A third locomotive-hauled rake of coaching stock will be provided by Direct Rail Services to support Northern Rail’s trains on the Cumbrian Coast. There is no date for when the third rake will be delivered.
Northern Rail uses two rakes of four air-conditioned DRS Mk 2s on Cumbrian Coast trains, as well as to Preston and Lancaster. These release Class 156s to TransPennine Express, in turn enabling TPE ‘170s’ to move to Chiltern Railways. This deal was signed last year (RAIL 76x), and creates an additional 2.5 million seats per year.
DRS locomotive-hauled coaching stock sets were introduced last May, but there have been several failures, both with the locomotives and with the carriages.
- For more on this, read RAIL 793, published on February 3.