Class 68 returns to Spain for carriage trials

A DRS-owned Class 68 loco has returned to Spain to begin testing with the Mk5a carriages that CAF is building.

It is one of a batch that will be hired to TransPennine Express for use on its loco-hauled services later this year on Liverpool to Newcastle services.

No. 68021 in TransPennine branding on its way to Spain. Courtesy TPE

The TPE-liveried loco left the UK from Portbury docks, bound for Northern Spain, at the end of November.

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CAF is building 66 carriages for TPE that will be formed into 13 five-car formations for push-pull operation, with No. 68021 being used to test the functionality of the sets.

The trains will move to other routes when the 19 bi-mode Class 802 sets get delivered from Hitachi.

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