Class 66

66779 Hinksey 12 September 2016

66779 Evening Star passes Hinksey Yard at speed on 12 September 2016 with the 5Z15 11:22 Eastleigh to Burton-on-Trent Wetmore Sidings ECS. This was the stock that had been used on the mammoth GBRf fifteenth anniversary four day tour of Britain, the highlight of which was undoubtedly the use of 20118 & 20132. 66779 is the final member of the extensive Class 66 fleet, and GBRf very commendably chose to mark this by echoing the livery and name of the final steam locomotive built by British Railways, 9F 2-10-0 92220 Evening Star. The result certainly looks very smart, even in this very poor light.

66779 Little Haresfield 22 September 2016

66779 Evening Star passes Little Haresfield on 22 September 2016 with the 6V80 19:53 Gascoigne Wood to Portbury Coal Terminal gypsum, a working which had been working for a couple of weeks. I seem to have got an unintentional and slightly distorted reflection of myself and the bridge parapet in the loco's windscreens! Note that Network Rail's abandoned lineside vegetation now includes a crop of apples (immediate foreground)!

66779 Barby Nortoft 2 June 2020

66779 Evening Star passes Barby Nortoft on 2 June 2020 with the 4M46 12:05 London Gateway to Hams Hall intermodal. I wouldn't normally do a 110 mile round trip just to photograph a Class 66 under the wires, but as this loco has managed to elude me for several years, and as it was guaranteed to be completely sunny, it was definitely worth the effort. The green liveried last built 'Shed' certain looks smart in the sunshine, and the orange and yellow containers add some nice colour contrast to the scene.

66780 Crowle 5 November 2018

Cemex livered 66780 runs alongside the North Soak Drain at Crowle on 5 November 2018 with the 4R15 09:40 Drax Power Station to Immingham coal empties. This is another location that I had been meaning to visit for some time, but it needed a dull day such as this, due to being on the north side of the line.

66783 Yarnton 4 April 2018

Biffa the Red Engine! With a livery this garish, you almost expect to see a smiley face on the front! 66783 The Flying Dustman passes Yarnton in the rain on 4 April 2018 with the 6E45 12:05 Theale to Immingham empty oil tanks. The bright orangey red body, with orange cabs certainly shows up well in the dull light, and despite the poor weather I thought it worth going out to record this working, as the loco is still in ex-works condition, after having been named just a week earlier.

66784 Melton Ross 2 December 2019

66784 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway passes Melton Ross on 2 December 2019 with the late running 6M81 13:45 Immingham to Ratcliffe Power Station imported coal. Although some of the wagons have had their EWS branding painted out, others still bear witness to their former owner.

66784 Crowle 4 December 2019

66784 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway passes Crowle on 4 December 2019 with the 4R79 10:04 Doncaster Down Decoy to Immingham coal empties. Note the wind farm in the background, one of many in the area, and the reason why there are many less coal trains, such as this.

66785 Kilby Bridge 31 July 2020

66785 moves onto the relief line at Kilby Bridge with the 6F93 11:06 Churchyard Sidings to Ketton cement empties on 31 July 2020, just as the 1B48 13:45 Nottingham to St Pancras International East Midlands Railway HST passes by in the background.

66786 Bletchingdon 19 April 2019

66786 passes the site of Bletchingdon station on 19 April 2019 with the 6X01 10:17 Scunthorpe to Eastleigh rails. The ash tree in the foreground has severely compromised this view, compared to the much wider view available in the 1980s.

66786 Crabley Creek 3 December 2019

66786 passes Crabley Creek on 3 December 2019 with the 6D72 11:32 Hull Dairycoates to Rylstone Tilcon stone empties. As unfortunately now seems to be commonplace, most of the wagons are covered in graffiti.

66788 Hensall 12 March 2019

66788 passes Hensall in the rain on 12 March 2019 with the 4R15 09:40 Drax Power Station to Immingham coal empties. This picture is taken from the site of the former Eggborough Ings level crossing, and so I could sit in the car parked just feet away, out of the rain until the very last moment!

66788 Crick Tunnel 31 July 2020

66788 Locomotion 15 emerges from Crick Tunnel on 31 July 2020 with the 4M23 10:36 Felixstowe North to Hams Hall intermodal. Crick Tunnel, on the Northampton loop, is only 595 yards long, compared with the 2,432 yard long Kilsby Tunnel on the adjacent main London to Birmingham line.

