|A line up of 'Mainline' trains at Marylebone with 68011, 168003 and 67004 all in the companies silver livery.|
|68011 powers away from Marylebone with the 17:15 service to |
Kidderminster on Friday 13th March. Six locomotives will
wear the silver Chiltern Railways colours.
While the changeover was due to commence at the December timetable change delays with the new locos saw an extended stay for the 67's. Now however the 68's are starting to appear on services- first the Banbury commuter turn went over to 68 operation and now several through trains to Birmingham are charged with class 68's.
|DRS liveried 68008 prepares to work the 17:50 train to|
Banbury- this commuter train uses older style Mk3 coaches
which have not had the automatic door modifications.
First impressions of the locos are good- they are smart, a nice shape (though I'm still not convinced by that dent in the cab front) and, almost surprisingly for a modern diesel- they sound good too! Hopefully they will settle down to provide excellent service for Chiltern Railways and for DRS and will be around for us to enjoy hauling Mk3 coaches to Birmingham for many years to come! Who would have thought just a few years ago that brand new diesels would be hauling trains from Marylebone!