British Rail Class 59

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British Rail Class 59
59001 'Yeoman Endeavour' at Doncaster Works.JPG
59001 Yeoman Endeavour at Doncaster Works in revised Foster Yeoman livery on 27 July 2003
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGeneral Motors Electro Motive Division
Build date1985–1995
Total produced15
 • WhyteCo-Co
 • UICCo'Co'
Gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Wheel diameter3 ft 9 in (1.143 m)
Length21.40 m (70 ft 3 in)
Width2.65 m (8 ft 8 in)
Height3.91 m (12 ft 10 in)
Loco weight126 t (124.0 long tons; 138.9 short tons)
Fuel capacity1,000 imp gal (4,550 l; 1,200 US gal)
Prime moverEMD 16-645E3C
MU workingAAR system (Classes 59, 66 and 67)
Train heatingNone
Train brakesAir
Performance figures
Top speed60–75 mph (97–121 km/h)
Power outputEngine: 3,300 bhp (2,460 kW)
Tractive effortMaximum: 508 kN (114,000 lbf) at 11 km/h (7 mph)
Continuous: 290 kN (65,000 lbf) at 23 km/h (14 mph)
Railroad(s)English, Welsh and Scottish Railway
Mendip Rail
Number59001–59005, 59101–59104, 59201–59206
Axle load classRoute availability 7

The Class 59 Co-Co diesel locomotives were built and introduced between 1985 and 1995 by General Motors Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) for private British companies, initially Foster Yeoman. They were designed for hauling heavy freight and designated JT26CW-SS.