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Class 66/0 (Paperback)

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

By Mark Pike
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Railways
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802822540
Published: 13th January 2023

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In the late 1990s and early 2000s, most of the current locomotives in use on the national network were becoming very tired and evermore unreliable. It was during this time that EWS took over the large bulk of freight operations in the UK, and they quickly realised that major changes were needed. In 1996, they ordered a whole fleet of 250 Class 66 locos, which followed on from the same basic design as the earlier Class 59, privately owned, locos used for the Mendip aggregates traffic. The Class 66 was intended for more general use, rather than being used for just one specific purpose though. They have now been in service for over 20 years and have proved very reliable and capable locos. This volume covers the Class 66/0s from their early days up to the present at various locations around the UK.

The first of 3 volumes in this series on the Class 66s. This volume focuses on the EWS and later DB Cargo owned and operated locomotives. It starts with an introduction and general overview of the Class and the decision by EWS to replace the various BR designs with the American design.

Following the introduction there are 3 chapters, being Freight, Charters and Specials and finally double and triple-headed shots.

The photos cover mostly around 2004 to 2018, with some either side of that range. The photos are clear and nicely produced.

A nice addition to the library of anyone interested in the privatisation era diesels of 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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