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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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Last week for Class 68s in Anglia

DRS 68028 at Norwich on August 24. RICHARD CLINNICK.

It is the final week of Class 68-hauled trains for Greater Anglia, with September 8 the last day. The '68s' have been on hire to GA since July last year, initially as cover for crash-damaged 170204, and then while other DMUs undergo maintenance and being fitted with wheelslip protection. 
Class 37-hauled trains will continue with GA until Spring 2019. 

Class 68s, which operate in top and tail, are booked to work:
0652 Norwich-Great Yarmouth, 0730 return
0809 Norwich-Great Yarmouth, 0845 return
1005 Norwich-Lowestoft, 1057 return
1638 Norwich-Great Yarmouth, 1717 return
1804 Norwich-Great Yarmouth, 1847 return
2038 Norwich-Great Yarmouth, 2117 return
2205 Norwich-Lowestoft, 2300 return (ECS).
The '68s' are also quite often used on:
1205 Norwich-Lowestoft, 1257 return
1405 Norwich-Lowestoft, 1457 return.
Currently 68005 and 68028 are in Anglia. 
On September 2, DRS 37405 waits at Norwich to haul the 1518 to Great Yarmouth (with 37716 on the rear), as 68028 stands in the adjacent carriage sidings ahead of the final week's duties. RICHARD CLINNICK.

To read a feature on why GA uses locomotive hauled trains, which we ran in RAIL 818, click here

Class 68s Gallery

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