Class 66

  • GB Railfreight celebrates 15 years of Locomotion

    GB Railfreight celebrates 15 years of Locomotion

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    GB Railfreight Class 66 No. 66788 was named Locomotion on September 21 as part of the celebrations to mark a decade and a half since the National Railway Museum opened its outstation in Shildon, County Durham. Bob Tiller, GBRf engineering director, said: “The work Locomotion does to showcase the history of the railways is an inspiration,…

  • GB Railfreight’s pride as it unveils Class 66

    GB Railfreight’s pride as it unveils Class 66

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    GB RAILFREIGHT marked Brighton Pride when Class 66 No. 66773 was named Pride of GB Railfreight by The Times columnist Matthew Parris at the South Coast resort on August 2.  Sporting rainbow colours along its bodyside, GB says the loco recognises LGBT+ employees across the wider rail industry, and celebrates its on-going commitment to diversity and equality.…

  • Victa Peak Forest ‘super shunters’ bow out – but new hoppers come on stream

    Victa Peak Forest ‘super shunters’ bow out – but new hoppers come on stream

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    REPORTS suggest Victa Railfreight has replaced its hired Class 56 ‘super shunters’ at Peak Forest in Derbyshire with Class 66s.  Privately owned Colas and latterly UK Rail Leasing ‘56s’ have been used over the last couple of years, but slow speed operation and excessive idling have led to numerous failures, and their replacement with more…

  • Maritime launches two new London Gateway trains

    Maritime launches two new London Gateway trains

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    SHIPPING company Maritime Transport has launched two new dedicated trains from DP World London Gateway, near Thurrock, to Trafford Park and Wakefield.   The daily train pairs are the fifth and sixth UK intermodal services to start since the company launched its partnership with DB Cargo UK in April.  They have been running since June…

  • GBRf names loco Made in Sheffield

    GBRf names loco Made in Sheffield

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    GB Railfreight has reliveried Class 66 No. 66747 in branding to mark its growing relationship with Yorkshire-based haulier and logistics company Newell & Wright.  The loco was named Made in Sheffield at the London Gateway freight terminal on July 9, two years after running the first service for the company.  GB now operates trains, including…

  • First Class 66 worked passenger train in Sweden

    First Class 66 worked passenger train in Sweden

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    HECTOR Rail Class 66 loco T66402 hauled the first Class 66 worked passenger train in Sweden on July 7.  The type has been in use in the country for many years, but there had not been any passenger workings before.  The train was an enthusiasts’ charter that visited several freight-only lines, organised by a Swedish…

  • Test run paves way for Heathrow construction railhead

    Test run paves way for Heathrow construction railhead

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    Thorney Hill aggregates terminal, on the Colnbrook branch, saw its first train for six years on June 21.  GB Railfreight (GBRf) operated a test train into the reactivated facility, which is three miles to the north of Heathrow, and close to the site of the planned third runway.  Class 66 No. 66775 HMS Argyll hauled…

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