66789 Culham 28 March 2018

66789 British Rail 1948-1997 approaches Culham on 28 March 2018 with the 6E45 12:05 Theale to Immingham empty oil tanks. It was raining when I arrived at this location, but this train was running half an hour late, and by that time some unexpected sunshine was occasionally breaking through the clouds, hence the less than ideal backlighting. Even with the late running, there was still plenty of time for another picture the other side of Oxford.

66789 Wolvercote 28 March 2018

66789 British Rail 1948-1997 passes Wolvercote on 28 March 2018 with the 6E45 12:05 Theale to Immingham empty oil tanks. I had already photographed this train at Culham, but its booked stop at Oxford North Junction easily allowed a second picture. There are numerous 'what if' scenarios, both in model form, and on the internet, showing what various vintage locos would look like if they had lasted long enough to receive modern liveries. GBRf have chosen the other route, showing what a Class 66 would have looked like if built thirty years earlier, and it certainly looks very smart!

66789 Whitley Bridge Junction 22 February 2019

66789 British Rail 1948-1997 passes Whitley Bridge Junction in superb light on 22 February 2019 with the 4R21 15:33 Drax Power Station to Immingham coal empties. This was running 12 minutes early, passing me exactly at its booked departure time from Drax. This picture highlights what an excellent livery the large logo colour scheme was, even making a Class 66 look interesting! Given the fine weather, and notable traction, I was surprised to be the only photographer present at this exceedingly well known location.

66789 Hatton North Junction 25 March 2019

66789 British Rail 1948-1997 looks superb in the spring sunshine, as it rounds the curve at Hatton North Junction on 25 March 2019 with the 6M40 11:56 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties. The pride of GBRf's fleet had been involved with the Class 50 railtour to the West Country at the weekend, which it explains its somewhat rare visit to the south. The prospect of a perfect sunny picture of this train was too good to resist, especially as the working is due to be handed over to Colas in a few week's time.

66789 Baulking 27 April 2019

In a few seconds worth of sunshine, amid the clouds, 66789 British Rail 1948-1997 passes Baulking on 27 April 2019 with the 6V32 10:07 Tilbury to Trostre Works steel empties. This train was diverted via Gloucester, as the Severn Tunnel route was closed for engineering works, and so I should really have photographed it on the Swindon to Gloucester line. However, most of that line would have either been backlit, or quite possibly under a blanket of cloud. At least the dramatic lighting here makes up for the clutter of 25kV overhead catenary in the background!

66789 Bredon 2 May 2019

66789 British Rail 1948-1997 approaches Bredon on 2 May 2019 with the 6V35 09:44 Clitheroe Castle Cement to Avonmouth cement tanks. This is definitely the only 'Shed' that I would go out specifically to photograph, especially in weather like this! It was actually reasonably fine when I left home, but a little way into the journey the heavy rain set in, and when I arrived at Bredon, I sat in the car for a while, as the rain poured down. Then, amazingly, just as the trains I had intended to photograph were due, it almost stopped raining, only to start again, as I drove home!

66789 Spetchley 16 May 2019

66789 British Rail 1948-1997 passes Spetchley on 16 May 2019 with the 6V35 09:44 Clitheroe Castle Cement to Avonmouth cement tanks. This was running just two minutes late, but that was enough for it to miss a short and very unexpected sunny spell. At least it had only just started to go into thin cloud, and there is still a trace of a shadow, unlike the overall gloom of the previous couple of hours! The loco was specifically selected to work this train on this occasion, in order for it to be in the south, so that it could be used at the following weekend's Severn Valley Diesel Gala.

66789 Hambleton 1 July 2019

66789 British Rail 1948-1997 passes Hambleton on 1 July 2019 with the 4D08 09:38 Tees Dock to Doncaster Iport intermodal. This picture is taken from Field Lane, which has become virtually traffic free, since the Selby bypass cut it in half, and turned it into a no through road.

66789 Potbridge 8 March 2020

66789 British Rail 1948-1997 brings up the rear of the 6G16 09:10 Haslemere to Eastleigh East Yard departmental working at Potbridge on 8 March 2020. 66754 Northampton Saints is doing the work at the front of the train.

66789 Yarnton 21 July 2020

Running an hour early (as usual!), 66789 British Rail 1948-1997 passes Yarnton on 21 July 2020 with the 6X01 10:17 Scunthorpe to Eastleigh long welded rails. The bridge in the background is the A44 Oxford to Woodstock road.

