Class 66 (ePub)
When British Railways (BR) was privatised in April 1994 some of the freight companies were bought by English Welsh Scottish Railways (EWSR), which immediately reviewed the mixed locomotive fleet and led to the decision to purchase 250 locomotives from General Motors (USA), based on that company’s earlier Class 59 design supplied to Foster Yeoman in 1985. Delivered to Newport Docks each locomotive was lubricated, filled with fuel and water and released to traffic within hours of being craned onto the quayside.
The early privatised freight market was geared to the heavy industries but the changes of Government policies to counteract global warming has seen consequent changes in freight operations whilst global trading has seen massive growth in the movement of containers between ports and inland distribution centres.
This changing market has encouraged both existing and new operators to base operations on a reliable locomotive fleet which has been met by the Class 66 design. The expansion of the locomotive’s operating area has been recorded within the book through a regional analysis noting both the freight services operated within the region and the companies providing them. This also notes changes of operators, both by exchange of locomotives and exchange of hauler as contracts are re-negotiated at regular intervals.
Fred Kerr’s book seeks to show, as at October 2019, the range of services that have been operated by class members, including the occasional passenger services despite the locomotives not being fitted with any heat generating equipment.
… as an illustrated history of the class the book does an excellent job and is worthy of adding to the bookshelf.Railways Illustrated, February 2021
This photographic tribute to the ubiquitous Class 66 Freight Locomotive would make a fine addition to the library of any self-respecting modern traction enthusiast.Donnas Book Blog
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A locomotive as good as class 66 deserved a book as good as this. Each of his 144 photographs distills quality. In addition to the photographs it also includes the history of each of the machines.Unos Cuantos Trenes
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