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The Fall & Rise of the 60's ( was The End of the Tugs?)


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Biomass trains to Drax Power Station restarted on 5th September after a planned nine-day closure of the line for bridge repair work.

 

On 6th September GBRf 60087 approaching Brighouse with 6M60, 09.44 Drax Power Station to Tuebrook Sidings empty biomass hoppers...

 

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...with GBRf 60002 'Graham Farish - 50th Anniversary 1970 - 2020 also putting in an appearance with 6E09, 07.38 Liverpool Biomass Terminal to Drax Power Station loaded biomass hoppers...

 

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... I haven't yet seen a complete rake of rebranded IIA-D wagons comprising the consist of a single biomass train, but the rebranded wagons make up the the vast majority now in any rake, with the old branding becoming a rarity...

 

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Blue 60 on Thursday, linked from my Flickr if you want to see it bigger.

60028 6Z73 Winterbourne

 

After an overcast start to the day, the weather brightened up in time for this. Contrary to the popular opinion, I prefer the DCR grey 60s to this blue one, but 60028 still looks smart enough working 6Z73 Tytherington - Willesden DCR, carrying stone bound for Calvert and HS2.

 

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The "end of the tugs"…long live the tugs…

 

In complete contrast to the reason for this thread starting, yesterday all 3 current class 60 operators' locos passed through North Stafford Junction within half an hour. Below pics linked from Flickr mostly…

 

First was DCR 60046, working from Ravenhead Sidings to Chaddesden Sidings:

 

DCR 60046 - 6Z19, North Stafford Jn


Then Big Jim of this forum was the driver of GBRf 60002, making a rare appearance on this line taking some weed killer KFA flats from Derby RTC to Bescot:

 

GBRf 60002 - 6Z44, North Stafford Jn


Finally, DB's silver 60066 with a delayed Wolverhampton to Toton (for onward transit to Boston Docks) steel…

 

DB 60066 - 6D08, North Stafford Jn


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On 7th October 2021 GBRf 60076 Dunbar passes Ravensthorpe heading west with 6M36, 09.54 Drax Power Station to Liverpool Biomass Terminal, empty biomass hoppers.

 

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A short time later GBRf 60021 PENYGHENT eases through Brighouse heading east with 6E09, 08.04 Liverpool Biomass Terminal to Drax Power Station, loaded biomass hoppers.

 

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A couple from Tees yard on my way home from the Darlington exhibition

60020 on the fueler and 60044 towing 66198 away on the Scunthorpe Steel. I was told that the 66 was derailed earlier in the day and was being taken to Toton for inspection. That is what I was told - I was not there to see it myself. There are another 4 class 66 in the yard so it could have been one of them derailed.

 

Mike Wiltshire

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With the Calder Valley line currently closed around Summit Tunnel* at Littleborough for engineering work, freight is being rerouted along the Huddersfield line.

 

On 23rd October 2021 GBRf 60076 Dunbar approaches Deighton with 6E10, 11.07 Liverpool Biomass Terminal to Drax Power Station, loaded biomass hoppers.

 

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* closed between 23rd and 31st October.

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Sitting with some RMWebbers at The Tap 60066 came near to a halt and then took off,  video at https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/class60/ecb5f6319 and 

 

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This appears to be a standard Class 60 booking. Class 60s are common through York - I caught 3 in five minutes on the avoiding line earlier this summer.   https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/class60

 

My favourite diesel loco, so good they are making a comeback. 

 

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A recent trip to the Midlands netted a little bit of 'Tug' action, with shots of the unlucky ones the main target. First up though are the lucky ones, still in use doing what they do best.

