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photo 19-D-3550
DB Cargo
135 Westbury - Cogload Jn
19-D-3550

Uncertain Future

At the time this picture was taken the Class 59 fleet faced an uncertain future. Freightliner had their own Heavy Haul Class 66s, with lower gearing than the standard locos, that appeared to suitable replacements should they decide to dispense with the Class 59s. Most at risk were the Class 59/2s owned by DB Cargo, which were not due to transfer with the Mendip stone contract in November 2019. 59.203 headed back to Merehead Quarry with 6C64, the 15:26 from Acton TC, photographed passing Berkley Marsh shortly before sundown on 20 September 2019.
camera : Nikon D610
 
lens : 70-200mm f/2.8
 
focal length : 180 mm
 
shutter : 1/800sec
 
aperture : f/8.0
 
ISO : 640
 
original : Digital 24 MP NEF
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