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IN PICTURES: The final Class 66s arrive in the UK

The final '66s' have arrived in the UK. GB Railfreight 66773-66779 were unloaded at Newport Docks on February 13. JACK BOSKETT presents images from the day.

The purchase of Class 66s from Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD) is in addition to 66752-66772 that arrived in the UK in 2014/2015 and brings GBRf's '66' fleet total to 78 locomotives.
 
GBRf said: "Given their heavy freight capabilities, they will be used to support operations across various GBRf market portfolios.
 
"Today’s arrival is a significant moment for GB Railfreight. Securing these locomotives supports the company’s ability to continue to grow its share of the UK market and showcases the level of investment the company is making in its fleet.
 
The arrival of these '66s' also marks the end of the Class 66 builds, as a result of EU emissions legislation changes. The level of investment required to design, develop, test and approve a new diesel locomotive, and one that aligns with these new regulations, means any new UK freight locomotive is a number of years away according to the operator.
GBRf 66778 is lowered onto UK soil at Newport Docks. GBRf 66778 is lowered onto UK soil at Newport Docks.
GBRf 66775 is lifted from the Happy Dragon at Newport Docks. GBRf 66775 is lifted from the Happy Dragon at Newport Docks.
GBRf 66774 is lifted from the Happy Dragon vessel that delivered the final seven Class 66s to the UK. GBRf 66774 is lifted from the Happy Dragon vessel that delivered the final seven Class 66s to the UK.
GBRf 66773 has just been unloaded at Newport Docks. In the background is 66708. GBRf 66773 has just been unloaded at Newport Docks. In the background is 66708.
GBRf 66708 Jayne stands at Newport Docks. The recently repainted locomotive was dispatched from Eastleigh Works to haul the brand new '66s' to Doncaster Roberts Road. The convoy ran to Yorkshire on February 15. GBRf 66708 Jayne stands at Newport Docks. The recently repainted locomotive was dispatched from Eastleigh Works to haul the brand new '66s' to Doncaster Roberts Road. The convoy ran to Yorkshire on February 15.
GBRf 66779, the final Class 66 to be built for the UK, is about to touch down on British soil. GBRf 66779, the final Class 66 to be built for the UK, is about to touch down on British soil.
GBRf 66774 is about to touch down on UK soil. GBRf 66774 is about to touch down on UK soil.
GBRf 66777 at Newport Docks. Even though this was not the final Class 66 to be built, this was the final '66' to be unloaded in the UK. GBRf 66777 at Newport Docks. Even though this was not the final Class 66 to be built, this was the final '66' to be unloaded in the UK.
A member of staff photographs GBRf 66777, the final '66' to be unloaded at Newport Docks. A member of staff photographs GBRf 66777, the final '66' to be unloaded at Newport Docks.
The final ever brand new Class 66 to be delivered to the UK from America, GBRf 66779, is shunted on the dockside at Newport on February 13. The final ever brand new Class 66 to be delivered to the UK from America, GBRf 66779, is shunted on the dockside at Newport on February 13.