updated : 2016/07/06
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class 31

class 31

One of BR's least inspiring but longest lived classes. The original Brush Type 2s were so successful they had to be re-engined after a few years. The rebuilds were heavy and underpowered but at least they were reliable and eventually saw service on most parts of the system. Most were withdrawn in the 1990s but three remain in service with Network Rail today, almost 60 years after the class was introduced.
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updated : 2017/07/23
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class 43 HSTs

class 43 HSTs

The introduction of class 43 powered HST sets from the late 1970s revolutionised rail travel in the UK, bringing new levels of speed to a number of main lines that hadn't benefited from electrification. Almost forty years later they're still going strong on several major routes. See the High Speed Trains gallery for all types of high speed train including the class 180 Adelantes and class 220 and 221 Voyagers.
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updated : 2016/09/10
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class 47/57

class 47/57

With 508 locos built, the class 47 was Britain's most numerous class of main line diesel and could be found on main line passenger and freight services almost everywhere from Aberdeen to Penzance and Holyhead to Norwich. Most have been withdrawn but around 30 remain in service with various operators and a similar number have been rebuilt with EMD 645 engines and reclassified as class 57.
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updated : 2016/07/06
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class 55 Deltics

class 55 Deltics

Without doubt the most remarkable diesels ever to run on the BR system, the Deltics packed a massive 3300 horsepower into a 99 ton loco, a power to weight ratio that remains unbeaten to this day. After 20 years and millions of miles working 100mph expresses on the East Coast Main line they were worn out and slated for withdrawal at the end of 1981. These photos were taken during their last few months of service.
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updated : 2017/07/21
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class 59

class 59

Fifteen class 59s were built in three batches for three different private companies between 1986 and 1995. They were unusual at the time in being American built and privately owned. How things have changed! Foster Yeoman and ARC bought their locos for stone traffic between the Mendips and S.E. England while National Power's were intended for power station coal traffic in northern England. After EWS acquired the N.P. locos they migrated south to join their sisters on the Mendip stone traffic.
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updated : 2017/06/06
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class 60

class 60

These heavy freight locos were the last built for British Rail before privatisation with 100 entering service between 1989 and 1993. All passed to EWS and successors DBS but both operators appear to prefer class 66 and most of the class 60s have been in store for several years. Ten locos were sold to Colas Rail in 2014 but again, less than half appear to be in regular service.
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updated : 2017/07/23
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class 66

class 66

Although class 66s look almost identical to the class 59s, they're based on the next generation EMD design with a 710 series engine and various other enhancements. Over 450 are now in service with several different UK operators with DBS and Freightliner having the largest fleets. The class has operated the vast majority of freight services on the UK network for the last decade.
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updated : 2017/07/23
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class 70

class 70

After a decade when GM EMD products dominated the British freight scene, General Electric tried to get a share of the action with the class 70 introduced in 2008. So far Freightliner have taken 20 and Colas 10.
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