To be fair Colas Coal working class 66s had been very reliable, but such reliability was bound to fail sooner or later and on July 1st, it happened thankfully in somewhere easier to deal with. Stopping short of the signal at parkgate junction near Darlington was a shrewd move from the driver who stopped his train a locomotive lengths short of the protecting signal for Darlington north junction. Rather than take his class 66 and freight onto the mainline he failed it with lack of power. He summoned help, knowing that doing so he was blocking the line to Bishop Auckland. While Northern scrambeled buses to replace the Pacers normally running the service, DRS responded to the call for help with stelwart locomotive 37402, recently returned to traffic following an overhaul by HNRC. The latters work soon was evident when the English Electric powered machine arrived to rescue the GM successor of sorts. 37402 was atached to the train and then seen later at Snipe Lane, Darlington powering away with some flamboyance as much as tenacity to take the stricken 66 in tow and drag its train to York.
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