Greater Anglia has a total fleet of 15 class 90s which are leased from Portorbrook and are numbered 90001-90015.
Freightliner has a total fleet of 10 class 90s which are leased from Portorbrook and include 90016 plus 90041-90049.
DBC has an active fleet of 13 loco’s, which are 90018-90021, 90026, 90028, 90029, 90034-90037, 90039 & 90040.
Traction availability with GA changes on a daily basis due to repairs and maintenance. There were no long-term serious stoppages at the time of writing. There is a requirement to have a maximum of 11 engines available for traffic Monday to Saturday and 6 on Sunday’s.
Out of Traffic
At the time of writing 90011 and 90015 were at Crewe TMD and will remain there until further notice. 90001 is also out of service at Crown Point.
Traction availability with Freightliner changes on a daily basis, but there is generally a requirement for 8 loco’s out of the 10 to be available at any given time. At present all members of the fleet are generally in traffic, but some will require maintenance and repairs on a regular basis as per the exam cycle.
Out of Traffic
At the time of writing, 90016 was stopped out of service with issues at Crewe for the foreseeable future. Nothing else to report.
Traction availability with DBC changes on a daily basis, but they need to have a minimum amount in traffic to cover the small number of sleeper diagrams as well as freight services which are now booked to be class 90s. A handful of loco’s will always be out of traffic at Crewe for routine maintenance.
Out of Traffic
At the time of writing, there were a handful of DB90s out of service at Crewe, which included 90021 and 90026. There was nothing else of important to report.
There are several class 90s in store and these can all be found at Crewe - If you require further details including reasons and associated store date, then click here.
The total number of loco’s in store equates to 11 of which 10 of these are owned outright by DBC (the remaining engine i.e. 90050 is now owned by Freightliner). The earliest sample to have been stored was 90025 back on the 20th January 2004 and has been categorised as being a shopping decision (whatever that means!) - it is unclear if she will ever return to traffic. The loco’s in store have been summarised below:
It is unclear if any of the above will ever return to traffic - It has been suggested that most of those stored at Crewe are in reasonably good condition despite being left out in the open for many years. Finally, In November 2014, 90050 was purchased by Freightliner and she is currently being used as a donor for other active fleet members in Basford Hall yard. If you require more information concerning 90050, this can be found here.
Although not directly related to the long term store pool, 90020; 90021 and 90026 can be found in the WQAA pool at Crewe IEMD pending heavy maintenance repairs and attention.
What is the current situation?
There are 50 class 90s and I am pleased to report that their were 39 operational engines each split between Freightliner, Greater Anglia and DBC (see below for more information). There are 11 class 90s in store of which 11 of these are owned outright by DBC and can be found at Crewe IEMD. The other loco (90050) was brought by Freightliner in December 2014 and is currently at Basford Hall Yard where she is donating parts to other 90s.
Which 90s are out of traffic?
90011 can be found out of service at Crewe TMD for a planned overhaul after being taken there on the 12/7/18
90015 can be found out of service at Crewe TMD for emergency repairs after being taken there on the 6/7/18;
90016 is out of traffic at Crewe until further notice after being transferred by road from Coatbridge on the 24/6/18;
90021 & 90026 are all stopped at Crewe TMD for the medium term pending heavy maintenance repairs;
90048 is out of traffic Basford Hall following a period with GBRF for a planned B exam.
Do you need to get in touch?
Further information regarding exactly which class 90s are stored and serviceable in addition to why certain fleet members have been in long-term store at Crewe IEMD can be found below. If you have any questions, get in touch.