To the south of York station is an avoiding line used to keep most freight traffic from running through the platforms. While this helps with the efficiency of passenger trains, it is annoying for those of us who like freight trains to spice up our time trackside. Given, some freights do travel through the station, but most do not.
There is a footbridge over the avoiding line and I decided to try a shot from it yesterday. The overhead wires are very obvious in this location and the bridge guardrails are very high (even for UK standards). In my few minutes standing there I managed to catch two freights, the flat cars (left) and the empty coal hoppers behind 66550. Less than ten minutes later, two more went through - missed them!