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The Class 66 is a six axle diesel electric freight locomotive developed in part from the British Rail 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 Series 66On the privatisation of British Rail's freight operations in 1996, English, Welsh and Scottish Railway bought most of British Rail's freight operations. Many of the locomotives that EWS inherited were either at the end of their useful life or of doubtful reliability.


EWS approached General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD), who offered their JT42CWR model which had the same bodyshell as the EMD built Class 59; this gave the advantage of having a locomotive of known clearance. The engine and traction motors were different models from those in the Class 59. Additionally, the Class 66s incorporated General Motors' version of a steering bogie - designed to reduce track wear and increase adhesion on curves.


The initial classification was as Class 61, then they were subsequently given the "Class 66" designation in the British classification system. Two hundred and fifty were ordered and built in London, Ontario, Canada

Free Roam from Didcot Parkway

Choose from a selection of freight trains powered by the Class 66. Along the way you may find other trains to choose from also.

Date             June 2008

Rating            Easy

Season           Summer

Start Location     Didcot Parkway

66 Livery  


Power Hungry

Due to engineering at Avonmouth, Didcot coal supply is temporarily coming from new a facility east of London. You'll be driving a loaded coal hopper train on its last segment to the Power Station.

Date             April 2008

Rating            Medium

Duration          40 minutes

Season           Spring

Start Location     Reading Station

66 Livery         Red & Yellow


Tankliner

A consignment of fuel needs to be transported to Oxford for the DMU fleet that stables there. The tanks are located in a siding near by, but have been blocked in by the shunting of container wagons. Pilot your locomotive around the yard to reach them. Once coupled up, you'll be heading north to Oxford for delivery. Be vigilant of the signals as traffic on the Oxford Mainline can get busy.

Date             November 2008

Rating            Medium

Duration          30 Minutes

Season           Autumn

Start Location     Didcot Freight Yard

66 Livery         Green & Yellow


Beer Run

Bring your initial wagons to Littfeld Brewery where two more wagons loaded with barrels from the brewery are waiting to be picked up. Attach these to the rear of your train and head for Kreuztal Yard where the beer will be exported.

Date             May 2008

Rating            Easy

Duration          20 Minutes

Season           Spring

Start Location     Altenhundem Yard

66 Livery         All over Black


Your Turn for Maintenance

Cross the turntable and attach the coaches to the rear of your locomotive. Then advance onto the main line and move north to Kreuztal. Pass through Kreuztal yard and stable your train at Kreuztal Freight Shed where it is due an inspection.

Date             April 2008

Rating            Easy

Duration          25 minutes

Season           Spring

Start Location     Siegen Roundhouse

66 Livery         RSC Grey


Taking the Mainline

Load your last six flatbed wagons with the container loader before leaving for Altena. Depart once the signals allow and bring your container wagons to Ha-Kabel which is your final destination.

Date             November 2008

Rating            Medium

Duration          40 Minutes

Season           Autumn

Start Location     Plettenberg Yard

66 Livery         All Over Black


Different Time

To start with, couple to the fully loaded coal wagons in the Marshalling Yard, and then head up towards Bath. Make a stop at Radstock where all wagons will be delivered. Finally, continue to Bath Green Park where your locomotive is needed for the next shift.

Date             August 2008

Rating            Medium

Duration          40 Minutes

Season           Summer

Start Location     Evercreech Junction

66 Livery         Malcolm Rail


Free Roam: Wagons at Acton

Choose from a selection of trains to explore the Oxford-Paddington route from Acton Yard. Along the way you may find other trains to choose from also.

Date             May 2008

Rating            Easy

Duration          N/A

Season           Summer

Start Location     Acton Freight Yard

Wagon Swap

All railway operations are important, even the little ones. Here you are required to keep a busy quarry going, by delivering a rake of empty wagons and removing a rake of full ones. This helps to keep the quarry turning out material for its customers.

Date             March 1995

Rating            Easy

Duration          20 minutes

Season           Spring

Start Location     Didcot Freight Yard

66 Livery         Malcolm Rail


Cement Duty

The construction business is booming, and many depots in the south east are struggling to keep up with demand. Delivery another batch of PCA wagons to the terminal at Thorney Mill so they can keep the flow going.

Date             January 1995

Rating            Easy

Duration          45 Minutes

Season           Winter

Start Location     Acton Freight Yard

66 Livery         Green & Yellow


Engineering Department

Engineering trains play a vital role in maintaining the network so commuters and cargo can going about their business. This duty requires you to assemble one such train and then delivery it to the crew who will work the line.

Date             August 1991

Rating            Medium

Duration          35 Minutes

Season           Summer

Start Location     Old Oak Common

66 Livery         Red & Gold


Routes Featuring the Class 66

Hagen-Siegen

Oxford to Paddington

Bath Green to Templecoombe