British Rail Class 67

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British Rail Class 67
67016 at Kings Cross.jpg
67016 in EWS livery at King's Cross station
in June 2008
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Meinfesa: Alstom, Valencia, Spain
Model JT-42-HWHS
Build date 1999–2000
Total produced 30
Configuration Bo-Bo
UIC classification Bo'Bo'
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 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)[1] / 4,927 L (1,084 imp gal; 1,302 US gal)[2] / 5460 litres[3][contradiction]
Prime mover EMD 12N-710G3B-EC
Alternator EMD AR9AC6HEX
Traction motors EMD D43FM
Multiple working Yes
Performance figures
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)[citation needed]
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)[4]
Locomotive brake Electropneumatic
780 kN (78 long tons-force)
Operator(s) DB Schenker
Number(s) 67001–67030
Nicknames Skips, Buckets, Cyclops
Axle load class Route availability 8
Current owner Angel Trains[2]
Sources:[1][3] except where noted

The Class 67 locomotives are a class of Bo-Bo diesel electric mainline locomotives which were built for the English Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS) between 1999 to 2000 by Alstom at Meinfesa in Valencia, Spain with drive components (engine and transmission) from General Motors' Electro Motive Diesel division.

EMD's designation for this locomotive type is JT 42HW-HS.[5]


67003 in Arriva Trains Wales blue livery at Holyhead station in August 2012
67005 in Royal Train livery at King's Cross station in September 2008
67015 in Wrexham & Shropshire livery at Marylebone station in September 2008
67018 in DB Schenker livery at Paignton station in May 2010

Design, testing and introduction[edit]

Thirty locomotives were ordered in a £45million contract split between Alstom and Electro Motive Diesel.[6] for use by the EWS as Class 47 replacements for use on high-speed Royal Mail trains and passenger trains.[7] The locomotives were obtained on a 15 year lease from Angel Trains.[7]

The bodyshell is a monocoque load bearing Alstom design,[7][8] the bogies are an "H" frame Alstom design,[7] 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.[7] The cab design has a central driving position.[8]

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.[8]

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,[8] a top speed of 143 miles per hour (230 km/h) was obtained.[7]

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[7] caused delays. Acceptance trials began in December, and all 30 units had been delivered to the UK by early 2000.[8]

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,[9] all 30 units had been modified by June 2003.[10]


Initially the class were used primarily on mail trains.[11] In June 2003 EWS lost the Royal Mail mail train contract, with services diminishing to complete cessation in March 2004.[12][13]

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.[9][11] Two units were assigned to, and received special liveries for use with the Royal Train from 2003,[9][14] a third unit had a commemorative jubilee livery applied for use with the Royal Train during the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012.[15]

Five locomotives were also dedicated to Wrexham & Shropshire's services until it ceased operating in January 2011.[16]

Chiltern Railways began using ex Wrexham & Shropshire Class 67 hauled passenger sets in December 2010,[17] 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.[18][19]

In March 2012 Arriva Trains Wales began the lease of three Class 67s from DB Schenker to replace its Class 57s on its North-South Wales Premier Service.[20]

In March 2015, 67004 was re-painted and re-named. This is to be used on the Serco Caledonian Sleeper contract for the next 15 years. [21]

Status table[edit]

Number Name Livery Operator Status
67001 Arriva blue Arriva Trains Wales Operational
67002 Arriva blue Arriva Trains Wales Operational
67003 Arriva blue Arriva Trains Wales Operational
67004 Carin Gorm Caledonian Sleeper blue Serco Operational
67005 Queen's Messenger Royal claret DB Schenker Operational
67006 Royal Sovereign Royal claret DB Schenker Operational
67007 EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational
67008 EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational
67009 EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational
67010 Caledonian Sleeper blue Serco Operational
67011 EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational
67012 A Shropshire Lad Chiltern Mainline silver Chiltern Railways Operational
67013 Dyfrbont Pontcysyllte Chiltern Mainline silver Chiltern Railways Operational
67014 Thomas Telford Chiltern Mainline silver Chiltern Railways Operational
67015 David J Lloyd Chiltern Mainline silver Chiltern Railways Operational
67016 EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational
67017 Arrow EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational
67018 Keith Heller DB Schenker red with maple leaf DB Schenker Operational
67019 EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational
67020 EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational
67021 EWS Maroon & Gold DB Schenker Operational
67022 EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational
67023 EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational
67024 EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational
67025 Western Star EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational
67026 Diamond Jubilee Jubilee Silver DB Schenker Operational
67027 DB Schenker red DB Schenker Operational
67028 EWS Maroon & Gold DB Schenker Operational
67029 Royal Diamond DB Schenker silver DB Schenker Operational
67030 Schenker EWS maroon & gold DB Schenker Operational

