Departmental trains, dominated by Freightliner and DB Schenker.
Last Update: 10/7/13.
* Reproduced by kind permission of WagonCrank
66619 - 6Y13, 7/7/13.
66619 takes "The Rhubarb" working 6Y13 Ashchurch-Westbury...
66518 - 6Y13, 7/7/13.
...with 66518 on the tail, depicted at North Somerset Junction.
66012 - 6X33, 7/7/13.
66012 in charge of 6X33 Cardiff General-Westbury at Lawrence Hill, 66138 was on the tail.
66120 - 4/7/13.
Sadly deputising for the resident 08, 66120 shunts Westbury Up Yard.
66618 - 6Y11, 9/6/13.
Running nearly 30 minutes early, 66618 slows to a halt for a 20 minute layover at Dr Day's Junction heading 6Y11 Alstone Level Crossing-Taunton Fairwater Yard. Bringing up the rear was 66616.
66552 - 6Y11, 5/5/13.
In pleasant sunshine, 66552 heads through Dr Day's Junction with the typically enormous 6Y11 Ashchurch-Taunton Fairwater Yard, on the tail was 66604.
66086 - 20/4/13.
66086 stands shut down within Crewe Basford Hall Yard on the tail of a departmental working, sadly I haven't been able to discover the identity of the working.
66607 - 6C73, 29/3/13.
Even for a "mere 66", 66607 makes an impressive sight getting underway with 6C73 Westbury-Taunton Fairwater Yard, here seen approaching Hawkeridge Junction.
Newton St Loe 18/11/12.
66620 - 6Y11.
As a finale to a sequence of departmental workings passing Newton St Loe on this particular Sunday morning, 66620 top and tailed with 66618 working 6Y11 Alston Level Crossing-Taunton Fairwater Yard.
66621 - 6Y12.
Heading 6Y12 Alstone Level Crossing-Westbury, 66621 passes Newton St Loe. Consist*:7058920354/29363/065/176/220/540/504/233/436/185/029/328/216/503096/29285/338/7058920289/29324/408/478/291/503121/29104/056/062/265/503128/125
66063 - 6W36.
With a motley collection of wagons akin to an old style pick up freight, 66063 passes Newton St Loe with 6W36 Filton West Junction-Westbury.
66188 - 6W05.
On a gloriously bright morning at Newton St Loe, 66188 heads 6W05 Leckwith North Junction-Westbury.
70016 - 6Y12, 4/11/12.
Due to the constant drizzle on this Sunday morning I took this undercover from one a Lawrence Hill "bus shelter", but it was worth it to record a Class 70 on a rare West Country departmental working, namely 6Y12 Alstone Goods Loop-Westbury featuring a consist of JNA's.
66007 - 6O41, 23/10/12.
Out of the gloom at Eastleigh, 66007 approaches with 6O41 Westbury-Eastleigh.
66040 - 6W03, 27/5/12.
Happily running only a little late, 66040 passes Pilning in charge of 6W03 Margam Moors Jct-Westbury. After reaching Westbury subsequently 66040 teamed up with 59203 to work 6W25 Westbury-Parson Street, top and tailed.
66238 - 6W37, 6/5/12.
On an otherwise miserable weekend weather wise, the sun makes a rare appearance to greet 66238 approaching Patchway, working 6W37 Sutton Bridge Junction-Westbury which was composed of a lengthy rake of HQA's.
08633, then Westbury's "new" shunter having arrived by road from Crewe in late March, replacing 08737. These pictures were taken at various points of the morning.
66619 - 6M40.
Sadly the same "Fred" working the same train as on my visit of March 19th - 66619 with 6M40 Westbury-Stud Farm.
66598 - 6Z28.
This picture and the gallery below depicts 66598 running round and then departing Westbury with 6Z28 Oxford Hinksey-Newton Abbot Hackney to head back through Hawkeridge Junction, which came as a surprise to me as it was booked to run via Castle Cary. I made a mess of recording 6Z28's arrival thanks to a cloud momentarily blocking the sun, so forgive the entirely "wrong" picture amidst this gallery of 66598 awaiting departure as it was the only one I managed of the "Fred" actually at the business end of the train.
