With so many new trains coming into service, some old favourites will inevitably be leaving us. In the second part of this three part series on the current railway, EVAN GREEN-HUGHES examines which locomotives and units will soon be making their final departures on the national network.
MONDAY July 22 was another momentous day in the story of the East Coast Main Line (ECML), as on that day the first Class 91 electric locomotive followed the Ivatt ‘Atlantics’, the Gresley ‘Pacifics’, and the ‘Deltics’ into history. 91108 had covered 7.6 million miles during its 31-year career but was now destined to be withdrawn and broken up for spare parts. Withdrawal of this locomotive is a tangible sign that times are changing and that the next phase of history for our railways is coming.