66843 Compton Beauchamp 17 April 2011

Not only is the lighting grim, but I nearly got bowled by a HST! 66843 slowly passes Compton Beauchamp on 17 April 2011 with the 6Z78 14:05 Margam to Dollands Moor steel. I saw it appear in the distance underneath the Ashbury Crossing footbridge before I could even hear the HST from behind me. I was just on the point of moving to the other side of the bridge (which isn't quite as good as a viewpoint), when I realised that due to the massive difference in speeds, the HST would just get out of the way in time.

66844 Kemble 9 January 2011

66844 dodges the rapidly lengthening shadows, as it arrives at Kemble on 9 January 2011 with the diverted 6O55 13:20 Llanwern to Dollands Moor steel train. With the Severn Tunnel closed for signaling work, the train was routed via Gloucester and the 'Golden Valley' line. It is pictured here slowly approaching the station, where it had to wait for the 13:30 Paddington to Swansea train to clear the single track section from Swindon. Unfortunately, the trees and deep cutting the other side of the station effectively ruled out another picture.

66845 Kemble Wick 23 January 2011

66845 passes Kemble Wick on 23 January 2011 with the diverted 6O55 13:20 Llanwern to Dollands Moor steel train. Despite the fact that the lighting was abysmal, I ventured out for this picture, as the sight of any freight train on the Gloucester to Swindon line is noteworthy. The train is diverted via Gloucester for a number of Sundays in the early part of the year due to the closure of the Severn Tunnel. I chose this location as a dull day is required due to the depth of the cutting. Also, it shows the entrance to Kemble Tunnel and the spire of Kemble church in the background.

66845 & 66844 Standish Junction 30 January 2011

Owing to 66844 slipping to a stand whilst climbing Sapperton Bank two weeks previously, the diverted 6O55 13:20 Llanwern to Dollands Moor steel train was double headed on 30 January 2011. Nearly half of Colas Rail's Class 66 fleet is pictured here, as 66845 & 66844 pass Standish Junction, unfortunately in a cloudy spell. The train is on the 'Golden Valley' route, having diverged from the Birmingham to Bristol line at Standish Junction, just out of sight around the corner.

66846 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 23 October 2013

Colas Railfreight took over the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train from DBS on Monday 21 October 2013. For the first two days the weather was terrible, so I didn't bother to venture out. Wednesday 23 October looked like it might be a better day, so I went to Circourt Bridge at Denchworth. Unfortunately it seemed like the weather would again be hopeless, as the clouds started to build up rapidly. However, just at the critical moment the clouds parted. Running exactly on time, 66846 runs along the up relief line in stunning light.

66846 Uffington 24 October 2013

On the fourth day of being operated by Colas, and the second day on which the sun decided to make an appearance, 66846 passes Uffington on 24 October 2013 with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train. This is the site of Uffington loops, hence the wide track formation, and the redundant signals in the background. The loops were removed after the section from Challow to Wantage Road was quadrupled in the early 1990s.

66846 Bourton 30 October 2013

66846 passes Bourton on 30 October 2013 with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train. This was running fifteen minutes early, which was extremely fortunate, as by the correct time the large black cloud visible in the background had caught up with the sun! I am being quite lucky with this working since it was acquired by Colas, having seen it in similar light the previous week.

66846 Milton 8 March 2014

With the cooling towers and chimney of the redundant Didcot Power Station in the background, 66846 runs slowly along the down relief line at Milton on 8 March 2014 with the 6V62 11:12 Tilbury Riverside to Llanwern steel empties.

66846 Steventon 8 March 2014

66846 piles on the power, and spews put some uncharacteristic sooty black smoke, as it leaves the loop at Steventon on 8 March 2014 with the 6V62 11:12 Tilbury Riverside to Llanwern steel empties. This view has now changed, with the demolition of Didcot A Power Station's cooling towers. Didcot B's gas fired plant (on the left) remains.

66846 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 15 March 2014

Running 35 minutes early, by virtue of missing out its booked layover at Steventon, 66846 passes the site Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham on 15 March 2014 with the 6V62 11:12 Tilbury Riverside to Llanwern steel empties.

