Eversholt Rail has announced that they have extended the lease of seven Inter-City 225 trains with London North Eastern Railway.
The lease now runs up to Summer 2023, with an extension possible to Summer 2024.
This extension includes ten Class 91 locomotives, including 91101 ‘Flying Scotsman’, 91107 ‘Skyfall’, 91109 ‘Sir Bobby Robson’, 91110 ‘Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’, 91111 ‘For The Fallen’, 91114 ‘Durham Catherdral’ and 91130 ‘Lord Mayor of Newcastle’.
An additional two Class 91 locomotives are expected to be contracted, providing LNER with five spare locomotives.
Eversholt has also awarded Wabtec with a contract to complete overhauls of the LNER IC225 fleet at their Doncaster facility.
The locomotives will receive a G exam, which includes an overhaul of their bogies, gearboxes, wheelsets, cardan shafts, compressors and traction motors. A number of improvements are also planned to be completed.
The Mark 4 fleet will have an OH1 exam, which will include the overhaul of bogies, couplers, doors and an interior saloon exam.
This work will be completed in January 2022.
Steve Timothy, Stakeholder Director, Eversholt Rail says, “We are pleased to continue to work with both LNER and Wabtec, to provide a safe and high-quality train experience for East Coast Main Line rail passengers.”
Andy Derbyshire, Group Managing Director, Wabtec Faiveley UK, says “The award of this contract is excellent news for Wabtec Faiveley UK and our facility at Doncaster. We have developed a longstanding involvement with the IC225 fleet having worked on the vehicles since 2006. This continued collaboration has also been supported by the great working relationship we enjoy with both Eversholt Rail and LNER, which contributes to the overall success of contracts and projects like this”.
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