Class 90

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DBS provided Class 90 traction until 2015 for the Caledonian Sleeper which operates between Edinburgh/Glasgow Central and London Euston, and also freight services on the WCML.

Lowland Sleeper Photo by paa

Two Class 90s operate the Glasgow Sleeper, one north and one south. The Glasgow to Euston Sleeper has vehicles added at Carstairs, from Edinburgh. The Northbound detaches the Edinburgh coaches at Carstairs also.

One Class 90 operates the ECS from Polmadie to Edinburgh, then hauls the Edinburgh portion to Carstairs to join the Glasgow portion, as mentioned above. The loco waits at Carstairs to take the Edinburgh portion off the Glasgow Sleeper, going north. After arrival back at Edinburgh, the 90 works the beds back to Polmadie.

The other 2 Class 90 locos operate the Inverness/Aberdeen/Fort William Sleeper between Euston and Edinburgh. One Northbound and one Southbound. During the day one of the 90s can usually be found stabled in the old motorail bay at Edinburgh.

Up until the end of Schenker's sleeper contract, a dedicated fleet of 5 Class 90 locomotives were used on the Sleeper and three Class 90s have been painted into Barbie livery.

Their role on sleepers have mainly been taken by the Class 92s, however, this can be 50/50 split nowadays and Freightliner owned 90s on hire to GBRF can still be seen appearing on duties, including ECS.

Last update: 08th March 2020
NumberLiveryPoolNameStatusDate StoppedReason
90017EWS Red and GoldWQBA Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMD October 2006Electrical Power and control equipment
90018DB RedWEDCPride of BellshillOperational
90019DB RedWEDCMultimodalOperational
90020Grand Central TrainsWEDCCollingwoodOperational
90021First ScotrailWQAA Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMDJanuary 2016 Bogie Change Required & Painting & Collision Repairs. Under repairs for return to service
90022Two Tone Grey with EWS bodyside stickerWQBAFreightconnectionTactical Stored at Crewe IEMD September 2006CXAM
90023EWS Red and GoldWQBA Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMD July 2005Wear & Tear
90024Malcolm LiveryWQAB Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMDJanuary 2019 Electrical Fault
90025Railfreight DistributionWQBA Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMD April 2004Wheelsets
90026Grand Central TrainsWEDC Operational
90027Railfreight DistributionWQBAAllerton T&RS Depot Quality Approved Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMD August 2007Wear & Tear
90028DB RedWEDCSir William McAlpine Operational
90029Grand Central TrainsWEDCOperational
90030EWS Red and GoldWQBACrewe Locomotive WorksTactical Stored at Crewe IEMD January 2006Wear & Tear. Under repair for return to service
90031EWS Red and GoldWQBAThe Railway Children Partnership Working For Street Children WorldwideTactical Stored at Crewe IEMD December 2007Wear & Tear
90032EWS Red and GoldWQBA Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMD February 2004Wheelsets
90033Railfreight DistributionWQBA Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMD - been stripped for spares, and to be scrapped April 2005N/DEC
90034DRS Blue with DB StickersWEDC Operational
90035DB RedWEAC Operational
90036DB RedWEDCDriver Jack Mills Operational
90037EWS Red and GoldWEDCSpirit of DagenhamOperational
90038Freightliner DistributionWQBA Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMDJuly 2005N/DEC
90039EWS Red and GoldWEDC Operational
90040DB RedWEAC Operational


Class 90s operate some Freightliner services between Coatbridge and Crewe.

They also supply locomotives for GBrF for Caledonian Sleeper

Last update: 27th November 2017
90016Freightliner Racing Green and YellowDFLC Operational
90041Freightliner Racing Green and YellowDFLC Operational
90042Freightliner Powerhaul LiveryDFLC Operational
90043Freightliner Powerhaul LiveryDFLCFreightliner Coatbridge Operational
90044Two Tone Grey with Freighliner Red Triangle Branding DFLC Operational
90045Freightliner Powerhaul LiveryDFLC Operational
90046Freightliner Racing Green and YellowDFLC Operational
90047Two Tone Grey with Freighliner Red Triangle BrandingDFLC Operational
90048Two Tone Grey with Freighliner Red Triangle BrandingDFLC Operational
90049Freightliner Powerhaul LiveryDFLC Operational
90050Freightliner Grey with RFD BrandingMBEL Tactical Stored at Crewe Basford Hall - To be scrapped in 2017December 2006Severe Fire Damage

90045 & 90046 ยป 90045 & 90046 stabled in Waverley on 17/08/2018 Photo by PIERSHILL2001