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Class 67s (Paperback)

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

By Mark Pike
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Railways
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802822069
Published: 13th January 2023

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In the late 1990s, English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS) ordered a large fleet of 250 Class 66 locomotives to replace a variety of freight locomotive types that had been in service with British Rail for many years. However, EWS also required something with a bit more performance, as well as electric train supply, for hauling charter and mail trains, which were still quite common at that time. A partnership with Royal Mail resulted in the Class 67s moving post around the country. When Royal Mail ended that arrangement in 2004, the Class 67s were pushed into other areas of work, including light freight and occasional passenger services, as well as continuing with charters. Although the design of the Class 67s has not been to everyone’s taste, they do at least add a bit of variety to the modern scene. During the 20 years that they have been in service, they have been very reliable with only occasional failures. Containing 220 images, this book illustrates all 30 locos in the class during their first two decades in service.

Once again, this photographic reference follows the same format as the other books in this series starting with an overview of the class and the history of their use on the network. There are 6 chapters in total, covering passenger traffic, freight traffic, charter traffic and parcels traffic. Also included are views of test trains and some miscellaneous views.

Once again the photos are nicely produced and cover a good range of the class’ history since introduction in 1998.

Recommended for those interested in the privatisation era 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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