With a recent renaissance in loco-hauled passenger trains, does the concept have a long-term future? PHILIP SHERRATT reports

Classic loco, classic livery: No 37424 Avro Vulcan XH558 leads the 14.55 Norwich to Lowestoft service past Thorpe St Andrew soon after departure, reflected in the still waters of the River Yare, on 22 December 2016. The loco, restored by Loram UK for DRS, had moved to East Anglia the previous week. Antony Guppy

The rolling stock landscape is constantly changing. While over 5,500 new carriages are on the way in the coming years, a number of operators have reverted to loco-haulage, chiefly to cover for a shortage of diesel units and to provide a short-term capacity boost.

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