Saphos Trains launches Class 40 tour programme

Saphos Trains has somewhat surprisingly announced a short programme of exclusive railtours featuring restored Class 40 D213 Andania, finished in its original BR green livery.

In January, Locomotive Services (TOC) Limited signed a three-year deal with the Class 40’s owner which sees D213 becoming part of its expanding fleet of modern traction based in the former diesel depot at Crewe.

The locomotive has been restored by Locomotive Services and fitted with mandatory electronics, including Network Rail’s GSM-R communications system.

Class 40 No. D213 Andania is seen between Albrighton and Codsall while operating its first loaded test run on the circular run from Crewe to Crewe via Telford on August 8. MARTYN TATTAM

On August 8, the ‘Whistler’ operated a loaded test train of air-conditioned Mk2s, with Class 47 No. 47805 attached to the rear. What is believed to be Andania‘s first main line run since it was withdrawn in 1985 completed the circular route from Crewe via Telford.

The first of three trains announced, the ‘Cumbrian Mountain Whistler’ is bound for Carlisle on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27.

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