uffington on 30 October 2012 with the 6M50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot engineer's train, on this occasion running 30 minutes late. Even though its only a 'Red Shed', and therefore just about the least interesting type of traction on the railway, the varied consist of this train makes it worth going out for, especially on a sunny autumn morning.

66150 Shrivenham 4 September 2014

A colourful sight at Shrivenham on 4 September 2014. 66150 works a train of refurbished and repainted HKA hoppers, running as the 6Z47 10:04 Wembley Euro Freight Operating Centre to Cardiff Docks Ryan's Wharf. I hope there were no photographers on the bridge in the background, as it doesn't look like the sunny patch extends that far!

66150 Little Haresfield 4 May 2015

66150 approaches Little Haresfield on 4 May 2015 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 05:25 Basingstoke to Dowlow (Briggs Sidings) 'Buxton & Cheshire Explorer' railtour. 66165 is out of sight on the rear of the train. The train is accelerating slowly away from Standish Junction, which is near the bridge in the background that 66150's heat haze exhaust is doing its best to obscure. The train has just traversed the 'Golden Valley' line from Swindon. As can be seen by the dark background, a large cloud was rapidly approaching, and I was lucky to get this one in the sun. A long lens was necessary to clear numerous shadows in the foreground.

66151 Bourton 23 April 2014

66151 passes Bourton on 23 April 2014 with the late running 6M26 07:37 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties. Mostly empty anyway, although obviously the contents of the first three wagons are going back from whence they came!

66152 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 8 September 2005

66152 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 8 September 2005 with the 6A32 Ashchurch to Didcot MoD stores (or lack of them!). This train was booked to leave Ashchurch at 13:27, but clearly didn't, as it passed me at 13:32!

66152 Bauling 27 October 2008

66152 passes Baulking with the 6B35 10:15 Hayes and Harlington to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties on 27 October 2008, with the customary rake of wagons including a single ex RMC liveried example. As this picture is taken at around midday, it can be seen that this is about the latest date in the year that this location can successfully be used for photography, as even with the sun at its highest, the shadows extend up to the edge of nearest rail. Although the rampant growth of lineside vegetation at this location has been virtually unchecked in the last couple of decades, a Network Rail team had just finished strimming the bushes on the path down to the track when I arrived!

66152 Great Heck 11 March 2011

66152 Derek Holmes Railway Operator's bright red livery is accentuated by the rising sun as it passes Great Heck on 11 March 2011 with the 6D54 02:44 Redcar to Scunthorpe coal. There was a bank of cloud across the early morning sun until just a matter of minutes before the train arrived. In fact it was one of those days when I thought the weather forecasters had got it completely wrong again, only to find that as usual it was only their timing that was out!

66152 Chipping Sodbury 31 August 2013

Running over ninety minutes early, 66152 Derek Holmes Railway Operator passes the site of Chipping Sodbury station (closed 1961) with the 6V13 08:12 Dollands Moor to Margam steel empties on 31 August 2013. As well as the site of Chipping Sodbury station behind the loco, the houses of Old Sodbury can be seen in the background, with one of the airshafts for Sodbury Tunnel in the distance. I will leave you to make your own comments!

66152 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 23 February 2015

66152 Derek Holmes Railway Operator runs along the up relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 23 February 2015 with the 6V85 02:00 Milford West Sidings to Appleford containerised flyash tanks, originally from Drax Power Station. Unfortunately the earlier sunshine had disappeared, but on the plus side I was back in the car before the heavy rain started!

66152 Ashchurch 22 April 2015

66152 Derek Holmes Railway Operator passes through Ashchurch station on 22 April 2015 with the 6Z57 06:52 Llanwern Exchange Sidings to Long Marston, conveying a lengthy rake of steel carrier wagons going back into storage. The road traffic on the A46 in the background is at its usual rush hour standstill!

66152 Badsey 22 April 2015

66152 Derek Holmes Railway Operator runs along the lengthy straight section of the Cotswold Line at Badsey on 22 April 2015 with the 6Z57 06:52 Llanwern Exchange Sidings to Long Marston steel carrier wagons for storage. Although this was running to time, there would have been few pathing problems on this particular day, as several First Great Western trains were cancelled, due, believe it or not, to a bird getting caught in a set of points, and causing a track circuit failure! This was the third day of such disruption.

66153 Kibworth Harcourt 28 June 2008

66153 passes Kibworth Harcourt on 25 June 2008 with the 6Z60 10:29 Bardon Hill to Bow Olympic stone train. Ironically this picture was taken just a few weeks before the magnificent opening ceremony of the preceding Olympic Games in Beijing, China. This certainly gave Britain something to compete against four years later!

