DB to carry aggregates on Jumbo trains [Rail]





Date: 02/06/2016

A five-year contract between DB Cargo and Mendip Rail will deliver more than 100 aggregates trains per week. The deal continues an existing relationship, and includes the operation of Jumbo trains that are 44 wagons long and transport more than 3,300 tonnes of aggregates. DB uses a single Class 59 for these trains - either one of its own six, or one of the eight Mendip Rail locomotives that it operates. DB serves 33 depots for Mendip Rail, loading material at seven points: Aggregates Industries Torr Quarry (Somerset), Aggregate Industries Isle of Grain, Hanson Aggregates Whatley Quarry (Somerset), Hanson Aggregates Machen Quarry (South Wales), Hanson Aggregates Dagenham Wharf (East London), Midland Quarry Products Cliffe Hill Quarry (East London), and Avonmouth Docks (Bristol). [From Mark Bartlett]


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A five-year contract between DB Cargo and Mendip Rail will deliver more than 100 aggregates trains per week.

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The shape of things to come...! One of the first of the privately owned Foster Yeoman class 59 locomotives has just crossed the WCML with its aggregates train at Willesden Junction in May 1986. The freight is on the link from Acton Wells to Kensal Green Junctions taking it from the West London to the North London line. [See image 23123]
Location: Willesden Junction High Level
Company: Hampstead Junction Railway (London and North Western Railway)
04/05/1986 John Furnevel
BR 56049 with a train from one of the Mendip quarries at Warminster on 17 April 1986. It was the poor overall reliability of these (and other) BR locomotives and the resultant business impact that led to Foster Yeoman introducing the privately owned class 59, and all that followed in the UK freight market.
Location: Warminster
Company: Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
17/04/1986 Peter Todd
Class 59 59202 and stone empties for Whatley Quarry approaching Clink Road Junction on 25th July 2015. Although clearly working hard it is just about to diverge right onto the Frome loop [See image 52140] rather than take the cut off main line route towards Taunton.
Location: Clink Road Junction
Company: Great Western Railway
25/07/2015 Mark Bartlett