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Hornby EWS Bo-Bo Diesel Electric Class 67 R3349
Designer: Alstom Spain
Entered Service: 1999
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
Purpose: Mixed Traffic
Wheel Configuration: Bo-Bo
Special Features: Directional lighting, NEM Couplings
Thirty Class 67 locomotives, numbers 67001 67030, were built between 1999 and 2000 by Alstom in Spain for the GM Electro Motive division, and was a requirement by EWS as replacements for the then ageing Class 47s. These Bo-Bo configured diesel electric locomotives have a fuel capacity of 1,200 imperial gallons (5,300 litres) and are fitted with Electro pneumatic brakes with the locomotives having a top speed of 125mph (200kph).
The Class 67 locomotives were designed primarily to haul mail, parcel and travelling post office services and several of the Class received mail related names such as 67001, Night Mail and 67004, Post Haste. However, their axle loading restricted the routes on which they could be used, resulting in poor route availability. Originally the fleet was allocated to Cardiff Canton but later transferred to Toton and then Bristol.
With the demise of the rail mail services between 2003 and 2005, the locomotives became redundant after only 5 years service and were moth balled for future requirements. Gradually they were removed from storage and began freight duties and during the winter months they topped and tailed treatment trains charged with clearing leaves and ice from the tracks.
Two of the Class, 67005 and 67006 were reliveried in Royal Claret specifically for being rostered to haul the Royal Train when required. In October 2007, 67029 was dedicated Royal Diamond at Rugeley Trent Valley to celebrate the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Similarly, Her Majesty named 67026, Diamond Jubilee at London Victoria Station on the 23 March 2012 in celebration of Her Majestys Diamond Jubilee.
Others of the class were moved to the West Highland route for sleeper duties but the slower speeds and frequent braking required on this route caused constant problems with the seizing up of the brake blocks. The problem was solved by imposing a maximum speed limit of 80 mph
(130kph) and the fitting of cast iron brake blocks to those of the Class which were regularly used on the route.
Locomotive 67024 was outshopped on the 24th May 2000 and at the time of writing is based at the Crewe International Electric T&RSMD (Traction and Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot) and although it still carries the zig zag EWS livery of maroon and gold, the locomotive is part of the DB Schenker Rail (UK) fleet.