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07.07.16

Abellio Greater Anglia hires new train to replace damaged Class 170 unit

Abellio Greater Anglia has hired a new train to keep its services running over the summer months after another unit was damaged.

The train, consisting of two Class 68 diesel locomotives and three Mk2 carriages, will replace a Class 170 diesel unit, which is being repaired after it was damaged when it hit a tractor at a user-operated crossing between Harling Road and Thetford on 10 April.

Its brake cylinders and engine sump were ripped off and six passengers reportedly suffered minor injuries.

The Class 68, which is hired from Direct Rail Services, is the first to be used on a regular basis in East Anglia.

It will complete four journeys from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and back and two between Norwich and Lowestoft every weekday between 11 July and 30 September.

Abellio Greater Anglia said it is still looking for ongoing coverage beyond September, since the Class 170 is unlikely to be in service by then.

(Image c. Ryan Taylor)

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Andrew Gwilt   08/07/2016 at 15:12

I think that the Class 170 204 is not going to be in service until possibly November this year or in March or April next year because of the extend of the damage it had as it collided into a tractor in Roudham near Thetford in Norfolk on the 10th April injuring some passengers and the train driver and the tractor driver was seriously injured as the train was travelling at about 60-80mph but luckily no one wasn't killed.

Jerry Alderson   09/07/2016 at 17:22

A letter in the latest edition of Railwatch magazine (issue 148 - www.railwatch.org.uk) by a councillor made a good point. If he had a lease car and it was damaged he would be provided with a temporary replacement until it was repaired. He suggested that ROSCOs should have spare trains for such eventualities. He didn't, however, mention that it would increase the leasing charge and that unless the bidders were required or incentivised to buy cover that none would opt for it as they would need the lowest cost to pay the highest premium to the DfT.

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