For a time it was the flagship of those early days of Electric traction on the Midland Region, but today few remain in nocturnal freight operations. The 100mph Class 86’s were by far the most numerous of the original electric traction for British Rail, but their decline has been pronounced as many now languish in silent storage or have met their end at the cutter’s torch.
Speeding north through Lichfield Trent Valley with an intermodal freight from Felixstowe to Crewe Basford Hall is veteran AC electric Class 86, 86638 and an unidentified classmate.
Arriving into Lichfield Trent Valley for a brief pause while hauling the ‘Cathedrals Express’ is preserved British Rail Class 86, 86259 ‘Les Ross’.
Half an hour later, and racing north through Lichfield Trent Valley with an intermodal freight from Felixstowe to Trafford Park is veteran AC electric Class 86, 86632 and an unidentified classmate.