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Hi Dorsethelmsman Do you know why they have a engine at each end of a three carriage train, no steep hills in Norfolk/Suffolk is there couldn't help noticing while sat at Reedham outside the Nelson relaxing, arm lifting. John
I was trying not to go too far off topic but here is what I sent in an earlier PM (I sometimes make a donation to Richard when this happens ) Basically its a cheap option due to the shortage of diesel multiple units using surplus goods locos and very old coaching stock. Using PM as bit off subject there is of course a downside as it is extra wear & tear on the track but is one of the downsides of the franchise and hire of stock syndrome It features in the rail specialist mags frequently Peter
Back off topic. They run two loco's because they have no DVT's available ( Driving vehicle trailer) as the London sets have so cannot be driven from the other end. Normally you would shut the rear loco down to save fuel . The 68 set was being paid for by network rail.
It's not just the swing bridges that suffer in the heat the overhead line to London also suffer resulting in trains running at a reduced speed.
We just have the wrong type of weather in this country