66153 Denchworth 16 September 2010

66153 runs along the down relief line at Denchworth on 16 September 2010 with the 4D12 13:13 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. It will have to wait at Challow for a couple of HSTs to pass, before continuing on its journey.

66154 Denchworth 31 October 2014

66154 just manages to avoid the worst of the shadows, as it passes Denchworth on 31 October 2014 with the 6B35 10:47 Hayes and Harlington to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties. Judging by the state of the roof, it looks like 66154 is an early candidate for a repaint!

66154 Thrupp 10 February 2015

The landslip at Harbury in early 2015 effectively blocked the line between Banbury and Leamington Spa. This resulted in the Banbury to Mountsorrel empty self discharge train being re-routed via Oxford and London. 66154 is seen here passing Thrupp (near Kidlington) on a very gloomy 10 February 2015 with the diverted 6M31 10:42 Banbury to Mountsorrel, running half an hour late.

66155 Botany Bay 10 March 2009

With the 1N06 11:30 Kings Cross to Newcastle National Express East Coast HST disappearing into the distance, 66155 approaches Botany Bay level crossing (near Retford) with the 4L45 10:15 Wakefield Europort to Felixstowe intermodal service on 10 March 2009.

66156 Severn Tunnel Junction 22 February 2003

With Rogiet church in the background, the last rays of the setting sun illuminate 66156 as it passes Severn Tunnel Junction with the 6M68 08:33 Burngullow to Warrington china clay slurry on Saturday 22 February 2003. This train would then work forward the following day as the 6S55 17:00 Warrington to Irvine, a very rare Sunday revenue earning freight train. The overgrown area on both sides of the line here is the site of the once extensive Severn Tunnel Junction Yard.

66156 Uffington 23 November 2010

The setting sun glints off 66156 and its train as it passes a field of oilseed rape near Uffington on 23 November 2010 with the 6D15 12:43 Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station coal train. I wouldn't normally bother taking a backlit picture of a 'Red shed', but the lighting looked so good on this one that I couldn't resist.

66156 Wantage Road 15 January 2013

A scene soon to pass into history. Both the train and the cloud of steam rising in the background have only a few months left, when pictured here on 15 January 2013. 66156 approaches Wantage Road with the 4D10 12:20 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. The huge plume of steam is of course emanating from Didcot A coal fired Power Station, which is due to close in 2013, leaving the gas fired Didcot B to carry on generating.

66156 Islip (Brookfurlong Farm) 20 October 2015

With the Oxford to Water Eaton line closed for upgrading in connection with Chiltern Railway's new Oxford to London service, stone trains for the Banbury Road terminal have to access the terminal from the north, via the new chord at Bicester, On 20 October 2015, 66156 heads north near Islip with the returning empties - the 6V01 11:28 Oxford Banbury Road to Acton.

66156 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 25 March 2017

66156 passes the blackthorn blossom at Claydon (Gloucestershire) on 25 March 2017, as it heads south with the 6V05 09:20 Round Oak to Margam steel empties. Good to see a Saturday steel working in this time of reduced traffic, but I prefer the traction from a couple of decades earlier!

66157 Patney & Chirton 11 May 2009

66157 passes Patney with the 6V18 12:38 Hither Green to Whatley empty Hanson 'Jumbo' stone train on 11 May 2009. After several hours photographing Class 59s I suppose it was inevitable that a 66 would come along and spoil it!

66158 Closeburn 9 June 2007

66158 passes Closeburn in nice early morning light with the 6E85 05:21 Hunterston to Drax Power Station coal train on 9 June 2007. The mist had just cleared, although the hills in the background are still partly obscured.

66158 Uffington 1 June 2009

66158 passes Uffington with the featherweight 6M17 18:08 Newport Alexandra Dock Junction to Wembley Enterprise service on 1 June 2009. Obviously the recession is at work here, as this was formerly a very well loaded train. Although this loco is less than ten years old there is a huge amount of rust visible below the bodyside grilles. The poor standards of construction for this class are well known, but this kind of quality control is reminiscent of 1970s British Leyland!

66159 Workington 2 May 2005

On 2 May 2005, 66159 took over from 37427 in Workington station (just out of sight in the distance) and then worked the Pathfinder Tours 1Z78 04:56 Cardiff Central to Whitehaven 'Cumbrian Warrior' tour to the docks junction. The docks branch is seen diverging to the right here. To think I drove all the way to Cumbria to photograph a 'Shed'!

66159 Eckington 15 August 2009

If you owned one of the houses near the railway at Eckington, you could get an extremely close up view of passing trains! 66159 brushes past the garden sheds on 15 August 2009, as it works the 6V40 04:25 Scunthorpe to Margam steel slabs.