66846 Bredon 26 October 2017

66846 leads the 3S31 13:14 Gloucester Horton Road to Worcester Shrub Hill Rail Head Treatment Train past Bredon on 26 October 2017. Classmate 66848 is on the rear. Note that the train is not spraying, as a fault had developed with the equipment. This resulted in the train being put in the loop at Eckington, just over a mile further north, and then sent back to Gloucester via a reversal at Worcester, missing out the bulk of its diagram via Hereford and Craven Arms.

66846 Fiddington 30 October 2017

This is one of those situations where the conventional viewpoint is so hopelessly backlit that the only sensible option is to take the going away shot. So here is 66846 bringing up the rear of the 3S31 13:14 Gloucester Horton Road to Worcester Shrub Hill Rail Head Treatment Train at Fiddington on 30 October 2017. 66848 is leading the train.

66846 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 3 February 2019

66846 brings up the rear of the 6C97 07:20 Worle Junction to Hinksey rail carriers at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 3 February 2019. This train, which was being hauled by 70812, was running 89 minutes early, which is nothing unusual for a Sunday engineer's train.

66846 Didcot North Junction 12 February 2020

66846 approaches Didcot North Junction on 12 February 2020 with the 6O26 10:48 Hinksey to Eastleigh departmental working. This is my first picture of this train since it was taken over by Colas. It was previously worked by Freightliner, and before that DB Schenker.

66846 Yarnton 20 July 2020

Viewed from the footbridge in the fields near Yarnton, 66846 heads north with a single wagon on the 6M28 17:54 Hinksey to Bescot departmental working on 20 July 2020. It was running just 26 minutes early here. That would become 63 minutes early by Leamington Spa, 94 minutes at Tyseley, and final arrival at Bescot was 102 minutes early!

66847 Denchworth 8 January 2014

66847 passes Denchworth on 8 January 2014 with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train. Luckily this was running 25 minutes early, as this lovely early morning light did not last long, and had it ran at the correct time, it would have been totally cloudy. This was not forecast, although admittedly the sun did return an hour later, but only weakly, through a veil of high cloud.

66847 Purton 20 October 2018

66847 brings up the rear of the 3S59 19:47 Bristol Barton Hill to Bristol Barton Hill (via South Wales) Rail Head Treatment Train at Purton on 20 October 2018. 66850 David Maidment OBE is the lead locomotive. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing.

66847 Yarnton 24 June 2020

Smoking profusely, 66847 Terry Baker passes Yarnton on 24 June 2020 with the 6M28 Hinksey to Bescot departmental working. As seems to be normal practice in summer 2020, this was running very early, in this case 160 minutes early! Instead of its booked departure time of 17:54, it had left Hinksey at 15:38, and then proceeded to miss out its booked stop at Oxford North Junction.

66848 North Stafford Junction 12 November 2013

66848 passes North Stafford Junction on 12 November 2013 with the 4V30 08:09 Ratcliffe Power Station to Avonmouth coal empties. The bridge in the background is the extremely well known photographic location of Stenson Junction.

66848 Yarnton 20 January 2014

66848 passes Yarnton on 20 January 2014 with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train. I definitely would not normally take a picture of a Class 66 with the sun right behind the train, and virtually shining into the lens (thank goodness for a deep lens hood!). In this case however, a couple of points made it worthwhile. Firstly the inclusion of the RHTT tanks in the train, and secondly the floods in the field are neatly showing up the remains of the medieval ridge and furrow field system.

66848 Baulking 29 March 2014

Running an hour early, 66848 passes Baulking on 29 March 2014 with the 6V62 11:12 Tilbury Riverside to Llanwern steel empties. With its two large signal gantries, this location is getting me used to the kind of photographic problems that the forthcoming Great Western Mainline electrification is going to pose!

66848 Denchworth 10 June 2014

66848 ambles along the up relief line at Denchworth on 10 June 2014 with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train. I never thought I would be glad to see the return of a Class 66, but after three months of Class 70 haulage, it almost makes it worthwhile going out for the picture again, although not as worthwhile as when some more interesting traction was in charge! The bridge in the background is the well known Circourt Bridge. Notice how the long lens has exaggerated the slightly worrying track alignment on the down relief line, although thankfully not on the main lines.

66848 Defford 25 October 2017

Wearing standard 'RHTT brown' livery, Colas 66848 leads the 3S31 13:14 Gloucester Horton Road to Worcester Shrub Hill Rail Head Treatment Train past Defford on 25 October 2017. Only marginally cleaner 66846 is bringing up the rear.

