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The Les Ross Electric Locomotive
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The brummie radio presenter Less Ross has a Class-86 25kV/AC Electric Locomotive 86259 which is 50 years old in December 2015.
The loco was built in 1965 as No. E3137 and renumbered as 86045 in 1974. In 1975 it was renumbered 86259. It was named "Peter Pan" in 1979, then "Greater Manchester" in 1995 before being named "Les Ross in 2002, while being operated by Virgin West Coast services, in recognition of his 26 years as BRMB's breakfast show presenter .
It broke down in 2003 and was retired into storage until Les bought it in 2006. He restored it at Tyseley and put it into service in 2008. Earlier this year Les held a naming ceremony to return the name "Peter Pan" to his Loco, now it has two name plates with "Les Ross" mounted on one side and "Peter Pan" on the other. He tried to find the man who as a young boy gave it the name "Peter Pan" in the 1979 ceremony but as he couldn't be traced this years naming ceremony was carried out by the ten year son of one of the drivers.