66160 Denchworth 10 April 2015

In the week after Easter 2015, various freight trains were diverted via the Didcot to Swindon line, due to ongoing signal works in the Reading area. One such was the 4O40 08:21 Morris Cowley to Southampton Eastern Docks car carriers, conveying Minis for export. On 10 April 2015 it is pictured passing Denchworth with 66160 in charge. Luckily it was running over an hour late, which has resulted in the backlighting not being as severe as anticipated.

66161 Bourton 16 September 2013

66161 passes Bourton on 16 September 2013 with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot departmental working. At the rear of the train are a pair of Colas twin jib cranes, DRC78235 & DR78266. It wasn't long before the bright sunshine gave way to a mainly cloudy day, which later turned to heavy downpours and intermittent sunny spells.

66161 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 18 February 2016

66161 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 18 February 2016 with the 6V47 10:26 Tilbury to Trostre steel empties. Usually a lengthy train, and on this occasion made up of three different wagon types.

66163 Washwood Heath 22 November 2008

Costco could also be an appropriate name for the class of loco pictured here. 66163 passes the discount store at Washwood Heath on 22 November 2008 with a short rake of engineers vehicles in a welcome patch of sunshine. The Class 66's no frills and economy design has nevertheless served the needs of the remaining rail freight traffic over the last decade despite various problems including poor build quality.

66164 Circourt 23 November 2007

The horses in the field show no at all interest in 66164 as it approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth with the 6Z98 Hayes to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties on 23 November 2007. The train is running slowly along the down relief line, as it will be stopping at Challow a mile further on, where the relief lines end. It is being rapidly overhauled by 43127 on the late running 13:30 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western service, which can just be seen approaching under the bridge in the background.

66164 Great Bourton 23 April 2010

In the soft evening light on 23 April 2010, 66164 heads through the North Oxfordshire countryside near Great Bourton with the 6M58 15:08 Southampton Eastern Docks to Warrington Arpley car carriers. Warrington church is just visible on the horizon on the left, while Williamscot House can be seen directly above the train.

66164 Ashchurch 16 July 2016

66164 passes Ashchurch in superb early morning light on 16 July 2016 with the 6M90 05:00 Avonmouth Hansons Siding to Clitheroe Castle Cement empty cement tanks. Unfortunately the new silver tanks are now looking slightly less than pristine, as a few of them have received the attention of graffiti vandals. The train had actually left Avonmouth 89 minutes early, but passed Ashchurch virtually on time. This was very fortunate, as it corresponded with approximately 20 minutes of totally unforecast sunshine.

66165 Hexthorpe 28 July 2008

66165 approaches Hexthorpe with the 6E08 07:18 Wolverhampton to Doncaster steel train on 28 July 2008. The four tracks start just around the corner in the background, a little after Hexthorpe Junction. The 66 is on the tracks that head south at St James Junction, avoiding Doncaster station, while the other two tracks are the lines into Doncaster, used by all passenger services.

66165 Didcot North Junction 8 September 2012

66165 passes Didcot North Junction on 8 September 2012 with the 6O26 10:19 Hinksey Yard to Eastleigh Yard working, on this occasion comprised entirely of a lengthy rake of ballast empties. This was the second departmental working at this spot on this particular morning, 66043 having passed by a little earlier.

66165 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 17 February 2015

The sheep in the field takes no notice, as 66165 passes Claydon on 17 February 2015 with the 6V05 10:16 Round Oak to Margam steel empties. The church and industrial estate at Ashchurch can be seen in the background.

66165 Souldern Wharf 21 April 2015

66165 passes the blackthorn blossom at Souldern Wharf on 21 April 2015 with the 6O42 11:31 Halewood to Southampton Eastern Docks car train, loaded with Range Rovers from the Jaguar plant for export. Just visible on the extreme right is Souldern No.2 Viaduct, on the Chiltern Line.

66165 Wolvercote 21 June 2017

The 6X65 20:28 Didcot to Mossend freight is always worth photographing, due to its lengthy and mixed consist. Unfortunately its late departure time limits photography to mid summer. The longest day therefore seems like the ideal time to photograph it, but on 21 June 2017 the sun had long gone even before it left Didcot. 66165 heads the mixed load past Wolvercote in the gloom. In addition to the cars and vans, there are several wagons of steel wire at the rear. In the background the 4O29 15:18 Trafford Park to Southampton freightliner waits in the loop, headed by 70015.

66166 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 8 August 2006

66166 approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing (near Shrivenham) on 8 August 2006. It is working the 4D12 13:09 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. The use of a long lens has exaggerated the somewhat un-Brunelian reverse curves in the line at this point.

66167 Challow 19 September 2012

The start of a busy five minutes at Challow on 19 September 2012. 66167 passes the site of the former station with the 6M50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot engineer's train, running virtually on time. However, this was not the end of the morning's freight activity, as five minutes later it was followed by a very similar train hauled by 66186, which had also come from Westbury.

