Le Shuttle Loco Pairings

The purpose of these Pages are to try and build up a record of the Channel Tunnel "Le Shuttle" locomotive pairings that were running on each day of operation. The idea stems from gaps in my own records and the thought that, by the nature of the operation, it can be quite difficult to confirm the identity of both the front and rear locos on a train you travel on. Yes, the "gen" can usually be obtained from staff at the terminal or on the train, but how often have you ended up with just one of the locos for your records, for whatever reason? Not that I would question the information given by the staff, but wouldn't it also be nice if you could also get independent confirmation of the identity of both locos on your journey? A trawl through the 'Net didn't throw up any such sources of gen (but if you know different then please let me know as I have no intentions to repeat anything already available on-line!) hence this attempt to gather together some of the gen that is "out there" in everyone's spotting/haulage records.

If these Pages develop like I envisage then you might be able to get that confirmation, or missing information for your own records, by checking the date(s) you travelled.

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The format I've adopted for the workings on each Page is as follows;

Train/time Loco(s) From Source Comments
[08.43 U-F] [9023] + 9007 GT OTS/PS  
19.xx F-U 9040 + 9004 GT PS/PS Train seen earlier in the morning, both locos PS.
On return journey 9004 was PS, 9040 was OTS.

Key :
Train/time : details if known. U=UK, F=France. Unconfirmed gen is in [ ]. CT = "Concession Time" (as used by Eurotunnel). Any other timings are in local time.
Loco(s) : the gen you have. If a loco is unconfirmed then it is shown thus : [9001]. In my records for example this is where the information was obtained verbally from a member of on-train staff during the journey and not verified by myself.
From : person who supplied the gen
Source : PS ~ personal sight, TS ~ terminal staff, OTS ~ on-train staff, O ~ other (please specify!)
Comments : self explanatory...

In the above example, outward I travelled on what I think was the 08.43 UK to France service (I don't record train details in my own records), I personally saw the rear loco was 9007 when we drove on but didn't see the front loco, it being got verbally from staff on the train...hence [9023] + 9007 ~ OTS/PS. Having seen 9004+9040 pass our train at the terminal on the outward journey, I saw 9004 as we boarded and on-train staff also told me the leading loco was 9040.

I am making, I hope, a reasonable assumption that a loco pairing is unlikely to change during a days operation, but maybe your records might reveal otherwise when put with the records of others! I'm not really trying to build up a record of what locos worked each service (way too much data!!) but simply what the pairings were on each day.

When sending your gen in (as I trust you will if you have any), please think about how you came by it - if you are now unsure then please say so and I will put the loco(s) down as unconfirmed, pending someone else confirming it/them. OK, over to you!

My first Le Shuttle trip - 9015 is seen on arrival into France, 18th March 1995

The "gen" providers

Page launched on : Sunday 14th December 2003

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