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.

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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