The autumnal increase in the Class 60 fleet sees the first of the overhauled locomotives face their first leaf fall season.
The programme so far this year now means that they will face their first Autumn, a time of year where the usual freight workhorses, Class 66 locomotives, are used elsewhere. This causes the Class 60 locomotives to come out in greater numbers, with as many as twenty available in November, comparative to six or seven in Spring and Summer.
So far, 60007, 60011, 60040, 60054, 60074 and 60099 have been made it into the “Super 60” fleet. 60011 and 60054 have been repainted into DB Schenker’s house red, and 60007 has received the same red, with a “Switch onto Safety” message on its body sides. It has also been dedicated to Tom Kendall. No. 60040 is in a maroon colour and dedicated to the Territorial Army, whilst 60074 is still in a light blue livery being dedicated to the Teenage Cancer Trust. 60099, arguably the most famous, is in a silver livery, with branding of a considerable DB Schenker customer, Tata Steel.
This time of year also means that Class 60 locomotives leave their usual heartlands of the East Midlands, Humberside, Tyneside, Merseyside and Peak Forest in favour of other routes. Examples have included 60010 working into and out of Hither Green (an old depot for the type in South East London), and 60040 working stone trains to Dagenham.
On November 2nd of this year, 60099, the most notable of the class, worked a stone train from Mountsorrel in the East Midlands, to Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.