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Class 59s for sale

Discussion in 'Diesel & Electric Traction' started by Stuart.b, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. Stuart.b

    Stuart.b New Member

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    DB Cargo have the following locomotives available for sale:
    Loco No.
    59201
    59202
    59203
    59204
    59205
    59206

    These locomotives will be at Westbury (TBC) and will be sold as seen and as and where lying.
     
  2. Romsey

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    Interesting, that fits with FLHH getting the Mendip aggregates contract from DB Cargo. Hopefully all the displaced DB C staff have managed to get work elsewhere in DB C or have Tupe'd across to FLHH.

    Cheers, Neil
     
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    martin1656 Part of the furniture Friend

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    Excuse my asking but what is the difference between a 59-2 and the other 59,s and are they in some way non standard compared to say the rest of DBC's 66 fleet I;m assuming the 59 have a higher haulage capacity than a 66
     
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    Martin 1656,
    There's nothing wrong with asking basic questions. They are the ones which catch many "experts"!

    The 59.2's were built for National Power, can run at 75mph and have minor differences in cab layout and improved suspension. Otherwise they are copies of the other 59's built for the Mendip Quarries.
    The 59.0 and 59.1 classes are geared for a maximum speed of 60 mph. This is to give higher tractive effort at low speeds for the aggregate trains they normally work. Class 66's are geared for 75mph maximum speed as more general use locos.
    Class 59's have 16-645E3 engines, Class 66's have 12-710E3B engines. Both designs of engine were built by General Motors and are two stroke cycle.
    You are correct in thinking Class 59's have higher maximum loads than standard class 66's. ( The exception are the Class 66/6 owned by Heavy Haul which are geared for 60mph and have higher tractive effort than other class 66's.)

    Cheers, Neil
     
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    The Class 59/0 were built to a specification emanating from Foster Yeoman based at Merehead and, after proving themselves in service, the neighbouring Amalgamated Roadstone Corporation (ARC) based at Whatley ordered 4 locomotives to the same design; these were designated 59/1 to denote different ownership. At a later date both companies merged their rail distribution activities IIRC and based activities at Merehead. When National Power operated Ferrybridge Power station it ordered 6 locomotives to the same design albeit with modifications as noted above to handle both limestone from Tunstead and coal from local mines for Ferrybridge Power Station; these were designated Class 59/2 to denote both different ownership and detail differences.
     

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