66168 Compton Beauchamp 18 August 2009

66168 passes Compton Beauchamp on 18 August 2009 with the lightly loaded 6A32 Ashchurch to Didcot MoD stores train. Another instance of the Met Office getting it totally wrong. This was supposed to be a hot and sunny day - it was neither!

66168 Bottesford 6 September 2012

66168 passes through the tree line cutting at Bottesford on 6 September 2012 with the 6E82 12:16 Rectory Lane to Lindsey oil empties. Bottesford crossing keeper's cottage can just be seen in the far distance, above the rear of the train.

66168 Standish Junction 31 August 2013

66168 passes Standish Junction on 31 August 2013 with the 05:05 Ratcliffe Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. There would be no trains taking the diverging route in the foreground, and as the 'Golden Valley' line to Swindon was closed for track redoubling south of Kemble.

66168 Castle Donington 7 April 2015

66168 passes Castle Donington in hazy light on 7 April 2015 with the 6X01 10:17 Scunthorpe to Eastleigh continuously welded rails. Judging by the bright red rust colour of the lines on the right, nothing has been that way for a long time!

66169 Baulking 10 December 2008

The low late afternoon winter sun turns the dead grass in the foreground golden yellow as 66169 approaches Baulking with the 4D12 13:13 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties on 10 December 2008. Surprisingly I had not used this particular location for westbound trains previously, and although not a particularly inspiring location it useful in December as there is nothing to shade the line.

66169 Hinksey 28 October 2011

66169 passes Hinksey on 28 October 2011 with the 6A48 14:16 Bicester to Didcot MoD stores. As usual with this train, running considerably earlier than the booked time. In fact, nearly half an hour earlier at this point than the booked time to leave Bicester. Probably just as well with the rapidly lengthening shadows.

66169 Oxford North Junction 3 January 2013

66169 approaches Oxford North Junction on 3 January 2013 with the 6A49 12:10 Didcot to Bicester MoD stores. This train, which is quite often just a single van, had been signal checked, to allow a southbound CrossCountry service to pass, prior to it weaving across onto the Bicester Line. Once at Bicester, it would be locked in to allow 56303 to pass with the late running 6Z91 10:55 Calvert to Didcot Power Station flyash empties.

66169 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 22 September 2014

A surprise at Denchworth on 22 September 2014. Unexpectedly routed via Swindon, rather than the Berks & Hants line, 66169 leads the diverted 6M20 10:37 Whatley to St Pancras (Churchyard Sidings) stone hoppers, along the up relief line at Circourt Bridge. Needless to say, this deviation made it over an hour late by the time it got to Reading. Note the half driven in electrification piles behind the bushes, and near the signal gantry.

66169 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 8 January 2015

Unfortunately not the more appropriate ex National Power Class 59/2 on this ioccasion. 66169 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 8 January 2015 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. If you think this loco looks tatty, you should see what was following directly behind it!

66169 Radley 5 May 2016

66169 passes a field of oilseed rape near Radley on 5 May 2016, as it gets into its stride with the lengthy 4O39 9:43 Morris Cowley to Southampton Eastern Docks covered car carriers, with BMW Minis for export. The smoke obviously gives away the fact that the loco is still working hard to get the heavy load moving, but at the time I didn't notice the little circular puff of smoke. It almost looks like those dust marks you used to get on older digital SLRs before the advent of automatic sensor cleaning!

66169 Compton Beauchamp 27 May 2016

66169 passes Compton Beauchamp on 27 May 2016 with the 6Z47 13:10 Acton to Cardiff Docks Ryan's Wharf stone empties. Note the sycamore bush on the left. This is a feature of this bridge, with at various times, numerous small sycamore bushes growing along the roadside, as well as on the side of the railway cutting.

66170 South Moreton 7 May 2013

Work stained 66170 passes South Moreton on 7 May 2013 with the 6X44 14:38 Dagenham Dock to Didcot Ford vans and cars. This location is reasonably clear until later in the year, when the foreground vegetation starts to get in the way, even when using a stepladder.

66170 Defford 28 September 2016

66170 passes Defford on 28 September 2016 with the 6V92 10:22 Corby to Margam steel empties. This is the site of Defford station, which closed in 1965. The ash trees on the left are on the site of the old goods yard.

66171 Denchworth 16 September 2010

66171 ambles slowly along the down relief line at Denchworth on 16 September 2010, towing Kirow KRC1200UK Heavy Duty Diesel Hydraulic Crane DRK 81613 to Bristol Parkway. I certainly would not normally take a picture of a 'Red Shed' in such dire lighting conditions, but the slightly unusual consist just fits neatly under the gantry at this location.

