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DRS moves stored Class 57/0s to Longtown

DRS 57004 at Norwich on December 5 2015. This is one of three '57s' moved to Longtown for storage. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Three stored Class 57/0s were moved by Direct Rail Services to MoD Longtown on June 2.

The locomotives (57004/008/009) have been stored since December 2015, following the end of the railhead treatment train (RHTT) season. Two of the locomotives (57008/009) are leased from Porterbrook, while DRS owns 57004 outright - the only ‘57’ it owns.

A further three DRS Class 57/0s (57010-012) are stored at Crewe Gresty Bridge, and are also likely to move to Longtown. These have also been out of traffic since December after being employed on RHTTs. Class 57/0s are used mainly on those duties, rather than other DRS work.

DRS has 57002 undergoing overhaul at Railway Vehicle Engineering Ltd’s Derby facility, while 57003 and 57007 remain in traffic. 

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