The Anonymous Widower

A Class 66 Locomotive At Stratford

I’ve needed a generic photograph of a Class 66 locomotive for some time and one obliged at Stratford.

The sooner these are replaced with a modern more environmentally-friendly locomotive the better.

February 19, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,


  1. What needs to happen is the use of diesels under overhead electrified sections is stopped. This train may have come from Tilbury Gateway or Felixstowe where the last few miles aren’t electrified so a diesel gets used and its more economic to just leave it on the front of the train. These diesel sections are slow speed routes so don’t need expensive overhead systems that are needed for 100mph+ running. So the diesels don’t need replacing but modern electric engines need to be bought like class 88 or 93.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | February 19, 2021 | Reply

  2. The trouble with freight terminals and electrification is that containers do get dropped.

    I once spent an illuminating couple of hours at an away Ipswich game sitting next to a crane driver from Felixstowe and he was adamant that electrifying the lines in ports and freight terminals would be a waste of money and reduce the efficiency of operation.

    I believe that hydrogen-electric locomotives are the solution, and the money to be made by developing a successful one are so great, that someone will develop one.

    Comment by AnonW | February 19, 2021 | Reply

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