Railways Illustrated

Totota automotive trains launched from Toton

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THE LONG-AWAITED movement of Toyota cars from Toton to Dollands Moor and on through the Channel Tunnel commenced on January 19. DB Cargo has invested £2.6 million at the Nottingham­shire depot to turn the former training area into a secure vehicle storage compound with loading and unloading facilities. This will see Derby-built Corolla hybrids exported to the company’s plant at Onnaing, near Valencienn­es, in France, as well as to the Czech Republic with the Yaris and Aygo models imported in return. Up to three trains a week are planned, each carrying up to 230 vehicles, with DB and Euro Cargo Rail providing the traction.

The flow is using newly-overhauled IPA double-deck cartic wagons, which have received deck modificati­ons in order to carry larger vehicles, as well as revised side protection screens and a repaint in the Groupe CAT dark blue livery, some of this work having been carried out by Arlington Fleet Services. The inaugural and short-formed 6X11 06.58 Toton to Dollands Moor working was headed by 66183 and featured four-element sets 23 87 4375 007-3, 019-8 and 020-6, along with twin-sets 23 87 4392 692-1 and 714-3, these all being examples that had been refurbishe­d at Eastleigh. DB held a launch event at Toton on February 22, just after this issue of Railways Illustrate­d closed for press. More informatio­n on this event and the new loading and unloading facility will be published in the next issue.

 ?? Steve Donald ?? DB Cargo’s 66160 passes Barrow upon Trent hauling 6X13, the 03.50 Dollands Moor Sidings to Toton North Yard Toyota service, on January 21, 2022.
Steve Donald DB Cargo’s 66160 passes Barrow upon Trent hauling 6X13, the 03.50 Dollands Moor Sidings to Toton North Yard Toyota service, on January 21, 2022.

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