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: 29 April 2022
NumberLiveryPoolNametextStatusDate StoppedReason
90017EWS Red and GoldWQCA Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMD October 2006Electrical Power and control equipment
90018DB RedWQABPride of BellshillTactical Stored at Crewe IEMD - Sold to FreightlinerAugust 2019Wheelsets & VCB
90019DB RedWEDCMultimodalOperational _
90020Unbranded Grand Central TrainsWEDC Operational
90021Malcolm Livery 100WEACDonald Malcolm Operational
90022Two Tone Grey with EWS bodyside stickerWQCAFreightconnectionTactical Stored at Crewe IEMD September 2006CXAM
90023EWS Red and GoldWQCA Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMD July 2005Wear & Tear
90024Malcolm LiveryWEAC Operational
90025Railfreight DistributionWQCA Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMD April 2004Wheelsets
90026Unbranded Grand Central TrainsWEDC Operational
90027Railfreight DistributionWQCAAllerton T&RS Depot Quality Approved Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMD August 2007Wear & Tear
90028DB RedWEDCSir William McAlpine Operational
90029Unbranded Grand Central TrainsWEDCOperational
90030EWS Red and GoldWQCACrewe Locomotive WorksTactical Stored at Crewe IEMD January 2006Wear & Tear.
90031EWS Red and GoldWQCAThe Railway Children Partnership Working For Street Children WorldwideTactical Stored at Crewe IEMD December 2007Wear & Tear
90032EWS Red and GoldWQCA Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMD February 2004Wheelsets
90033Railfreight DistributionWQCA 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
90037Db Red (Glider)WEACChristineOperational
90038Freightliner DistributionWQCA Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMDJuly 2005N/DEC
90039DB Black with ‘I am backbone of the economy’ logoWEDC Operational
90040DB RedWQAB Tactical Stored at Crewe IEMD - Sold to Freightliner May 2020Wheelsets


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

Last update: 07th June 2021
90003GW FreightlinerDFLC Operational
90004GW FreightlinerDFLC Operational
90005GW Freightliner DFLC Operational
90006GW Freightliner DFLCModern Railways Magazine/Roger Ford Operational
90007GW Freightliner DFLCSir John Betjeman Operational
90008GW Freightliner DFLC Operational
90009GW Freightliner DFLC Operational
90010GW Freightliner DFLC Operational
90011GW Freightliner DFLC Operational
90012GW Freightliner DFLC Operational
90013GW Freightliner DFLC Operational
90014GW FreightlinerDFLCOver the Rainbow Operational
90015GW FreightlinerDFLC Operational
90016Freightliner Racing Green and YellowDFLC Operational
90041Freightliner Racing Green and YellowDFLC Operational
90042Freightliner Powerhaul LiveryDFLC Operational
90043Freightliner Powerhaul LiveryDFLCFreightliner Coatbridge Operational
90044GW Freightliner DFLC Operational
90045Freightliner Powerhaul LiveryDFLC Operational
90046Freightliner Racing Green and YellowDFLC Operational
90047GW FreightlinerDFLC Operational
90048GW FreightlinerDFLC Operational
90049Freightliner Powerhaul LiveryDFLC Operational
90050Freightliner Grey with RFD BrandingDHLT Preserved at Crewe Heritage CentreDecember 2006Severe Fire Damage - Still owned by Freightliner

Locomotive Services Crewe

Class 90

Last update: 25th September 2020
90001Intercity SwallowLSLO Royal ScotOperational
90002Intercity SwallowLSLOWolf of Badenoch Operational

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