THE close and growing relationship between the Class 50 Alliance and GB Railfreight has been underlined with the repainting of two of the former’s locomotives in GB colours as part of an on-going hire agreement.
No. 50007 Hercules and 50049 Defiance were unveiled on March 20 at Eastleigh Works after the repaint by Arlington Fleet Services. On one side No. 50049 carries the identity of No. 50014 Warspite.
On March 23, the pair hauled Pathfinder’s ‘Class 50 Terminator Phoenixed’ railtour from London Paddington to Penzance, returning to Waterloo.
Repainting was an idea that stemmed from discussion about past Class 50 liveries at the
50th anniversary gala held at the Severn Valley Railway last year.
GB Railfreight has now moved into the rail services sector with contracts to move rolling stock for operators and leasing companies, as well as using the Class 50s for railtour work.
Read more in the April 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!
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