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|Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:45 am Post subject: Key Highlights w/c 19th February 2017
|The key highlights from week commencing 19th February 2017 have been summarised below:
1. On the 19/2/17, VTEC sent 90034 from Kings Cross to Newcastle and return on a set of MK4s. However, a few days later the loco suffered technical issues and was subsequently transferred back to Crewe via Doncaster, Tyne Yard, Carlisle and Warrington for essential repairs. This resulted in just 90039 being on hire to VTEC, which worked a few trains towards the end of the week.
2. 90045 and 90049 worked as a pair for the entire week, which started in earnest on the 19/2/17. They ran light engine from Basford Hall to Daventry and then returned north on 4S45. The two 90s then went onto work 4M27 and 4S45 from Monday morning through to Saturday morning after which they returned to Basford Hall. There were no reported issues this time for the pair.
3. Over in Anglia, 90012 re-entered traffic with AGA having spent a few weeks out of service at Crown Point. However, 90001 and 90004 continued to be stopped at Crown Point for the entire week pending essential repairs. In addition, as a result of poor fleet availability, some services were replaced with units as well as stepping up at Norwich on a few occasions. Finally, Storm Doris caused some issues for the TOC on the 23/2/17, which resulted in 68s and 37s being used on a couple of trains due to OLE damage.
4. Freightliner class 90s continued to be hired to GBRF this week for use on the sleepers between Euston and Edinburgh and vice-versa. The 90s which were in action on the beds were 90042 and 90044 - they each worked 1S25 and 1M16 on alternating nights for the entire week. All other sleepers services were operated using other traction types.
5. DB class 90s continued to operate in pairs this week on a handful of trains which included 4M25, 4S47 and 6X65. The loco's in action as pairs were 90028 & 90037 as well as 90019 & 90024. In addition, 90029 worked a 6Z77 from Wembley to Warrington at the start of the week.
6. There were a number of 90s in and out of traffic for all or part of the week, which included 90001, 90004, 90005, 90020,90021, 90026, 90034, 90035, 90036. 90040, 90041, 90043, 90046 and 90048. The key reasons for the stoppages included general routine maintenance; wheelset replacements; collision damage and heavy overhaul exams.
There was 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.