66848 Ley Court 2 November 2018

A location that I had been meaning to visit for some time is Ley Court, between Oakle Street and Grange Court. As 2 November 2018 was a completely sunny day, I decided to go there for the 3S33 11:08 Cheltenham Lansdown Loop to Gloucester Horton Road (via Newport) Rail Head Treatment Train. As the train's earlier working, the 3S32 22:37 Gloucester Horton Road to Cheltenham Lansdown Loop, was on time when I left home, I was surprised that it was now running 78 minutes early. Sure enough, a glance up the line revealed an approaching headlight, so I had literally less than a minute to get ready for this picture after arriving at the location! 66848 is leading, with 56096 on the rear.

66848 Culham 5 June 2020

With a partially inserted steel pile for the abandoned Didcot to Oxford electfrication project in the foreground, 66848 passes Culham on 5 June 2020 with the 6V27 13:27 Eastleigh East Yard to Hinksey Yard ballast.

66849 Islip 11 September 2013

66849 Wylam Dilly brings up the rear of the 6T99 09:31 Bicester London Road to Hinksey ballast empties at Islip on 11 September 2013. Just out of sight around the corner is 47727. The loaded train brings in ballast for the construction of the new link line at Bicester, joined the Oxford route to the Chiltern Line.

66849 Challow 19 November 2013

66849 Wylam Dilly approaches the site of Challow station on 19 November 2013 with the very lightly loaded 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train. This train varies enormously in length, and while ideally I would have like it to have had a few more wagons, this does at least provide inspiration for modern image railway modellers with limited space!

66849 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 14 December 2013

Fantastic lighting at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 14 December 2013. What could be better than full winter sun, with really dark clouds in the background just as the train you have been waiting for is due! 66849 Wylam Dilly heads westwards with the 6Z63 11:00 Tilbury Riverside to Llanwern steel empties. This superb lighting was not expected, as the forecast had predicted a cloudy afternoon. Consequently I was at Denchworth Bridge (just visible in the background), which is not ideal in the winter if the sun is out. However, I could see the blue sky approaching, so made a quick dash to this spot, arriving as the sun appeared, although clearly to the east it is still just a little dark!

66849 Uffington 19 September 2019

Viewed from the little used footbridge in the fields near Uffington, 66849 Wylam Dilly heads east along the Great Western Mainline on 19 September 2019 with the 6M40 11:56 Westbury to Stud Farm ballast empties.

66850 Challow 2 January 2014

66850 David Maidment OBE passes Challow with the lengthy 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot on 2 January 2014. It has just moved across onto the up relief line, and will wait at Wantage Road, while the 1A10 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington First Great Western HST overtakes it. The bridge in the background is living on borrowed time, as the forthcoming Great Western Mainline electrification will see its demolition.

66850 Shrivenham 12 June 2014

66850 David Maidment OBE passes the remains of Shrivenham station on 12 June 2014 with the 0Z27 09:03 Cardiff Canton to West Ealing Plasser Sidings. I don't often bother to take pictures of light engines, but as 6M50 was completely blocked out by a HST, and 4L31 passed under a really dark cloud, this will have to serve as a poor substitute. I suppose it does give a clear view of Shrivenham station's long disused platform. The bridge has only a few months to live, to be replaced no doubt by some hideous eyesore as part of the Great Western electrification scheme.

66850 Compton Beauchamp 21 June 2014

66850 David Maidment OBE passes Compton Beauchamp on 21 June 2014 with the 6V62 11:00 Tilbury Riverside to Llanwern steel empties. The longest day is certainly not the best time to be taking pictures in the early afternoon. Note the dense shadows created by the very high sun.

66850 & 70802 Compton Beauchamp 7 July 2014

Sometimes the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train runs with either a minimal load, or no load at all. The later was the case on 7 July 2014. 66850 David Maidment OBE & 70802 pass Compton Beauchamp with what would obviously now be the 0M50.

66850 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 18 February 2016

Ominous signs of the forthcoming electrification at the site of Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham, on 18 February 2016. 66850 David Maidment OBE passes by, running as the 0A28 11:22 Westbury to Hinksey light engine.

