It’s that time of the month again when Clare asks us to Share our Desktop. This month I am using a shot that I took back on 24th June this year…

…Taken with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the 55-200mm zoom lens, it shows Class 66 locomotive 66596 hauling an intermodal service through Ealing Broadway on an overcast, typically English, summer day. The train is travelling from Wentloog near Cardiff to Felixstowe North freightliner terminal where the containers will mainly be loaded onto ships for international destinations. To get from West London to the east coast, the train will route over the North London Line and has slowed to around 30mph in preparation for diversion into Acton yard where it will await its slot between passenger services on that busy route. You may notice that the containers are sitting on wagons that sit very low to the track. This is because larger containers were introduced some years ago and wagon designers had to come up with a solution to allow them to be transported within the restricted British Railways loading gauge. Some routes are being re-engineered to overcome this issue but on others it is not viable to carry out such work in the short term.

…Needs to contain the Letter J and be at least 6 letters long

Jonckheere – A Belgian coach manufacturer now part of the VDL group. This is their SH model – I like it’s simple classic lines. The vehicle in the photo was first operated by Park’s of Hamilton and is now owned by my local company Southgate & Finchley Coaches. The body is mounted on a Volvo B12M chassis. Luxury travel for school kids these days 😉
Joystick – This is the ‘stick’ part of my Thrustmaster T16000M – FCS set up used for flying space vessels and Piper Cherokees…
Junction – Or more specifically Willesden High Level Junction where the lines from Clapham Junction and Kew merge to join the North London Line across to Stratford. The track in the foreground is Mitre Bridge Curve which connects to Clapham whilst the Class 66 on an intermodal service from Bristol is coming off Kew Curve having joined the route at Acton Wells Junction. It’s all Junctions in the Acton / Harlesden Area!For those who are interested the spire in the distance belongs to St Dunstan’s in East Acton whilst the building next to it is Chiswick Tower on Chiswick High Road – home of the British Standards Institute.   And this photo only became possible about a month ago after Network Rail finally did some horticulture to remove towering Brambles and Buddleias from the trackside 🙂

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