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Diesel locomotives - Classes 59 and 66

The class 59 Co-Co was the first class bought by a private operator for
freight operation. Foster Yeoman ordered an initial four locomotives from
GM in the USA to handle their quarry traffic from Merehead. These were
built at the LaGrange works in Illinois and were delivered in 1986, followed
by a fifth in 1989, forming class 59/0. All remaining 59s were built in London,
Ontario. Two other companies ordered the class: ARC who bought four 59/1
units, also for aggregate traffic in 1990 while National Power bought six 59/2
for limestone traffic between 1993 and 1995. The locomotives are type 5,
fitted with an EMD 16-645E3C engine, rated at 3000 hp.

The massive Class 66 fleet sprang initially from an order placed by EWS for
250 locomotives which first entered service in 1998. They utilise an almost
identical bodyshell to Class 59 but are powered by a GM 12N-710G3B-EC
engine developing 3300 hp. Other operators have also bought the class
and. at the end of 2008 there were over 450 of the class in service in the
UK. Classifications include 66/0 for EWS, 66/4 for DRS, 66/5 and 66/6 for
Freightliner and 66/7 for GB Railfreight while class 66/9 currently comprise
two units using low-emission GM 12N-710G3B-T2 engines.

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Class 59


59004
Stratford
9 September 1993

59004
Newport
4 September 1997

59005
Newport
26 November 1997

59101 and 59204
Minehead Gala
8 May 2004

59104
Old Oak Common
19 March 1994


59201
Dunster
December 2010

59204
Minehead Gala
8 May 2004

Class 66


66001
Toton Rail Fair
29 August 1998

66002
Newport
31 May 2000

66003 (nearest camera)
Toton Rail Fair
29 August 1998


66005
Toton Rail Fair
29 August 1998

66009
Newport
18 February 2002

66018
Newport
18 February 2002


66019 and 66147
Didcot Parkway
21 March 2009

66019
Didcot Parkway
21 March 2009

66023
Newport Godfrey Road
21 May 2002


66027
Newport
9 December 1998

* 66027
Newport
Date unknown

66029
Newport Godfrey Road
23 August 2002


66030
Didcot Parkway
21 March 2009

66074
Newport
15 February 2001

66092
Cardiff Canton
13 August 2002


66101
Newport
31 May 2000

66101 and 66125
Didcot Parkway
18 April 2008

66119
Cardiff Canton
19 January 2001


66139
Newport
21 February 2003

66139
Newport
21 February 2003

66147
Didcot Parkway
21 March 2009


66151
Didcot Parkway
18 April 2008

66166 and 66183
Newport Godfrey Road
15 February 2001

66173
Newport
21 February 2003


66176
Cardiff Canton
23 November 2003

66186 and 60016
Newport
15 February 2001

66194
Newport
2 October 2001


66201
Crewe
16 May 2003

66219
Newport
13 August 2002

66219
Newport
13 August 2002


66250
Newport
13 August 2002

66550
Crewe
16 May 2003


66716 and 59204
Minehead Diesel Gala
8 May 2004

66716
Minehead Diesel Gala
8 May 2004
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