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Stunning blue livery for GB Railfreight Class 60s

ONE of the 10 Class 60s acquired by GB Railfreight from Colas Rail
has been outshopped by Arlington Fleet Services, Eastleigh, in a bright blue livery. 

No. 60026 carries the house colours of leasing company Beacon Rail, which financed the purchase of the locos, five of which have long-range fuel tanks, with five in standard range. 

In a throwback to BR days, No. 60026 carries the name Helvellyn above the number cast on a Class 44 ‘Peak’ style nameplate, manufactured by Procast of Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire.

Eight of the original names carried by ‘Peak’ Nos. D1-D10 were also carried by Class 60s during the 1990s, Helvellyn and Snowdon were the two not to appear on a ‘Tug’.

Whether GB plans further namings of a similar style for the ‘60s’ is not completely clear, however a second pair of nameplates is understood to have been produced. 

The ten locos acquired by GB from Colas are Nos. 60002/021/ 026/047/056/ 076/085/087/ 095/096, which were first sold by DB Cargo to Colas in June 2014. Some carry GB’s usual colour scheme. 

No. 60026  is seen in the Eastleigh Works yard on October 2. Picture: CARL WATSON

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