Direct Rail Services 9710 stands inside Railway Vehicle Engineering Ltd’s Derby facility on June 26, undergoing a rebuild before entering traffic in November.
Bought from DCRail, the Mk 2f Driving Brake Standard Open (DBSO) is destined for use on the Cumbrian Coast Class 37-hauled trains operated by Northern Rail.
It will be painted in Northern livery when it is released, and will follow 9705/707, which have already been refurbished but have yet to enter traffic.
After 9710 is released, two more DRS DBSOs will be released, each eight weeks apart. RICHARD CLINNICK.