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British Rail class 87
Great Britain | 1973 | 36 produced
87030 “Black Douglas” in Kenton in September 1979 en route to London Euston
87030 “Black Douglas” in Kenton in September 1979 en route to London Euston
Barry Lewis

The Class 87 was developed as a development of the Class 86. The main differences included an increase in output to 5,000 hp, a top speed of 110 mph and a sprung drive. It was mainly used on the West Coast Main Line in front of express trains, but also in front of freight trains. In the 1980s, a more modern multiple control system was retrofitted, which also allowed the use of driving van trailers (control cars).

The class 90 was in turn a direct derivative and was originally intended to be designated class 87/2. After privatization in the 1990s, most of the locomotives went to Virgin Trains, where they were only used to haul express trains. After the decommissioning, which took place in the first decade after the turn of the millennium, many locomotives were sold to Bulgaria

General
Built1973-1975
ManufacturerBREL
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length58 ft 6 in
Wheelbase43 ft 6 1/8 in
Fixed wheelbase10 ft 9 in
Service weight181,440 lbs
Adhesive weight181,440 lbs
Axle load50,175 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system25,000 V 50 Hz
Continuous power4,962 hp (3,700 kW)
Top speed110 mph
Starting effort58,000 lbf
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
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last changed: 05/2023
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