Class 66

66200 Baulking 28 March 2007

One of the few named EWS Class 66s, 66200 Railway Heritage Committee passes Baulking on 28 March 2007 with a rake of empty HTA coal wagons forming the 4D12 13:09 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth service. Although it was a sunny day, by the afternoon it had got so hazy that it hardly looks like the sun is shining at all. Note the very weak shadow to the left of the loco.

66200 Hinksey 2 May 2007

66200 Railway Heritage Committee passes under the A423 Oxford ring road and approaches Hinksey with the 6M58 14:10 Southampton Western Docks to Bescot Ford Transits on 2 May 2007. The line on the extreme right is the approach to Hinksey Yard, which is used by car trains from BMW's Cowley plant. Kennington Junction, the junction for the Cowley branch is a little distance the other side of the bridge.

66200 South Moreton 7 May 2013

66200 Railway Heritage Committee runs slowly along the down relief line at South Moreton on 7 May 2013 with the 6V27 13:28 Eastleigh to Hinksey departmental working. As can be seen from the amount of dead Cow Parsley stems in the foreground, this is not an ideal summer photographic location, as vegetation tends to get in the way. And yes, I am standing on a stepladder!

66201 Battledown Flyover 30 March 2003

66201 passes Battledown Flyover on 30 March 2003 with the 6Z36 10:00 Feltham to Eastleigh departmental working, and is about to pass a typical Southern Railway PW hut, one of the many products of the Exmouth Junction concrete works.

66201 Shrivenham 15 November 2007

Palisade fencing in abundance at Shrivenham on 15 November 2007. 66201 passes the site of the former station with the 4D12 13:13 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. Note the former signal sighting patch on the road overbridge in the background.

66201 Uffington 24 October 2013

66201 passes a field of maize near the site of Uffington station on 24 October 2013, as it heads eastwards with the 6Z26 09:06 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties. Being a track level shot, this might be one of the few good photographic locations left on the Vale of White Horse line when the wires go up, depending of course on mast positioning!

66202 Shrivenham 9 November 2006

66202 approaches the site of Shrivenham station on 9 November 2006 with the 4D12 13:09 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. The footbridge in the background marks the site of Ashbury Level Crossing.

66202 Hatfield & Stainforth 15 March 2007

66202 approaches Hatfield & Stainforth station on 15 March 2007 with another load of imported coal from Immingham. This location sees a constant procession of such coal trains, but other than the fact that some are hauled by Freightliner's green 66s, there is no variety of traction. Such is progress!

66202 South Moreton (Didcot East) 24 May 2007

66202 pulls away from a signal check at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 24 May 2007, whilst working the 6C23 10:15 Hayes to East Usk stone empties. Unfortunately not the much more preferable Class 60 on this occasion!

66203 Hambleton West Junction 24 May 2001

66203 has just a single TTA tank wagon in tow as it passes Hambleton West Junction on 24 May 2001 with the 6D99 10:57 Selby to Knottingley TMD Enterprise service. In view of this comically short load, I decided to forgo the conventional viewpoint, and opt instead for this broadside view. This was part of a trip working that originated from Doncaster, and in addition to Knottingley, would call at Gascoigne Wood, before heading back to Doncaster.

66206 Acton Turville 18 July 2013

66206 passes Acton Turville on 18 July 2013 with the 6V47 10:13 Tilbury to Trostre empty steel carrying cargowagons. This picture is taken from a farm occupation bridge, which appears to be used solely by the occasional railway photographer. The approach to the bridge from both directions is completely overgrown, and has obviously not seen a tractor for many years. However, someone has made sure that this view of the track is kept clear!

66206 Lower Basildon 30 March 2015

A track worker begins measuring the signal troughing at Lower Basildon on 30 March 2015, as 66206 passes by with the 6M48 10:34 Southampton Eastern Docks to Halewood empty car carriers. The march of progress is evident here, with the installation of the overhead electrification masts.

66206 Compton Beauchamp 12 October 2015

Already filthy after only a couple of weeks of work on the Rail Head Treatment Train, 66206 passes Compton Beauchamp on 12 October 2015 with the 3J43 02:53 Didcot Fuelling Point to Didcot Fuelling Point (via West Ealing) RHTT. 66075 is on the rear. The train had travelled via Chippenham and Newbury in both directions.

66206 Goole (Potters Grange Junction) 14 November 2015

A fine show of autumn foliage at Goole on 14 November 2015 as 66206 approaches Potters Grange Junction with the UK Railtours 1Z25 07:14 Finsbury Park to Goole Docks 'Galloping Goolie' railtour. 66037 can be seen on the rear of the train.

66206 Goole Docks 14 November 2015

66206 slowly approaches the extreme end of the line in Goole Docks on 14 November 2015 with the UK Railtours 1Z25 07:14 Finsbury Park to Goole Docks 'Galloping Goolie' railtour. This was not quite the picture I had planned, but the unexpected speed with which the railtour reversed on each line caught me slightly by surprise. The picture does however show the unique spectacle of a passenger train at Lower Bridge Street, Goole. The line formerly crossed the road, and ran between Stanhope Street and Railway Dock, and then fed a network of sidings around Aldam and Ouse Docks. These sidings were once the home of Goole's resident Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway 0-4-0ST 'Pugs', such as the locally famous 'Three Little Ducks' 51222.

