Discussion in 'Diesel & Electric Traction' started by GWR4707, Feb 8, 2021.
Apparently to be stored off the juice.
Does the warm storage still exist at Long Marston, if not, the inevitable torch awaits sadly.
I don’t believe Long Marston was warm storage - Crewe will be off the juice as it is.
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Stored at Basford Hall, off juice!
Not a brilliant photo I know, it was a quick shot taken with my little compact.
A class 66 with two electric locos in tow dropping down from Copy Pit summit near Walk Mill on 17th December 2020.
According to RTT they were heading to Basford Hall from Leeds.
What's the likelihood of any entering preservation? I'm guessing that the limited mainline work, absence of a heritage line possibility and the fact WCRC and LSL already have one, plus Les Ross, all make it a slim chance. Museum piece maybe?
I believe they are generally pretty ropey so I fear not.
Doubtful given that they have been re-geared for freight work thus restricted to 75 mph IIRC. Given that both GBRf and DRS trialled Class 87s when available and reverted to diesel traction traction I presume another Europhoenix sale abroad will be the only option of continuing service.
That is capitalism.
I'm 99% sure that the 86/6s do not have different gear ratio compared to "100 mph" locos. 86501 did, for a while, before catching fire. Certainly when they were first renumbered in the 1990s, the only major change was to limit the speed via the wheel slip system. Happy to be corrected!
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