GBRf Class 47 fails on seaside charter

GB Railfreight Class 47 No. 47749 City of Truro (still in Colas livery) failed with a loss of power on Old Hill bank on April 21 while working Pathfinder Tours’ ‘The York Moors Venturer’, from Newport to Scarborough.

It took more than three hours to get a rescue loco to the stricken train, No. 66518 initially moving the train to Derby.

GBRf Class 66 No. 66778 pilots 47749 City of Truro past Milford, Derbyshire on its way north to the revised destination of York. RAILTEC TRANSFERS

GBRf’s No. 66778 then took over and continued as far as York, where the train terminated, arriving 218 minutes late.

With the lower 75mph speed of the ‘66’, the revised destination of York allowed reasonable time to clean and service the stock for the return (at reduced speed), which would not have been possible had the train continued to Scarborough.

A number of morning West Midland Railway services from Worcester, and some Chiltern services, were cancelled as a result of the failure.

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