66206 Saltmarshe 14 November 2015

66206 passes Saltmarshe station at speed on 14 November 2015 with the UK Railtours 1Z27 14:42 Goole to Finsbury Park (via Hull) 'Galloping Goolie' railtour. There was plenty of warning of the train's approach, as it could clearly be heard hooting when leaving Goole, nearly three miles away! The rain has certainly added to the atmosphere, by providing a reflection of the headlight on the platform. There is not a signal malfunction, but this particular frame has failed to register the green aspect for the approaching southbound DMU, obviously due to the pulsating LED lighting.

66206 Thorne Junction 18 December 2016

66206 approaches Thorne Junction on 18 December 2016 with the 4R50 12:43 Milford West Sidings to Immingham biomass empties. Behind the train is the Hatfield Colliery spoil head, which in February 2013 spectacularly slipped onto the railway line, causing all four tracks to be destroyed over a considerable distance.

66206 Heyford 9 March 2017

66206 sweeps through Heyford station on 9 March 2017 with the 6O42 11:31 Halewood to Southampton Eastern Docks car train. A Class 66, canal narrowboats, and several hundred Range Rovers (hidden in the wagons), all in one picture!

66207 Tackley 21 May 2009

66207 approaches Tackley with the 6M58 14:10 Southampton Western Docks to Bescot Ford car train on 21 May 2009. The removal of a large number of lineside bushes has recently opened up the view along this stretch of line.

66207 Little Haresfield 19 January 2011

The sun is getting decidedly head on, as 66207 passes Little Haresfield on 19 January 2011 with the 6V99 Worcester to St Blazey china clay empties. 6V99 normally runs overnight from Bescot to St Blazey, but on this occasion was recessed at Worcester, allowing for this unusual daylight picture. The lighting was much better and the traction much brighter an hour and a half before, when 60011 passed by!

66207 South Moreton (Didcot East) 8 March 2011

With a single mismatched ex RMC hopper at the head of the train, 66207 passes South Moreton (Didcot East) on 8 March 2011 with the 6Z52 11:09 Appleford to Bow Olympic spoil empties. The loaded train conveys waste material from the construction of the London 2012 Olympic venue.

66207 Islip (Brookfurlong Farm) 12 December 2013

The morning sun has just disappeared into an advancing cloud front on 12 December 2013, as 66207 approaches Brookfurlong Farm crossing, near Islip, with the 6A49 12:10 Didcot to Bicester MoD stores. The vintage bullhead track had just months left, with the line's upgrading seeing total route modernisation.

66207 Oxford North Junction 12 July 2014

66207 approaches Oxford North Junction on 12 July 2014 with the 7A14 05:27 Westbury to Oxford Banbury Road stone train. This will shortly be weaving across all the tracks seen here, in order to gain the single track branch to the stone terminal. At this time the line is closed for passenger trains between Oxford and Bicester.

66207 Culham 11 June 2015

With the evening sun rapidly fading out into high cloud, 66207 approaches Culham on 11 June 2015 with the 4V39 17:36 Southampton Eastern Docks to Morris Cowley empty car carriers. This is an obvious choice of location for this train, as the recent vegetation clearance has opened a lengthy clear stretch of embankment, ideal for such a long train.

66207 Woodborough 11 October 2016

66207 passes Woodborough loops on 11 October 2016 with the 6M20 08:30 Whatley Quarry to Churchyard Sidings Mendip Rail stone train. Note the point levers next to the signal on the right. These control the exit from Woodborough's two remaining sidings. The buffers stops can be seen above the middle of the train.

66210 Cample 8 June 2007

A balmy evening at Cample, on the Glasgow & South Western Line on 8 June 2007. 66210 heads south with the 6E92 15:00 Greenburn to Drax Power Station coal train. This kind of train basically accounts for the skewed figures that show that railfreight has increased over recent years. Instead of Drax's coal coming from just around the corner at Gascoigne Wood, here it is coming all the way from Scotland!

66211 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 20 July 2006

A long lens view of 66211, as it approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 20 July 2006 with the 6D13 11:12 Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station imported coal. Foreign loco, foreign railfreight operator, foreign coal!

66213 Over 29 March 2008

66213 passes the site of Over Junction, near Gloucester with the 6M60 23:41 Tavistock Junction to Bescot china clay train on 29 March 2008. The line to Gloucester Docks diverged to the left behind the bushes on the left. Just visible on the right is Thomas Telford's magnificent bridge over the River Severn. Now no longer used by road traffic, this flat arched bridge has a very worrying slight dip in the middle which occurred when the temporary framework used in the construction was removed in 1829. Telford left the bridge for a couple of years before opening it to see if the dip increased, which thankfully it didn't!

66213 Natton 6 March 2012

Neatly framed by an conveniently positioned overhanging tree, 66213 passes Natton on 6 March 2012 with the 6V05 09:10 Round Oak to Margam steel empties. Just visible in the background amid the trees is the main road bridge at Ashchurch.

66217 Culham 21 June 2001

66217 passes Culham in the last of the evening light on 21 June 2001 with the 6M73 19:04 Swindon to Liverpool Alexandra Dock scrap train. This was once one of my favourite locations for an evening's photography, but this is just about the last time I ventured there in the evening, as the bushes have now taken over.

66219 & 37714 Elford 25 May 2001

In atrocious light on 25 May 2001, 66219 passes Elford with the 18:42 Toton to Bescot departmental working with 37714 dead in tow (as L031 for export to Spain), after failing to run as the booked 6P37 working earlier in the day. Just my luck, as not only was the weather awful but there was a 'Shed' was on the front, rather than a 37 which worked the train a few days previusly.

