TRACTION 2021 Part 1
TRAFFIC & TRACTION:
GBRf’s 56081 hauling brand new 701 & 720 units; 37402 & 37407 reach Westbury on a ballast; WCRC’s 37668 on a tamper tow; 56312 returns to active service for GBRf; 20118 & 20132 collecting Cappagh box wagons from Long Marston; Freightliner’s Class 86s bow out of service; GBRf’s 69001 undergoing testing on the Severn Valley Railway; Colas Rail’s 56302 ventures to Dollands Moor and Okehampton; DRS’s 37716 on the Inverness-Mossend ‘Tesco Express’; 56090 ballasting on the Stourbridge Town branch; GBRf takes over the Colnbrook aviation fuel tanks; HNRC’s 20901 returns to traffic; DB Cargo’s Pullman-liveried Class 67s hauling a milling machine to Swindon; Colas duo 56049 & 56105 on hire to DCR; GBRf snaps up more Euro Class 66s; DB Cargo 66s return from France...and 57002 rescuing 88001 on the Dagenham-Garston cars. .
TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS:
a convoy of four Class 91s heading to Newport Docks for breaking - followed by LNER reinstating several of the Class after the Hitachi ‘Azuma’ fleet is grounded; ROG Class 37s rescuing Greater Anglia failed ‘Flirts’; 40013 Andania returns to main line action with LSL; 66737 & 50007 working the Belmond British Pullman; 57306 delivering a rake of c2c ‘Electrostars’ to GWR; 47812 hauling redundant Grand Central Mark 4s to Worksop for store; 20107 working solo on the South Wales Main Line; 57304 on a Pendolino rescue mission; 67006 hauling the Royal Train to the G7 summit in Cornwall; the final HST service on the Midland Main Line...and ROG delivering refurbished SWR 442 ‘Wessex’ units back to Bournemouth depot – followed by GBRf taking them back to Wolverton Works for component recovery!
ROG’s four Class 47s are sold to WCRC; Boden Rail’s 37240 taking Network Rail DVTs to Long Marston; 73201 hauling London Underground’s 4TC set along the Great Western Main Line; a new-look 50008 returns to main line action on test runs from Eastleigh; 20007 & 20142 delivering the 125 Group’s HST to Butterley; 66752 dragging a fire-damaged tamper to Tonbridge Yard; Greater Anglia Class 321 and Heathrow Express 332 units being towed to the breakers yard; 60028 hauling LNWR’s new ‘Aventra’ 730101 to Derby; Colas Rail’s 67023 on a DVT move to Long Marston; 20118 & 20132 on the East Grinstead branch hauling a tamper; the first working of 37263 in preservation... and newly-repainted locos 47773 and Clayton D8568 debut at the SVR diesel gala.