Rebecca and Demelza are shown off at Eastleigh.
INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY TURNED open access freight operator Colas Rail launched its first two re-engineered Class 47 locomotives at an event at Eastleigh on September 20th.
The two Class 47/7s, Nos. 47727 and 47749, have continued Colas’ tradition of naming its UK rail vehicles after literary characters associated with the South West, being dedicated Rebecca and Demelza respectively. The locomotives will initially be used on a Network Rail railhead treatment train contract, and will be based at Plymouth Tavistock Junction, but one machine will also be used to move Colas Rail’s Plasser & Theurer RM 90-NR ballast cleaner train.
Rebeccas and Demelza were returned to operational condition and repainted by Arlington Fleet Services at the former Eastleigh Works, now managed by Knights Rail Services Ltd.