(HD) Classic West Coast Electrics at work
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Since electrification was completed in part in 1960 and fully in 1974, the
West Coast Mainline from London Euston to Glasgow Central has featured some
of the greatest diversity in Electric Locomotives in the world. Since the
Class 81 locomotives rolled out of British Thomson-Houston's in Birmingham
in 1959, the line has seen the following classes operate routinely along
- Class 81 (AL1): Designed by British Thomson-Houston, 25 examples, 100mph
mixed use AC electric locomotive, in service 1959-1991
- Class 82 (AL2): Designed by Metropolitan-Vickers, 10 examples, 100mph
mixed use later ECS AC electric locomotive, in service 1960 - 1987
- Class 83 (AL3): Designed by English Electric, 15 examples, 100mph mixed
use later ECS AC electric locomotive, in service 1960 - 1989
- Class 84 (AL4): Designed by North British Locomotive Company, 10
examples, 100mph mixed use later ECS AC electric locomotive, in service
1960 - 1980
- Class 85 (AL5): Designed by British Railways' Doncaster Works, 40
examples, 100mph mixed use later freight only AC electric locomotive, in
service 1961 - 1992
- Class 86 (AL6): Designed by English Electric, built at Doncaster and
Vulcan Foundry, 100 examples, 110mph mixed use now freight AC electric
locomotive, in service 1965 (- 2004 Passenger) - present (Freight)
- Class 87: Designed by BREL Crewe Works, 36 examples, 110mph mixed use
later passenger AC electric locomotive, in service 1973 - 2005 (see further
use in Bulgaria)
- Class 90: Designed by BREL Crewe Works, 50 examples, 110mph mixed use AC
electric locomotive, in service 1987 - 2003 (West Coast Passenger
services), 1987 - present (West Coast freight and other operations)
Today the locomotive hauled days of the West Coast Mainline are now a
memory as the mass introduction of the Class 390 tilting Pendolino units
and the Class 221 Super Voyager units saw an end to many of these are
working classes of locomotives.
Thankfully, due to the hard work of enthusiast groups, many of these
locomotives continued to be a frequent sight on the WCML on tours and
preservation runs, reawakening the former glory days of these magnificent
- Class 81 - 85: Currently there are no operational examples in
preservation although the AC locomotive group plans to return these
locomotives to working order with a hope of seeing these return to the
- Class 86: Freight operator Freightliner currently has 14 operational
locomotives on its books and continues to be the only operator of the Class
86's in revenue earning service as of 2013.
In preservation, the AC Locomotive Group and Electric Traction Limited
currently own 5 locomotives (86401, 86101, 86701, 86702 and 86213) whilst
private owner Les Ross owns a single example (86259). A recent report by
ETL has stated that it has pulled out of mainline operations, leaving its
fleet with the prospect of either scrapping or export. This will result in
86259 being the only mainline registered and operational Class 86 at work
on the WCML outside of the Freightliner examples.
- Class 87: Of the fleet of 36 locomotives, 3 are currently in
preservation. 87001 now resides at the National Railway Museum, 87002 is
owned by ETL but following the 2013 report it is expected to be sold to
Bulgaria and join its fellow surviving classmates on freight duties there,
and 87035 currently resides as a static exhibit at the Crewe Heritage
- Class 90: Class 90's continue to be frequent operators on the WCML
running the Caledonian Sleeper service from London to Glasgow and Edinburgh
as well as working freight operations with DB Schenker and Freightliner.
All other examples that formerly worked for Virgin West Coast now carry out
operations for Greater Anglia on the Great Eastern Mainline whilst many
former Railfreight Distribution examples reside at Crewe International
Electric Maintenance Depot in long term storage.
With that said, sit back and enjoy 20 or so minutes of non-stop AC Electric
Salon du modélisme, Miniaturland 2012 Cité du train Mulhouse. 3ème partie.
Cette 3ème partie de ce dimanche 30 septembre montre ce que je considère
comme le meilleur et le plus réaliste réseau ferroviaire HO du salon.
