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Millburn yard - Lafarge Tarmac
Viewed from Millburn Road, the former Blue Circle™ cement depot is still in regular use. Its new owners receive regular trains of cement from Oxwellmains, near Dunbar on the ECML. The frequency of these trains can vary a great deal, depending on the season and on what construction projects are afoot. There will be occasions when nothing is delivered for a couple of weeks, followed by four or five trainloads in a seven day period. Over a year, it probably averages out to about once a week. Until the end of 2015, this was a Freightliner job but, in January 2016, Colas Railfreight took over the cement traffic from Oxwellmains. The train usually runs as 6H51 on the way north, becoming 6B31 for the empties going south. Currently,(2017) Colas tend to use a class 60 for the trip. Loads can vary but a typical consist has one, or maybe two, IWA Ferrywagons at the front, followed by a rake of JPA tanks, anything from half a dozen to the mid-twenties, so a good sized train.