The restoration 89001 took a major step forward today, 15 November 2020, with the locomotive's pantograph being raised on to an energised 25kV overhead wire for the first time in 20 years and the first time in the ownership of the AC Locomotive Group.

The locomotive systems were energised and checked by our Engineers before the locomotive moved (a short distance) under its' own power for the first time in our ownership.

Our thanks to West Midlands Trains for hosting the 89 while we undertake this testing.

A video of the 89 testing can be seen at https://youtu.be/Gf6Ms2OyrE4