70001 testing on the GCR!

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12CSVT

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A pity they didn't take the opportunity to have it piloting the 13:00 and 15:15 departures from Loughborough on a weekend. It could have been quite a moneyspinner for the GCR.
 

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Good thinking, but can they actually be coupled to a Mk1 or any sort of coach with they way the 70s buffers are recessed?

Plus that they're air brake only, of course.
I think (so they said one time, i think) they can't be coupled to coaching stock directly for some reason or other, that's why when they're used on charters a 66 needs to be coupled inside.
Plus that they've got a backup on hand, of course.
 

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Good thinking, but can they actually be coupled to a Mk1 or any sort of coach with they way the 70s buffers are recessed?

Plus that they're air brake only, of course.
I think (so they said one time, i think) they can't be coupled to coaching stock directly for some reason or other, that's why when they're used on charters a 66 needs to be coupled inside.
Plus that they've got a backup on hand, of course.

The operative word in my previous post being "piloting". There would need to be a dual braked loco between the 70 and the coaching stock.
 

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The operative word in my previous post being "piloting". There would need to be a dual braked loco between the 70 and the coaching stock.

pretty easy I would have thought, I think the GCR has at least 3 dual braked engines which are resident there.
 

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This particular 70 has had technical mods and Freightliner would have had to provide a driver etc for it - it was never on the cards for it to haul passenger trains as it might not have even stayed over the weekend.
 
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