First look: Class 68 in TPE colours

Photo: TPE.

TransPennine Express (TPE) has issued the first photo of one of its newly liveried Class 68 locomotives.

TPE is leasing 14 Class 68 locos from Direct Rail Services (DRS) to haul its fleet of Mark 5A coaches.

The loco-hauled trains will operate intercity services between Liverpool and Newcastle.

All of the Class 68s are due to be in service by late 2018/early 2019, a TPE spokesman said.

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