British Rail Class 67
|British Rail Class 67|
|Builder||Meinfesa: Alstom, Valencia, Spain|
|Gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Wheel diameter||965 mm (3 ft 2.0 in)|
|Minimum curve||75 m (3.7 ch)|
|Wheelbase||bogie wheelbase : 2.80 m (9 ft 2 in)
bogie pivots : 11.63 m (38 ft 2 in)
|Length||19.71 m (64 ft 8 in)|
|Width||2.71 m (8 ft 11 in)|
|Height||3.93 m (12 ft 11 in)|
|Locomotive weight||88–90 tonnes (87–89 long tons; 97–99 short tons)|
|Fuel capacity||5,300 L (1,200 imp gal; 1,400 US gal) / 4,927 L (1,084 imp gal; 1,302 US gal) / 5460 litres[contradiction]|
|Prime mover||EMD 12N-710G3B-EC|
|Traction motors||EMD D43FM|
|Multiple working||with UK classes 59, 66 AAR system|
|Maximum speed||Design speed : 200 km/h (124 mph)|
|Power output||Engine: 3,200 bhp (2,386 kW) @ 900rpm
At rail: 2,500 hp (1,864 kW)
|Tractive effort||Maximum: 144 kN (32,000 lbf)
Continuous: 92 kN (20,700 lbf) @ 75km/h
|Train heating||Electric Train Supply (index: 66 / 330 kW)|
|780 kN (78 long tons-force)|
|Number(s)||67001 - 67030|
|Nicknames||Skips, Buckets, Cyclops|
|Axle load class||Route availability 8|
|Current owner||Angel Trains|
|Sources: except where noted|
The Class 67 locomotives are a class of Bo-Bo diesel electric mainline locomotives which were built for the English, Welsh and Scottish Railway between 1999 to 2000 by Alstom at Meinfesa in Valencia, Spain with drive components (engine and transmission) from General Motors Diesel.
EMD's designation for this locomotive type is JT 42HW-HS.
Design, testing and introduction
Thirty locomotives were ordered in a £45million contract split between Alstom and General Motors. for use by the English, Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS) as Class 47 replacements for use on high-speed mail trains and passenger trains. The locomotives were obtained on a 15 year lease from Angel Trains.
The bodyshell is a monocoque load bearing Alstom design, the bogies are an "H" frame Alstom design, The engine, traction motors and control electronics are GM-EMD products, and the same as used in the British Rail Class 66. Unlike the Class 66, the traction motors are frame mounted rather than axle hung to reduce unsprung mass and the gear ratio is increased allowing higher speeds. The cab design has a central driving position.
The locomotives are able to supply electric head end power for passenger train heating and air-conditioning, and are equipped for buffer and screw coupling and also coupling via a buckeye coupler attached on a swing arm mount.
High speed running tests were undertaken with 67002 starting at Alstom's facility at La Sagra (Toledo, Spain) and running on the standard gauge Madrid-Toledo high-speed rail line, a top speed of 143 miles per hour (230 km/h) was obtained.
The first locomotive to be delivered was 67003, which arrived in October 1999. Initially plans were for a rapid acceptance into service, but problems with the locomotives being slightly out of loading gauge caused delays. Acceptance trials began in December, and all 30 units had been delivered to the UK by early 2000.
The high axle load of the locomotive caused an initial speed restriction to 110 mph (177 km/h) and modifications to the bogies were required; locomotive 67023 was passed for 125 mph (201 km/h) running in July 2001, all 30 units had been modified by June 2003.
The locomotives have since been used by ScotRail on the Caledonian Sleeper on non electrified lines north of Edinburgh, as Thunderbird rescue locomotives for failed trains on the East Coast Main Line, on some freight trains,and are hired for use on chartered tourist trains. Two units were assigned to, and received special liveries for use with the Royal Train from 2003, a third unit had a commemorative jubilee livery applied for use with the Royal Train during the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012.
Chiltern Railways began using ex Wrexham & Shropshire Class 67 hauled passenger sets in December 2010, in September 2011 after improvements to the Chiltern Line infrastructure, Chiltern began running a 100 mph (160 km/h) service from London to Birmingham branded Mainline using Class 67 powered sets.
As at February 2014 the status of the fleet was:
|67001||Arriva Trains Wales Blue|
|67002||Arriva Trains Wales Blue|
|67003||Arriva Trains Wales Blue|
|67004||EWS Maroon & Gold||Post Haste|
|67005||Royal Claret||Queen's Messenger|
|67006||Royal Claret||Royal Sovereign|
|67007||EWS Maroon & Gold|
|67008||EWS Maroon & Gold|
|67009||EWS Maroon & Gold|
|67010||Chiltern Mainline Silver & Grey|
|67011||EWS Maroon & Gold|
|67012||Chiltern Mainline Silver & Grey||A Shropshire Lad|
|67013||Chiltern Mainline Silver & Grey||Dyfrbont Pontcysyllte|
|67014||Chiltern Mainline Silver & Grey||Thomas Telford|
|67015||Chiltern Mainline Silver & Grey||David J Lloyd|
|67016||EWS Maroon & Gold|
|67017||EWS Maroon & Gold||Arrow|
|67018||DB Schenker Red||Keith Heller|
|67019||EWS Maroon & Gold|
|67020||EWS Maroon & Gold|
|67021||EWS Maroon & Gold|
|67022||EWS Maroon & Gold|
|67023||EWS Maroon & Gold|
|67024||EWS Maroon & Gold|
|67025||EWS Maroon & Gold||Western Star|
|67026||Jubilee Silver||Diamond Jubilee|
|67027||DB Schenker Red|
|67028||EWS Maroon & Gold|
|67029||DB Schenker Silver||Royal Diamond|
|67030||EWS Maroon & Gold|
Liveries and namings
The locomotives were initially painted in EWS's maroon and yellow livery. In 2003 67005 and 67006 replaced the two previous Class 47 locomotives hauling the Royal Train. These were repainted in the Royal Claret colour, and named Queen's Messenger and Royal Sovereign in February 2004 and February 2005, respectively.
