NS Class 600

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Class 600
NS 655.jpg
655 at Platform 1, Leiden Centraal Station 14 October 1990.
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder English Electric
Build date 1950-1957
Total produced 65
 • Whyte 0-6-0
 • AAR C
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Driver dia. 1,230 mm (48.43 in)
Length 9.068 m (29 ft 9 in)
Adhesive weight 7.8 t (7.7 long tons; 8.6 short tons)
Loco weight 47 t (46 long tons; 52 short tons)
Fuel type Diesel fuel
Prime mover English Electric 6KT
Engine type (?)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 30 km/h (19 mph)
Tractive effort 143 kN (32,147.68 lbf)
Operators Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Class 600
Numbers 601-665 (as delivered), 671-693 (after fitment with remote control)
Nicknames Hippel, Bakkie (little bin)
Delivered 1950-1957

The Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) Class 600 diesel locomotives were built for shunting duties. Sixty-five of the locomotives were built, numbered 601-665. They were built by English Electric between 1950-1957 at either Dick, Kerr & Co. Works (601-610) in Preston, or Vulcan Foundry Works (rest) in Newton-le-Willows. They are very similar to the British Rail Class 11. Twenty-three locomotives were later fitted with radio remote-control, and renumbered in the range 671-693. In 2013 there are still two locomotives active daily in The Netherlands. One is active for Railpro in Crailoo and the other is active for LOCON Benelux in Apeldoorn.

Class 500[edit]

There was also the similar NS Class 500. The difference between the two classes is that Class 600 has a "6KT" diesel engine of 400 hp (300 kW) and a Knorr braking system for train use, a Class 500 has a "6K" diesel engine of 350 hp (260 kW) and only an engine brake.

The first ten locomotives of the class 500 were built for the War Department and were taken on by NS after the war after service in Europe. NS subsequently placed orders for a further 35 locomotives. There was also an order for 15 locomotives to be delivered without engines that would have an alternative engine fitted in the Netherlands. These were numbered as 451-465 briefly before being renumbered tp 701-715.

Post-NS use[edit]

This class was withdrawn by NS in the early 2000s (decade). Many have been preserved, including several which have been repatriated to England.

Some are still in use by the private company Rotterdam Rail Feeding in the Netherlands & MiddlePeak Railways in the UK.

Privately owned 663 was moved from the Dartmoor Railway to the NRM annex at Shildon on 17 October 2006 to take up pilot duties. As of 2012 it has been at the Ribble Steam Railway in preston, where it first worked after repatriation in 2005. Although part way through a repaint 663 is in running order.

Number(s) Location
601 671 Ribble Steam Railway, UK
604 VSM, NL
609 Museumspoorlijn STAR, NL
618 VSM, NL
625 690 Ribble Steam Railway, UK
629 - Dutch National Railway Museum, NL
636 VSM, NL
639 ZLSM, NL
647 Stapelplaats Crailoo near Hilversum
649 692 Private location, UK
653 - Weardale Railway, UK
660 - MBS, NL
661 VSM, NL
663 - Ribble Steam Railway, UK
677 ZLSM, NL
687 East Kent Light Railway, UK


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