66850 Purton 20 October 2018

66850 David Maidment OBE passes Purton on 20 October 2018 with the 3S59 19:47 Bristol Barton Hill to Bristol Barton Hill Rail Head Treatment Train. 66847 is bringing up the rear. This train had spent the night spaying various Welsh locations, including: Abercynon, Merthyr Tydfil, Mountain Ash & Ebbw Vale. It had been sat in Lydney loop for a long time, and as soon as I noticed that it had left, I set out for this location, despite it still being foggy at home. I thought this was going to be hopeless, as I didn't drive out of the fog until less than a mile from this spot! You can still see it in the background. Also, I only just arrived in time, as instead of keeping to its booked path, they surprisingly let it ahead of the passenger train, and it was running 36 minutes early.

66951 Acton Turville 27 March 2007

66951 passes Acton Turville the 6B11 12:30 Thorney Mill to Pengam empty JGA hoppers on 27 March 2007. Branded Freightliner Heavy Haul, and also showing the company's website address, these new wagons emphasis how the Freightliner company has slowly branched out from its core business of moving containers.

66951 Uffington 12 February 2008

66951 heads west past Uffington on 12 February 2008 with the 6V60 10:31 Angerstein to Cardiff Pengam stone empties. There is some evidence of embankment strengthening on the right, with piles of rock added to stabilise the bank.

66951 Oddington 27 February 2008

Surely Freightliner is not making a bid for road transport operations as well! 66951 carries a car registration number plate (SB55 CSX) on its front end as it passes Oddington with the 4V60 10:55 Calvert to Bristol binliner empties on 27 February 2008. As can be seen the cloud was building up rapidly, and a large cloud was approaching the sun as the train came into view in the distance. Luckily it just missed the sun, but note how close it came to being a ruined shot, with the bushes in the background in shadow.

66951 Uffington 2 April 2011

66951 passes Uffington on 2 April 2011 with the 6V60 11:56 Angerstein Wharf to Stoke Gifford stone empties. Ironically, there is some recent work using non local stone visible in this picture. The area of white material in front of the tree is an attempt to build up the road surface underneath the farm occupation bridge (and public footpath) that passes under the railway here. Notorious for flooding, a good depth of granite boulders have been laid down to provide a stable surface.

66951 Didcot North Junction 3 September 2014

66951 approaches Didcot North Junction on 3 September 2014 with the 4M18 09:20 Fairwater Yard to Washwood Heath concrete sleepers. The train is traversing Didcot's west curve, which connects the Swindon line at Foxhall Junction, with the route to Oxford. The loco is definitely in need of repaint. Just look at those huge rusty patches on the front of the yellow front end.

66951 & 66606 Denchworth 8 September 2014

66951 & 66606 run along the down relief line at Denchworth on 8 September 2014 with the 11:56 Neasden Charrington to Stoke Gifford light engine move. I wouldn't normally bother to photograph something like this, but with perfect lighting, and just the right size clear gap under the signal gantry, why not! It is also interesting in that it is a pair of Freightliner locos from two different sub-classes, both of which only contain a relatively small number of locos. 66/9 (7 locos) and 66/6 (25 locos).

66951 Kings Sutton 11 June 2018

66951 snakes around the curves at Kings Sutton on 11 June 2018 with the 4M99 17:00 Southampton Maritime to Trafford Park freightliner. Numerically the first of Freightliner's small batch of low emission 66/9s, 66951 was the second to be delivered, arriving in the UK in October 2004.

66952 Bromsgrove 9 July 2013

66952 passes Bromsgrove on 9 July 2013 with the 4V06 08:52 Rugeley Power Station to Stoke Gifford coal empties, passing the overgrown trackwork that marks the site of the former oil depot. Bromsgrove station is just out of sight around the corner.

66952 Hungerford Common 21 September 2018

You get plenty of stone trains here, but not many freightliners! 66952 passes Hungerford Common on 21 September 2018 with the diverted 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. This was a definite bonus, as I had gone here purely with the intention of photographing some HSTs, before they all disappear. It was only after I arrived that a problem with an axle counter at Challow started sending trains via the Berks & Hants, instead of via Swindon. This meant twice as many HSTs, as well as this!

66952 Yarnton 29 October 2019

66952 passes underneath the footbridge near Yarnton on 29 October 2019 with the 4O05 07:15 Birch Coppice to Southampton Maritime freightliner. This was running exactly on time here, but it would later encounter delays in the Reading area, finally arriving at Southampton 24 minutes late.

