TQ2479 : On Route to the Mendips

taken 8 years ago, near to Hammersmith, Hammersmith And Fulham, Great Britain

On Route to the Mendips
On Route to the Mendips
A class 59 brings a train of Mendip Rail stone hoppers under Kensington High Street into Kensington Olympia Station. This is an example of the many freight trains that use the West London Line. The Class 59's were a pre-privatisation example of a freight operator (Foster Yeomans) choosing to purchase its own locomotives instead of relying upon the available British Railways traction to haul its stone trains. Others followed suit - this locomotive was supplied to National Power for merry-go-round power station trains. The successors to the class 59's, Class 66 are now to be found throughout the UK Rail network in the many train operating company liveries that have sprung up since privatisation.

DB Schenker Rail (UK) took over the English Welsh & Scottish Railway Company and used this loco, 59206, to display their new livery in January 2009 at the National Railway Museum. It was also renamed in keeping with its new role on the Mendip stone trains - John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer. Thus a class 59 has sort of come full circle.
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Date Taken
Monday, 1 February, 2010   (more nearby)
Friday, 5 February, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 244 790 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.8071N 0:12.4905W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 244 790
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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