The British Rail Class 60, built by the Brush Traction, falls into a class of Co-Co locomotives. These are diesel-powered and heavy freight electric locomotives that have two six-wheeled frameworks that are powered by axles. Each axle has a propulsion motor for movement. Railway enthusiasts have nicknamed these locomotives Tugs. Here is what we should know about British Rail Class 60.
The Rich Locomotives History
The British Rail Class 60 history dates back in the 1980s. During that time, the British Rail required a diesel and heavy freight locomotive. Through a competitive selection when the tendering was announced, the Bush Traction successfully acquired the contract to supply the locomotives. Brush commenced the construction and ensured everything suited the intended purpose. In June 1989, the locomotives were tested, errors fixed, and was later on the run.
The Design Adopted
The design focused on three main categories. The bodywork, electrical connections, and engine power. Class 60s consist of multiple heavy materials that include metal, wood and plastics. It utilizes monoque construction with the external body supporting the internal components fully. The alternator design allows it to provide adequate power for all the train functions. The 275mm diameter and eight-cylinder engine can hold 45 liters of diesel. It is efficient and requires low maintenance.
The Management Key Role
During the days when Class 60 locomotives were introduced, the management duties were entirely executed by the British government. However, there was a need to have another party to oversee the operations to have full attention and maximum productivity. Later on, the railway was privatized through operators, and this was the beginning of new and better things. Other than the overall privatization, the management at the operation level depends on what the operators consider effective. Those with many units like DB Cargo UK have multiple individuals in managerial positions. However, the overall supervision is by the state.
In the beginning, British Rail introduced these locomotives replacing the previous classes. Some were retained while others were removed permanently. During that time, Class 60 focused primarily on transporting the aggregates. Coral Rail also operated the Class 60 before they were sold. As time advances, other operators continue to use the various locomotives in varying routes. They include the DB Cargo UK, DB Cargo UK and DCRail. The last to join was DCRail in November 2019.
The Unfortunate Incidents and Accidents
In 2015 June 30th, class 60 054, experienced an accident near Langworth, Lincolnshire. According to the Rail Accident Report published in 2015, the accident was due to derailment. The train was transporting 22 empty diesel tank wagons. Only ten wagons lost the track, and this consecutively leads to an accident. In the report, no one was injured but there was extensive damage to the train and the rails. Also, there was no fuel spillage because the wagons were empty. Later on, maintenance and repair were done successfully.
The Locomotives Naming
Naming and painting of the locomotives were based on several things. Some would choose traditional naming. For instance, the Rail freight class 60s were named in a traditional approach. Others considered the British mountains. This was common among trains that carried materials in the metal and construction industry. The prominent British names of various citizens who have outstanding contributions in the engineering sector were used to name trains that focused on coal and petroleum. A good example is the Steadfast and Charles Francis Brush locomotives.
The Locomotives Models
The models of Class 60 vary with trains ranging from 001 to 100 and beyond. Production of different models is based on what the train needs improvement. They are produced based on scale. There is the O scale, the OO scale and the British N scale. To identify a particular model, have a look at the shape, size, painting and the name. The various trains are named differently. Some names come with a subsequent name. For instance, the steadfast 001 was referred to as ‘The Railway Observer.’ From statistics, the DB Cargo owns the majority of the locomotives, while GB Railfreight owns the least.