Off the wires! Class 88s visit North East and Heysham


CLASS 88 bi-mode locos have been going ‘off the juice’, with Nos. 88009 Diana and 88010 Aurora making a trial run on diesel power from Carlisle Kingmoor to Seaton Carew, Teesside on January 12.

A pair of locos can muster 1,900hp in multiple, and up to four FNA nuclear flask wagons should be within the capability of a pair of ‘88s’, which is where DRS appear to be thinking.

DRS used the same locos on a test run from Sellafield to Heysham on January 17, ahead of a live run on January 23, when 88009/010 took three nuclear flasks to Heysham power station and brought one back.

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The locos used the overhead power from Hest Bank to Carnforth. The pair are seen on January 12 passing Spelter Works Road, Sunderland. PICTURE: NEVILLE WHALER

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