Veteran locomotives in West Midlands action
On August 25, preserved 50008 Thunderer heads home to DCRail’s Washwood Heath base from Thoresby Colliery, while veteran English Electric locomotive Colas Rail 37057 approaches with a Derby RTC-Reading test train. The combined age of the two locomotives is 104 years. The track layout here could be increased to four tracks again as part of the West Midlands Capacity Boost ( RAIL 833), with the separation of the Down Derby Fast and the Up Whitacre line. These are currently operated as a bi-directional section of track which exists from Water Orton West Junction.