Her­cules hired for Christ­mas Po­lar Ex­press trains

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Vin­tage Trains Lim­ited has hired 50007 Her­cules from the Class 50 Al­liance.

The lo­co­mo­tive ran from its base at Kid­der­min­ster (on the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way) to VTL’s Ty­se­ley base on Novem­ber 16.

It will be used as back-up diesel power for VTL’s ‘Po­lar Ex­press’ trains over the Christ­mas pe­riod, when 68 trains will op­er­ate across 16 days.

VTL will crew the ‘50’, with train­ing trips to Strat­ford-up­onAvon planned to en­able the com­pany’s staff to be trained and qual­i­fied on the class.

The com­pany also owns 50033 Glo­ri­ous, which has been re­stored to work­ing or­der by the C50A at the SVR ( RAIL 864), but which is not main line-cer­ti­fied. Glo­ri­ous has been loaned to the Al­liance for a three-year pe­riod.

VTL also owns 47773, which is likely to be the pre­ferred diesel trac­tion for the com­pany’s trains.

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