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British Rail class 60
Great Britain | 1989 | 100 produced
English, Welsh and Scottish Railway No. 60071 "Ribblehead Viaduct" in March 2010 at the Murco Oil Depot
English, Welsh and Scottish Railway No. 60071 "Ribblehead Viaduct" in March 2010 at the Murco Oil Depot
Hugh Llewelyn

Due to the poor reliability of the class 56, British Railways tendered a new diesel locomotive for heavy block trains. The winner of the tender was Brush Traction and the engine was from Mirrlees. This draws 3,100 hp from just eight cylinders and was one of the most economical on the market at the time. After a few teething problems, the first locomotives were put into service in 1990. After privatization, they all came to the EWS, which at times put 75 percent of the locomotives out of service. They later came to DB Cargo UK where some were modernized from 2010 onwards. Others were soon resold and in 2020 the first one was scrapped.

ManufacturerBrush Traction
Axle configC-C 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length70 ft 0 in
Service weight284,480 lbs
Adhesive weight284,480 lbs
Axle load47,413 lbs
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed60 mph
Starting effort106,500 lbf
EngineMirrlees MB275T
Engine type8-cyl. diesel
Fuel1,561 us gal (diesel)
Engine output3,100 hp (2,312 kW)
Power Plant
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
last changed: 03/2023

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