Liveries and namings[edit]

The locomotives were initially painted in EWS's maroon and yellow livery.[8] 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 December 2000 and February 2005, respectively.[22][14]

In October 2004, 67029 was repainted silver to haul the EWS Company Train.[23] 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.[24]

In 2008, 67012–67015 were repainted in Wrexham & Shropshire's silver and grey livery.[25][26] 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.[27] These were joined by 67010 in March 2009.[28]

In January 2010, 67018 was repainted into DB Schenker red 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.[29]

In 2011, 67001–67003 were repainted blue, for use by Arriva Trains Wales.[30]

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.[15]

In March 2015, 67004 received the Caledonian 'Midnight Teal' livery and named 'Cairn Gorm'. This is being used on the non-electrified parts of the Serco Caledonian Sleeper. [31]

See also[edit]

References and sources[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Diesel-Electric Locomotives Class 67" (PDF). Retrieved February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "67 - GM Diesel Electric Locomotive". Angel Trains. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Technical". The 67 Depot. 
  4. ^ "Class 67 Diesel Photo Gallery - Class Info". The Class 67 Diesel Photo Web Site / Colin Birch. 
  5. ^ Waller, Mike (December 2010), "Skips for Hire", p.14
  6. ^ The Railway magazine, Volume 150. IPC Business Press. 2004. p. 12. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Class 67". Southern E-Group. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Class 67". The RailwayCentre.Com Ltd. 
  9. ^ a b c Gareth McMurray. "rolling stock : class 67". Archived from the original on 11 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "EWS completes 125mph locomotive upgrade programme". EWS. 26 June 2003. Archived from the original on 23 February 2004. 
  11. ^ a b Charlie Hume. "North Wales Coast Railway: Class 67". 
  12. ^ "Mail trains to be scrapped". BBC News. 6 June 2003. 
  13. ^ Butcher, Louise (13 Apr 2010). "Railways: Royal Mail services, 2003-" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 
  14. ^ a b Sources:
  15. ^ a b Sources:
  16. ^ Chris Milner (26 January 2011). "Wrexham & Shropshire to cease operation". The Railway Magazine. 
  17. ^ Gareth Bayer (14 December 2010). "Chiltern commences Birmingham loco-hauled". Rail Express. 
  18. ^ "Chiltern introduces its new 'Mainline' timetable" (PDF). Railway Herald (282): 4. 5 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "Chiltern Railways Launch 'Mainline' Silver Service Between London, Banbury and Birmingham". 2011. 
  20. ^ Clark, Rhodri (May, 2012). "Class 67 haulage in Wales". Modern Railways, p. 84.
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Queen names 67005 Queen's Messenger" Rail issue 399 27 December 2000 page 13
  23. ^ Rail Magazine (499): 22. 27 October 2004.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ Rail Magazine (577): 17. 24 October 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  25. ^ News Archive March 2008
  26. ^ News Archive April 2008
  27. ^ Rail Magazine (597): 68. 30 July 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  28. ^ News Archive March 2009
  29. ^ "First DB-Schenker liveried Class 67 named Keith Heller" (PDF). Railway Herald (208): 4. January 2010. 
  30. ^ Derek Porter. "Old Pictures of the Day - October 2011". Picture of the Day 6 October 2011. 
  31. ^


  • 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" (PDF). The Marlow Donkey (131). Marlow & District Railway Society. pp. 13–16. , some minor inaccuracies in article

External links[edit]

Media related to British Rail Class 67 at Wikimedia Commons