No chance, they're staying with ATF, like it or not. They've even FINALLY got into doing proper refurbishment of them too, the end result being quite a decent result. Will miss the feeling of being on an FSR 150 in Scotland though. Glad we did that on the Welsh-Anglo-Scottish meet in 2004, and that I took a photo of 150284 at Newcraighall!
Still nice to get the ex-FSR condition ones though, I'll make sure I get an interior shot before they finish the refurbs.
But of course! It's NatEx management there, seriously good asset management there, in true NEG style! GNER have that effect on them too, what with their need to park trains for 2 hours in the platforms...Gives me plenty of chance to get some photos and the numbers though!
Think this unit is stabled off the additional peak only diagram? Would be far to sensible to send it to WN for much needed maintence! They used to stable units at Upper Holloway, however they were wrecked on a regular basis, so stabling switched to Euston and then Willesden although still the odd appearance at Euston. I remember when 33103 was out (bloody hellfire it was too!) there was a bit of "banter" between the locals and bellowing cranks!
Expect Silverlink unit changes when the new franchises come in tho, 153s for Bedford-Bletchley outbased from Tyseley is the lastest claim