Colas Rail 70804 and 70805 head through Leamington Spa Station on August 4, 2014. Photo: Peter Lovell

[UK] +7: Colas Rail to expand PowerHaul fleet

Colas Rail is set to expand its fleet with a further seven type PH37ACmi PowerHaul locomotives. On December 16, 2016, locos 70811 and 70812 (both in an advanced stage of completion) were out on test at the GE Transportation production facility in Erie. Delivery of all seven locomotives is scheduled to take place this year.

With the seven new locomotives, Colas Rail raises the number of PowerHaul locomotives in its fleet to 17. The first ten locomotives in the fleet were delivered to the UK-based operator in 2014. Other than locomotive 70801, the designated 70802-70810 were built and assembled in Erie by GE Transportation. The former was the first PowerHaul locomotive to be assembled by Turkey’s Tülomsaş as demonstrator locomotive DE 37001 / 70099.

Colas Rail 70804 and 70805 head through Leamington Spa Station on August 4, 2014. Photo: Peter Lovell

Colas Rail is one of two British freight operating companies (FOC) that have PowerHaul locomotives in their fleet. Freightliner Group ordered 30 locomotives in 2007, which made it the launch customer for UK-size PowerHaul locomotives. However, the Freightliner’s fleet comprises of only 19 locomotives as locomotive 70012 was dropped from a crane back into the hold of the ship and never delivered to Freightliner. Furthermore, delivery of the final 10 locomotives (70021-030) never materialized.

Having been delivered only recently, 70806 and 70807 run from Liverpool Seaforth to Bescot on May 1, 2014. Photo: William Hunt

Learn more about the Colas Rail Powerhaul locomotives on MainlineDiesels.net.

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