Stuart's Railway Photography

Class 59

59001 is seen at Shrivenham on the 2nd of April 2013 with 7C48 Appleford - Whatley empty stone boxes

59001 leads a not so 'Jumbo' 7C77 Acton Yard - Merehead, made up of just a single portion of Yeoman hoppers as it prepares to cross Fairwood Junction for the last leg of its journey on the 28th of September 2011

59002 passes Berkley Marsh with an early running 7C76 Acton - Merehead on the 5th of June 2013

Foster Yeoman liveried 59004 shines brightly in some early morning sunshine as it grinds its way north towards Didcot North Junction with 7A14 Westbury - Oxford Banbury Road loaded stone on the 11th of May 2012

59004 picks up speed shortly after its departure from its stop at Westbury with 7V07 on this day running from Fareham - Merehead and is seen approaching Fairwood Junction, in the background the now disused chimney of the LaFarge cement works, although for the time being the facility still receives the occasional delivery by rail, 28th of September 2011

59004 matches up nicely with a rake of Yeoman hoppers on the 9th of March 2011 as it heads towards Fairwood Junction while working 7C77 Acton - Merehead

59005 ambles along the loop line at Pilning with its load of various grades of stone on the 31st of August 2012 while working 6A83 Machen - West Drayton

59101 leads 66155 through Compton Beauchamp on the 2nd of April 2013 with the diverted 7A09 Merehead - Acton 'Jumbo' loaded stone, due to the rebuilding of Reading Station and it only being part completed this working along with all other Mendip stone workings were diverted via Swindon and Didcot for the entire week

59102 sweeps around the curve at Berkley Marsh on the 5th of June 2013 with 7V12 Woking - Merehead empty boxes

59103 rolls along Challow Loop on the 2nd of April 2013 with the diverted 6V18 Hither Green - Whatley, the combination of Hanson hoppers and matching loco are a rare sight on this part of the Great Western Mainline in daylight hours so was very happy to capture this

59103 is seen rounding the curve at Great Cheverell with 7C74 Theale - Whatley on the 30th of August 2012

59103 traverses the point work and curve on the approach to Westbury on the 28th of September 2011 with 7V67 Sevington - Merehead empty stone boxes

59104 is seen at Berkley Marsh on the 5th of June 2013 with 7Z66 Wooton Bassett - Merehead empty Yeoman hoppers

59104 makes the perfect pairing of a Hanson liveried locomotive with matching Hanson hoppers on the 28th of September 2011 as it heads towards Fairwood Junction with 6V18 Hither Green - Whatley stone empties

During a period of time when DB Schenker were trying to manage with as few class 60 members as possible various forms of traction were trialed on the South Wales oil circuit including the use of the 59 fleet, on what was a bitterly cold 1st of February 2011 59201 catches the last of the low winter light as it passes Ram Hill with 6B33 Theale - Robeston discharged bogie tanks, by the looks of it the cows are less than impressed with the choice of traction!

Another recent recipient of a lick of DB Schenker red paint is 59203 seen here as it grinds up the incline at Pilning on the 5th of September 2012 with 6A83 Machen - West Drayton loaded stone

One of DB Schenkers GM rust buckets in the shape of 59203 rolls along the relief at Denchworth with an early running 7C48 Appleford - Whatley on the 2nd of February 2012, about time another pot of bright red paint was opened I think!

59204 takes the Westbury station line at Fairwood Junction on the 5th of September 2012 with just one portion of Yeoman hoppers forming the 'Jumbo' 7A09 Merehead - Acton

Recently repainted 59204 gets its loaded train moving again after the briefest of pauses for a signal check, seen here passing Patchway on the 20th of August 2012 with 6C83 Machen - Westbury

Making a guest appearance on this stretch of line 59205 passes Brent Knoll on the 24th of April 2011 with a weekend possesion train consisted of 25 loaded side tipplers, this working was 6W70 Westbury - Cogload via Bath and Bristol

Shortly after passing through Oxford 59205 approaches Hinksey Yard on the 4th of March 2011 with the empty 7C54 Oxford Banbury Road - Whatley bogie boxes

Shining rather nicely in the afternoon light 59205 slowly makes its way towards Patchway on the 4th of October 2010 with 6A83 Machen - West Drayton, although the GM machine looks rather tidy, when you look up close it is covered in several rust patches along the bodyside

59206 still to date the only member of the 59/2 fleet to receive the attractive DB Schenker red livery approaches the site of Ashbury Crossing near Shrivenham with 7C54 Oxford Banbury Road - Whatley stone empties on the 29th of September 2011