66172 Bourton 1 March 2012

A sight soon to disappear from the Great Western Mainline. 66172 Paul Melleney passes Bourton on 1 March 2012 with the 4D12 12:52 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. The coal fired Didcot 'A' power station is due to close in 2015, which will see the end of these trains. Initially fuel for Didcot principally originated from the Midlands coalfields, but since the 1990s it has been mainly supplied with imported coal from Avonmouth.

66174 South Marston 11 December 2007

66174 passes the site of South Marston sidings on 11 December 2007 with the 4D10 11:50 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. The flat area that is (relatively) free of vegetation ensures that there is little to shade the line near the shortest day of the year.

66174 Uffington 4 June 2011

66174 passes Uffington on 4 June 2011 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z64 05:52 Salisbury to Buxton 'Peak District Explorer' railtour. I certainly wouldn't have bothered to get up this early even to travel the short distance to Uffington if I had known the weather would be this bad, at least not for a Class 66! Full sun when I left home turned into full cloud when I arrived at the lineside.

66174 South Moreton 19 August 2013

With the disused coal fired Didcot 'A' Power Station in the background, 66174 passes South Moreton on 19 August 2013 with the 4O40 08:21 Morris Cowley to Southampton Eastern Docks, conveying another load of Minis for export. Such is the length of the train that the rear of it is still passing under the farm occupation bridge, over quarter of a mile away.

66174 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 15 March 2014

66174 passes Shrivenham on 15 March 2014 with the 6V13 08:12 Dollands Moor to Margam steel empties. Just out of sight to the left, next to the site of Ashbury Crossing, numerous equipment cabinets were awaiting installation, part of the Great Western electrification programme.

66174 Challow 10 April 2015

Running 80 minutes late, 66174 passes the site of Challow station on 10 April 2015 with the diverted 6M66 09:01 Southampton Western Docks to Garston imported Ford vans and cars. A slightly ironic compliment to 66160 seen traveling in the opposite direction a couple of hours earlier!

66174 Challow 21 March 2016

With one of the electrification mast piles prominent in the foreground, 66174 moves slowly forward along the down relief line at Challow on 21 March 2016 with the 6B35 10:46 Hayes & Harlington to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties.

66175 Denchworth 27 July 2012

66175 shuns the relief line and has a clear run at Denchworth on 27 July 2012, as it heads west with the 6B35 10:47 Hayes and Harlington to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties. After a prolonged period of high pressure, the crisp light of previous days has given way to more hazy conditions. Note that the driver's door is open, as unbelievably these locos were not built with air conditioning!

66175 Swindon (Hay Lane) 18 July 2013

66175 passes Hay Lane (near Swindon) on 18 July 2013 with the 6M50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot departmental working. Careful inspection of the original high-res file reveals two small black animals. The Margam sheep emblem adorns the front of 66175, while in the bushes directly above the loco's cab, a rook ignores the passing train!

66175 & 67006 Wolvercote 19 July 2013

66175 has 67006 Royal Sovereign dead in tow, as it passes Wolvercote on 19 July 2013 with the 6M28 18:16 Hinksey to Bescot departmental working. Unfortunately this corresponded with a cloudy patch. I would normally not bother taking a picture is such circumstances (as happened with the Class 70 hauled freightliners that passed in similar light), but the inclusion of 67006 almost makes the picture worthwhile!

66175 Challow 30 July 2014

66175 sits in Challow loop on 30 July 2014 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. The stinging nettles are flourishing on the recently cleared trackside, showing how quickly nature regains the upper hand!

66175 Appleford 30 June 2015

66175 approaches Appleford on 30 June 2015 with the 6O42 11:31 Halewood to Southampton Eastern Docks covered car carriers, conveying Range Rovers from the Jaguar plant. This train had been running early until Oxford, but it was now 12 minutes late. This was unfortunate as this location is not a very pleasant place to stand, due to the close proximity of the road traffic.

66176 Brigg 12 March 2013

The severe landslip that occurred at Hatfield Colliery on 12 February 2013 resulted in numerous freight diversions in the Humberside area, as the main Scunthorpe to Doncaster line was completely blocked by the incident. The little used line from Barnetby to Gainsborough came into its own, with a vast increase in freight traffic. Exactly one month after the slip, on 12 March 2013, 66176 passes through Brigg station with the 12:50 Humber International Terminal to Eggborough Power Station coal. The route is single track northwards from the signal box in the background.

66177 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 8 September 2005

Another load of imported coal for Didcot Power Station. 66177 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 8 September 2005 with the 6D15 12:46 Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station. As the signals at this location are normally amber, it is obvious from the red light over the down main that a train has just passed in the Swindon direction.

