Direct Rail Services’ (DRS) has announced that its’ Class 88 dual mode locomotive 88002, named ‘Prometheus’, is the first to arrive from Stadler, Valencia.
Ten Class 88 locomotives have been ordered by DRS from Stadler Rail, in partnership with Beacon Rail Leasing Limited.
The locomotive will be commissioned by Stadler, followed by a UK testing programme which will last six to eight weeks. The remaining nine locomotives will arrive via the Port of Workington by mid-spring.
The Class 88 is a true “Dual Mode” locomotive combining both 25kv Electric and Diesel Electric operating modes. A further development of the Class 68 platform, the Class 88 is another technical innovation from Direct Rail Services, providing superior traction equipment for UK operation.
The first opportunity to be up close with the locomotive will be at the Direct Rail Services Charity Open Day on July 22nd.
Steven Knight is a Transport Specialist who has over 40 years experience in the bus and rail industries as well as in specialist transport journalism. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.