Should we forget all about this tender though?I think you can probably forget all about that tender for locomotives. It was issued getting on for two years ago and nothing ever happened by way of an order, indeed the locos were supposed to be in use by this December and any tender offers that were made will have lapsed by now anyway, with the new EU rules on diesel engine emissions coming in at the end of the year.
I will throw another option into the ring, courtesy of a poster over on A.N.Other forum. Chiltern will be taking their own 68s (8 of, not 15). These wont be DRS examples (im assuming leased through somebody, but dont know who). They will be in use this year.
Getting them this year seems very quick, considering the DRS order is still to be fulfilled, but if they are delivered this year, that ties in with the tender for locos if that did state December. Even if they arent delivered this year, well it wouldnt be the first time rolling stock was late. So is the tender for locos to be ignored? Perhaps not.