Class 89

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The unique Class 89 electric locomotive was built as a prototype for an intended fleet to be use on the East Coast Main line. However, British Rail decided to go for the Class 91 locomotive instead.

89001 did make one brief appearance in Scotland during testing on the West Coast main line.

On 8th October 1987, it worked 1X12 Crewe - Carstairs and return, hauling 13 coaches and performed a load test pushing a class 86 and six coaches from a stand on Beattock bank.

Although the 89001 did have two short spells in passenger use on the East Coast main line, it was restricted to working between London, Leeds and Bradford.


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