66220 Old Denaby 10 May 2007 Damn, this wasn't the type of loco I was expecting! In lieu of the expected Class 60, 66220 rounds the corner at Old Denaby on 10 May 2007 with the 6M55 09:50 Lindsey to Rectory Junction oil tanks. Never mind, harsh lighting and sun not on the front!
66221 Maud's Bridge 13 March 2008

What a rubbish train! A grubby 66221 leads the 6M07 10:33 Roxby to Pendleton empty GMC Binliner past Maud's Bridge on 13 March 2008, in a lucky patch of sun (almost). The Stainforth & Keadby Canal runs parallel with the railway, just to the right of this picture.

66221 Minsterworth 6 April 2011

With the blackthorn hedges in full bloom and Churcham church visible in the background, 66221 passes Minsterworth on 6 April 2011 with the 4E66 08:55 Margam to Redcar coal empties. Luckily the farmer has kept the nearest hedge well clipped, enabling a clear view of the line.

66221 Bishops Itchington 26 March 2012

66221 heads north past Bishops Itchington on 26 March 2012 with the 6M50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot ballast. I'm not quite sure why somebody has bothered to clean the paintwork around the EWS 'three beasties' logo on the cabside!

66221 Denchworth 8 July 2013

66221 runs along the up relief line at Denchworth on 8 July 2013 with the 6X50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot departmental working, prior to a long wait at Wantage Road to allow several HSTs to go past. This train is always worth photographing, due its interesting and varied consist, which on this occasion includes a number of point carrier wagons.

66221 Denchworth 14 December 2013

66221 passes Denchworth on 14 December 2013 with the 6V13 08:12 Dollands Moor to Margam steel empties. No way would I normally consider taking a picture of an EWS liveried 66 in such poor light, but on this occasion I wanted a record of the first stage of the forthcoming Great Western Mainline electrification. Note the recently marked position for the overhead catenary mast in the lower left corner of the picture.

66223 Hinksey 21 April 2007

On 21 April 2007, 66223 arrives at Hinksey Yard, near Oxford with the 4L44 17:09 Cowley to Purfleet car train, conveying Minis from the BMW plant. This train uses the yard to run round, there being no direct connection for southbound trains from the Cowley branch.  Note the rakes of ballast wagons in the foreground. Hinksey is now a dedicated ballast loading point, much to the annoyance of local residents who are suddenly surprised that it can be noisy living near a railway!

66226 Compton Beauchamp 29 May 2003

66226 heads west along the Great Western Mainline and passes Compton Beauchamp on 29 May 2003 with the 4D22 17:52 Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. The wide formation on the left indicates that originally there was an up relief line at this point.

66226 Old Denaby 17 April 2006

66226 passes Old Denaby on 17 April 2006 with the eastbound steel empties. The silver birch trees now effectively hide the view of the River Don and the Mexborough New Cut Canal, and also the town of Mexborough.

66226 Bourton 7 October 2006

The Swindon Honda factory dominates the background, as 66226 heads east past Bourton with the 6D09 06:49 Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station imported coal on 7 October 2006. Note the crossovers, which have proved very useful for wrong line working on occasions.

66230 Goole (Potters Grange Junction) 8 May 2007

66230 pulls slowly away from Goole, passing Potters Grange Junction, with the late running 6H93 17:04 Goole to Peterborough Yard sand empties on 8 May 2007. The train had earlier emerged from the line on the extreme left which connects with the new 97m Guardian float glass factory.

66230 Holywood 8 June 2007

66230 approaches Holywood with 6E68 New Cumnock to Carlisle Yard coal train on 8 June 2007. The former Glasgow & South Western Railway line is busy with coal traffic from the Ayr district, and still has semaphore signals and many items of traditional railway infrastructure.

66230 Harrowden Junction 11 January 2014

Shortly after sunrise on 11 January 2014, 66230 runs along the bi-directional relief line at Harrowden Junction with the 6C31 07:27 Mountsorrel to Radlett Redland stone train. Furnace Cottages, Finedon form the distinctive backdrop.

66232 Pilning 27 April 2010

66232 climbs out of the Severn Tunnel and passes Pilning on 27 April 2010 with the 6L97 12:35 Newport Grange Sidings to Lea Interchange, conveying furnace slag for use as hardcore in the construction of the London 2012 Olympic site. Just the right length train to fit in the available gap before the bushes start!

66238 Worlaby Carrs 24 May 2001

66238 passes through the flat Lincolnshire landscape at Worlaby Carrs on 24 May 2001 with the lightly loaded 6D66 15:20 Immingham to Doncaster Enterprise. This service was an early convert to 'Shed' haulage, unlike the same day's Hull trip.

66238 Baulking 14 January 2010

Whiteout conditions at Baulking on 14 January 2010. With the drab grey sky and the completely snow covered field in the foreground just leaving a strip of colour in the middle of the picture, 66238 heads west with a reduced load 6B33 13:33 Theale to Robeston Murco oil empties. Despite it being a miserably dull day and nearly 15:00 on a winter's afternoon, the mass of snow in the foreground acting like a giant reflector resulted in surprisingly high light readings of 1/500sec f4.5 at ISO 200, even allowing for the 1 stops compensation required for the snow.

