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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.
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