Five more Class 88s delivered to Carlisle

THE arrival of five more of the 10 dual-power Class 88 locos ordered by DRS back in 2013 means that more than half the fleet have been delivered.

New Class 88 No. 88008 Ariadne is offloaded from the Eemslift Nelli at the Port of Workington on March 1. Together with Nos. 88001, 88003, 88005 and 88004 it was later moved to DRS Kingmoor as 6Z89, behind 66433. DAVE MCALONE

On March 1, loco Nos. 88001/3/4/5/8 were unloaded at Workington Docks and hauled by No. 66433
to Carlisle Kingmoor for commissioning. They join No. 88002, which arrived in January.

The remaining four locos – Nos. 88006, 88007, 88009 and 88010 – together with new Class 68 Nos. 68026/027 were noted at Sagunto Docks, Spain, ready for shipment to Workington on March 17.

Debut of a Class 88 on a railtour is planned for May 9, when using the Northern Belle stock. Industry guests and VIPs will travel from London Euston to Carlisle and back.

The charter is being promoted by UK Railtours. A limited number of seats (£195 each) are available to the public.

For more information go to: www.ukrailtours.com

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