66238 Tredington 3 June 2010

66238 hurries past Tredington on 3 June 2010 with the 6V92 10:10 Corby to Margam steel empties on 3 June 2010. The bridge in the background carries a little used footpath from Fiddington to Gotherington, as well as providing field access for the local farmer.

66239 Colnbrook 12 March 2005

In a very brief burst of sunshine, 66239 shunts flyash wagons at Colnbrook on 12 March 2005. The flyash arrives from west Burton Power Station and on this day the shunting operations at Colnbrook had to be suspended for a while as a Class 37 hauled railtour came down the line on the left, and stopped with the train fouling the point that 66239 is seen approaching here.

66239 South Moreton (Didcot East) 24 May 2007

On 24 May 2007, 66239 approaches the site of Moreton Sidings, to the east of Didcot with the 6Z48 12:31 Appleford to Ardingly special working conveying recycled ballast destined for the Bluebell Railway. Note the use of vintage VTG 4 wheel PGA hoppers. If the train had been just a little earlier the picture would have been ruined by two other trains obstructing the foreground. You can just see the HST on the down fast and Voyager on the down relief line receding into the distance.

66240 Steventon 25 September 2004

66240 passes Steventon on 25 September 2004 with the 6D13 06:43 Avonmouth to Didcot Power Station imported coal. At this time Didcot was still receiving large tonnages of coal, with three booked workings even on a Saturday (as here), plus an additional 'as required' path. Note the good crop of apples on the lineside tree on the left.

66245 Fenwick 13 September 2003

66245 passes Fenwick on 13 September 2003 with the 6H86 15:15 Heck to Peterborough Yard Plasmor breeze blocks. At this point the train is barely up to speed, being only a couple of miles into its journey. 66245 along with many Class 66s in the 662xx number range was later exported to France, although in this case it has now made it back to the UK.

66245 Castle Donington 29 November 2012

66245 leads the 3J88 Toton to Toton Rail Head Treatment Train past Castle Donington on 29 November 2012. 66072 is on the rear. A typically dirty RHTT pair, although 66245 has had a partial clean. The new siding and run round loop on the left serves a large Marks & Spencer distribution centre, constructed on the site of Castle Donington Power Station.

66248 Golant 19 March 2005

66248 passes Golant Harbour on 19 March 2005 as it returns the Pathfinder Tours 'Western Lizard' railtour from Fowey. D1015 Western Champion was of course the highlight of the tour, and had lead the train down the branch. I suppose in 40 years time a Class 66 would be the highlight of such a tour!

66250 Defford 10 April 2007

The highest numbered EWS Class 66, 66250 passes Defford with the 4V09 13:36 Washwood Heath to Portbury Dock coal empties on 10 April 2007 in a brief patch of sun. Luckily the train was traveling faster than the advancing cloud, which is already affecting the background. I chose this location from the minor road in the village rather than the more popular main road bridge, to show off the fresh green foliage as well as depicting a less well used location.

66250 Fenwick 16 June 2010

66250 passes Fenwick on 16 June 2010 with the 6D11 14:25 Lackenby to Scunthorpe steel empties. AS you can see, it is still a good location from the level crossing, but the bushes on the left has obstructed the once excellent view from the field on the left.

66250 Compton Beauchamp 14 March 2013

The last of the original batch of 250 Class 66/0s, 66250 passes Compton Beauchamp on 14 March 2013 with the 6M50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot ballast. It was followed five minutes later by 66107 working the 08:01 Westbury to Stud Farm.

66250 Denchworth 23 July 2014

66250 passes Denchworth on 23 July 2014 with the early running 6C48 13:30 Appleford to Whatley Quarry Mendip Rail stone empties, while the 1A17 12:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western HST passes by in the background.

66301 Challow 20 September 2008

On 20 September 2008 Fastline Freight ran their first Avonmouth to Ratcliffe Power Station coal train, after several weeks of crew training using Class 56s running light. The first train of empties was booked to run via Oxford rather than the normal route via Cheltenham. However, 40145 was also running a railtour at the same time, and as I couldn't do both obviously the Class 40 took priority over a 'shed', even if it is in a different livery! I did go out in the evening for the first ever loading working, and 66301 is pictured here passing the site of Challow station as it weaves onto the up relief line with the 6M90 14:31 Avonmouth (Bennett's Terminal) to Ratcliffe Power Station, running nine minutes late. Heavily backlit, but a historic picture nonetheless.

66301 Abbotswood 20 March 2009

66301 pulls slowly out of the loop at Abbotswood with the 4V09 10:46 Chaddesden to Portbury coal empties on 20 March 2009. The train was only held in the loop for a few minutes to allow the 07:35 Dundee to Plymouth Cross County service to overtake it. It was fortunate that it was looped, as I was only half way across the field when I saw it entering the loop!

66302 Fiddington 16 March 2012

Former Fastline liveried 66302 passes Fiddington on 16 March 2012 with the 4V38 08:22 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner. Now part of the DRS fleet, and painted in that company's 'Compass' colour scheme, I never did see this particular machine in the attractive grey livery of its former operator.

66302 Bromsgrove 9 July 2013

Running a staggering three hours late, 66302 passes Bromsgrove on 9 July 2013 with the 4V38 08:23 (in theory!) Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner. At least this late running meant that I was able to get the picture, and with a good light angle.

