Posted in Railways on Wednesday 27th August 2008 at 2:16pm

There have been numerous trials of new freight services around this part of the world in recent months, with little more being heard once the excitement of the initial working and the novelty of sighting new engines locally has passed by. This however appears to be a firm contract - Fastline, owners of numerous reconditions Class 56s and more recently of their own small fleet of Class 66s, will be running coal trains from Portbury docks to points north. This week, driver training runs have been taking place each morning and I finally recovered enough from the lack of sleep over the weekend to pop up to Temple Meads to have a look today.

56311 approaches Bristol Temple Meads on route to Portbury
56311 approaches Bristol Temple Meads on route to Portbury

It's good to see new traffic in a difficult time. Perhaps, given the economic situation coupled with pressure to move goods with less environmental impact, this is a good time to be a freight operator?

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