Class 68
Direct Rail Services - Class 68 Statistics

Direct Rail Services - Class 68 (DRS 68002)

Following the progress of Direct Rail Services (DRS) new Class 68.

Class 68's now believed to be in the country based on www.railforums.co.uk chat rooms are :

  • 68/001/002/003(DRS Blue)
  • 68/004/005(DRS Blue)
  • 68/006/007(Scotrail)
  • 68/008/009(DRS Blue)
  • 68/010/011/012(Grey)
  • 68/013/014/015(Grey)
  • 68/013/014/015(Grey)
  • 68/016/017/018(DRS Blue)
  • 68/019(DRS Blue)

A few key facts to know about the Class 68

  • Mixed traffic locomotive meaning that it can pull both freight and passenger services
  • 100mph top speed
  • Maintenance to be carried out in a new building at Crewe Gresty Road
  • Made at Vossloh, Valencia, Spain
  • Holds up to 6,000 litres of fuel
  • 15 locomotives initially ordered in association with Beacon Leasing
  • Remote telementary, dynamic braking

Class 68 Timeline

  • 24.09.2014 - Class 68. 68015 on a truck. Photo By : 'British Rail 1980's and 1990's' Click
  • 23.09.2014 - Class 68. 68006 and 68005 on the 1Z25 Glasgow Central to Gleneagles passenger working. Photo By : 'Graeme8665' Click
  • 10.09.2014 - Class 68. 68009 hauling RHTT wagons to Stowmarket. Photo By : 'Simon Kerry' Click
  • 09.09.2014 - Class 68 68009 and 68011 at York (Night shot). Photo By : '96tommy'Click
  • 28.08.2014 - Class 68 68012,68013 and 68014 arrived into Liverpool. Sent to Carlisle on the 29th. Youtube Video By : 'TheIntercityhst'Click
  • 23.08.2014 - Class 68 DRS 68009 leading 47501 light engine Crewe to Norwich Click
  • 22.08.2014 - Class 68 DRS 68004 light engine Norwich to Crewe Click
  • 22.08.2014 - Class 68 DRS 68002 on the Mountsorrell working Click
  • 21.08.2014 - 68004 ran from Norwich to Doncaster Wabtec with a single carriage and then returned light Click
  • 20.08.2014 - 68002 ran 6U77 Mountsorrel to Crewe Click
  • 07.08.2014 - 68007 and 68004 were out and about on the 7th August Click
  • 05.08.2014 - 68002 on a crew training run from Wembley to Stourbridge Junction (0J68)- Chiltern Line. YouTube Video by antman09ful1 Click
  • 01.08.2014 - 68003 on an Inverness to Mossend freight. YouTube Video by DRS37425 Click
  • 01.08.2014 - 68002 and 68004 running on the 0Z68 Crewe to Wembley Yard. Apparently 68004 later failed while running to Norwich. Photo Garstangpost.t21 Click
  • 31.07.2014 - Class 68 68009, 68010 and 68011 arrive into the country. The latter 2 for use on the Chiltern line.Seen here at Crewe 1st August. Photo Garstangpost.t21 Click
  • 30.07.2014 - 68005 on the Inverness Yard to Mossend Yard. Photo Garstangpost.t21 Click
  • 29.07.2014 - 68005 on probably the first freight to Scotland. YouTube Video by DRS37425 Click
  • 21.07.2014 - Livery for new Class 68 for Chiltern to be used on the Birmingham to London route. 68011. Click
  • 20.07.2014 - Photos and video from the DRS Crewe Gresty Bridge Open Day by Worcestershed and Robin Harrison Click
  • 19.07.2014 - Pathfinders 'The Caterpillar Cat' Railtour - Video by "class47peter" Click
  • 18.07.2014 - DRS Class 68 No. 68009 on its way to the UK Click
  • 17.07.2014 - Pathfinders 'The Caterpillar Cat' rail tour will be hauled by a DRS class 57/0 instead of the Class 68 Click
  • 15.07.2014 - Looks like Pathfinders 'The Caterpillar Cat' tour will no longer be hauled by a class 68. Details of actual traction still awaited Click
  • 11.06.2014 - 68006/68007/68008 with 37 423 on the Liverpool Gladstone Dock to Crewe Gresty Bridge DRS on 11th June by British Rail 1980s and 1990s Click
  • 05.06.2014 - 68003 at Greenholme on 6C27 Kingmoor Yard to Shap Summit Quarry by Adrian Nicholls. Click
  • 30.05.2014 - 68004 on 4S44 Daventry to Coatbridge with 66 433 at Nuneaton.Click
  • 28.05.2014 - 68004 through Tamworth with 47 805Click
  • 24.04.2014 - 68 005 going to Multimodal 2014 (Birmingham NEC)
  • 22.04.2014 - 37 423 and 68 002 on the OZ68 Eastleigh to Willesden Brent Click
  • xx.04.2014 - 68 being unloaded from the boat Click
  • 17.04.2014 - Looks like three more 68's arrived in the country on the evening of the 15th. On the 16th of April 68 003, 68 004 and 68 005 were moved by 37 609 to Crewe. Video by Steve71p Click
  • 02.04.2014 - Possibly the first rail tour to feature a Class 68 - 19 July.'The Caterpillar Cat' with Pathfinder tours (Opportunity to visit the DRS open day) Click
  • 14.03.2014 - 47 805 leading 68 002 on 5Z48 Crewe to Eastleigh Click
  • 12.03.2014 - 68 002 Unveiled at Crewe - see railnews.co.uk Click
  • 03.03.2014 - 68 002 hauled by 57 003 on 3rd March going to Crewe Click
  • 02.03.2014 - DRS Charity Open Day. Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot 19th July 2014 (Class 68 on display) Click
  • 16.02.2014 - Follow the link to Railforums to see pictures / videos of 68 001 on test Click
  • 16.02.2014 - DRS Weekend on 22/23 March at Crewe Heritage Centre. Wonder if Intrepid will make an appearance? Click
  • 07.02.2014 - Intrepid out on Derby to Crewe again
  • 06.02.2014 - Intrepid out with 47 501 running Derby to Crewe Click
  • 05.02.2014 - Carlisle to Crewe (5Z69) with 90020 and Crewe to Carlisle (5Z70) with 47 501
  • 04.02.2014 - Timings link for 05.02.14 Click
  • 04.02.2014 - Photo of Intrepid out and about today Click
  • 04.02.2014 - Video of Intrepid (DRS 68002) on the 5Z69 Carlisle to Crewe Click
  • 02.02.2014 - Rumour on the web that 68 002 out for testing Monday / Tuesday with Mk2 Stock and a Class 90 Click
  • 02.02.2014 - Mk 2 Coach stock transfer by 90 020 with 47 805 and 47 853 to Carlisle Kingmoor
  • 01.02.2014 - There's a rumour that 68 002 has been named 'Intrepid'
  • 01.02.2014 - Link to a thread on 'Railforums' about the progress of the Class 68. Plenty of RUMOUR! Click
  • 22.01.2014 - DRS 68002 Great shot by Max Joule of it outside the shed Click
  • 19.01.2014 - A shot of 68002 on the back of a low loader under cover Click
  • 15.01.2014 - DRS News Website. Click
  • 10.12.2013 - Check out the new livery. Click