The AC Locomotive Group

89001 at Barrow Hill after repainting into Inter City Swallow livery89001 at Barrow Hill in Inter City Swallow livery

The early part of the year saw the completion of the overhaul of 89001. The major remaining internal items, the Field Convertors and the Rheostatic Brake Stacks, were installed. The roof sections were reinstated, after cleaning and checking that everything seals correctly. The locomotive’s Field Battery has been rebuilt, using new cells. New brake blocks have been manufactured and fitted to the locomotive. The hydraulic Parking Brake system has been serviced and re-commissioned. The Brake Hoses and Buffer Beam mounted brake cocks have been replaced. The roof mounted equipment HV busbars have been re-instated; connecting the pantograph, overhaul Vacuum Circuit Breaker and new HV Cable Assembly. 

In February 86401 was sold to West Coast Railways.

89001 was moved on 30/04/2020 from Barrow Hill to Toton, where it received a new livery: Inter City Swallow. DC Rail Class 60 locomotive 60046 was used to provide the haulage. This was the 89's first excursion away from Barrow Hill since returning from Norwich in January 2006.

After repainting into Inter City Swallow livery, 89001 was hauled back from Toton to Barrow Hill on 13/10/2020 by DC Rail locomotive 60028. Whilst at Toton, replica "Avocet" and RSPB logo plates were added, along with replica Brush works plates.

89001 was moved, courtesy of Rail Operations Group, from Barrow Hill to the West Midlands Trains depot at Soho near Birmingham on 27/10/2020 for live testing. On 15/11/2020 89001's pantograph was raised onto a live wire for the first time in around 20 years - video here. A series of control system and power tests were then performed over the following months.