Why doesn't this happen on a regular basis?
Because a GOL cab is very second rate compared to a NR or 93. We have a best cab leads policy, unless extreme circumstances warrant a temporary solution as you saw yesterday.
I do admit as an enthusiast I'm getting mighty sick of seeing an NR/93 lead a PN freight. & GSR services, MP5 yesterday would've been a 1 in 1000 shot, a real Kodak moment.
G'day all, Spotted a loco outside Bluebird Rail at IslingtonEL61 was repainted at Bluebird Rail back in june as seen below
Painted in Grey undercoat and looking a lot like an NEW RL!!!
Is this the infamous RL308???
EL61 was repainted at Bluebird Rail back in june as seen below
so most likely the loco seen is one of EL61 sisters.
RL308 remains were scrapped at the beginning of the year.
The unknown locomotive that was sighted was a EL class at AHSC being overhauled and repainted.
Got to love gunzel speculation..