DRS ā€˜68sā€™ kept busy on Norfolk lines

DRS 68004 Rapid at Lowestoft on September 16. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Direct Rail Services supplied various Class 68s to Abellio Greater Anglia at the end of August and start of September, following failures.

68009 Titan arrived on August 30, and was used on trains the following two days. It worked top and tail with 68016 Fearless, with its first train being the 1640 Norwich-Great Yarmouth.

On September 3, DRS sent 68024 Centaur to AGA. This made its debut on September 5, working with 68016 after 68009 had to return to Wembley on September 3 to go back on-hire to Chiltern Railways (it is one of two that is ‘spare’ for CR operations).

However, Fearless failed on September 5. DRS sent 68004 Rapid on September 6, and it entered traffic the following day, working with 68024. It remained on hire until being replaced by 68022 Resolution on September 19.

This means that so far AGA has used 68004/009/016/019/022-024 on its trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft. The ‘68s’ are covering for a damaged Class 170/2, and were contracted to AGA until the end of September, but this has been extended to the end of December.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 21/09/2016 21:31

    I think that the Class 68's are doing a fabulous job working on Norwich-Great Yarmouth and Norwich-Lowestoft duties. Shame that they are only hired until after Christmas.

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