British Rail Class 60

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British Rail Class 60
60068 by Castleton East Junction.jpg
EWS 60068 passing through Castleton East Junction.
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderBrush Traction
Build date1989–1993
Total produced100
Specifications
Configuration:
 • WhyteCo-Co
 • UICCo'Co'
Gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Length21.34 m (70 ft 0 in)
Width2.64 m (8 ft 8 in)
Height3.95 m (13 ft 0 in)
Loco weight129 tonnes (127 long tons; 142 short tons) to 130 tonnes (130 long tons; 140 short tons)
Fuel capacity4,500 litres (990 imp gal; 1,190 US gal) to 5,228 litres (1,150 imp gal; 1,380 US gal)
Prime moverMirrlees MB275T
MU workingWithin own class only
Train heatingNone
Train brakesAir
Performance figures
Top speed62 mph (100 km/h)
Power outputEngine: 3,100 bhp (2,310 kW)
Tractive effortMaximum: 106,500 lbf (474 kN)
Continuous: 71,570 lbf (318.4 kN)
Career
Railroad(s)British Rail
English, Welsh and Scottish Railway
Number60001-60015, 60017-60100, 60500
Axle load classRoute availability

The British Rail Class 60 is a class of Co-Co diesel locomotive designed for heavy freight work. While they remain the most powerful diesel locomotives in the UK fleet they have suffered from poor reliability throughout their service life.