First Class 365s sent for secure storage in East Anglia

THE first two Class 365 ‘Networker’ express units have moved to storage in Papworth Sidings, Ely.

Another pair were expected to join them by the end of February.

On February 15, debranded unit Nos. 365501 and 365505 were hauled by Rail Operations Group from Hornsey to Ely, using DRS Class 57 No. 57301.

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DRS Class 57 No. 57301 Goliath, hired in by Rail Operations Group, uses its tightlock coupling facility to haul unit Nos. 365501 and 365505 through Shepreth on February 15 with the Hornsey to Ely stock move. TOBY RADZISZEWSKI

Class 365s were built in 1995 and were the mainstay of Great Northern suburban operations from London King’s Cross to Peterborough. A number of units still in service have been noted as having lost their branding, and it is understood 21 of the 40 units in service (365526 was written off in the Potters Bar accident) are destined for storage.

Between 2013 and 2016 the sets were refurbished at Ilford Depot.

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