DB Cargo UK (at the time still DB Schenker Rail UK) 66008 passes Oxford with an intermodal train on 3 December 2012. The loco is one of 10 locomotives that has now been sold to GB Railfreight. Picture by Peter Lovell.
On 15 December 2017, GB Railfreight announced that it had completed the purchase of ten Class 66 locomotives from DB Cargo UK. In August 2017, DB Cargo UK offered the locomotives for sale. It concerned: 66008, 66016, 66046, 66058, 66081, 66132, 66141, 66184, 66238 and 66250.
The locomotives have now been taken over by GB Railfreight, after a period of maintenance, technical checks, repairs and being tested on regular DB Cargo workings. Transfer of the ten locomotives to GBRf sites at Doncaster and Peterborough is planned to take place on 16, 17 and 18 December. The ten will also be renumbered soon, which will see them become 66780-66789 in sequence.