UK-based DB Schenker Rail has unveiled plans to upgrade five Class 92 locomotives for European rail freight services on High Speed 1.

The locomotives, which operate in the UK and on the Channel Tunnel, are the only rail freight locomotives currently approved to operate on the High Speed 1 rail route.

Under the plan, special signalling equipment is being installed in each of the five Class 92 locomotives, enabling them to work with the new signalling systems on High Speed 1.

DB Schenker Rail is planning to introduce regular European-sized rail freight services on High Speed 1 by the third quarter of this year.

The introduction of rail freight services onto High Speed 1 has been supported by the European Commission’s Marco Polo programme.