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Key Highlights for w/c 16th July 2017

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:36 am    Post subject: Key Highlights for w/c 16th July 2017 Reply with quote

The key highlights from week commencing 16th July 2017 have been summarised below:

1. 90045 & 90048 dragged 90042 & 90043 south from Coatbridge to Basford Hall on the 16/7/17 on 4M49 after they failed at Wigan North Western the day before with 4S44 (90045 & 90048 did the rescue). Despite the failures, both 90s re-entered traffic with Freightliner a few days earlier.

2. 90013 could be found powering from the rear of the 13:00 London to Norwich on the 17/7/17. However, the loco failed with a loss of power and terminated at Marks Tey. The train was initially rescued by 66418, which took it to Colchester Loop, then 90002 ran light engine from Norwich and took the stricken set forward to Crown Point atop of the DVT.

3. 90020 made its debut for Virgin Trains East Coast on the 16/7/17 after replacing 90036, which returned to Crewe for repairs. The EWS 90 performed two out and back trips to Leeds on the day in question and worked a number of other services during the same week. In addition, 90029 was swapped with 90034 on the 22/7/17 (90029 ran light to Doncaster and 90034 ran light from Donny to Bounds Green on same day).

4. Freightliner class 90s continued to be hired to GBRF this week for use on the beds. However, there was very little work for 90044 and 90047, which spent the early part of the week at Willesden. In the latter stages of the week though, 90044 returned to Freightliner and was swapped with 90045, which duly did 1S26 from Euston to Glasgow on the evening of the 21/7/17.

5. 90019 & 90024 could be found in a working pair this week, which worked 4M45 and 4S47 for the entire week between Daventry-Mossend-Daventry. In addition, 90018 was stored this week in the WQAA pool. There were no other reported pairs of DB90s in action this week.

6. Finally, there were a number of 90s in and out of traffic for all or part of the week, which included 90001, 90013, 90018, 90021, 90026, 90028, 90035, 90036, 90041, 90043, 90044, 90048 and 90049. Reasons for the stoppages were largely due to the loco's undergoing routine maintenance, but also wheelset overhauls; painting and heavy overhauls as well as more general wear and tear.

There is nothing else that needs to be added here, but should you require more details on what worked what and when, then please refer to the archived news and gen pages on the main website.
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