Class 91s facing sidelines as Mk4 stock goes for store

THE first Class 91 locos are expected to be withdrawn by LNER from July.

They are becoming surplus to requirements as diagrams for the Hitachi ‘Azuma’ sets increase every week, and with LNER now announcing a start of services from Edinburgh on August 1. 

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LNER has already ceased use of DB Class 90s and the hired HST from East Midlands Trains. 

With the transition to Class 80x ‘Azuma’ trains underway, this is a rare shot of six Class 91s lined up at King’s Cross at around 07.00 on June 17. From left are Nos. 91117, 91122, 91128, 91105, 91108 and 91129. STEPHEN GANDY

The ‘Azumas’ are now coming on stream, with LNER having stood down three sets of Mk4 rolling stock, and sets BN23 and 25 taken to secure storage at the Harry Needle Rail Road site at Worksop. Set BN24 was waiting to move to store as this issue of The RM was bring prepared. 

Harry Needle has taken over the former DB wagon repair depot, and will store redundant rolling stock, but also has plans to repair and maintain locos.

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Read more in the July 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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