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southy39

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This is a quote from an email I have received from one of the UKs leading rail journalists, Colin J Marsden.

These locos are owned by HSBC Rail and are purchased through GBRf for Metronet. Metronet have in fact paid for these locos, If Metronet had a UK mainline operating license they would have been purchased by them direct. The deal through GBRf gives Metronet the operating powers required. Nobody from GBRf was actually present at the off-loading, it was all overseen by Metronet who are the key players for this and the next four 66/7s to be delivered in the late summer.

In terms of use, I think you will see one of two used by GBRf for normal traffic, but Metronet will have to give a green light to non-dedicated operations.
I suppose that how this actually works out or how genuine it turns out to be in reality remains to be seen.
 
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