Class 68 diesel train journey raises more than £10,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

Grant and Helen Dolling with their son Joshua at Ely Railway Station. The family benefitted from the

Grant and Helen Dolling with their son Joshua at Ely Railway Station. The family benefitted from the services provided by East Anglia's Children's Hospices and was invited to join a landmark final journey in East Anglia of two Class 68 diesel locomotives. Picture: Courtesy Jonathan Denby - Credit: Archant

The final appearance of two state-of-the-art locomotives on East Anglian tracks has raised more than £10,000 for a children's charity.

The Class 68 diesel trains, which are the newest diesel-electric engines in the country, have been a regular sight in the region for the past 15 months, covering for a locomotive undergoing long-term repairs since last summer.

The locomotives were 'top and tailed' with Greater Anglia carriages for Saturday's journey, with about 120 rail enthusiasts paying a premium to be part of the historic journey. Proceeds from the trip from Norwich to Liverpool Street and back will be donated to East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

MORE: Off they go! Landmark journey for Class 68 diesel locomotives gets underway from Norwich Railway StationGrant and Helen Dolling with their son Joshua, who have benefitted from EACH's services, were special guests, joining the train at Ely.

The Class 68 locomotive weigh about 85 tonnes each and have a top speed of 100mph.


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