UK: Freightliner Class 66 66415 passes Southcote Junction on a Lawley St - Eastleigh light working

26 Sep 2021

UK: Freightliner Class 66 66415 'You Are Never Alone' passes Southcote Junction on light locomotive working 0Z66 from Lawley Street Freightliner Terminal to Eastleigh East Yard.
Clip recorded 28th January 2021.

The Class 66 is a type of six-axle diesel-electric freight locomotive developed in part from the Class 59, for use on the railways of the UK. Since its introduction the class has been successful and has been sold to British and other European railway companies. In Continental Europe it is marketed as the EMD Class 66 (JT42CWR).

Freightliner followed EWS by initially ordering five new Class 66/5 locomotives, and have continued to order in small batches. As of summer 2010, the 66/5 fleet had reached 98 examples; 66 521 was withdrawn after the 2001 crash at Great Heck and later scrapped.

In 2000 a new Class 66/6 sub-class was built, with a lower gear ratio, enabling heavier trains to be hauled, albeit at slower speed. There are presently 25 examples of this class, numbered 66 601-625. Some of these locomotives have since been exported for use with Freightliner Poland.

During 2004 the company took delivery of the most recent Class 66/9 sub-class of the locomotive, which are a low-emission variant. All new locomotives for all companies are now of the low-emission "T2" type. The original two such locomotives remain as 66 951 & 952.

In 2011, Freightliner took on Direct Rail Services' 66 411-420.
Freightliner Group is a rail freight and logistics company, formed in the United Kingdom in 1995, and now having expanded into Australia, The Netherlands and Poland. Freightliner Limited is the largest intermodal freight transport operator in the United Kingdom and the second largest freight operating company in the country by revenue, behind DB Cargo UK. It is a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming.

As part of the Privatisation of British Rail, the loss-making RfD division came under increasing pressure, leading to the immediate closure of the Speedlink division.

When Freightliner was privatised in 1996, it only operated Intermodal container services. These ran from ports including Felixstowe, Southampton and Tilbury to terminals such as Birmingham, Trafford Park in Manchester, Stourton (Leeds), Coatbridge (Central Scotland), Ashton Gate (Bristol), and Wentlooge (Newport, South Wales). The network has been expanded with additional destinations added.
Southcote Junction is a railway junction in the town of Reading, Berkshire, England. It is the point where the Reading to Taunton line diverges from the Reading to Basingstoke line, and is situated between the Reading suburbs of Southcote and Coley Park and to the south of Reading West station. Both lines were proposed as part of the Berks and Hants Railway, but that company became part of the Great Western Railway before the track was laid.

Until 1983 there was a third line at the junction, the Coley branch line, which diverted just to the north at Coley Branch Junction and served Reading Central goods station.

The junction is readily visible from a footpath linking Wensley Road in Coley Park to Southcote Farm Lane in Southcote. This first crosses the trackbed of the old Coley branch, before running alongside the railway and then passing under both lines at the junction.
Reading is a large town and unitary authority area in the county of Berkshire, England. It is located in the Thames Valley at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet, and on both the Great Western Main Line railway and the M4 motorway. Reading is located 36 miles (58 km) east from Swindon, 24 miles (39 km) south from Oxford, 36 miles (58 km) west of central London, and 14 miles (23 km) north from Basingstoke.
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