Another reprieve for the class 87's on the WCML came about when GBRF gained a rolling contract with the Royal Mail. The service made use of the fairly new but redundant RM owned class 325's but again as a result of being out of service for a long period the units needed works attention with motor vehicles being taken out of service for overhaul. As a result GBRF took a number of 87's on lease from Porterbrook to drag the units minus their motor coaches. In this image 87026 is pictured again nearly two years to the day after earlier shot (further up the page) taken at Crewe, now minus its nameplates and looking in need of some cosmetic attention it is pictured passing Cathiron on 28th April 2006 with the 1S96 Willesden Railnet - Shieldmuir mail. This was to have been the Class 87's last few weeks of regular operation on these services as the motor vehicles where added to the 325 sets.
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