Rolling Stone class 59s, the Video 125 film that ‘got away’, is a documentary about Whatley Quarry’s class 59 locomotive fleet filmed in 1992 when the four locomotives had just entered service with ARC Ltd.
- Whatley Quarry rail development
- The quarrying operation
- The Class 59 purchase decision
- The loco‘s specification
- Construction by General Motors in Canada
- Cab controls
The class 59 revolutionised the stone carrying business. Just one locomotive can haul a train weighing in excess of 4000 tons.
- Road test from Whatley to Westbury
Former BR Traction Inspector Chris Crompton and former ARC Rail Traffic Controller Rob Jacob ride aboard loco 59102 with a fully laden stone train. They provide a ‘live’ running commentary on the performance of the loco along with a Driver’s eye view of both the privately owned Whatley branch and the former BR main line. Finally, we see the train’s arrival and unloading at Theale Distribution Depot in Berkshire.