66952 Great Bedwyn 25 June 2020

66952 passes Great Bedwyn on 25 June 2020 with the 0Y10 16:04 Reading to Westbury Fugro Raildata track survey working. The survey equipment can clearly be seen clamped to the loco's buffers. Unlike everything else I saw at this location, this was running roughly to time.

66953 Brigg 12 March 2013

The diversion of a diversion! With the closure of its normal route due to the landslip at Hatfield Colliery in early 2013, the 6E06 07:45 Bredbury to Scunthorpe Roxby Gullet Binliner was booked to take the circuitous route via Gainsborough and Lincoln. However, once at Gainsborough the much more direct route via Brigg is the obvious choice. So, here on 12 March 2013, 66953 passes through Brigg station with the off route 'Bins'. Brigg station only has a Saturday train service, and as can be seen here, nearly half the platform length has been fenced off and left to nature.

66953 & 66558 Grove 28 September 2015

So that's why it's an hour late! 66953 with failed 66558 passes Grove on 28 September 2015 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing. In the background is Denchworth road bridge, with the well known Circourt Bridge in the far distance.

66954 Compton Beauchamp 7 July 2014

With the clouds rapidly building up all around, 66954 still manages to find a sunny patch (just!) as it passes Compton Beauchamp on 7 July 2014 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. Coincidentally, I saw the next highest numbered loco of this small sub-class on this same working, a couple of months later.

66954 Sonning 26 April 2016

66954 runs along the up relief line through Sonning cutting on 26 April 20126 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. The elegant brick bridge in the background carries the Reading to Maidenhead road over the line. It now carries westbound traffic only, with a new concrete bridge (thankfully mostly hidden in this view) carrying the eastbound traffic.

66954 Rodbourne 19 July 2016

66954 passes Rodbourne on 19 July 2016 with the 4O70 09:56 Wentloog to Southampton Maritime freightliner. Apart from the fact that the bridge at this location has been rebuilt, there are still no signs of the massively delayed Great Western Mainline electrification here.

66954 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 10 October 2016

66954 runs along the up relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 10 October 2016 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. Network Rail have conveniently not yet installed the electrification mast next to the bridge, thus still allowing an uninterrupted view of sorts!

66954 Kennington 9 September 2017

66954 just manages to avoid the early morning shadows, as it passes Kennington on 9 September 2017 with the 4O18 05:03 Lawley Street to Southampton Maritime freightliner. The rear of the train is just passing over Kennington Junction, where the freight only branch to Morris Cowley diverges to the right.

66955 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 23 May 2009

66955 approaches Walton Well Road, Oxford, on 23 May 2009 with the 4O27 05:29 Garston to Southampton freightliner. The extra bodyside door which distinguishes a Class 66/9 low emission variant from a standard 'Shed' can clearly be seen in this picture. Note also the recently relaid and upgraded bi-directional line on the right, which allows traffic for the Bicester line (which diverges at Oxford North Junction, just beyond the footbridge in the background) to keep clear of the main running lines.

66955 Chelmscote 27 Mach 2012

66955 swings round the curve at Chelmscote on 27 March 2012 with the late running 4L93 10:08 Lawley Street to Felixstowe South freightliner. The bridge in the background formerly carried the A4146 Milton Keynes to Leighton Buzzard road (now bypassed).

66955 Moulsford 4 September 2013

66955 passes Moulsford on 4 September 2013 with the 4M62 14:50 Southampton to Hams Hall freightliner. This is the site of the Great Western Railway's original Moulsford station, which closed at the end of the nineteenth century, being replaced by the nearby Cholsey & Moulsford station.

66955 Compton Beauchamp 11 September 2014

66955 passes Compton Beauchamp on 11 September 2014 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. The Met Office's forecast had been slightly out on this particular morning, as the bank of cloud that was predicted to arrive towards midday had in fact reached here well before this train was due. By the time it actually appeared under the bridge in the background (20 minutes late) it was really quite dull. I was therefore surprised when the sun briefly reappeared as it got nearer, and then disappeared as it had passed by. Result! As the 66/9 sub-class is so small, the chances of getting one on this working are slim, so it is therefore noteworthy that I saw 66954 on this same working, in similar transient lighting, just a couple of months previously.

