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Freight­liner stores sixth Class 86/6

- Business · Transportation · Industries · Daimler Trucks North America · Porterbrook

Freight­liner has stored 86614, with the rest of its Class 86/6 fleet likely to fol­low by the end of the year.

It was an­nounced in July that FL would re­tain its ‘86/6’ elec­tric lo­co­mo­tives to help with the de­car­bon­i­sa­tion of rail freight, but that they would be re­moved from ser­vice pend­ing over­hauls.

So far, six have been stood down from traf­fic (86605/610/612/614/ 627/628), leav­ing ten in use (86604/607-609/613/622/632/ 637-639). Their du­ties are be­ing taken over by Class 90s ac­quired from Porter­brook ear­lier this year.

Freight­liner is bid­ding for freight con­tracts that could yet re­quire the ‘86s’ to be re­tained, al­though sources sug­gest they will likely be re­tained as spares.

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