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Class 66 66713 'Forest City' on display at Crewe Works open day on 1 June 2003. This locomotive is one of 17 operated by FirstGBRf.

FirstGBRf is a British freight train operating company. Formerly called GB Railfreight, it became part of FirstGroup when they acquired its parent company, GB Railways.

It is currently the largest British-owned freight operator on the British network. It has several bases including Peterborough and March: a great deal of the First GBRf business is centred on East Anglia and the southern metals.


Fleet Usage

The Class 08 shunters are used for shunting work in the FirstGBRf depots.

The Class 66 fleet sees use on the main freight flows and the five Metronet liveried 66's are also employed on London Underground maintenance. First GBRf Class 66s were also hired to Fastline Freight to operate their coal flows until their own Class 66's had been delivered.

FirstGBRf use their small class 73 fleet in the south on engineering trains and other work such as ECS moves for passenger operators.

The Class 325 fleet is used for Royal Mail trains from London to the North and mostly run under their own power; however, during engineering work or due to unit failure they can be seen being hauled both by diesel and electric locomotives[1].


The company operates several different types of freight traffic.

GBRf also operate the longest intermodal service to and from the Port Of Felixstowe on thier night and morning Hams Hall services. Currently this stands at 26 FEA wagons.

Fleet details

Class Image Type Introduced Fleet Size Wheel Arr/Cars In Set Numbers
Class 08 British Rail Class 08 Shunter - 08911 - National Railway Museum - York - 2005-10-15.jpg Shunter 1953 2 0-6-0 08451/885
Class 66 66713 'Forest City' at Crewe Works.jpg Diesel locomotive 2002 32 Co-Co 66701-732
Class 73 73201 at Clapham Junction.JPG Electro-diesel locomotive 1966 7 Bo-Bo 73141, 73203-209, 73212-213
Class 325 325016-Crewe-01.jpg Electric multiple unit (EMU) 1996 16 4-car 325001-325016


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