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 type Diesel-electric
Builder General Motors Electro Motive Division
Model JT26CW-SS
Build date 1985–1995
Total produced 15
Specifications
Configuration:
 • Whyte Co-Co
 • UIC Co'Co'
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Wheel diameter 3 ft 9 in (1.143 m)
Length 21.40 m (70 ft 3 in)
Width 2.65 m (8 ft 8 in)
Height 3.91 m (12 ft 10 in)
Loco weight 126 t (124.0 long tons; 138.9 short tons)
Fuel capacity 1,000 imp gal (4,550 l; 1,200 US gal)
Prime mover EMD 16-645E3C
MU working AAR system (Classes 59, 66 and 67)
Train heating None
Train brakes Air
Performance figures
Top speed 60–75 mph (97–121 km/h)
Power output Engine: 3,300 bhp (2,460 kW)
Tractive effort Maximum: 508 kN (114,000 lbf) at 11 km/h (7 mph)
Continuous: 290 kN (65,000 lbf) at 23 km/h (14 mph)
Career
Railroad(s) English, Welsh and Scottish Railway
Mendip Rail
Number 59001–59005, 59101–59104, 59201–59206
Axle load class Route 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.