The start of the new year brought an unexpected working through the county on Thursday 2nd January 2014 in the form of this train of empty car carriers forming the 04:50 Warrington Arpley Sidings to Portbury Automotive Terminal. The train, running via Bromsgrove and over an hour late at Abbotswood Junction, was headed by DBS Schenker class 66 diesel locomotive No.66122. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith.
Despite floods and torrential rain in the first part of January 2014 the sun shined brightly for Robert Cooke as he witnessed the passage of DRS class 66 diesel locomotive No.66432 with the daily (not Saturdays) Daventry to Wentloog company train on Thursday 9th January.
Class 66 diesel locomotive No.66221 in EWS livery at Norton with a returning empty continuous welded rail train. The train (headcode No.6W97) had come from Awre and was bound for Bescot having reversed at Newport. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith on Sunday 19th January 2014.
This is the 08.07 Ratcliffe to Portbury (headcode No.4V30) empty coal hoppers at Spetchley headed by Colas livery class 66 diesel locomotive No.66850. Photograph taken by Robert Pritchard on 19th January 2014.
Class 60 diesel locomotive No.60062 in DBS red livery at Worcester Shrub Hill with the 05.50 Margam to Round Oak loaded steel train. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith on Tuesday 9th February 2014.
Colas livery class 66 diesel locomotive No.66850 photographed at Worcester on Sunday 2nd February 2014
on the Saturday/Sunday Redcar to Port Talbot via Worcester loaded coke train. Photograph taken by Steve Widdowson.
Colas livery class 66 diesel locomotive No.66850 photographed at Worcester on Sunday 2nd February 2014 on the Saturday/Sunday Redcar to Port Talbot via Worcester loaded coke train. Photograph taken by Steve Widdowson..
On a very sunny afternoon, Andrew Smith photographed the Bridgwater to Crewe nuclear flask train at Abbotswood Junction hauled by DRS class 37 diesel locomotives Nos.37425 and 37259. Photograph taken on 16th April 2014.
The train watchers were out in force on Thursday 15th May 2014 for the passage of 'Deltic' class 55 No.55002 to Didcot and ex-GWR 'Hall' class 4-6-0 No.4936 to Minehead and many stayed to witness ex-works class 37 diesel locomotive No.37423 with one of the few workings of an MoD nuclear flasks train from Crewe to Devonport (headcode No.6Z40). The flasks were being carried on MODA type wagons Nos.95771 and 95770.
Class 66 diesel locomotive No.66106 disturbs the tranquil peace of a hot and humid afternoon with the regular empty train from Round Oak to Margam as it picks up speed after joining the main line at Abbotswood Junction. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith on 23rd July 2014.