66303 Hinksey 9 January 2010

Making a welcome change from the usual red or green 'sheds', Fastline 66303 passes Hinksey on 9 January 2010 with the 6Z37 09:23 Daw Mill to Didcot Power Station coal. This also marks a return to the days when coal regularly traveled from the Midlands to Didcot, but of course in the good old days the traction would have been Class 56s or 58s, or even back in the days when I was just starting railway photography, Class 47s!

66305 Uffington 27 September 2008

Running nearly two hours late, 66305 approaches Uffington with the 6M90 11:30 (allegedly!) Avonmouth to Ratcliffe Power Station coal train on 27 September 2008. This was the second Saturday of this particular working, and I had deliberately gone to Uffington as the sun would still just about have been on the front of this train if it had been running to time. In the event by the time it came the sun was right behind it, just like the previous week! The signal on the left of the line in the distance is the redundant down loop line signal. This together with the corresponding up loop signal are the only evidence (apart from a wider area of ballast) that there once a pair of freight loops at this location.

66305 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 17 February 2015

With the tower of Ashchurch church on the extreme right, and the spire of Bredon church just visible above the large building on the left, 66305 passes Claydon on 17 February 2015 with the 4V38 08:20 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner.

66305 Lickey Incline 12 April 2015

66305 descends the Lickey Incline on 12 April 2015 with the 4V38 09:06 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner. This is one of a very limited number of booked Sunday revenue earning freight trains, although of course Sunday normally sees numerous engineer's trains.

66305 Ledburn 25 November 2016

Looking smart after its recent repaint, 66305 passes Ledburn on 25 November 2016 with the 4L48 12:37 Daventry to Purfleet Tesco intermodal. This had actually left over an hour late, but by missing out its booked layover at Northampton, was just 28 minutes behind time when it passed me.

66402 Wootton Rivers 22 June 2010

Running over two hours late (which meant my very early alarm call was a waste of time!), 66402 passes Wootton Rivers on 22 June 2010 with the 4E31 06:25 Taunton Fairwater to Whitemoor scrap sleepers. The loco is on hire to GBRf, but still sports DRS livery, although with all branding removed.

66403 Long Marston 6 September 2010

66403 leaves Long Marston on 6 September 2010 with the 6E53 13:11 Long Marston to Doncaster Decoy, conveying a rake of Fastline coal hoppers, which had been in store at the depot  for several months following the collapse of Fastline. 66403 is one of the former DRS locos which is now on hire to GBRf, hence the rather crudely painted out DRS logo on the side. Although the loco had arrived, coupled up to the wagons, and performed a brake test long before the booked departure time, the crew decided to wait for the official time to leave. During this long wait it gradually got brighter, then the sun came out unexpectedly, and then of course it went back in again!

66403 Broad Marston 6 September 2010

After seeing 66403 leave Long Marston with the 6E53 13:11 Long Marston to Doncaster Decoy Fastline hopper stock move on 6 September 2010, I quickly nipped around the corner to see it pass Broad Marston. Although this location doesn't really show much of the train, I wasn't go to bother chasing it any further given the poor weather conditions. Note the painted out DRS logo on the side of the locomotive.

66404 Allandale 16 June 2006

Malcolm Logistics branded 66404 passes Allandale with the 4N78 12:56 Elderslie to Grangemouth containers on 16 June 2006. This is on the predominantly freight only line between Greenhill Junction and Cumbernauld, although within sight of the busy Falkirk to Glasgow line with is procession of passenger services. Note the typical Scottish weather, with the clouds hanging low over the Campsie Fells in the background.

66407 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 8 August 2006

66407 was on hire to Freightliner on 8 August 2006, and is pictured here approaching Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham with the 4V60 10:55 Calvert to Bristol Binliner empties. Typical - unusual traction and what happens - the sun goes in whilst still being out fully in the background, which is the photographer's worst nightmare. Thanks heavens for Photoshop layers! Normally I wouldn't bother to resurrect a picture in these conditions to produce this acceptable result, but this is my only picture of a DRS Class 66 on the 'Bins'.

66412 Tackley 3 October 2011

Former DRS 66412 began work for Freightliner in late 2011, and is seen here on 3 October approaching Tackley with the 4O49 10:32 Birch Coppice to Southampton freightliner. Not much sign of its former Malcolm Rail livery, although the red and yellow markings on the front end make it immediately identifiable from a distance.

66412 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 18 October 2011

This is what a Class 66 looks like between operators. Former DRS 66412 is pictured here in plain black livery, with no hint of its new Freightliner ownership. It passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 18 October 2011 with the 4V50 10:54 Southampton to Wentloog freightliner. Obviously soon to be repainted into Freightliner green, it seems a pity, as it looks quite distinctive, especially with its front end embellishments.

66414 Baulking 12 May 2014

66414 passes Baulking on 12 May 2014 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. The former DRS Stobart Rail branded James The Engine doesn't look anything like as impressive now that its striking livery has been obliterated by a coat of dark blue paint.

66414 Kennington 28 July 2014

Now looking very tatty, the former DRS Stobart Rail branded 66414 passes Kennington on 28 July 2014 with the 4O48 11:26 Hams Hall to Southampton freightliner. It's unusual blue livery would have looked a bit more impressive if the sun had decided to go in!

