The Anonymous Widower

An Unnecessary Diesel-Hauled Train

I took these picture at Blackhorse Road station this morning.

This train from Moss End to Dagenham Dock is pathed to be electric-hauled. So why was it hauled by a noisy and polluting Class 66 locomotive?

July 9, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. This happens frequently for Felixstowe to Trafford Park. When routed through NLL (most are) it is electric all the way, yet only about one train in three such trains is electric hauled.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | July 9, 2019 | Reply

    • They can’t use electric haulage on the Felixstowe branch. I think that when Rail Operations Group get their tri-mode Class 93 locomotives, these might be able to do Felixstowe and Trafford Park without a change of locomotive at Ipswich. There is a photograph on this blog of a double-headed heavy freight with a Class 66 and a Class 90 up front going South through Shenfield. Was this going to Trafford Park? I only ever saw it once!

      Comment by AnonW | July 9, 2019 | Reply

  2. In this instance possibly no electric loco was available.

    Comment by mauricegreed | July 10, 2019 | Reply

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