GBrf Class 73/9 73961 On Test At Rothley GCR

Yesterday my work took me to Rothley station on the Great Central Railway where amongst the Wednesday scheduled services they were testing one of GBrf’s newly rebuilt 73/9 Electro-diesels. Being rebuilt locally at Brush in Loughborough with an MTU 1,600 hp V8 engine replacing the 600 horsepower (447 kW) English Electric 4SRKT Mk II engine. The GCR with it’s 75mph test running speed limits being on Brush’s doorstep it’s a great place to catch up with stuff on test. Here are a couple of shots of 73961 coupled to Class 31 D5830 for insurance.

GBrf Class 73/9 73961 at Rothley (GCR)

GBrf Class 73/9 73961 at Rothley (GCR)

GBrf Class 73/9 73961 at Rothley (GCR)

GBrf Class 73/9 73961 at Rothley (GCR)

Also around was the partially built Project X Diesel Brake Tender (TOPS code RTV).

Diesel Brake Tender

Diesel Brake Tender

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