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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
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24 shunters for sale as DB ceases using own Class 08s and '09s'

DB 08799 at Westbury on March 6 2015. MARK PIKE.

DB Cargo is selling its remaining 24 shunting locomotives.

It put 23 Class 08s and one Class 09 on the market on September 18, with expressions of interest to close on October 5.

While 16 of the locomotives were stored, with some out of traffic since 2011, eight of the machines were still in traffic on September 19.

The company has been dispensing with the type steadily over the past few years as the need for shunting has reduced with more bulk trains operating. Shunting duties in yards such as Doncaster Decoy tend to be carried out by larger locomotives including Class 60s and ‘66s’.

For sale are: 08405/428/480/495, 08605/623/632/633, 08703/706/735/742/752/757/782/784/799, 08804/879/888, 08904/907/922, 09106. 

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 20/09/2016 00:46

    Would they be transferred to other train operators that may use them for shunting rolling stocks between depot and siding and to take them to the starting point at railway stations. Or will they be scrapped permanently.

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