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Hornby Arriva Trains Bo-Bo Diesel Electric Class 67 - R3183

Hornby Arriva Trains Bo-Bo Diesel Electric Class 67 - R3183
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Price: £160.79
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Model: R3183
Manufacturer: Hornby Model Trains
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  • New In box
  • DCC Type: DCC Ready
  • Livery: Arriva
  • Class: 67
  • Designer: Alstom Spain
  • Entered Service: 1999
  • Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
  • Purpose: Passenger/Freight
  • Wheel Configuration: Bo-Bo
  • Dimensions: 259mm
  • Special Features: Directional lighting, NEM Couplings

A total of 30 Class 67 locomotives, numbers 67001 - 67030, were built between 1999 and 2000 by Alstom in Spain for GM Electro Motive division and were requested by EWS as replacements for the ageing Class 47s. These Bo-Bo configured diesel electric locomotives have a fuel capacity of 1,200 imperial gallons (5,300 litres) and are fitted with Electropneumatic brakes with the locomotives having a top speed of 125mph (200km/h).

They were designed primarily for mail, parcel and travelling post office service and several of the Class received mail related names, such as No. 67001 'Night Mail' and No. 67004 'Post Haste'. However, their high axle loading restricted the routes on which they could be used, resulting in poor route availability. The fleet was originally allocated to Cardiff Canton and later to Toton and Bristol.

With the demise of the rail mail services between 2003 - 2005 the locomotives became redundant after only five years service and were stored for future needs. Gradually they were moved to freight duties and during winter months they had a role as 'top and tail' treatment trains for clearing leaves and ice from tracks.

Two of the Class, No. 67005 and No. 67006, were re-liveried in 'Royal Claret' for hauling the Royal Train when required and in October 2007, No. 67029 was dedicated 'Royal Diamond' at Rugeley Trent Valley to celebrate the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Others of the Class were moved to the 'West Highland' route for sleeper duties but the slower speeds and frequent braking required on this route caused constant problems with the seizing up of brake blocks. The problem was solved by imposing a maximum speed limit of 80mph (130km/h) and fitting cast iron brake blocks to those locomotives regularly working this route.

The English, Welsh and Scottish Railway fleet of Class 67 locomotives were re-branded and re-liveried in January 2010 following it's takeover by DB Schenker some two years earlier. DB Schenker is now the largest British rail freight company.

The locomotive represented here, No. 67002, was outshopped on the 21st February 2000, in the original maroon and yellow EWS livery. On the 5th August 2000 it received the mail related name of 'Special Delivery' in line with the rest of the Class. In 2011 it was re-liveried, along with numbers 67001 and 67003 into 'Arriva Blue'. It is now based at Crewe depot servicing Arriva Trains, Wales.

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Hornby Arriva Trains Bo-Bo Diesel Electric Class 67 - R3183
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