THE Branch Line Society will run its first charter with the Rail Operations Group (ROG) on September 9.
The tour will feature rare track and interesting traction and will employ a pair of ROG Class 37/7s and preserved Class 86/2 electric No. 86259 Les Ross traversing rare lines in the West Midlands, and the much-requested Royal Mail Princess Royal Distribution Centre at Wembley.
The train will also visit Hams Hall intermodal terminal and the former Metropolitan-Cammell/Alstom works at Washwood Heath in Birmingham – now known as Heartlands Park. It is thought that this will be the first railtour to visit that location.
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The train will be formed of 12 Mk2 vehicles, with No. 86259 in charge between Birmingham and London.
Read more in the July 2017 issue of The RM – on sale now!