GBRf Expands Class 73 Fleet – Despite Approaching Half a Century Old!

GB Railfreight commits to increasing and maintaining its fleet of heritage Class 73 Diesel Electric locomotives

An Increasing Fleet

GB Railfreight, one of Britain’s railfreight companies, has purchased an additional Class 73 locomotive to supplement its already reasonably sized heritage fleet.

73119, previously based at Eastleigh Works, is now based at St Leonards on Sea, GB Railfreight’s depot for the Class on the South Coast. It is expected that this loco will retain its British Rail Blue livery, similar to locomotive 73208. Another locomotive, 73205, was painted into the British Rail Intercity livery, similar to the livery it would have carried working for Gatwick Express.

GB Railfreight now operates the class on various excursion trains, work for Network Rail, and snow clearance in the winter with De-Icing vehicles. They are usually seen in the extensive yards of Hoo, in North Kent, or at Tonbridge, Eastleigh and St Leonards.

The class was used on the UK Railtour’s “Mine of Serpents” Railtour from London to East Grinstead and Mountfield on November 5.

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