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Mainline Fleet on Class 1 Duties

Posted on 28th August 2015 03:40

Tuesday 25th August 2015 marked an AC Preservation landmark with both 86101 and 87002 operating Class 1 passenger services. 86101 worked the 1M11 Glasgow-Euston Sleeper whilst 87002 worked the 1S26 service in the opposite direction. Meanwhile 86401 operated ECS services (5S96) between Wembley and Euston.


86401 returns to the mainline

Posted on 6th August 2015 01:27

On 4th August 2015 86401 was taken on a test run from Willesden Depot to Watford and return. This journey marks a return to service for ‘401 and is the first time in 11 years that she has run under her own power in the mainline network. 86401 will shortly join 86101 and 87002 working Caledonian Sleeper ECS services.

86101 has recently stretched her legs working services on various duties in Scotland and 1M11 Glasgow Central-London Euston sleeper on 5th/6th August.

Due to a defect that will be repaired shortly 87002 is currently restricted to ECS services between Wembley and Euston.



ACLines 60 ready to download

Posted on 28th May 2015 06:58

The latest edition of the AC Locomotive Group's magazine, ACLines, is now available for download by members.

Please log on to the forum and member's download area via http://www.aclocogroup.co.uk/forum/login.php?redirect=../member.php


86401 departs Leicester TMD

Posted on 13th May 2015 03:38

86401 departs Leicester TMD

On 12 May a major milestone was reached in the rehabilitation of 86401, with the locomotive being moved from Leicester TMD to Wabtec - Brush Traction at Loughborough. Whilst at Leicester work undertaken on '401 included; bodywork repairs, re-flooring and rebuilding of the cabs, OTMR and GSM-R fitment, cleaning of all power, traction and control compartments, overhaul of all bogie dampers and brake gear, re-commissioning of the TDM multiple working system, new locomotive batteries and a full interior and underframe repaint.


Once at Loughborough 86401 will receive a repaint into Caledonian Sleeper livery.


The locomotive overhaul has seen its ‘Doncaster’ type single handle cab doors replaced with the more user friendly two handle type. As a result a pair of cab doors are available for purchase from the ACLG, please enquire via the ‘Contact Us’ page


Our thanks to UK Rail Leasing for hosting 86401.




87002 starts work on Caledonian Sleeper ECS Services

Posted on 31st March 2015 06:26

Caledonian Sleeper ECS workings commenced earlier this evening with 87002 working 0S95 from Willesden TMD to Wembley Intercity Depot. At Wembley the 87 will be attached to the rolling stock for the sleeper service and will then haul the empty stock to Euston station. 86101 is also available for service and will work ECS services in due course.





Restoration of 89001

Posted on 18th February 2015 12:20

Restoration of 89001

Following Electric Traction Limited (ETL) securing a locomotive hire contract, the profits from which will be used to fund the restoration of other AC locomotives, the AC Locomotive Group (ACLG) is pleased to announce that further works on the Class 89 will now go ahead.


Initially work will concentrate on the overhaul of traction motors 4-6 and the field convertors for motors 1,3, 4 and 6. These works will require the locomotive to be lifted from its bogies and the locomotive roof to be removed. Traction motors 1-3 and field convertors 2 & 5 have already been overhauled and will be reinstalled following the work on the other traction motors and field convertors.


Work to follow will include the removal and overhaul of the rheostatic braking units, the vacuum circuit breaker and re-commissioning of other systems on the locomotive. Removal of the ‘late in service’ fitted rain deflector strips should rectify several small corrosion problems on both cabs of the locomotive. At a convenient point in the works the locomotive will also receive a full repaint and rectification of bodywork cosmetic problems.


As the majority of the restoration work is of a heavy and specialist nature it will be undertaken by contractors with project management, etc. being undertaken by volunteers from the ACLG. Volunteers have undertaken regular work on the locomotive since its arrival at Barrow Hill as well as project managing the contractors used for motor and field convertor repairs to date. Volunteers are currently in the process of re-commissioning the field and control batteries.


A timescale for the work on the locomotive has not been set, ultimately it will be dependent on the condition of various components in the locomotive and the availability of suitable contractors. It is intended that the locomotive will be brought up to full 125mph operational standard such that it could be used on mainline operations.




Restoration of 82008 and 85006

Posted on 18th February 2015 12:17

Restoration of 82008 and 85006

The ongoing restoration of 85006 is currently focussed a number of items of cab equipment, the locomotive air systems and cosmetic work on  internal panels and covers.


82008 is the subject of some investigational work to assess the condition of its rectifier and the tap changer drive. Additionally some work has been undertaken on the auxiliary electrical systems with a view to running some of the cooling fans.



Electric Traction Limited to hire AC electric locomotives to GB Railfreight

Posted on 17th February 2015 07:51

Electric Traction Limited and GB Railfreight have been in negotiations over the provision of locomotives and today the following press release was released by ETL with the agreement of GBRF and Serco Caledonian Sleeper,

Electric Traction Limited to hire AC electric locomotives to GB Railfreight Ltd

Electric Traction Limited (ETL) is pleased to announce that it is to hire a number of AC electric locomotives to GB Railfreight Limited (GBRF). The locomotives will be used to move trains to and from London’s Euston station on behalf of Serco Caledonian Sleeper Limited. The locomotives being provided by ETL are from Classes 86 and 87, both classes of locomotive having previously been used by GBRF on a wide variety of duties.


The funds generated by ETL will be used to continue the restoration of locomotives from Classes 81, 82, 83, 85 and 89.



Ice Maiden Services 2014-15

Posted on 22nd December 2014 03:47

87002 is being used on Network Rail Ice Maiden services for winter 2014-15.


The operating arrangements for the Ice Maiden services are different for this winter with the locomotive being based at Mossend instead of Carlisle or Warrington. The Ice Maiden services will run on an ‘as required’ basis for approximately nine weeks. The Ice Maiden services are operated by GB Railfreight on behalf of Network Rail.



86101 returns to service

Posted on 22nd December 2014 03:34

Following the successful completion of a test run on 17 December 86101 has returned to service.


86101 has been out of service for nearly two years whilst repairs to rectify wheel flats and a major overhaul, equivalent to a G Exam, were completed. As part of the repairs the locomotive has been fitted with overhauled bogies and refurbished traction motors, a new pantograph and the installation of GSM-R cab-shore radio system in addition to other repairs.


Thanks to our volunteers and our industry partners for their help in returning 86101 to service.



ACLG Polo Shirts

Posted on 29th April 2014 02:05

Polo shirts embroidered with the ACLG logo are avaliable for £14.00(members) and £16.00 (non members) each (plus £3.50 p&p). Adult sizes M to XXL are available, please specify size when purchasing.  


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