In October 2004, 67029 was repainted silver to haul the EWS Company Train. On 12 October 2007, 67029 was named Royal Diamond at Rugeley Trent Valley railway station, in honour of the 60th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
In 2008, 67012–67015 were repainted in Wrexham & Shropshire's silver and grey livery. In 2008, these were named A Shropshire Lad (3 July), Dyfrbont Pontcysyllte (9 July), Thomas Telford (14 July) and David J Lloyd (16 May), respectively. These were joined by 67010 in March 2009.
In January 2010, 67018 was repainted into DB Schenker red livery with a maple leaf and named Keith Heller at the National Rail Museum. in honour of the Canadian-born former EWS and DB Schenker UK chairman.
In March 2012, 67026 received a silver livery, union flag and Diamond Jubilee logo for use during the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II celebrations, being named Diamond Jubilee by Queen Elizabeth II on 23 March at London Victoria Station.
- The Israel Railways JT 42BW and RENFE Class 333.3 are a similar design
- Vossloh Euro 4000 - Related locomotives built at the same factory (former Alstom Valencia plant)
References and sources
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- "67 - GM Diesel Electric Locomotive". www.angeltrains.co.uk. Angel Trains. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
- "Technical". the67depot.webs.com. The 67 Depot.
- "Class 67 Diesel Photo Gallery - Class Info". www.class67.co.uk. The Class 67 Diesel Photo Web Site / Colin Birch.
- Waller, Mike (December 2010), "Skips for Hire", p.14
- The Railway magazine, Volume 150. IPC Business Press. 2004. p. 12.
- "Class 67". www.therailwaycentre.com. The RailwayCentre.Com Ltd.
- Gareth McMurray. "rolling stock : class 67". www.thejunction.org.uk. Archived from the original on 11 November 2009.
- "EWS completes 125mph locomotive upgrade programme". www.ews-railway.co.uk. EWS. 26 June 2003. Archived from the original on 23 February 2004.
- Charlie Hume. "North Wales Coast Railway: Class 67". www.nwrail.org.uk.
- "Mail trains to be scrapped". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC News. 6 June 2003.
- Butcher, Louise (13 Apr 2010). "Railways: Royal Mail services, 2003-". House of Commons Library.
- Julian Holland (2007). Amazing and Extraordinary Railway Facts. David & Charles. p. 81.
- "New Royal Train locomotive unveiled". www.ews-railway.co.uk. EWS. 18 February 2004. Archived from the original on 1 October 2006.
- "HM The Queen names dedicated Royal Train locomotive at Bristol". www.ews.railway.co.uk. EWS. 25 February 2005. Archived from the original on 1 October 2006.
- "DB Schenker Allocate a Third Locomotive for Diamond Jubilee Royal Train Use". Rail.co.uk. Atos IT Services UK Limited. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
- "Royal Train starts its Diamond Jubilee tour with specially commissioned locomotive". www.rail.dbschenker.co.uk. DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd. 23 March 2012.
- Chris Milner (26 January 2011). "Wrexham & Shropshire to cease operation". www.railwaymagazine.co.uk. The Railway Magazine.
- Gareth Bayer (14 December 2010). "Chiltern commences Birmingham loco-hauled". www.railexpress.co.uk. Rail Express.
- "Chiltern introduces its new 'Mainline' timetable". Railway Herald (282): 4. 5 September 2011.
- "Chiltern Railways Launch 'Mainline' Silver Service Between London, Banbury and Birmingham". www.rail.co.uk. 2011.
- Clark, Rhodri (May, 2012). "Class 67 haulage in Wales". Modern Railways, p. 84.
- Class 67 Scotrail
- Rail Magazine (499): 22. 27 October 2004.
- Rail Magazine (577): 17. 24 October 2007.
- News Archive March 2008 wnxx.com
- News Archive April 2008 wnxx.com
- Rail Magazine (597): 68. 30 July 2008.
- News Archive March 2009 wnxx.com
- "First DB-Schenker liveried Class 67 named Keith Heller". Railway Herald (208): 4. January 2010.
- Derek Porter. "Old Pictures of the Day - October 2011". www.therailwaycentre.com. Picture of the Day 6 October 2011.
- Fox, Peter; Hall, Peter; Pritchard, Robert (2004). British Railways Locomotives & coaching stock 2004. Sheffield: Platform 5. ISBN 1-902336-39-9.
- Waller, Mike (December 2010). "Skips for Hire". The Marlow Donkey (131). Marlow & District Railway Society. pp. 13–16., some minor inaccuracies in article
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