66177 Cholsey 28 April 2015

66177 passes Cholsey on 28 April 2015 with the 6O15 17:27 Mossend Down Yard to Eastleigh, the nearest thing that exists in 2015 to the old fashioned wagonload freight train. 66177's white cab roofs are a pathetic attempt to cure the problem of overheating cabs in hot weather. The loco's basic specification meant that unbelievably for a modern loco, air conditioning was not specified during construction, leading to very poor working conditions for drivers during the summer.

66177 Walden Stubbs 6 June 2015

66177 passes Walden Stubbs on 6 June 2015 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z74 15:45 Doncaster to Bristol Temple Meads 'Don and Went' railtour. 60079 is hidden behind the bushes on the rear of the train. The scattered clouds make an excellent background, but they very nearly ruined the picture, as the sun only just reappeared from behind one of them as the train appeared from behind the bush! Note the white painted cab roofs, which are a feeble attempt to prevent the cabs getting too hot in summer.

66178 Wolvercote 10 April 2010

With its customary lightly loaded train, 66178 passes Wolvercote on 10 April 2010 with the 4O53 04:33 Wakefield Europort to Southampton Docks intermodal train. Although the up freight relief line here is clearly well used, at this time on a Saturday morning it would be very unlikely to be needed, which is just as well, as obviously there is no chance of a picture at this location!

66181 Blackbird Leys 22 January 2000

66181 passes the extremely battered fixed distant signal at Blackbird Leys, as it returns from Morris Cowley with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z43 06:56 Preston to Appleford 'White Horse Rambler' railtour on 22 January 2000. The main tour loco was 33103, with the 66 used for top'n'tailing over the Morris Cowley and Appleford branches, while 09101 was used for a similar purpose on the Highworth Branch at Swindon.

66182 Didcot North Junction 8 October 2010

66182 very cautiously negotiates Didcot North Junction, and enters Didcot Yard on 8 October 2010 with the 6A48 14:14 Bicester to Didcot MoD stores. A well loaded train, much better than some intermodals and freightliners!

66182 Denchworth 10 March 2015

66182 runs along the down relief line at Denchworth on 10 March 2015 with the late running 6Z47 08:49 Wembley Euro Freight Operating Centre to Cardiff Docks Ryan's Wharf HKA hoppers, on this occasion containing both repainted and former National Power liveried examples.

66182 South Marston 26 April 2017

With the track still glistening after the recent heavy rain and hail deluge, 66182 passes South Marston on 26 April 2017 with the 6B35 13:10 Hayes & Harlington to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties. I certainly wouldn't normally take a picture of a DBS Shed in such dire conditions, but as I was already at the location waiting to photograph LMS 4-6-0 46100 Royal Scot, and as this is one of the few remaining mast free sections of the Great Western Mainline, I made an exception!

66183 South Moreton 28 April 2015

66183 passes South Moreton on 28 April 2015 with the 4O40 08:21 Morris Cowley to Southampton Eastern Docks covered car carriers, with BMW Minis for export. In the background the 1W02 10:22 Paddington to Hereford and 1P39 11:01 Oxford to Paddington First Great Western HSTs pass each other. Note the large electrification works depot on the site of the former Moreton Sidings.

66184 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 23 February 2016

66184 passes Claydon on 23 February 2016 with the 6V92 10:22 Corby to Margam steel empties. I was very lucky with the light at this location, with virtually unbroken sunshine all the time I was there. There was however a lot of cloud all around (note Bredon Hill in the background).

66185 Whitehill 29 July 2009

66185 passes Whitehill (between Combe and Finstock) with the 6W61 Hinksey to Charlbury ballast train on 29 July 2009, running exactly 45 minutes behind 66149 as booked, on the very similarly loaded 6W60. Luckily by this time the torrential rain had eased off slightly. 66068 is out of sight on the far end of the train. The ballast was required for the realigned section of track to the west of Charlbury, altered in connection with redoubling the line.

66185 Rousham 13 April 2013

Just one box is visible on the 4O53 04:33 Wakefield Europort to Eastleigh intermodal, as it passes Rousham on 13 April 2013 with 66185 in charge. The lack of containers does mean that Rousham church is just visible in the distance, above the fourth wagon.

66185 Shrewley 3 July 2013

The driver of 66185 takes a bite from his apple, as his train comes back into the low evening sunlight at Shrewley on 3 July 2013. The working is the 6M28 18:16 Hinksey to Bescot engineers train. 66185 had only just acquired its new DBS livery, hence the sparkling condition.

66186 Moreton-in-Marsh 15 August 2009

66186 passes through Moreton-in-Marsh station with the 6W88 Hinksey to Chipping Campden ballast on 15 August 2009. Unfortunately I had to take this picture from the 'wrong' or shady side as there is no other option nowadays, especially as I wanted to picture it about to pass the semaphore signal still at danger (it was just about to enter the engineering possession). In the 1980s I would have been able to take this from the proper angle, but that was before Budgens was built (on the extreme right of this view). The supermarket and several fast growing trees have completely obliterated the view. Alternatively the view from the bridge in the background was also clear years ago, but not so now. Note the flock of pigeons wheeling across the sky in the background.

