UNIQUE PARALLEL TRACTION RUN ON ECML IN APRIL

Published at 12:00 on Tuesday 21st March 2017
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Hundreds of spectators turned out in the rain and lined the platforms of Oxenholme station on 6th February 2016 to see the return of LNER 'A3' Pacific No. 60103 Flying Scotsman, after its lengthy overhaul. The parallel run on 23rd April 2017, in the company of an HST, Class 91 and IEP will no doubt draw crowds of onlookers, but Network Rail are emphasising that people need to stay staff, and stay on the right side of fence - any tresspass could risk future operations and events. Michael Horwood

A world first will take place in Yorkshire next month to celebrate the heritage and future of one of the country’s most iconic railway lines.


Four trains spanning four generations will travel side by side, in the same direction, along the East Coast Main Line on 23rd April. Virgin Trains East Coast says that the event will be a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to see steam, diesel and electric traction alongside each in action on the East Coast Main Line, but both the TOC and Network Rail are stressing that those wanting to see the specticle are being urged to stay on the right side of the fence, keeping off the trackside and private land, and that any tresspass incidents will stop the run and put the event and future opportunities at risk.

The working will provide a unique oppotunity to see LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 Flying Scotsman, a Virgin Trains Class 43 and Class 91 along with an Hitachi Class 800 lined-up on the East Coast Main Line, before the four make a parallel run, in a staggered formation, at 20-25mph south for “several miles” towards York, showcasing the past, present and future of rail travel.

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