DCRail takes delivery of first of four locomotives set to take freight off London’s roads

Class 60 60046
Credit: DC Rail

DCRail has announced that it will take delivery of the first of four locomotives this week that will move construction freight off the roads of the Capital.

The Class 60 locomotives will haul trains of materials to a new construction freight hub in north London.

When opened in 2020 the facility, found near Wembley, will allow aggregates and construction soils to be moved off the roads and onto rail.

Allowing trains to enter with a load of over 2,200 tonnes of material, it will be one of the most efficient rail terminals in the Capital.

The use of rail will allow Cappagh to reduce the environmental impact of its operations with each train carrying the equivalent of 110 lorry loads.

Class 60 locomotive, No. 60046, has the capability to haul the heaviest trains currently running in the UK and has been modernised for Cappagh by DB Cargo (UK) Limited.

The locomotive carries the name ‘William Wilberforce’. The three remaining locomotives will be delivered by Summer 2020.

What did the officials say?

Michael Ferncombe, group managing director of Cappagh, said:

“The introduction of the Class 60 locomotives offers DCRail an exciting opportunity to strengthen and expand its service offering. The investment in DCRail supports our strategy to lead the market and meet clients’ requirements for a single service provider to manage complex construction projects from start to finish. The combination of using the best of road and rail will reduce pollution and congestion whilst increasing the capability of Cappagh to meet the changing needs of our customers. I thank the team at DB Cargo UK who have undertaken the superb rebuilding of ‘William Wilberforce’ and we look forward to receiving the three other Class 60s”.

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  • Just glad that 4 more 60’s have been “saved” well done DC Rail,would love to see 1 up my way in Durham, hopefully Hornby & DC Rail can do an 00 gauge model of 1 of them