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86401 enters service on Caledonian Sleeper duties

8th August 2015

After an extensive overhaul at Leicester TMD and final commissioning at Willesden TMD, 86401 has entered traffic, joining 86101 and 87002 on Caledonian Sleeper duties.

Work performed on 86401 has included fitment of the mandatory Data Recorder, GSM-R radio and Vacuum Circuit Breaker. The previous "Northampton Town" nameplates have been replaced with "Mons Meg" plates.

This locomotive is part of the preserved AC Locomotive Group fleet.

86401 is seen at London Euston ready to work its first commercial train, 5M16 empty coaches from the Lowland Caledonian Sleeper, to Wembley Inter City Depot on the morning of 8th August 2015.

 

86101 and 87002 on Caledonian Sleeper duties

1st April 2015

The evening of 31st March 2015 saw the first workings at London Euston under the new Serco Caledonian Sleeper arrangements. 87002 brought the empty coaches for the Highland Sleeper into Euston, and after that had departed 86101 brought in the empty coaches for the Lowland Sleeper.

Next morning the two Electric Traction Limited (ETL) locomotives worked the empty coaches from Euston back to Wembley Inter City Depot.

87002 is pictured at Wembley Inter City Depot on the morning of 1st April 2015, with 86101 visible in the background.

 

AC locos hired to GB Railfreight

17th February 2015

Electric Traction Limited (ETL) is pleased to announce that it is to hire a number of AC electric locomotives to GB Railfreight Limited (GBRF). The locomotives will be used to move trains to and from London's Euston station on behalf of Serco Caledonian Sleeper Limited. The locomotives being provided by ETL are from Classes 86 and 87, both classes of locomotive having previously been used by GBRF on a wide variety of duties.

 

Ice Maiden Services 2014-15

18th December 2014

87002 has moved north to operate Network Rail 'Ice Maiden' services on the West Coast Mainline for the winter of 2014-15.

This winter GB Railfreight are again operating the Ice Maiden services on behalf of Network Rail. In a change from previous years, the locomotive will be based at Mossend (near Motherwell), and will work to Crewe and back on Sunday evenings / Monday mornings only.

 

Ice Maiden Services 2013-14

15th December 2013

87002 has been returned to service to operate Network Rail 'Ice Maiden' services on the West Coast Mainline for the winter of 2013-14.

In preparation for the work the Class 87 has been overhauled at LOROL Willesden with a D Exam being completed. The locomotive has also been fitted with GSM-R and a Vacuum Circuit Breaker to allow it be operated on all sections of the 25kV electrified network.

The operation of the Ice Maiden services for winter 2013-14 has seen new arrangements being established, with GB Railfreight taking on operation of the Ice Maiden services on behalf of Network Rail. For the duration of the Ice Maiden services the locomotive will be based at Warrington Bank Quay.

 

ETL locos on Icebreaker standby duties

5th December 2012

ETL is again supplying electric locomotives to Network Rail for Icebreaker duties, during the 2012/2013 winter period. 86101 and 87002 arrived at Carlisle on 5th December 2012, and they will be based there until January 2013. The locomotives work at night as required, between Carlisle, Carstairs and Preston, clearing excess ice from the overhead wire. This reduces problems for electrically-hauled overnight freight services and early morning passenger services.

 

87002 works Modern Railways Golden Jubilee Railtour

29th September 2012

87002 worked the northbound leg of The Modern Railways Golden Jubilee Railtour on Friday 28th September 2012. Departing from London King's Cross the train ran to York where a variety of awards were presented at the National Railway Museum.

After being named "Modern Railways - The first 50 years" GBRf locomotive 66745 hauled the railtour back to King's Cross.

 

Colas to use 86701 for a trial

3rd September 2012

Colas are taking 86701 for use as a trial. As a part of the agreement 86701 will be out-shopped into Colas' livery at Washwood Heath. Details on the trial will be published by Colas in due course.

86701 is pictured in the Colas livery on a test run at Milton Keynes Central on 24th October 2012.

 

ETL locos on Icebreaker standby duties

8th February 2012

ETL has again supplied electric locomotives to Network Rail for Icebreaker duties, during the 2011/2012 winter period. Based at Carlisle, 86101, 87002 and 86701 have all seen use: the locomotives worked at night as required, between Carlisle, Carstairs and Preston, clearing excess ice from the overhead wire. This reduces problems for electrically-hauled overnight freight services and early morning passenger services.

