West Coast Main Line veteran 25kV AC electric veterans Nos.86101 and 87002 at Carlisle Citadel station during the evening of 21st December 2011. The unusually warm winter conditions during late 2011 meant that they saw very limited use in their intended role as 'Ice Maidens'. Electric Traction Ltd (ETL) has supplied the electric locomotives to Network Rail for 'Icebreaker' duties during the winter period. Based at Carlisle and Crewe, 86101, 87002, 86701 and 86702 have all seen use: the locomotives work at night as required, usually between Carlisle, Motherwell, Preston and Crewe, clearing excess ice from the overhead wire. This reduces problems for electrically-hauled overnight freight services and early morning passenger services.
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