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Class 66 (Paperback)

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Transport > Trains & Railways

By Mark Pike
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Railways
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802822557
Published: 13th January 2023

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This second volume to cover the Class 66 takes a look at the Fastline/Direct Rail Services/Colas-operated Class 66/3/4/8/7 locos that were delivered during the mid to late 2000s. This was a time when most of the current locos in use with Freightliner and English Welsh & Scottish (EWS) were Class 66s and were tried and tested as reliable locos. Direct Rail Services closely followed EWS and Freightliner and very soon it ordered one batch, then another, then another, until the total was 34. However, DRS later sold the first 20 locos to both GB Railfreight and Freightliner and were left with just 14 locos that they continue to operate to the present day (late 2021). Production numbers of the Class 66/3 only totalled five locos and lasted only a short while (2008–2010) when these five were taken on by DRS. The Class 66/8s also only numbered five locos and these supplement the Class 70s on various work around the UK. This volume covers the locos from their early days up to the present time at various locations around the UK, with a special focus towards the south and its beautiful landscapes.

"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

The second volume of three on the Class 66s. This volume looks at the /3, /4, /7 and /8 versions as operated by GBRf, DRS, Colas and others.

It follows the familiar format with a chapter for each of the 4 subtypes, a brief overview of their history and operators, with the majority focused on the /7 type. Where available, photos of the name/plaque or crest are shown with the relevant locomotives.

The photos are a nice selection of these rather colourful locomotives, especially the popular DRS livery and the Gynese and Wyoming Freightliner orange and black livery. They’re once again nicely reproduced.

Another nice addition to the library of anyone interested in privatisation era diesels on Britain’s Railways.

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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