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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 6th May, 2023)


Caught this monster of an Engine going through Wigan Wallgate with a long line of wagons behind it.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Ena Malcup on 6th May 2023 at 01:00

Deutsche Bahn: It's a long way from home.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th May 2023 at 02:35

I’ve seen this one last year waiting for my train. I counted about 14 wagons. The smell was awful …. (If it was the same one).

Comment by: PeterP on 6th May 2023 at 06:28

Some people love Diesel/Electric engines but to me they are boxes on wheels. I watch train truckers on Tv and it shows them moving a diesel to some gala or other and train enthusiasts turn up from miles away to see it running. To me there is no graceful design not like steam trains maybe it is the brute force of the engines what they go to see?

Comment by: Pw on 6th May 2023 at 07:51

It is a class 66 diesel electric,very powerful engine.

Comment by: bryan traynor on 6th May 2023 at 08:17

Waste disposal train on its way to a landfill I believe to be at Appley Bridge

Comment by: Garry on 6th May 2023 at 08:53

Wakefield to Knowsley via Calder Valley, the engine in a class 66 very powerful pulling very many container wagons. The train is on its way back from the waste depot at Knowsley, Liverpool and heading back up to Wakefield.
Good one Dennis.

Comment by: Jim Latham on 6th May 2023 at 08:56

This could be the Knowsley to Wilton (N.E. England) Bin Liner train.
22 special rail wagons, each with 3 containers filled with waste. A chap by the name of Don Coffey has put some brilliant videos on YouTube.
Not to be missed.

Comment by: Garry on 6th May 2023 at 09:05

Just to add more info. The class 66 locomotive has a 12 cylinder 3,000 hp engine and can reach 75 MPH. Build for heavy freight and mixed traffic. Very powerful.

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 6th May 2023 at 09:07

American built loco manufactured by a subsidiary of the Caterpillar company.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 6th May 2023 at 13:54

When I videoed the smelly train it going over Warrington lane bridge, I counted about 20 odd containers


Comment by: Gary on 6th May 2023 at 14:14

Re Jim Latham's comment - Don Coffey's videos on Youtube are excellent. There is one of a 66 like this one, going through Wallgate and Pemberton to Knowsley - the bin liner train mentioned above.

Comment by: Philbee on 6th May 2023 at 15:59

Further to Jim Lathoms comment.It is Merseyside rubbish from Knowsley to Wilton on Teeside to be incinerated and produce electricity.No landfill !
Merseyside have a 30 year contract so plenty more smelly trains through Wallgate to come often 2 a day.

Comment by: Tom on 6th May 2023 at 16:38

I would rather watch Micks video of the train going over Warrington road bridge.

Comment by: Alan on 6th May 2023 at 17:12

One a day philbee there and back.

Comment by: Sir Bob on 6th May 2023 at 18:37

Here is a video taken from the cab of one of those 'Bin Liner Trains' on the return run with empties, going back to Knowsley, the video starts at the point at which the train is going through Hindley, but you can watch it from the beginning


Comment by: Jembo on 6th May 2023 at 22:31

Powerful loco - knows as "Sheds" - but not the most powerful. The Class 68 has more power according to a friend who knows about that stuff.

Comment by: Jim Latham on 7th May 2023 at 07:33

Philbee. You make a very good point. This waste burned and the heat generated is used to make electricity. No landfill in this process, although I'm not sure of the overall efficiency of this process.

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