‘Greendale Rocket’ visits Royal Mail PRDC

THE Branch Line Society’s ‘Greendale Rocket’ tour took a pair of Europhoenix Class 37s over some very rare track on September 10.

Europhoenix No. 37611 Pegasus inside Royal Mail’s Willesden PRDC during the Branch Line Society ‘Greendale Rocket’ tour on September 10. THOMAS NICKLIN

Highlight of the trip was a visit to Royal Mail’s Princess Royal Distribution Centre (PRDC) in Willesden, north London. It is thought to be the first passenger train to run into the rail-connected
mail sorting centre.

Europhoenix provided Nos. 37611 Pegasus and 37884, working in top-and-tail formation from Burton-on-Trent to Willesden via Birmingham and the West Coast Main Line.

The BLS’ next outing over unusual lines is the ‘Whitechapel Wayfarer’ on November 19, which will take a pair of Merseyrail Class 507/508 EMUs to all corners of the Merseyside third-rail system.

Read more in the October issue of The RM – on sale now!

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