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.

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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