Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Direct Rail Services (DRS) to Sell Off Heritage Locomotives and Carriages.

Direct Rail Services (DRS) is selling off heritage locomotives and carriages as it modernises its fleet.

The sale will see the sale of all the Class 20s, which were DRS’s first engines and have been with the company for over 25 years. Als to be sold will be a selection of their Class 37s, 57s, and MK2 coaches. There will also be a selection of Class 20, Class 57 and MK2 coach parts available to purchase.

This is the first in a series of locomotive sales which will see a further number of the Class 37s and Class 57s up for sale in the future.

The items will be offered for sale through an online competitive bidding process. A full list can be found on the website –

Bidders will need to register on the website and use the reference 13740 to download the tender documents.

The process will run until midday on Thursday 11 November and marks a new chapter in the company’s rich history as it pushes for lower carbon options and the use of their modern engines.

Chris Connelly, NTS Deputy CEO and Rail Director, said: “This is an important first step for DRS as we look at our fleet and our plans for the future.

“The Class 20s are really special engine to us, having been with us from the start, but things move on and a modern, dynamic rail freight operator needs a modern fleet to match our ambitions.

“This is the first phase and there will be more Class 37s and some 57s offered in the future as we move towards our net carbon zero ambitions.”

DRS has a uniquely flexible and efficient fleet of locomotives and rolling stock.

The fleet of Class 88, 68, 66, 57, 37 and 20 locomotives offer unbridled flexibility allowing the company to deliver freight services across the network and support both Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies to keep their services running.

2017 saw the introduction of new Class 88 locomotive, jointly developed with Stadler in Valencia, Spain. This mixed traffic locomotive has offered a wide range of performance advantages, as well as delivering the highest standards of efficiency and emissions in the industry.

As part of the drive for technical innovation, DRS has developed a fleet of IDA ‘Super’ Lowliner twin platforms. Offering an ultra-low platform height, these deliver 3 key advantages:

Reduced CO2 and increased fuel efficiency

More containers for any given train length

Increased network access and the ability to carry higher height ISO containers across the network