Europhoenix Limited is in the process of completing a deal to purchase the remaining HSBC Class 86/2 fleet. A total of 23 locomotives are to be included in the deal which will see several locomotives overhauled for use in Europe and the UK.
The fleet has been stored since withdrawal from frontline service in the UK three years ago, but following the sale for export of the similar Class 87 locomotives to Bulgaria for further use, considerable interest from Eastern and Western Europe has been shown towards the Europhoenix concept.
Locomotives will be overhauled in the UK to customer’s requirements prior to export or home use. Options include the fitting of dual pantographs, and other modifications to suit local regulations.