 

86101 works Three Peaks Challenge by Rail

26th June 2011

On 23-25th June 2011 the Three Peaks Challenge by Rail charity train ran from London Euston to Bangor (for Snowdon), Ravenglass (for Scafell Pike) and Fort William (for Ben Nevis). 86101 hauled the train from Euston to Crewe on the Thursday evening and from Mossend to Euston on the Saturday evening.

 

ETL locos on Route Learning duties

31st March 2011

ETL supplied electric locomotives 86101 and 86701 to GB Railfreight for Route Learning trips in north-west England during February and March 2011. Based at Crewe, the locomotives visited Manchester, Stoke on Trent, Stafford and Lichfield, in connection with a new freight flow to Manchester's Trafford Park.

 

ETL locos on Icebreaker standby duties

4th February 2011

ETL has supplied electric locomotives to Network Rail for Icebreaker duties during the 2010/2011 winter period. Based at Carlisle and Crewe, 86101, 87002, 86701 and 86702 have all seen use: the locomotives work at night as required, usually between Carlisle, Motherwell, Preston and Crewe, clearing excess ice from the overhead wire. This reduces problems for electrically-hauled overnight freight services and early morning passenger services.

 

ETL locos work 1Q13 GSM-R Radio Test Trains

5th November 2010

86101 and 87002 top-and-tailed DB Schenker Infrastructure's 1Q13 GSM-R radio test train around the West Anglia network on 1st to 3rd November 2010. The tests were in conjunction with the introduction of the new Class 379 Electric Multiple Units. 86701 and 86702 were used on 4th November. Electric locomotives needed to be used for this train instead of the more usual diesel locomotives due to possible problems with diesel fumes in Stansted Airport station.

 

87002 on West Coast Premier charter train

10th September 2010

Rail Blue Charters' 'West Coast Premier' train was worked by 87002 throughout on Friday 10th September 2010. Starting from Watford Junction the train called at stations via Northampton to Nuneaton then ran via the West Coast Main Line to Edinburgh. The return was via the same route.

 

87002 works Three Peaks Challenge by Rail

26th June 2010

On 24-26th June 2010 the Three Peaks Challenge by Rail charity train ran from London Euston to Bangor (for Snowdon), Ravenglass (for Scafell Pike) and Fort William (for Ben Nevis). 87002 hauled the train from Euston to Crewe on the Thursday evening and from Mossend to Euston on the Saturday evening.

 

Winter 2009/2010 Royal Mail standby services

22nd March 2010

All four main-line registered ETL locomotives have been on Royal Mail standby with GBRf during the recent bad winter weather. 86101, 87002, 86701 and 86702 all saw work hauling Royal Mail services between November 2009 and March 2010.

 

86/7s enter traffic

19th October 2009

ETL's newly refurbished Class 86/7s have entered traffic following two successful and uneventful test runs last week. Two days later the pair hauled their first revenue-earning train, a private charter for First GBRf from Newcastle to London on 17th October.

The pair performed superbly, once again demonstrating the potential usefulness of overhauled electric locomotives.

 

Class 86 depot shunter in service at Willesden

28th September 2009

Another of ETL's Class 86 fleet has returned to use at Willesden depot to shunt and supply train heat to the Mk3 coaching stock now based there. Loco 86401 (part of the AC Locomotive Group's heritage fleet) has been reactivated at Long Marston and moved to Willesden earlier this month.

The loco was successfully powered up this week.

 

86/7s under power

15th September 2009

ETL's first two 86/7s have completed testing and OTMR installation at Crewe and are now awaiting the completion of paperwork before a re-entry into traffic.

 

'Constellation' Class 86s ready to roll

7th August 2009

ETL is launching its first pair of overhauled Class 86 locomotives for hire. The two locomotives, now reclassified as 86/7s and numbered 86701 and 86702, have been given major exams by ETL and Europhoenix at Long Marston and recertified for 110 mph running. Both locomotives have been repainted into ETL's house colours of grey and red, and have been named "Orion" and "Cassiopeia" respectively. The pair will move to LNWR Crewe for testing and final certification next week, before being offered for trials with a number of interested operators.

