FREIGHTLINER’S trial run of a Mendip Rail ‘jumbo train’ using a Class 70 diesel has been hailed as an outstanding success by the operators.
No. 70003 hauled a train weighing 4,624 tonnes between Merehead Quarry in Somerset and Acton Yard in West London on July 17. These trains are currently the heaviest in the UK and are normally powered by Mendip Rail’s fleet of Class 59/0 and 59/1 heavy haul diesels.
The trial run was in preparation for the start of Freightliner’s bulk haulage contract with Mendip Rail, a joint venture between Hanson UK and Aggregate Industries.
Read more in the September 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!
Railway ReadsFrom the history of steam through to 21st century rail transport news, we have titles that cater for all rail enthusiasts. Covering diesels, modelling, steam and modern railways, check out our range of magazines and fantastic subscription offers.
Get The Railway Hub Weekly Round-upEnter your e-mail address below and you will receive weekly rail news straight into your inbox...
You can unsubscribe at any time.
About the Author
- No plan to detect track fault that caused train derailment – report - 4th March 2021
- PREVIEW: April issue of Railways Illustrated - 4th March 2021
- Stubborn cat causes delays to London to Manchester service - 4th March 2021