Metronet/ GB Railfreight FEA-S
FEA-S 640911 at Wellingborough - Photo by Gareth Bayer
As part of GB Railfreight’s contract with Metronet to provide wagons for use on the modernisation of the London Underground sub-surface lines, 22 FEA-S flats were acquired in 2006. Of these, the first four, 640901-904, were delivered in GBRf blue with the remainder arriving in an unmistakable yellow livery with both Metronet and Underground logos on the sides of the wagon spine. Of these, around two-thirds featured ‘Super Salmon’ flat modules as sported by a still clean 640911 when captured at Wellingborough on 12th June 2007. This and its accompanying wagons were stabled in front of the TransPlant FEA set (see here) on this date, the assorted lifting gantries and supporting structures visible in the photo belonging to these latter wagons.
FEA-S 640920 at Wellingborough - Photo by Alex Hall
The remaining Metronet-liveried FEA-S wagons were equipped with ‘Super Tench’ modules from new to the same design as carried by their GBRf sisters. Again finished in blue with orange door pillars, the resulting colour combination was certainly bright. 640920 is seen at Wellingborough on 17th May 2007, the nearby yard having been considerably modernised by GBRf specifically for the Metronet contract.
FEA-S 640907 at Belstead - Photo by Gareth Bayer
Following the collapse of Metronet and the conclusion of the Underground renewal programme, the batch of yellow FEA-S were absorbed into the GBRf fleet, becoming common user alongside their blue sisters. With their modules removed in many cases, the wagons have since found employment on both maritime and gypsum container traffic. Still carrying its Metronet and Underground logos, 640907 is seen at Belstead, near Ipswich, on 1st April 2015 in its new role.