THE TRAIN Now Departing

RAILWAY REALISM

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.

The reign of the Class 91 Bo-Bo AC electrics is coming to an end on the East Coast Main Line with LNER following the arrival of the Class 800 Azuma units. On March 5 2019 91104 and 91114 Durham Cathedral stand at London King’s Cross working services to and from Leeds.
Gordon Edgar.
The Class 313 dual-voltage units are now being withdrawn with the last being in service with Southern. 313201 was repainted in BR blue and grey in 2018 and is now set to join the National Collection on withdrawal. On January 3 2018 313201 departs Lewes in East Sussex.
John Vaughan/Railphotoprints.uk.

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the ‘Deltics’ into history. 91108 had covered 7.6 million miles during its 31-year career but was now destined to be withdrawn and broken up for spare parts.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.

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