New ā€˜88sā€™ set to displace older DRS locomotives

DRS 88003 on display at Innotrans on September 20. TONY STREETER.

Direct Rail Services has confirmed it will “seek to deploy our newest assets onto as many services as possible”, which could spell the end for some of its older locomotives.

The freight operator was responding to questions by RAIL related to Class 57s, which have been stored by DRS at MoD Longtown.

No other classes were mentioned, but the Cumbrian-based company is about to start taking delivery of the first of ten dual-mode Class 88s that are being built by Stadler in Valencia, Spain. 

  • For much more on this story, including an update on what duties the '88s' will be used on, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.
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  • FrankH - 22/09/2016 22:41

    They'll go on intermodals first freeing up 68's and 66's.

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  • FrankH - 15/11/2016 22:39

    Anyone seen one yet ?

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  • FrankH - 13/06/2017 22:30

    The first freight that I've seen was Monday 12th June on the northbound Daventry - Mossend Tesco train. Seems they've taken over the southbound run to.

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