Little did I know when I took these photos of 66048 at Par station on a PW working in August 1999 that a very similar fate awaited it, also in Scotland. 66048 was delivered on 4th January 1999 and exactly 11 years to the day later and newly repainted into Stobart Rail livery it was in charge of that company’s train comprised of ten twin-wagon container flats – on approach to Carrbridge a partial brake failure due to the freezing temperatures and snow build-up caused the train to pass a signal at danger and run through catch points just short of Carrbridge station platform. It too ended up in the trees but unlike 66734 it was eventually recovered in one piece (more or less) by crane. However it was assessed as being too badly damaged to be worth repairing – its power unit was swapped with 66005’s which had suffered a ‘big end’ failure. It was progressively robbed of parts and by July 2021 its shell – painted black to obliterate the Stobart colours – was perched on trestles at EMD Longport.
Interestingly I found a photo online showing 66048’s carcase on the right and the cabs recovered from 66734 sitting on the ground to the left!
Jut as I turned the camera around to catch this still nearly-new locomotive passing one of Par station’s semaphore signals a convoy of three Rail Express Systems Class 47s appeared from St Blazey – a regular sight at the time I believe. I wasn’t logging numbers by then (which is why I don’t have the actual date) – the second and third locos were 47721 and 47771 but all I can recall about the leader was that it was 475-something!
Graham Mann remembers
PL3 Regards, Graham Mann. Mob. 07920155651