The incongruous sight of a brand new locomotive looking not unlike it’s been the victim of the cutter’s torch was the scene outside Brush’s Loughborough Works earlier this month.
‘Fugly’ 70018 was pictured without its engine in early June, it having been removed for repairs following a fire in April.
Scorched body paneling has also been removed giving the Class 70 a look more akin to a heavily stripped loco in the process of being scrapped.
70018 caught fire on April 5th 2012 near Basingstoke in Wallers Ash Loop while hauling the 4O27 container train.
It was followed later that month, on April 24th, by 70007 which caught fire near Bramley while hauling the 4O49.