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There were plans for 2 66 style locos to act as thunderbirds in emergancies, but not sure whats happened with that plan now.

If its just got a problem then it can probably 'limp' somewhere out the way where it can be rescued later on (After all it should have plenty of power to move it even if 1 half set is dead). OHLE faults tend to be rare so not sure what they would do in that case (Allthough i think they may still have the barrier vehicles so it could be dragged in an emergancy by a 66 or pair of 67s).
 

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Ah yes - They sent a copule of the diesels to assist to drag it out the tunnel but those failed en route i think (If thats the right incident i'm thinking off???).

PS: The diesels i am referring to are those which are designed to work in the tunnel on engineers trips and don't venture out of the channel tunnel operating area.
 

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The no go of dedicated thunderbirds would all most certainly have been the cost - 2 locos built to essentially a different design from everything else would be costly just because they would be specialist and the odds of another company ordering any would be slim.

QUOTE These are the ones you're talking about.

EuroTunnel diesel.

Yes those are the ones i was on about - They were built specially for the tunnel by the sounds of things (Small bit of info here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurotunnel_Class_0001 ).
 

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QUOTE (Oakydoke @ 26 Nov 2007, 16:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Although Pendolinos don't work in multiple, I'm sure a test was conducted where a Pendolino rescued another (simulated dead) Pendolino successfully.
I think they did this on the Lake District section of the WCML, presumably as a worst case scenario.
It happened 3 or 4 years ago and was widely reported in the Rail press at the time.

I'm not sure on the exact location but yes, Virgin did perform a test with a Pendolino rescuing a Pendolino (Which had been filled with bottled water to simulate a normal load).
 
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