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British Rail class 88
Great Britain | 2015 | 10 produced
88009 “Diana” with a container train in June 2020 at Scout Green
88009 “Diana” with a container train in June 2020 at Scout Green
The joy of all things

For traffic on routes that are not fully electrified, DRS ordered ten dual-powered locomotives from Vossloh España (today Stadler). Under the overhead line, they deliver 4,000 kW and the diesel engine delivers 710 kW, which is more than conventional electric locomotives with last-mile function. They are based on the UKLight, which is in service as class 68 and have 70 percent common parts with it. At first glance, they can only be distinguished visually by the additional pantograph. The engine here is a smaller Caterpillar C27 with only 27 liters displacement from twelve cylinders. DRS remained the only customer of the Class 88. The locomotives are mainly used to pull freight trains, but often also to pull passenger trains.

Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length67 ft 5 1/2 in
Service weight190,400 lbs
Adhesive weight190,400 lbs
Axle load47,600 lbs
Power sourceelectric - AC + diesel-electric
Electric system25,000 V 50 Hz
Hourly power5,364 hp (4,000 kW)
Top speed100 mph
Starting effort71,264 lbf
EngineCaterpillar C27
Engine typeV12 diesel
Fuel660 us gal (diesel)
Engine output939 hp (700 kW)
Power Plant
Calculated Values
electric locomotive
diesel locomotive
dual power
three-phase AC
last changed: 07/2023

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