British Rail Class 92

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British Rail Class 92
92027 George Eliot at Stafford.jpg
92027 George Eliot at Stafford in August 2005 with an intermodal train
Type and origin
Power typeElectric
BuilderAsea Brown Boveri and Brush Traction
Build date1993–1996[1]
Total produced46 (seven stored)
 • WhyteCo-Co
 • UICCo'Co'
Gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length21.34 m (70 ft 0 in)
Width2.64 m (8 ft 8 in)
Height3.95 m (13 ft 0 in) with pantograph down
Loco weight126 tonnes (124 long tons; 139 short tons)
Electric system/s25 kV AC and 750 V DC
Current pickup(s)25 kV: Pantograph,
750 V: Third rail
Traction motorsABB traction converters using GTO, control via ABB MICAS-S2
Loco brakeWestinghouse air, rheostatic and regenerative
Train brakesWestinghouse air
Performance figures
Top speed87 mph (140 km/h)
Power output25 kV: 6,760 hp (5.04 MW),
750 V: 5,360 hp (4.00 MW)
Tractive effort360 kN (81,000 lbf),
400 kN (90,000 lbf) with 'boost' mode applied
Eurotunnel/Europorte 2

The Class 92 is a dual-voltage British railway locomotive which can run on 25 kV AC from overhead lines or 750 V DC from a third rail. It was designed specifically to operate services through the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France. Eurotunnel indicates the Class 92 locomotive as the reference for other locomotives which railway undertakings might want to get certified for usage in the Channel tunnel.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Development for Europorte 2: Eurotunnel buys five Class 92 locomotives
  2. "Eurotunnel Network Statement - 2008 Working Timetable -" (PDF). Eurotunnel. 2008-03-18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2008-12-23. RUs [Railway Undertakings] may use as a frame of reference the Class 92 locomotive, which is currently used for freight trains in the Channel Tunnel. A technical description of this locomotive can be obtained from the Director of Railway Development, whose contact details are given in Section 2.1 of the Network Statement.