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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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GALLERY: Class 50s return to Old Oak Common

From left to right: 50050, 50049, 50044, 50026, 50017 and 50007. RICHARD CLINNICK.

A highlight of the Old Oak Common open day for many was the gathering of seven Class 50s.

The Type 4s were synomous with the depot until the final examples were transferred away following their replacement on Thames Valley trains by Class 47s.

Paul Spracklen supplied 50026 Indomitable, Boden Rail Engineering Ltd sent 50017 Royal Oak and pioneer 50050 Fearless while the Class 50 Alliance supplied 50007 Hercules, 50035 Ark Royal, 50044 Exeter and 50049 Defiance.

Six of the locomotives, 50007/017/026/044/049/050 were lined-up numerically while 50035 was part of the Legends of GWR line-up alongside 6023 King Edward II, 7903 Foremarke Hall, D821 Greyhound, D1015 Western Champion, 43002 Sir Kenneth Grange, 180102 and 800003 Queen Elizabeth II/Queen Victoria.

  • A full round-up of the event will appear in RAIL 835, published on September 13.




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