66414 Compton Beauchamp 20 April 2015

66414 passes Compton Beauchamp on 20 April 2015 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. This is my first photograph of a Class 66 in Freightliner's 'Powerhaul' livery, and although the increased area of black on the front makes it look a little odd, otherwise I think it is quite smart. The last time I saw this loco it was in unbranded DRS blue.

66414 Aynho Junction 16 May 2015

66414 slowly approaches Aynho Junction on 16 May 2015 with the 4O14 07:37 Hams Hall to Southampton freightliner. It would soon be entering the loop to allow the 1O82 06:16 Leeds to Southampton Central CrossCountry Voyager to pass. Kings Sutton church dominates the background of this view.

66414 Shipton 14 August 2015

High summer on the Cotswold Line! 66414 races through Shipton station in the rain on 14 August 2015 with the 6V34 04:43 Ipswich to Long Marston (or just as far as Honeybourne if Realtime Trains was to be believed!), conveying a rake of freightliner flats. Despite the awful weather I wanted a picture of this train passing some identifiable location on the southern section of the Cotswold Line, as freight trains of any description are few and far between. In retrospect this probably wasn't the best choice of location, as the tanker parked in F.W.P. Matthews car park almost looks like part of the train at first glance! As far as I know, this is the first visit of a Powerhaul liveried loco to the Cotswold Line. Note the reproduction GWR station seat on the left.

66414 Denchworth 7 September 2015

66414 runs along the up relief line at Denchworth on 7 September 2015 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. This location is not particularly popular with photographers (because a signal gantry next to the bridge restricts the viewpoint somewhat). The much more popular Circourt Bridge can be seen in the background.

66414 Somerton 28 November 2015

66414 passes Somerton on 28 November 2015 with the 4O14 07:37 Hams Hall to Southampton Maritime freightliner. This was a lucky patch of sunshine, on a day when the initial bright start had already given way to cloud, despite the Met Office having forecast sun until around mid morning! Note how the Network Rail works in the foreground have exposed the crumbling remains of the old concrete fence, which will now presumably be replaced by something much more intrusive.

66414 Denchworth 18 February 2016

66414 runs slowly along the up relief line at Denchworth on 18 February 2016 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. It was lucky that it was only travelling slowly, as the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington HST had just overtaken it, and had only just cleared the frame as I pressed the shutter. Note the extensive embankment clearance on the left for the forthcoming electrification. Admittedly exaggerated by the long lens, but the trackwork on the down relief line looks anything but straight! Note also the huge rust patch that has already appeared on the recently replaced Circourt Bridge in the background.

66414 Uffington 25 February 2016

66414 passes Uffington on 25 February 2016 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. This picture is taken from a little used footpath that crosses the line just to west of the site of Uffington station, and heads south towards the village of Uffington, crossing the line of the disused Wilts & Berks Canal.

66414 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 24 January 2017

Running 88 minutes late, 66414 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 24 January 2017 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. The early morning fog had largely cleared, but the sun was still very reluctant to come out.

66414 Challow 6 April 2017

66414 takes the relief line at Challow on 6 April 2017 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. In the background is the new Challow road bridge, which was opened in December 2014, but needed to be repaired less than two years later as cracks were appearing in the road surface!

66415 Wantage Road 15 January 2013

Making a welcome change from the usual green Freightliner locos on this train, DRS blue 66415 pulls slowly away from Wantage Road loop with the 6M40 11:56 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties on 15 January 2013. Not only did several of the wagon's wheels have flats, but so did one of the loco's. Quite a clattering noise!

66415 Compton Beauchamp 26 August 2016

I wouldn't normally photograph a light engine move, but couldn't resist this close up view of 66415 passing Compton Beauchamp on 26 August 2016, as it gives a clear view of its debranded DRS livery. It was running as the 0Y11 08:05 Stoke Gifford to West Ealing Plasser Sidings.

66416 Cholsey 30 March 2012

Making a pleasant change from the usual Freightliner green Class 66/5s, hired in DRS 66416 passes a very misty Cholsey on 30 March 2012 with the 4M55 08:55 Southampton to Lawley Street freightliner. In better weather conditions it would be possible to see trains approaching from a considerable distance at this location.

66416 Compton Beauchamp 23 July 2012

Making a welcome change from the usual Freightliner green 66s on container trains in the Vale of White Horse, DRS liveried 66416 passes Compton Beauchamp on 23 July 2012 with the 4O59 Wentloog to Southampton freightliner. Following right behind it was 66031 with the 6M50 07:36 Westbury to Bescot ballast - a busy five minutes amid the HSTs.

66416 South Moreton (Didcot East) 13 September 2012

66416 passes the site of Moreton Sidings, at South Moreton on 13 September 2012 with the 4V50 10:54 Southampton to Wentloog freightliner. Amazingly, considering it hasn't been used for any serious purpose since the track was taken up, the area behind the train is actually much freer of bushes than twenty years previously.

66416 Oxford 21 January 2013

66416 approaches Oxford on 21 January 2013 with the 4M28 09:32 Southampton to Ditton freightliner. It's a pity there weren't a few more boxes near the front of the train, but the novelty value of a DRS loco in the snow makes it worth a picture.

66416 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 8 June 2015

66416 ambles along the up relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 8 June 2015 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. Its a good job that it was just ambling, as the 1A11 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western HST had just overtaken it, and had only just cleared out of the way when this picture was taken.

66416 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 23 December 2015

66416 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 23 December 2015 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. This was running 52 minutes early, and travelling approximately in the path of the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineer's train, which had gone via Newbury, due to signalling problems on its normal route between Chippenham and Swindon.