Cette vidéo a une durée de 10 minutes. J'aurai pu écourter mais vu la
qualité et la beauté de ce réseau j'ai préféré ne pas en diminuer la
Les fans de ce genre de modélisme regarderont certainement entièrement la
vidéo et pour les autres visiteurs, rien n'empêche de sauter quelques
Voici des explication de ce réseau que j'ai retranscrit du texte donnée
par le modéliste anglais Peter North.
Ce réseau HO reproduit la ligne secondaire électrifiée de la Virginian
Railway des années 50.
Cette ligne a été créée en 1909 pour transporter le charbon des
montagnes Appalaches situé dans le West Virginia. (Virginie-Occidentale à
l'Est des Etats-Unis)
Contrairement aux habitudes des chemins de fer américains, le "Mountain
Zone" a été électrifié pour pouvoir tracter les convois de plus de 3000
tonnes sur les fortes pentes de la région.
En sortant des montagnes, à Roanoke, Virginia, 3 à 4 convois étaient
attelés en un seul convoi de 10 à 12000 tonnes pour continuer le voyage
jusqu'à la côte Atlantique.
Le Virginian railway a été acheté par le chemin de fer Norfolk and
Western en 1960.
En 1962 l'électrification de la ligne a été supprimée et les puissantes
machines ont depuis disparues de la circulation.
Vidéo enregistrée avec le Panasonic Lumix FZ200
Kiwirail's EO Electric locomotives were the life blood of the Midland line
in the South Island hauling coal trains through the steep Otira tunnel. But
they were removed from service and left in storage for 12 years. This is
the story of their new life helping out the over stretched commuter rail
system in Wellington in the North Island.
Virginian push snow
1:29 scale EL-2b Virginian electric locomotive pushing the deep snow with
the snow plow.
Finnish electric locomotive Sr1 / Sähköveturi Sr1
Finnish electric locomotive Sr1
Sr1 is the first electric locomotive of Finland. Maximum speed is 140 km/h.
It has continous power rating of 3100 kW, one hour output of 3280 kW and
unoffical power rating (1500V wagon electricity counted too) of about 5000
kW. Electric supply is 25 kV 50 Hz ac overhead wire. Traction motors are 4
DC /820 kW/motor (offical), controlled by Strömberg-manufactured (former
Finnish company, nowadays part of ABB) thyristor power rectifier drive.
It was ordered from USSR, mainly because of political reasons.
It is manufactured in Novochserkassk Electric Locomotive Works, former
First locomotives were delivered on year 1973. Last production model from
factory was delivered on 1985.
Two additional locomotives were built at the Hyvinkää Machine Workshop in
1993 and 1995, number 3111 from spare parts and number 3112 from the
original prototype locomotive (number 3000) that was never used.
The locomotives originally carried a dark red livery, with white stripes
around and below the cab windows. The stripes were later replaced with
yellow warning panels (resembling stylished wings) below the cab windows.
From the early 1990s onwards this livery has been replaced by a white
livery with red stripes. The nicknames for these locomotives are "Siperian
susi" (Wolf of Siberia; it comes from the typical sound of Sr1, when it
passes you can heard the "wolf crying" ; in Finnish slang "susi" can also
mean a poorly manufactured object.
Two Sr1 class locomotives have been damaged beoynd repair, number 3048 in
an accident in Jokela in 1996 and number 3089 in an accident in Jyväskylä
There is a total 110 Sr1-class locomotives in service today.
More information of locomotive:
Virginian (Coal Train/NS Unit), 07-23-2012
VGN (NS) coal train on the Norfolk & Western at Saratoga St. in Suffolk,
Virginia. This train has the following diesel locomotives: NS #1069 EMD
SD-70ACe (Virginian Railway) Heritage Unit and NS #8016 GE ES44AC both are
owned by Norfolk Southern Railway.
Steam Coal Drag in Hinton, West Virginia
Chesapeake and Ohio HO model Railroad in Bay Area of California. This
layout is based upon the prototype and the Main Yard is Hinton West
Virginia. You will see a cola drag coming into Hinton Yard, a helper engine
added to the end of train in front of caboose and then the train going up
the hill to other end of layout. Steam engines use Tsunami sound decoders
and Digital system is NCE. (I taped this at 320 with 15 FPS and will record
it again at higher resolution someday)