First appearing in 1962 the Southern Region's class 73 have become known as a reliable workhorse on the 3rd rail electric systems of South-East England. The locomotives run well on the electric current and their supplementary diesel engines have proved versatile, taking them off the juice on many occasions, but rarely far from their home territory. In the early to mid 2000's as the class lost their passenger work on the Gatwick Express and had all but been consigned to history on freight workings it appeared that the class 73 was reaching the natural end of it's life. GBRf then took on four locomotives for infrastructure work and have grown their fleet ever since, the versatility and reliability of the electro-diesels once again proving itself.
|On 18th March 2015 GB Railfreight liveried 73963 'Janice' is pictured at |
Clapham Junction on a deliver run from Loughbrough to Tonbridge.
|73967 prepares to work the 04:50 Edinburgh - Oban diverted Caledonian|
Sleeper service on February 20th 2016.