|Photo: Charles Moorhen|
The Silk Road train locomotive came to Northampton on the 9th April 2017 when DB Schenker Class 66136 locomotive passed through the railway station with a rake of empty container trucks heading for London to take part in an extremely momentous occasion.
The following day the Class 66 locomotive, resplendent in its bright red livery with the words, 'FIRST LONDON - YIWU TRAIN', across its cab front, left the terminal at Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, for Zhejiang province, eastern China.
The locomotive was pulling 30 containers that carried such British goods as soft drinks, vitamins and baby products.
The journey will take 17 days to complete. After passing through the Channel Tunnel it will pass through seven countries - France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.
The journey is part of China's "one belt, one road" programme aimed at reviving the ancient Silk Road trade routes with the West, dating back more than 2,000 years.
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Class 66761 Locomotive Named In Ceremony at Wensleydale Railway
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