66955 & 66956 South Moreton (Didcot East) 19 December 2014

A million to one lucky photo opportunity at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 19 December 2014. Getting two freight trains running parallel right in front of your lens is unusual enough, and getting two Freightliner locos more unusual. However, when there are only seven locos in total in the 66/9 subclass, getting two of those is a miracle! To cap it all, they are consecutively numbered - amazing! 66955 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner is rapidly overtaking 66956, which is working the 6X26 10:19 Hinksey to Eastleigh point carriers. Obviously I took a number of shots here as the trains passed each other, and whilst a slightly earlier picture where the shadow of 66955 does not obscure the wheels of 66956 is possibly better, I prefer this one, where the locos are very briefly running exactly parallel to each other.

66955 Culham 11 June 2015

For many years the classic viewpoint of northbound trains approaching the A415 roadbridge at Culham has been ruined by lineside vegetation. However, the impending electrification of the route has resulted in an unprecedented clearance of trackside bushes, opening up the view to early 1980s standards. 66955 passes by the newly cleared site on 11 June 2015 with the 4M98 17:30 Southampton Maritime to Hams Hall freightliner.

66955 Compton Beauchamp 17 October 2016

66955 passes Compton Beauchamp on 17 October 2016 with the 4O51 08:42 Wentloog to Southampton Maritime freightliner. Due to the six week closure of the Severn Tunnel for electrification works, this had travelled via Gloucester.

66955 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 15 December 2017

66955 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 15 December 2017 with the extremely lightly loaded 4V31 08:05 London Gateway to Bristol freightliner. It is almost as if they have deliberately loaded the two boxes as widely spaced as possible along the line of flats!

66956 Washwood Heath 22 November 2008

66956 passes Washwood Heath on 22 November 2008 with the 4O02 11:12 Lawley Street to Southampton freightliner, which is barely a few minutes into its long journey south. A little glimmer of brightness, but lots of black clouds approaching!

66956 Tackley 17 December 2008

Looking slightly ridiculous with most of the containers hidden by the bushes, 66956 passes the flooded fields next to the River Cherwell near Tackley on 17 December 2008 whilst working the 4O27 07:12 Ditton to Southampton freightliner. Its a pity there wasn't just a little more water which might have resulted in a nice reflection shot!

66956 Uffington 30 October 2012

Viewed from the footpath that links the village of Uffington with Moor Mill Farm, near the site of Uffington station, 66956 heads east on the fine autumnal morning of 30 October 2012, with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. The footpath is easy going across the stubble in the background, but hard work once you get onto the ploughed section. Each step you takes gets more difficult as you accumulate what seems like half the field on your boots!

66956 Uffington 28 October 2014

66956 passes Uffington on the gloriously sunny morning of 28 October 2014 with the 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. As Network Rail have seemingly now permanently closed the useful footpath crossing near this location, I had a much longer, but very pleasant, walk from Uffington village.

66956 Cholsey 2 January 2015

Not quite as bad as it could have been! The 1E36 10:40 Reading to Newcastle CrossCountry Voyager does its best to get in the way, as 66956 passes Cholsey on 2 January 2015 with the 6X26 10:19 Hinksey to Eastleigh track panels and point carriers. Ironically the same problem was encountered with this train (with the same loco) a couple of weeks earlier, only on that occasion it resulted in a much better picture.

66956 Baulking 15 November 2019

66956 passes Baulking on 15 November 2019 with the 4L36 07:45 Wentloog to Felixstowe North freightliner. An exceedingly dull day has enabled a picture to be taken from the north side of the line, although  with all the 25kV wires in the way, it's not much of a viewpoint!

66957 Badgeworth 24 July 2012

66957 Stephenson Locomotive Society 1909-2009 worked the 4V47 11:15 Rugeley to Stoke Gifford coal empties on 24 July 2012. It is seen here passing Badgeworth under a clear blue sky, which has been something of a rarity during the early part of the summer of 2012.

66957 Wolvercote 28 August 2017

Trains don't come much shorter than this! 66957 Stephenson Locomotive Society 1909-2009 passes Wolvercote on 28 August 2017 with the 6M28 18:25 Hinksey to Bescot engineer's working. This had left Hinksey 17 minutes early, and then sat at Oxford North Junction until the booked time.

66957 Didcot North Junction 12 February 2020

66957 Stephenson Locomotive Society 1909-2009 passes Didcot North Junction on 12 February 2020 with the 6C58 11:45 Oxford Banbury Road to Whatley Quarry stone empties. Extremely unflattering head on lighting, but just marginally better than it should have been, as this was running eight minutes early, as it was quite rightly let out in front of the late running 1O12 09:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth CrossCountry Voyager.