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Class 66: 5/6/9 (Paperback)

P&S History > British History Transport > Trains & Railways

By Mark Pike
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Railways
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802822465
Published: 13th January 2023



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This third volume to cover the Class 66 takes a look at the Freightliner-operated Class 66/5/6/9 locos that were delivered during the early to mid 2000s. This was at a time when most of the current locos in use with Freightliner on the national network were becoming very tired and evermore unreliable. Freightliner followed on from the example set by EWS with the Class 66/0, and very soon they started to order small batches of locos, which led to their current total of over 100 locos, although some have since been exported to Poland, sold to other operators and a few have been taken on from DRS. The Class 66/5/9 took over the duties usually handled by Classes 47 and 57, whereas the Class 66/6 is a re-geared version capable of hauling heavier loads such as coal or aggregates. They have now been in service for over 20 years and have proved very reliable and capable locos. This volume covers the locos from their early days up to the present time at various locations around the, especially looking at those in the South.

"Very informative captions and superb photographs make this book essential for devotee of 'Sheds'".

The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum - Summer 2023, Issue 184

This final volume on the Class 66s in the series looks at the Freightliner /5, /6 and /9 subtypes. The /5 was the first ordered by Freightliner for intermodal trains, followed by the /6 type for coal and aggregate traffic. Finally, the /9 type was ordered as a low emission version.

Once again split into a chapter for each sub-type, with the main focus being the /5 and /6 types.

The majority of the photos cover between 2008 and 2018, with some either side in smaller numbers. Again the photos are nicely reproduced and clear, with a nice selection of the various traffic these powerful workhorse locomotives can be seen on over the course of their two decades of service.

Another recommended book, and a good addition to the privatisation era library.

Diesel and Electric Modellers United – Issue 102

About Mark Pike

Mark Pike has a lifelong interest in UK railways that started at the age of about six when his father used to take him to watch trains at Poole station in Dorset, just after steam had been abolished in the late 1960s. He later joined the railway at the age of 19 as a permanent way trackman at Bournemouth and was later an electric track maintenance worker at Dorchester for over 20 years. Now semi-retired, he is still an avid railway photographer, with various images appearing regularly in mainstream railway magazines and books.

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