Greater Anglia has a total fleet of 15 class 90s which are leased from Portorbrook and are numbered 90001-
Freightliner has a total fleet of 10 class 90s which are leased from Portorbrook and include 90016 plus 90041-
DBC has an active fleet of 13 loco’s, which are 90018-
Traction availability with GA changes on a daily basis due to repairs and maintenance. There were no long-
Out of Traffic
At the time of writing 90001 had been released from Toton following painting and dragged to Bescot. There was nothing else to report.
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, 90041 continued to be stored at Leeds Midland Rd. Also, 90048 & 90049 were stopped for routine exams. 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 90018, 90021, 90026. 90035 and 90036. Nothing else to report.
There are several class 90s in store and these can all be found at Crewe -
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!) -
90017, 90022, 90023, 90025, 90027, 90030, 90031, 90032, 90033, 90038, & 90050.
It is unclear if any of the above will ever return to traffic -
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?
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Further information regarding exactly which class 90s are stored and serviceable in addition to why certain fleet members have been in long-