66416 Tockenham Wick 16 February 2016

66416 climbs Dauntsey Bank on 16 February 2016 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. This view is taken from the lofty Trow Lane road bridge, near Tockenham Wick. Because the track approaches the bridge in a deep cutting, it is necessary to use a very long lens during the winter months in order to avoid the shadows. This does however give a clear view of the incline, and would on a clearer day show the wooded hills in the background. The brick chimney in the background belongs to the former Dauntsey Creamery, while the bridge over the line in the distance marks the site of Dauntsey station (closed in 1965).

66418 Inverkeilor 4 May 2008

Not many revenue earning freight trains run on a Sunday, the 4N83 Aberdeen to Grangemouth Intermodal is an exception. It is pictured here passing Inverkeilor in the drizzle on 4 May 2008 with 66418 in charge. Luckily it could be seen approaching from over a mile away, so there was no point in getting out of the car until the last minute!

66418 Baulking 16 April 2014

Filthy former DRS 66418 passes Baulking on 16 April 2014 with the 4L32 11:00 Bristol to Tilbury freightliner. The lack of containers on the train reveals piles of new sleepers on the trackside, some of which have already been used to relay the section underneath the new ballast.

66418 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 15 June 2017

66418 Patriot In Memory of Fallen Railway Employees passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 15 June 2017 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. This will probably be the last occasion that I take a picture from this particular viewpoint, as it won't be long before the view is ruined forever by the overhead wires.

66419 Lower Moor 10 April 2007

The first visit of a DRS Class 66 to the Cotswold Line occurred on 10 April 2007, when 66419 traveled light engine from Crewe Gresty Lane to Long Marston to collect a rake of twelve KAA flat wagons. The 6Z66 12:35 Long Marston to Chaddesden is seen here approaching Lower Moor. It actually left Long Marston considerably earlier than its booked time, but had to wait at Honeybourne for its correct path along the single line.

66420 Easenhall 20 April 2009

66420 passes Easenhall at speed with the 4M44 08:21 Mossend to Daventry DRS intermodal service on 20 April 2009. Although a remote location reached by a footpath, this location seems to be quite popular, which is surprising considering it is not a particularly good photographic location.

66420 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 13 July 2013

Making a welcome change from the usual Freightliner green liveried 66 or 70, DRS 66420 slowly passes Walton Well Road, Oxford, on 13 July 2013 with the 4O27 05:26 Garston to Southampton freightliner. Once again the lineside vegetation is starting to grow and obstruct the view from this bridge.

66420 & 66542 Wootton Bassett 10 July 2014

66420 & 66542 slowly come off the South Wales line at Wootton Bassett on 10 July 2014, and join the route from Swindon with the 4O51 09:58 Wentloog to Southampton freightliner. With just a Freightliner sticker on the front end to indicate its new owner, 66420 still retains its DRS 'Compass' livery, albeit with the removal of any mention of its former owner.

66420 Oxford 1 April 2015

Still wearing its former operator's colours, albeit with Freightliner branding, ex DRS 66420 passes through the centre road of Oxford station on 1 April 2015 with the 4O15 07:43 Hams Hall to Southampton freightliner. Although not obvious from this picture, there was a large bank of cloud approaching from the west, which the Met Office had correctly predicted, and that seemed like a good excuse to head for home!

66420 Callow Hill 16 February 2016

66420 passes Callow Hill on 16 February 2016 with the late running 4O70 09:58 Wentloog to Southampton Maritime freightliner. The church and village of Brinkworth can be seen on the horizon. Coincidentally, this was the second ex DRS Class 66/4 (both now in Freightliner Powerhaul livery) that I had photographed on this particular morning.

66420 Baulking 1 April 2016

66420 passes signs of impending electrification at Baulking on 1 April 2016, as it works the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. In preparation for the work, the lineside bushes have been cut back slightly, allowing a marginally wider view than has been possible for many years.

66420 & 66416 Didcot North Junction 25 April 2017

With only a few Freightliner Class 66s in the Powerhaul livery, pictures of two working together are at a premium. Here a pair of former DRS 66/4s pass Didcot North Junction on 25 April 2017 with the 4O18 03:07 Lawley Street to Southampton Maritime freightliner. As this was running 82 minutes late, I assume that 66420 was rescuing the failed 66416.

66420 Denchworth 25 May 2017

66420 passes Denchworth on 25 May 2017 with the late running 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. Note the partially completed electfrication, with three out of the four tracks wired. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing.

66421 Ashchurch 26 June 2017

66421 passes Ashchurch on 26 June 2017 with the 4V38 08:20 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner. 50 minutes earlier, classmate 66426 had passed this way with the 5Z37 09:20 Worcester Hereford Sidings to Eastleigh Arlington ECS, deputising for the booked pair of Class 37s.

66422 Clay Mills 25 June 2014

66422 passes Clay Mills on 26 June 2014 with the 6U77 13:42 Mountsorrel to Crewe Basford Hall ballast. The cooling towers of the disused Willington Power Station (closed in 1999) can be seen in the background.

66424 Ashchurch 6 May 2013

66424 passes Ashchurch on 6 May 2013 with the 4V38 08:25 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner. Unfortunately this was running fifteen minutes late. Had it been on time, it would have been in full sun. Instead the sun had managed to find a band of high cloud, which has taken the edge off the light.

