After the Caledonian Sleeper operation became a separate franchise on April 1st 2015 and GBRf were contracted to provide locomotives, it was expected that Class 92’s would be the motive power for the electric portions with Class 73/9’s doing the diesel parts north of Edinburgh. Delays in the locos coming out of Brush led to Class 90’s and 67’s being subhired from DB Schenker. After a number of failures in the first couple of weeks, 87002 was drafted in to provide support to the ailing fleet. Initially thought to be just for one week, it continued into a second week and at the time of writing is about to commence a third week of operation – running faultlessly throughout.
^ Shortly after the arrival of 1B16 from Aberdeen and the Class 67 was detached, 87002 stands waiting for a shunter to attach to the stock.
^ Seen here on arrival from Edinburgh Waverley with 1M16 Inverness-Euston at destination after a storming run down the West Coast. 16/04/2015