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With the introduction of the new timetable in May 1974, the 'Electric Scots' service became operational on the West Coast Main Line. Virtually all trains, both passenger and freight, subsequently made use of this electrification, unlike the situation today where diesels seem now to prevail.

To promote this major service improvement, a duplicate 87001 was fabricated. However this full-size replica was made of wood. After being exhibited in the McLellan Galleries in Glasgow, the replica was displayed for some time on a barge on the river Clyde. The exhibit was watched over by a man in a rowing boat, as the barge was considered a hazard to navigation if it detached its moorings. The wooden replica 87001 remained in full view for some time.