The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) and DB Cargo UK Ltd are pleased to announce a three year agreement to operate steam hauled charter trains in the U.K.
Commencing in 2023, and to run for an initial three-year period with options for further extensions, the agreement will see DB Cargo UK operate 'The Aberdonian' charter services to Aberdeen from Edinburgh and Glasgow. These trains will use new build A1 class steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado. The agreement also allows for other charter train operations between the partners across the network from Cornwall to the north of Scotland.
Additionally, in the near future, upon completion, the brand new P2 class locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales will also feature, and the agreement covers the initial testing and commissioning of this new steam locomotive.
Commenting on the new agreement, A1SLT Chairman, Steve Davies MBE, said, "We are pleased to reach agreement with DB Cargo UK to operate 'The Aberdonian' trains for the next three years. This agreement protects our core operation, whilst also allowing flexibility with other routes and operators. It also recognises the key activity that will follow completion of P2, Prince of Wales, in around two years' time".
Richard Corser, DB Cargo UK Account Manager Special Trains welcomed the agreement and added, "DB Cargo UK are pleased to continue our relationship with A1SLT and will be undertaking significant training to ensure the success of this agreement. We successfully helped test and commission Tornado in 2008 and look forward to undertaking the same tasks for new build steam locomotive Prince of Wales".