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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).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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GB Railfreight buys three Class 47s

47749 City of Truro. THOMAS NICKLIN.

GB Railfreight has bought three Class 47/7s from Colas Railfreight - 47727 Rebecca, 47739 Robin of Templecombe 1938-2013 and 47749 City of Truro – after Colas decided to dispose of assets that are no longer part of its core business.

GBRf already hired one ‘47’ for use on its Caledonian Sleeper contract, but the others were little used, especially after Colas lost a Washwood Heath-Boston steel contract.

By December 14, 47727 was stored out of use, 47749 was at Polmadie for the Sleeper contract, and 47739 was at Washwood Heath.

The purchase of the three ‘47s’ follows GBRf’s acquisition of ten Class 66s from DB Cargo, as the company seeks to grow its fleet to serve new contracts. 

  • For the full story, please more on GBRf's fleet, read RAIL 843, published on January 3, or available on Android/iPad from December 30.

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  • FrankH - 18/12/2017 20:26

    Seems a strange choice of loco unless they're going to use one for sleeper moves in London.

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    • Big tony - 06/02/2018 21:40

      Repowering. Wonderwhere

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  • John Carr - 21/01/2021 20:00

    Excellent, keep these british locomotives going

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