Direct Rail Services (DRS) is selling off heritage locomotives and carriages as it modernises its fleet.

The sale will see all the Class 20s, which were DRS’s first engines and have been with the company for over 25 years, sold, as well as a selection of their Class 37s, 57s, and MK2 coaches. There will also be a selection of Class 20, Class 57 and MK2 coach parts available to purchase.

This is the first in a series of locomotive sales which will see a further number of the Class 37s and Class 57s up for sale in the future.

The items will be offered for sale through an online competitive bidding process. You can find the full list on the website –

Bidders will need to register on the website and use the reference 13740 to download the tender documents.

The process will run until midday on Thursday 11 November and marks a new chapter in the company’s rich history as it pushes for lower carbon options and the use of their modern engines.

Chris Connelly, NTS Deputy CEO and Rail Director, said: “This is an important first step for DRS as we look at our fleet and our plans for the future.

“The Class 20s are really special engine to us, having been with us from the start, but things move on and a modern, dynamic rail freight operator needs a modern fleet to match our ambitions.

“This is the first phase and there will be more Class 37s and some 57s offered in the future as we move towards our net carbon zero ambitions.”


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