Two more Eurostar sets go for scrap at EMR Kingsbury

ANOTHER two Class 373 Eurostar sets were despatched to the scrapyard during December.

GBRf Class 66/7 No. 66768 seen passing Branston, near Burton-on Trent, on December 15, hauling set Nos. 3003/4 to Kingsbury. After the failure of Class 60 No. 60040 at the Kingsbury terminal the working was held at Branston, arriving at its destination more than five and a half hours late. JOHN NEAVE

Half-set Nos. 3019/20 made the trip from Temple Mills to EMR Kingsbury on December 3 and were followed on December 15 by Nos. 3003/4.

The exact number of sets to be scrapped has still not been confirmed, but expected to be between 17 and 22 as new higher-capacity Siemens e320 sets are replacing the 20-year-old trains. So far, 24 half sets of the e320 Eurostar have been delivered, with 10 more half sets to deliver.

Set Nos. 374013/4 are being tested in Belgium and Holland prior to the start of the London
to Amsterdam service in December 2017.

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