Westbury – Diesel Heaven

I’m not that regular at travelling by train. Although I can hear trains from my home, I have no local station and that means journeys always have to start by car. Once in the car, why bother with a train!

But recently, as a treat, my wife and I took the train from Westbury to Weymouth which gave me a few minutes on Westbury station to admire some of the diesel locos I happened to see.

Let’s start with this row.

image002This is a line of class 70 locos operated by Colas Rail. Class 70s are quite new. The first appeared in the UK in 2009/10 but these examples arrived in 2014. Do they not have work to do?

Nearby was another Colas operated loco – a much older class 60.

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The first of these locos appeared in 1989 which means these locos are in the region of 25 years old.

A class 59 appeared hauling an enormous (and I presume empty) stone train towards the Mendip quarries.

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The train had a change of driver at this point. You can see the train of wagons trailing away and off screen to the right. I don’t know how long such trains can be in the UK, but when the train restarted after its crew change it took a mighty long time to pass us.

This particular old thing dates from 1985.

But pride of place in my brief spell of diesel spotting has to go to the class 08 shunter.

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This looks like something from a past age these days and indeed such locos are truly venerable. Of course, they look the part with that con rod linking the wheels. They keep alive the arm movement kids used to make to be steam locos. This one still sports the colours of EWS even though, like the 59 above, it is now operated by DB.

The 08s have their origins with locos built in 1945, although this design was introduced in 1952 and locos of the type were built in large numbers up until 1962. So even if this is at the newer end of this, we are still looking at a loco more than 50 years old. In fact this loco was built in 1960 so is 55 years old.

I will add that there were class 66 diesels to be seen as well, but not in easy to photograph locations.

Our train arrived. It was an utterly filthy (on the outside) class 150 unit. The windows were so thick with grime it was all but impossible to see out. The rebranded Great Western Railway ought to do better than that. We customers, on a line down to Weymouth, surely deserve to be able to see the lovely countryside we travel through.

 

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2 Responses to “Westbury – Diesel Heaven”

  1. Janet Says:

    Wow. I recall train travel between Ipswich and London. Seems to me it was ok 15 years ago. Also Royston to London 20 years ago. Any comments??

  2. locksands Says:

    Most rail journeys are fine. I think this one was unfortunate in being externally filthy. The return journey later in the day was much better. I do think, though, that train operating companies should make sure trains are clean – particularly on what are scenic routes.

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