Direct Rail Services has started trials of a staff train, aimed at reducing traffic congestion at Sellafield.
The week day service from Carlisle will be made up of three reserved carriages for Sellafield workers and one additional carriage for members of the public hauled by a class 37. After Sellafield, all carriages will be made available to the public through to Barrow.
In a further development DRS has ordered 15 new diesel locomotives. The Vossloh Espana Eurolight UK locomotives will be based on the Eurolight locomotive and will be built in Spain. The locos have a 3750hp Caterpillar c175 engine and ABB AC traction equipment and a top speed of 100 mph.