The 60s aint gone yet... Word has it EWS is to set up in France and a number of 66s will go over to there, be modified for French running (signalling etc) Some 60s will be overhauled possibly with new GM Engines
Yeah, it was good to have 60059 in full sun at Harpenden. The only good thing I can pull out of this is that they are all from the WCAN pool so won't affect 6E38 Colnbrook - Lindsey as this is operated by a WCBN pool 60. The difference being that the locos in the WCBN have long range fuel tanks.
Well, there have been huge protests against any open access operations, apparently tear gas had to be used, so it may yet be cancelled regarding moving some 66s. As for reliable, they aren't. The Mirlees Blackstone is a notoriously unreliable piece of kit, and there is a high maintenance cost per mile. Not to mention 60081? blowing itself to bits.
I think alot have gone because from what ive heard, EWS found out that there 66s arn't as weak as they thought in the first place.
But if they re-engine them, will they then put new software etc inside? Its going to be like the story of the guy whos had the same brush for 20 years, abit with 3 new brush heads, and 4 new handles :roll: