Rail Blue Charters has announced that it is to suspend operations for the rest of the year at least, following six consecutive charter train cancellations.
The reason given for this on the RBC website is the lack of a functioning Kitchen car which prevents meals being prepared. The fault has variously been described as electrical but is understood to be mechanical in that the wheel bearings require overhaul.
The first cancellation attributed to this was unfortunately the Mark Honey Memorial train from Euston to Glasgow on August 6 and the cancellations spanned August and September and the announcement was dated September 25 and said that:
“Due to the continued non-availability of our kitchen carriage, we are unable to run the train on August 25th. We tested out this carriage last weekend but unfortunately, the power supply problem reoccurred. Our engineers are working to rectify this problem but we do not feel it fair to operate this train under such circumstances.”
The problem is understood to be that the coach bearings are in need of maintenance following water ingress so until this work is carried out, the coach cannot operate. The coach has to be lifted and is currently at Derby waiting financial authority for the work to be carried out.
Other problems such as a lack of first class carriages were also cited as reasons for not running trains. The suspension of services and the ensuing uncertainty could well have a detrimental effect on the level of advance bookings if services resume next year.