THE FIRST container train from China to the UK left Yiwu in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, south east of Shanghai on 1 January (‘Europeview’, last month). It arrived to a VIP welcome, including Chinese lion dancers and TV crews from around the world, at DB’s London Eurohub terminal in Barking (the old Ripple Lane motive power depot site) on schedule on 18 January. As the Eurohub site is not electrified, the arriving train headed by No 92015 was propelled into the site by diesel loco No 66136. Both locos were exceptionally clean and had ‘Yiwu-London’ vinyls.

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