SEE CLASSIC TRACTION ON THE NATIONAL NETWORK

THE future of the Class 20s that are on hire to GB Railfreight for the transfer of tube stock between Derby works, Asfordby test site and West Ruislip depot, now that the last trainset (in numerical order) has been delivered, remains unclear.

Harry Needle Railroad Co. Class 20 No. 20314 leads a convoy of London Underground tube stock into Melton Mowbray on August 24 en route from Old Dalby to Amersam. BRIAN SHARPE
Harry Needle Railroad Co. Class 20 No. 20314 leads a convoy of London Underground tube stock into Melton Mowbray on August 24 en route from Old Dalby to Amersam. BRIAN SHARPE

There are still trainsets that are awaiting transfer from Asfordby to West Ruislip and the need to return some sets to Derby for ‘remedial’ work is expected to see their continued use through to 2018, although no final date has been given.

There has been no official word from Direct Rail Services that it will use Class 20 traction on the York-based Rail Head Treatment Trains during the 2016 season hence the uncertainty facing the fleet.

Boston steel service

Colas Rail has begun to see its Class 56 locomotives returning to service as the ordered spares, particularly wheelsets, are received following delivery delays.

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