Consist*: DR 979515, DR 89005, DR 979041, DR 979415, DR 979038, DR 979056, DR 979607.
Consist*: DR 979515, DR 89005, DR 979041, DR 979415, DR 979038, DR 979056, DR 979607.
66613 - 6C73.
66613 waiting for the road at Westbury Station, working 6C73 Westbury-Taunton Fairwater which on this occasion consisted of a short rake of HQAs. Later in the day 66613 worked 6L33 Cardiff Tidal-Dagenham empty scrap.
66619 - 6M40.
The following gallery shows 66619 arriving at Westbury as 0M40 Stoke Gifford-Westbury light engine, then later departing through the station with 6M40 Westbury VQ-Stud Farm, and lastly heading towards Hawkeridge Junction.
On this visit to Westbury I greatly enjoyed watching 08737 busy at work as it was the first time for quite a while I'd had such an opportunity, especially while I ate my lunch (watching the "Gronk" potter about took me back to my misspent childhood, when of course you could've witnessed identical scenes all over the BR network). Below is a small gallery involving a selection of HQA's that the 08 was shunting.
66621 - 6Z86, 19/3/12.
66621 stands held at a signal check at Bristol Temple Meads in charge of 6Z86 Taunton Fairwater-Taunton Fairwater TRT, below is a gallery of the consist as it passed on departure running via Bath, Westbury, and Castle Cary.
66154 - 6W09, 26/2/12.
Trundling through Patchway, 66154 heads 6W09 Severn Tunnel Junction-Oxford Hinksey Yard, having paused in Pilning's up goods loop for a digger to more evenly spread the spoil ballast load (Dan EFC and Stuart Graham have pictures of this at their respective superb websites). Consist*:395257/394593/391462/394922/394994/396162/394906/394313/394717/396037/394088/391424/395084/395374/394271/394949/394194/
66040 - 6W05, 26/2/12.
Slowly passing Patchway, the driver of 66040 blows his loco's horn a number of times to give track workers at Patchway Junction plenty of warning, working 6W05 Severn Tunnel Junction-Oxford Hinksey Yard.
66020 - 7W02, 19/2/12.
66020 with 7W02 Severn Tunnel Junction-Oxford Hinksey Yard comes to a halt at Patchway, pausing briefly before recieving permission to proceed towards Bristol Parkway and its ultimate destination of Hinksey Yard.. Consist*:394727/396160/394631/394553/394296/395133/395167/395132/395152/394350/394822/395351/395114/394624/395100/394074/395230/
396031/YJB DRC 78235/YJB DRC 78226.
Forming a "Fred Convoy" are 66507/605/604, sadly I've no details of the headcode for this working but believe it was Crewe Basford Hall-Stoke Gifford. The trio travelled down from Crewe having been assigned to weekend departmental duties in the South West : The following morning 66605 & 66604 top and tailed a HQA set as 6Y34/35 Westbury-Newton Abbot, while 66507 teamed up with 66951 to top and tail another HQA set as 6Y33 Taunton Fairwater-Teignmouth, both trains being noted parked up together at one point at Newton Abbot over the weekend.
66021 - 6W40, 12/2/12.
On a gloomy Sunday morning at Pilning, 66021 heads 6W40 Awre Junction-Westbury consisting of a short rake of old Railtrack liveried HQA's.
66087 - 6W31, 14/1/12.
66087 stands at Westbury Station during assembly of a variety of departmental trains bound for South Wales later that evening, having arrived earlier that afternoon as part of 0X12 Newport ADJ-Westbury loco convoy in company with 66095/078/023/169/109/031. 66087 was booked to work 6W31 Westbury-Leckwith with a 21:49 departure time along with 66031.
Photo: Chris Hudd.
66623 - 6Y27, 11/12/11.
A cold Sunday lunchtime at Filton Abbey Wood sees blue liveried 66623 restarting from a signal check, working 6Y27 Eckington Loop-Newton Abbott Hackney Yard cwr train.
66623 - 6Y27, 18/12/11.
