- 14 Jul 2011
They are DB Class 407, but I dont know if that was what they are going to get for TOPs, assuming they even have to be in TOPs as they wont run anywhere that isnt on HS1.
I suspect they'll be class 407.They are DB Class 407, but I dont know if that was what they are going to get for TOPs, assuming they even have to be in TOPs as they wont run anywhere that isnt on HS1.
I seem to remember from the early days of the tunnel that the shuttle locomotives were designed to be able to rescue a failed Eurostar. If this is the case and no Class 6400 diesels were available, they would need to take it as far as Ebbsfleet but more likely St. Pancras in order to detrain passengers. Since the shuttle locos do not sport yellow noses it must be assumed that it is not essential. As an aside, can the locos coming to the end of a RHTT cycle be regarded to have yellow ends when they are completely covered in rust brown detritus?Just a thought, but will they need yellow ends?
Perhaps this due to our new found Glorious Isolation?Not good news.
'Deutsche Bahn AG said its planned rail service from Frankfurt to London via the Channel Tunnel has been put back from 2013 to 2015.
Delays in the delivery of 16 new high-speed trains from Siemens AG mean that the planned three-times-daily service wont now start as scheduled...'
hmm, it makes you wonder doesn't it, if this isn't a cat & mouse game between E* & DB to get the other to go first.The plus side is that Eurostar can now do the hard work of establishing the route and generating demand (through advertising) and DB can save some money!
I've asked someone at ES HQ who should know... Will report back in due course...I thought it was more because it is now considered to be the classic Eurostar livery.