British Rail Class 26

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BRCW Type 2
British Rail Class 26
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-elctric
Builder Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company
Serial number DEL45–DEL91
Build date 1958–1959
Total produced 47
Specifications
Configuration:
 • Whyte Bo-Bo
 • UIC Bo'Bo'
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Wheel diameter 3 ft 7 in (1.092 m)
Minimum curve 5 chains (100 m)
Wheelbase 39 ft 0 in (11.89 m)
Length 50 ft 9 in (15.47 m)
Width 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
Height 12 ft 8 in (3.86 m)
Loco weight D5300–D5319: 77.5 long tons (78.7 t)
D5320–D5346: 74 long tons (75.2 t)
Fuel capacity 600 imp gal (2,700 l; 720 US gal)
Prime mover Sulzer 6LDA-28
Transmission DC generator, DC traction motors
MU working Blue Star
Train heating Steam
Train brakes Vacuum
Performance figures
Top speed 80 mph (130 km/h)
Power output Engine: 1,160 hp (865 kW)
At rail: 900 hp (671 kW)
Tractive effort Maximum: 42,000 lbf (187 kN)
Continuous: 30,000 lbf (133 kN)
Brakeforce 34 long tons-force (340 kN)
Career
Railroad(s) British Railways
Number D5300–D5346; later 26001–26046
Axle load class D5300–D5319: Route availability 6
D5320–D5346: Route availability 5

The British Rail Class 26 diesel locomotives, also known as the BRCW Type 2, were built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company (BRCW) at Smethwick in 1958-59. Forty seven examples were built, and the last were withdrawn from service in 1993. Like their higher-powered sisters, the BRCW Classes 27 and 33, they did not have fibreglass cab ends.