Exactly a week later sees 66623 on engineering duties again, passing Newton St Loe near Bath, and again the headcode is 6Y27 but this working being Lansdown Jct-Westbury. This was the first time I'd visited this spot (the tip coming from Glen Batten via his superlative website), and whilst I was even more frozen than the previous week it was well worth the effort and a truly lovely view.
66187 - 6W06, 11/12/11.
Arriving from South Wales, 66187 passes Filton Abbey Wood working 6W06 Cwmbran-Westbury (pretty much...) empty JNA Falcons.
66134 - 6W20, 9/10/11.
A spell of engineering work on the Severn Beach line in late 2011 resulted in a number of departmental workings, including 66134 with 6W20 Clifton Down-Newport ADJ, seen here passing through the station.
59002 - 6W44, 25/9/11.
In dreadful weather, 59002 top and tailed with 59203 take their booked layover in Pilning's up goods loop with 6W44 Heath Junction-Westbury. Unsurprisingly I was the only photographer there, but I was determined to record the still relatively rare event of a 59/0 on departmental duties.
59104 - 6W01, 7/8/11.
The forecast on this day was for heavy cloud, so my lazy streak got the better of me as I chose Filton Abbey Wood to try and record 6W01. One of those rare occasions when I didn't really want the sun to emerge just as 59104 appeared, gathering pace recovering from a signal check working 6W01 Gloucester-Westbury.
66113 - 6W44, 31/7/11.
At Fox's Wood near Keynsham, in steam days the site of water troughs, 66113 (once part of the Motherwell allocated retb fitted batch) hurries past with 6W44 Westbury-Cardiff Queen Street. The rake of Seacows was a pleasant surprise.
66059 - 6W48, 3/7/11.
66059 poses handily within Filton Abbey Wood's platform 3, waiting to proceed with 6W48 FAW-Newport ADJ cwr train.
Taken at just before 7am, not my favourite time of day.
66054 - 6W38, 3/7/11.
66054 with 6W38 Hullavington-Westbury cwr train passing through Lawrence Hill Station.
66148 - 6W34, 3/7/11.
The driver of 66148 has just applied power for the climb up Ashley Hill and Filton banks, heading 6W34 Westbury-Westerleigh Jct through Lawrence Hill Station. 6W34 featured a consist of MRA's, YWA's and a solitary OCA on the tail.
66020 - 6W01, 19/6/11.
With the Second Severn Crossing in the background, 66020 grinds up the grade through Pilning with 6W01 Grovesend-Westbury.
66613 - 6Y34, 19/6/11.
Caught in nice sunlight but with dark clouds forming the backdrop, this is one of my favourites. 66613 speeds through Filton Abbey Wood with a train of HQA's, forming 6Y34 Bathampton-Oxford Hinksey Yard.
66511 - 6Y12, 29/5/11.
After being held at a signal check, 66511 restarts 6Y12 Bath Spa-Newport ADJ (via Westerleigh Jct) having just passed through Patchway Jct.
66057 - 6C41, 20/5/11.
At Pilning, 66057 hurries away from the Severn Tunnel in charge of 6C41 Newport ADJ-Westbury.
66148 - 6C41, 6/5/11.
"Army" 60040 had worked the earlier 6B65 Westbury-Newport ADJ departmental on this day, so excitedly I arranged to finish work early to catch it with the return 6C41. Sadly the Tug failed at ADJ, so 66148 substituted which I recounted rather bitterly the following week as I made the time up in work.
66148 - 6W33, 8/5/11.
On what had been ten minutes earlier a lovely sunny afternoon, 66148 passes Patchway with 6W33 Cogan Junction-Westbury.
66021 - 6W51, 26/4/11.
At Severn Tunnel Junction, 66021 passes with 6W51 Cardiff Queen Street-Westbury cwr train.
60049 - 6C41, 31/3/11.
I had no idea 60049 had been allocated to this working, and was infact waiting for 60011 with the 6B33 Murcos. A lovely surprise nonetheless as Tug 49 approaches Patchway with the sadly missed 6C41 Newport ADJ-Westbury departmental.