66425 & 66951 Barrow upon Trent 17 March 2015

An interesting DRS and Freightliner combination at Barrow upon Trent on 17 March 2015. 66425 & 66951 work the 6Z96 12:21 Crewe Basford Hall to Toton engineers train. 66425 later worked back to Crewe light engine as 0Z97, while 66951 hitched a ride on the rear of the 6L15 17:52 Toton to Whitemoor, which was worked by 66423.

66425 Up Hatherley 5 October 2017

66425 passes Up Hatherley on 5 October 2017 with the 4V44 10:47 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner. This train used to run several hours earlier, and while this later time is not so good for photography for much of its route, at this location the sun angle is much better than previously.

66426 & 66430 Tredington 3 June 2010

6,600 hp for one wagon - what a waste of resources! 66426 & 66430 pass Tredington on 3 June 2010 with the 6M67 14:02 Bridgwater to Crewe nuclear flask. I was sorely tempted not to bother taking this picture due to the severe backlighting and lack of interesting traction, but the sheer ridiculousness of it warranted a picture. All nuclear flask trains are double headed regardless of load, but this still seems a little over the top.

66426 Tomatin 26 June 2013

66426 passes Tomatin on 26 June 2013 with the 4H47 05:04 Mossend to Inverness Tesco liner. There had a been a hint of sun earlier on, but of course as I had selected a spot where the light angle would be favourable, it immediately became virtually 100% cloudy!

66426 Dalnacardoch 26 June 2013

66426 heads south through Glen Garry, past the remote settlement of Dalnacardoch (basically just Dalnacardoch Lodge, the white building in the background) on 26 June 2013 with the 4D47 13:19 Inverness to Mossend Tesco liner.

66426 Kimberley Park 2 April 2016

66426 approaches Kimberley Park on 2 April 2016 with the 12:00 Dereham to Wymondham service. This should have been hauled by 56006, but that could not attend due to Network Rail's sudden concern that six locos was too much to travel in one convoy! It also developed problems, so the Mid Norfolk Railway's alternative was DRS's offer of 66426.

66426 Ashchurch 26 June 2017

66426 passes Ashchurch on 26 June 2017 with the 5Z37 09:20 Worcester Hereford Sidings to Eastleigh Arlington ECS. This is the empty stock off the previous Saturday's Pathfinder Tours 'Mazey Day Cornishman' railtour. That tour, as well as this ECS, should have been Class 37 worked (hence the headcode). One of the tour locos (37069) failed prior to departure at Worcester, leaving 37059 to carry on alone. As a single 37 to Penzance might have been pushing it, 66525 was added at Bristol, with the tour eventually reaching Penzance 145 minutes late. The Freightliner 66 worked back to Bristol, where 66426 took over. 37059 was on the rear all the way back from Cornwall, as it is here. A more conventional Class 66/4 train followed this 50 minutes later.

66427 Grange Court 22 February 2016

66427 passes Grange Court on 22 February 2016 with the 4V38 08:20 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner. On the left, one of the Great Western Railway's Scots pine trees has fallen across what was the site of the old goods loop, and before that part of Grange Court Junction station.

66428 Natton 6 March 2012

Tesco started running a dedicated train from the Midlands to South Wales in late February 2012. 66428 passes Natton on 6 March 2012, just one week after the start of the operation with the 4V38 08:22 Daventry to Wentloog, with a complete rake of 'Less CO2 Rail' branded curtain sided containers.

66429 Barby Nortoft 4 April 2015

Under a leaden sky, a very grubby 66429 slowly passes Barby Nortoft, as it prepares to enter the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) with the 4M34 04:31 Coatbridge to DIRFT intermodal on 4 April 2015. The massive new industrial unit under construction next to the line has completely transformed what was once a very rural view.

66433 Defford 25 October 2017

66433 passes Defford on 25 October 2017 with the 4V44 10:47 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner. With hardly a breath of wind, and the very warm temperatures, if it wasn't for the autumn colours in the background, this almost seemed like a summer's day!

66433 Fiddington 30 October 2017

66433 passes Fiddington on 30 October 2017 with the 4V44 10:47 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner. As can be seen from the pile of chippings in the foreground, there has been extensive vegetation clearance here, which has opened up the view considerably. It's a pity that the single bush on the right was left, as that will get in the way of a morning shot from this location.

66434 Newtonhill 25 June 2013

With the village of Newtonhill spread out across the hillside in the background, 66434 crosses the viaduct over the Burn of Elsick, on 25 June 2013 with the 4A13 12:20 Grangemouth to Aberdeen Craiginches intermodal. Unfortunately the dull lighting does not really show off the distinctive Malcolm Rail livery.

66434 Newtonhill 25 June 2013

Just a few minutes after the sun had disappeared behind a huge mass of black cloud, 66434 passes Newtonhill on 25 June 2013 with the 4N83 18:20 Aberdeen Craiginches to Grangemouth intermodal. Perhaps it was a blessing after all, as the shadows had been creeping across from the bushes on the left.

66434 Ashchurch 4 December 2016

66434 passes Ashchurch on 4 December 2016 with the 4V38 09:03 Daventry to Wentloog Tesco liner. Note the recently installed fence on the right (considerably higher than the one it replaced). Despite the fact that it must have been a nuisance whilst installing the fence, no attempt was made to remove (or even trim) the tree next to the relief line!