 

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In use with DB Cargo, DCR's 60029 'Ben Nevis' is seen thudding through North Staffs Jn with 6M57 Lindsey OR to Kingsbury - 08.10.21

 

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With a rake of pig sheds in tow, 60024 'Clitheroe Castle' works 6E02 Bescot Down Side to Boston Sleaford Sidings - 08.10.21

 

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Hot on the heels of 6E02 was 60074 'Luke' on a rake of TEA's, working 6E54 Kingsbury to Humber OR - 08.10.21

 

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60020 'The Willows' mirrors 60024 and its train, as it thunders through with 6E08 Walsall Steel Terminal to Immingham - 08.10.21

 

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On 24/10/2021 at 19:38, hmrspaul said:

Sitting with some RMWebbers at The Tap 60066 came near to a halt and then took off,  video at https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/class60/ecb5f6319 and 

 

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This appears to be a standard Class 60 booking. Class 60s are common through York - I caught 3 in five minutes on the avoiding line earlier this summer.   https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/class60

 

My favourite diesel loco, so good they are making a comeback. 

 

Paul

 

60s only seem to appear for the leaf fall season on this duty. That's been the case for about 4 years now.

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Just missed getting a shot of 60054 at Didcot the other day with it's running on HVO logos, so instead,

coming out of the setting sun at Barnetby, Mainline Blue 60078 in happier days, albeit with 'Beastie' and 'First' logos...

 

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A very rare occurrence today…the sole working maroon class 60 was allowed to leave Toton, and with a load no less! 60065 'Spirit of Jaguar' made a spirited departure on the 6E02 steel 'pig pens' to Boston Sleaford Sidings…

 

DB 60065 - 6E02, Toton

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16 hours ago, Phil Mc said:

But what a great noise……:D

 

cheers,

Phil.


This is true - it’s not only the sole surviving maroon one but also the only un-refurbished (non-super) sixty to have run in recent years. It definitely sounds better than the quieter 'super sixties' IMO.

 

Unfortunately, word is that it failed with low power on the return 6M08 to Wolves, which only got as far as Toton, and very late. It was entrusted with a service train, but didn’t quite make it…such a shame as I’ve got a soft spot for this one.

 

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On 01/11/2021 at 00:23, SWT442 said:

And on to the demics. The pictures were taken on a guided tour of Toton Depot for a closed group, with no area off limits. I'm very grateful to those who arranged it and took us round. All pictures taken on the 9th October.

 

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First of the class, 60001, sits on the fuel point having just arrived from Doncaster.

 

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Making for a forlorn sight, 60067 sits at the head of the main row of stored 60's. Who knows what future awaits.

 

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Still wearing the attractive Aircraft Blue of Mainline Freight, 60078 makes a change to the rows of EWS liveried locos.

 

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Having been stored for some 14 years, 60033 'Tees Steel Express' clings onto its Corus silver colours.

 

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60012 bookends the main row of locos, whilst 60048 sits at the head of a shorter row of abandoned 'Tugs'.

 

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Despite being stored away for so long, quite a few locos still retained their nameplates. Should've bought some tools along...

 

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Sat by the paintshop, 60061 still holds onto the remnants of its Transrail stickers.

 

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Despite suffering major engine failure back in 2005, 60081 is still about. Seen in the company of 60099 by the paintshop.

 

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Left forgotten at the end of the headshunt, 60057 carries the remnants of its Railfeight Coal past.

 

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60038 & 60059 'Swinden Dalesmen' catch some afternoon sun behind the depot building. It was said that some of the 60's offered up for sale recently had been purchased, but it wasn't elaborated on who had and what they were destined for. Perhaps we'll see 60038 on the mainline again?

 

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Acting as a super shunter, 60065 'Spirit of Jaguar' idles away in the ballast sidings.

 

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Now back on the mainline, 60026 'Helvellyn' gets some engine attention in the shed.

 

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Sharing space with 60026, and still wearing Colas colours, 60085 'Adept' awaits some love from the depot staff.

 

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60039 'Dove Holes' makes for an imposing sight.

 

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The beating heart of any Class 60 is this turbocharged straight-8 monster, a 145 litre Mirrlees Blackstone 8MB275T, set to put out 3,100hp at 1,000rpm.

 

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This WIPAC light clusters hair raising days are long behind it.

 

Andy.

 

It's sad to see the 60's just dumped like this. Most of them probably only saw 10 - 15 years service, they could have all been in service still today had they not been side tracked in favour of buying in new locos with similar haulage power, bit of a waste of money in my opinion. Hopefully a fair few will see service again someday, but in the meantime, it's great to see photos of those still giving great service on the mainline.

 

 

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