Yesterday I was rescued from my prison flat (due to minibuses being impossible to book these days) by Tim Miller and we drove to Haddiscoe to see....yes that new Class 68 hauled Short Set with erm, 3 Mark II coaches that has been hired in by Abellio Greater Anglia to cover for 170204 which is still awaiting repair........ At the moment the set is hired in until the current franchise expires in October. However presumably whoever wins the new franchise (whispers say First are favourites) will still have to cover for the damaged 170 so who knows.
Anyway the locos are 68016 and 68023, the coaches are ex Anglian coaches still in Anglian livery which has a nice nostalgic feel to it. We set up shop on the Down platform at Haddiscoe, and then an almighty panic ensued as the set, out on its first training run came round the corner some 15 mins early!
|68023 pulls into Haddiscoe on the test run to Lowestoft|
|68023 is named "Achilles" and comes complete with ghost crew member!|
|68016 is named "Fearless"|
|68016 at the rear as the train moves off towards Lowestoft|