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Staff charter takes GBRf ‘50s’ back to Scotland

July 6 saw Class 50s Nos. 50007 Hercules and 50049 Defiance work a GB Railfreight staff charter from Motherwell to Scarborough via the East Coast Main Line. 

The train worked the empty stock north from Burton to Motherwell via Lancaster and Carlisle on July 5, and then ran via Edinburgh and York to the North Yorkshire seaside resort, returning via the same route that evening. 

Starting their long journey back to Scotland, Nos. 50007 (running as long-withdrawn classmate No. 50014 Warspite) and 50049 Defiance depart from Scarborough with a GB Railfreight staff charter to Motherwell on July 6. ANDREW MASON 

The following day’s empty stock move back to Birmingham via Edinburgh, York and Derby was operated as a charity train for invited guests and friends of the Fifty Fund and GBRf, with passengers raising more than £1,000 for good causes.

An unusual route for Class 50s included the East Coast Main Line, the Swinton & Knottingley route via Ferrybridge and the Rotherham to Chesterfield ‘Old Road’ freight-only line.

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