66186 Challow 19 September 2012

66186 takes the relief line at Challow on 19 September 2012 with the 6M26 07:36 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties. This was following a mere five minutes behind the regular 6M50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot service, on this occasion hauled by 66167. Note the physical impossibility of both these trains running to time, as they are booked in the same path!

66186 Uffington 30 October 2012

A freight flow living on borrowed time. Didcot's coal fired power station closed in March 2013, so this traffic had just a few months to live when this picture was taken on 30 October 2012. 66186 passes Uffington with the 6D11 08:27 Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station imported coal.

66186 Culham 11 June 2015

66186 passes Culham on 11 June 2015 with the 6X65 20:28 Didcot to Mossend freight, possibly the nearest thing on the national network today to the old fashioned Speedlink mixed freight. If only all Speedlink trains were this long, then perhaps they might still be running today! In addition to the large number of cars in the consist, there are also several wagons of steel rods, with a motley selection of miscellaneous wagon types bringing up the rear. Unfortunately this was running 11 minutes late, and that was enough to ensure that the light had virtually gone, with just a hint of very weak sun illuminating the train, and Appleford church in the background.

66187 Knottingley 11 March 2011

With the cloud rolling in from the west, I was lucky to get this one in the sun. 66187 passes through Knottingley station on 11 March 2011 with the 6H60 10:55 Hatfield Mine to Drax Power Station coal. The train has just traversed the sharp chord between Ferrybridge and Knottingley West Junctions.

66187 Compton Beauchamp 22 August 2011

66187 passes Compton Beauchamp on 22 August 2011 with the 4L36 06:53 Avonmouth to Ripple Lane coal empties. At one time loaded coal trains travelling from Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station were commonplace, but to see empties travelling in this direction is a bit of a novelty.

66187 Denchworth 5 September 2013

66187 passes Denchworth on 5 September 2013 with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot departmental working. A nice varied load, consisting of a single Network Rail JNA open wagon, five Network Rail HQAJ hoppers, and a rake of fourteen Freightliner MJA box wagons.

66187 Compton Beauchamp 27 May 2016

66187 passes Compton Beauchamp on 27 May 2016 with the 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Mendip Rail stone empties. Unfortunately this train is more often than not a Class 66 rather than the Class 59 of years past, but as it was sunny (just!) the picture was taken, as this location will by next to impossible once the wires go up.

66188 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 4 July 2011

66188 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 4 July 2011 with the 6W43 Wootton Bassett Junction to Hinksey departmental working, conveying Colas track plant from the previous day's engineering possession. After a bright start, the clouds were now coming up from the south, with this one only catching a trace of brightness.

66188 Cossington 12 November 2013

Fine autumn lighting at Cossington on 12 November 2013, as 66188 heads south with the 6B30 12:55 Mountsorrel to Northampton Castle Yard stone hoppers. Note the amount of rail sections just left lying next to the down main line.

66188 Tackley 18 June 2015

High summer at Tackley. 66188 catches the very last weak rays of the setting sun, as it passes a hedgerow full of Dog Roses on 18 June 2015, with the 6X65 20:28 Didcot to Mossend freight. Only around the Summer Solstice is it possible to photograph this train at this location, and even then, with it being just after 9pm, a setting of ISO 3200 was required in order to allow for a reasonable aperture. This train is one of the longest in the country, conveying assorted general wagons, as well as the main traffic of new cars and vans.

66188 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 1 October 2015

66188 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 1 October 2015 with the 6V47 10:27 Tilbury to Trostre steel empties. This is third occasion in 2015 that I have photographed this train here. First in January, and then in April.

66189 KIngs Sutton 28 May 2010

66189 passes through Kings Sutton station with the 4O21 11:40 Hams Hall to Southampton intermodal on 28 May 2010. At least we can tell from this picture that the driver is a Sun reader! On the subject of the sun, notice how close this picture came to not being in full sun, with the field in the background already under a rapidly advancing cloud.

66192 Goole (Potters Grange Junction) 25 September 2000

66192 approaches Potters Grange Junction, Goole, on the damp and misty morning of 25 September 2000 with the 6D51 08:44 Doncaster to Hull Enterprise. This was before the area became an overgrown wilderness, surrounded by modern industrial developments.

66192 Moulsford 4 September 2013

66192 passes Moulsford on 4 September 2013 with the 6X44 14:38 Dagenham Dock to Didcot Ford cars and vans. In marked contrast to the gleaming vehicles in the train, 66192 is looking very tatty, with large areas of missing paint on the roof. An early candidate for a coat of DBS dayglo red?