110 mph

A number of Class 86/2 locomotives were selected to run at this higher speed in the 1990s, but reverted to 100 mph prior to privatisation. ETL has taken the opportunity to reintroduce this higher speed to allow potential operators to gain better paths amongst existing 125 mph services.

ETL sees the locomotives as ideal for open access operators who want to take rapid advantage of new and infill electrification schemes without having to purchase brand new traction in the short term.

Working in pairs, the locomotives are also suited to fast freight services.

Regearing potential

While currently geared for high-speed running, ETL have also developed plans to offer regearing of the locomotives for 75mph heavy freight use. This, in combination with the higher-power Class 86/2 traction motors, would effectively produce a "super-86/6" with a high hauling capacity.

Further locomotives

ETL has already identified a further pair of locomotives for overhaul, and with locomotives 86101 and 87002 already registered and available for hire, a small fleet of electric locomotives is now available to operators looking for a quick, environmentally friendly traction solution.

 

Class 86 nears completion

29th May 2009

The first of two additional Class 86 locomotives is nearing completion for a return to service. The second is expected to follow shortly.

Both locomotives are being uprated for 110 mph running and are being leased from Europhoenix.

 

Two more 86s in June

25th February 2009

ETL is currently preparing two additional Class 86 locomotives for entry into service around June 2009. The two locos will be offered on a spot-hire basis for 100 or 110mph operation as required.

The locos are being leased by ETL and overhauled to E-exam standard prior to a return to operation. OTMR has been fitted, and 25kV testing of the first locomotive is expected to take place in May. Both locomotives will be painted in the ETL red and grey colour scheme.

A further two locomotives have been identified as candidates for overhaul.

 

Class 87 enters service

5th September 2008

Our latest locomotive to be recertified for main line use, 87002, is now in service with GBRf, acting as standby for Anglo-Scottish mail services. The loco was given a main-line test run on 16th July, with no major problems found. The loco will remain on standby while 86101 undergoes a routine exam.

This locomotive is part of the preserved AC Locomotive Group fleet.

 

ETL supplies standby locos to GBRf

24th June 2008

ETL is to supply standby locomotives to First GBRf for use on the Royal Mail flows between Glasgow and London. 86101 will be the first in action, based at Warrington during the week. New addition to the fleet, 87002 will also be available to back up 86101 in due course once recertified for main line use.

 

100% reliability for 86101

28th April 2008

ETL's class 86/1 locomotive has completed its hire to Hull Trains, having operated for a period of four-and-a-half months in passenger service with no failures.

The loco operated a 110mph service, three days a week between London Kings Cross and Doncaster on the East Coast Main Line, with a rake of stock from Cargo-D, covering for a shortage of diesel multiple units.

86101 has now returned to Crewe for some minor maintenance.

 

Class 86 enters service with Hull Trains

11th January 2008

Locomotive 86101 has now entered passenger service with Hull Trains, working a three-days-a-week timetable between Doncaster and London Kings Cross. This follows several months of staff training and stock testing based at Bounds Green.

The train is formed using a Driving Van Trailer at the remote end, using the loco's TDM equipment for traction control.

 

Hire fleet expansion plans

22nd October 2007

Further Class 86 locomotives are to be acquired by Electric Traction Ltd to form the core of a new hire fleet. The locos will be returned to main-line condition, being given comprehensive exams (approximating an E-exam) to the same high standards as ETL's first re-certified locomotive, 86101, and fitted with OTMR. The locos will initially be configured for 100mph running, although re-gearing at a later date has not been ruled out.

Additional locomotives are under consideration for possible conversion to freight use.

See our Locomotive Hire page for more details.

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ETL supplies Class 86 to Hull Trains

19th October 2007

Electric Traction is supplying Class 86 locomotive number 86101 to Hull Trains to cover for an unavailable Class 222 unit. The loco will run several return trips on Friday through Sunday for four months, hauling Mk3 vehicles from Cargo-D. Several test runs have been carried out and staff training is underway.

Services are due to start on 26th October.

This locomotive is part of the preserved AC Locomotive Group fleet.

 

First Class 86 Available For Hire

25th June 2007

Electric Traction Ltd in association with The AC Locomotive Group has returned the first of its several Class 86 locomotives to traffic. The locomotive, number 86101, is a 5000hp, 110mph locomotive, capable of operating on any 25kV-equipped route in the UK. The loco is available for hire - please contact us with your requirements.