86259 returns, Autumn 2015
Recent late September jaunts behind 321's in their last days locally took me past Willesden depot several times. In darkness and with the
mild weather the depot doors were open at the South end. On the far road were weathered Anglia 86246 and immaculate
86259. The crane had 86246 lifted presumably for bogie removal.
86259's wheel set/bogie problems have seen a "fallow year" for the loco since her last ECML tour in October 2014.
It appears from owner Les Ross's superb website that 86246 is to donate her bogie to 86259 with the hope of
the loco working the Cumbrian Mountain Express tour from Euston on October 17th. To celebrate the locos
50th birthday 86259 should see her getting her named "Peter Pan" (we used to call her "Peter Can!") on one side only
at Tyesley open day on October 24/25th 2015. We wish Les some good fortune in October 2015...
Test runs expected 7 Oct WN-Watford, 8 Oct WN - Rugby, Ta to "RC" for gen...
When working the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express tours in 2012/3/4 it seems 86259 was the most photographed
"can" on the WCML.
86259 phot selection
on the 1710 Euston - Wolves on September 4th 2002. She lost her "Peter Pan" nameplates in Oct 95 for the catchy "Greater
Manchester the life & soul of Britain".. She was renamed "Les Ross" on September 27th 2002 whilst still a Virgin operated machine.
2015 UPDATE - 86259 made 2 successful
test runs on October 7 and 9.,
86 259 then hauled the Cumbrian Mountain Express on October 17, and was then re-named 'Peter Pan' at Tyesley on October 24/25
to celebrate the loco's 50th birthday ! Named “Peter Pan” on one side only, with “Les Ross” plate remaining on the other side.
86259 returned safely from Tyesley to Willesden on November 11th 2015.
all hope for a more positive year in 2016 for Les and 86259
Pleased to include a scene of 86259 back on the Cumbrian Mountain Express on October 17th 2015..