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The online magazine Railway Herald kindly published an article in their 15th February 2017 issue which I have reproduced elsewhere on the site (Miscellaneous/Positive Future).

In their 22nd February issue they made reference to 86 259 once again, with the following comments.

Railway Herald reported last issue that Class 86/2 No. 86 259, owned by Les Ross, has now been registered with the Rail Operations Group ("ROG"), in the hope that this could provide additional work for the locomotive.

That hope was fulfilled sooner than expected, when ROG Class 47/4 No. 47815 on a Wolverton Works to Allerton Class 319 transfer failed at Rugby on 15th February. With the driver of the '47' also being passed to work Class 86 locomotives, No. 86 259 was summoned as replacement traction, working throughout to Allerton. The employment did not end there however, as the loco was then employed to haul the translater vehicles, including the failed '47' to Glasgow Works, via a 36-hour layover at Carlisle Yard. On arrival, a further EMU set was transferred to Shields Road Depot, before the electrically-hauled consist headed back south to Wembley. The Class 86/2 was then expected to return to Rugby, but was stabled in the London area on 20th February having completed its first revenue earning workings for ROG, and more importantly giving Les Ross something to smile about.

The Class 47 locomotive was quickly repaired at Willesden however, working under its own power on 18th January (Surely you mean February? Webmaster) to Slade Green Depot in South London, before hauling Class 465/9 No. 465932 north that afternoon, to Wabtec Rail at Doncaster for refurbishment.