66192 Badgeworth 28 October 2014

Just before sunrise on 28 October 2014, 66192 passes Badgeworth with the 6M98 06:22 Cardiff Tidal to Saltley scrap empties. I rather like the muted colours and pink tint to the sky that lasts for a few minutes just before the sun rises.

66193 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 2 September 2013

66193 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 2 September 2013 with the late running 6X50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot departmental working. I make no apologies for yet another picture at this well known location, as the viewpoint will soon disappear, with the forthcoming Great Western Mainline electrification. Also, 2013 marks forty years since I first visited this spot. In those days it was all Westerns, 31s and shabby two tone green 47s. Unfortunately that was before I had a decent camera!

66194 Didcot North Junction 12 November 2007

66194 pulls slowly away from a signal check at Didcot North Junction with a Hinksey to Didcot ballast train on 12 November 2007. The loco returned to Oxford light engine shortly afterwards in readiness to work that evening's 4L40 Cowley to Purfleet BMW Mini car carriers.

66194 Shrivenham 4 February 2009

66194 approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing near Shrivenham with the 6B35 10:15 Hayes and Harlington to Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties on 4 February 2009. As usual the otherwise uniform consist includes a solitary ex RMC hopper. Normally I wouldn't bother photographing 'sheds' in such poor light, but given the amount of national news coverage about the chaos caused by the snow, I thought I ought to have some record of it! And besides, it was sunny when I left home!

66194 & 66085 Uffington 22 April 2010

66194 & 66085 pass Uffington on 22 April 2010 with the 6B33 13:33 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. A perfect sunny day and a lengthy (and colourful!) train, which is now unfortunately spoilt by DB Schenker's choice of traction!

66194 Brinkworth 6 March 2012

On 6 March 2012 I decided to investigate a hitherto unexplored farm occupation bridge near Brinkworth. Needless to say, after a lengthy walk across the fields the location turned out to be largely grown up. However, as the 6B33 13:35 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties was suffering from some 'Shed' haulage, I decided it wasn't worth while moving. So here is 66194 heading west through the bushes.

66194 Ashchurch 7 August 2012

66194 passes Ashchurch on 7 September 2012 with the 6V07 Round Oak to Margam steel empties. Booked to leave Round Oak at 17:03, it is as usual running early, passing Ashchurch at 16:32. In view of the encroaching shadows, that is obviously an advantage!

66194 Islip 13 May 2013

A modern day branch line pick up freight? With vintage 95lb per yard bullhead track, and a single wagon load reminiscent of latter day rural branch lines, 66194 passes Islip on 13 May 2013 with the 6A49 12:10 Didcot to Bicester MoD stores. This recently opened up viewpoint is looking from the centre of the village towards Mill Lane level crossing (just visible in the background).

66194 Bletchingdon 16 May 2014

66194 passes the trackside hawthorn blossom on the site of Bletchingdon station on 16 May 2014, as it heads south with the 6X01 10:17 Scunthorpe to Eastleigh long welded rails. Incidentally, the man standing on the pallet of building materials in the former station yard on the left is checking stock, not do a bit of loco spotting!

66194 Kemble Wick 9 March 2015

Running 25 minutes early, 66194 passes Kemble Wick in atrocious light on 9 March 2015 with the 6V85 02:15 Milford West Sidings to Appleford flyash tanks (from Drax Power Station). The entrance to the 400 yard long Kemble Tunnel can just be seen in the background.

66194 Hinksey 30 March 2017

66194 passes Hinksey Yard on 30 March 2017 with the 4O21 09:15 Trafford Park to Southampton Western Docks intermodal. Not something I would bother going out for, but I was here, and the sun was out, so why not!

66196 Watford 21 September 2006

Moments before the sun disappeared into an approaching bank of cloud, 66196 passes Watford (the small Northamptonshire village, not the Hertfordshire town!) with the 6A42 15:15 Bescot to Wembley Enterprise on 21 September 2006. This was a disappointment, as I was expecting a Class 92!

66197 & 66167 Gossington 8 April 2010

66197 & 66167 pass Gossington on 8 April 2010 with the 6B13 05:05 Robeston to Westerleigh Murco oil tanks, during the short period when DBS chose to use the wrong type of motive power, as they had let their Class 60 fleet get into such poor condition. Even with the two locos, it seems the sanders are on in order to get enough grip, on what is obviously a completely dry day!

66197 Claypole (Balderton Crossing) 11 March 2017

66197 approaches Balderton Crossing, Claypole, on 11 march 2017 with the 4D56 11:32 Biggleswade to Heck Plasmor block empties, passing the 1Z47 12:58 Lincoln to Finsbury Park football special, led by 47815. Although I am not too bothered about going away shots, I would have liked the opportunity to photograph 37884 on the rear of the special, but this rather got in the way!