Railways Illustrated

86259 and 87002 meet again


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26 was a good day for seeing heritage electric locomotive­s on the West Coast Main Line.

LSL’S 87002 Royal Sovereign was working the London to Glasgow ‘Royal Scot’ Intercity tour, while 86259 Les Ross/peter Pan was also in action on the line returning to Rugby following winter maintenanc­e at Nemesis Rail’s facility at Burton. Three days later, on Saturday, January 29, it was the turn of 86259 to work a passenger train, returning to its regular duty working from

London Euston to Carnforth as part of the Railway Touring Company’s ‘Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express’. Steam locomotive­s worked the train between Carnforth and Carlisle. Remarkably, on February 26, both electric locomotive­s were booked to be in London Euston at the same time, departing shortly after each other for the north.

87002 was booked to haul LSL’S ‘Clansman’ tour, departing Euston at 06.55, with 86259 departing at 07.08 on another ‘Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express’ tour.

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