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Class 66 diesel locomotive No.66098 was photographed by Andrew Smith on Monday 17th February 2020 as it approached Kingswinford Junction with the 04.30 from Margam to Round Oak. This is one of the few places on the line from Stourbridge to Round Oak where it is possible to photograph an eastbound loaded steel train.  It is also rare to find a Round Oak bound train working at this time as this train usually runs at night (Kingswinford is actually in Staffordshire but Stourbridge where the branch line starts is in Worcestershire.) The once busy Junction and steel terminal lies derelict behind the photographer, although the track to  Pensnett is still in place and the points in full working order, presumably in the hope of revival in the future.
This strange working on Monday 23rd March 2020 saw a pair of class 50 diesel locomotives (Nos.50007, also known as 50014 and No.50049) work from Kidderminster (SVR) to Long Marston. Here they picked up an HST carriage and power car and took them (via a reversal at Norton Junction) to Plymouth Laira depot. Andrew Smith photographed the train (code 5Z44) at Abbotswood Junction.


The official ending of the 2020 (Total) Lockdown in the UK coincided with Network Rail scheduling overnight work at Newland.  These photographs were taken by Andrew Smith on Monday 11th May 2020 and the signal box and three items of TPX Plant equipment.  Road-railer No.6852 along with wagons Nos.070017 and 010754 were present behind the signal box.




On 9th May 2020 a pair of class 47 locomotives in Rail Operators Group blue livery (Nos.47815 and 47848) at Blackwell on a stock move from Long Martson to Northampton. Video by Steve Smith.  The electric multiple unit is No.350103.


Steve Widdowson was at Abbotswood Junction on 8th July 2020 and took this lovely view of GBRf livery class 66 diesel locomotive No.66709 working the 09.20 train (code No.6M42) from Hansons at Avonmouth to Penyffordd.




On 24th July 2020 Steve Widdowson was in the right place on a bridge above the M5 near Worcester in time to photograph an Allelys Heavy Haulage lorry with class 196 carriage No.122104 (from 196104) on its way from Newport, South Wales to Tyseley TMD for commissioning.
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