Transport of Delight

Electric classes

Many electric locomotives seem to have evaded my camera lens during my years of
photography, partly due to the amount of film I could afford and also opportunities.
Sadly, the handsome Southern Railway trio 20001-3 hardly seemed to cross my path
after I started taking photographs, likewise the Doncaster-built E5000 DC units.

I have repeated two shots here from another gallery to show a couple of the overhead
DC locomotives, but most of the gallery is taken up with the versatile E6000 (Class 73)
electro-diesels built for the Southern region and the various 25Kv AC classes which
have dominated the WCML and ECML services.

The electro-diesels were designed to run on third-rail DC, also carrying a 600hp diesel
engine for working away from the electric supply. They could work in multiple with Class
33 and SR EMU units. The first series, E6000-6 (Class 73/0) were built as prototypes in 1962
at Eastleigh and were followed by a production series of 43 units from English Electric,
E6007-6049 (Class 73/1) delivered from 1965-7. Many of the latter were modified to Class
73/2 in the 1980s for the Gatwick Express services.

The first series of 25Kv AC locomotives were 100 units grouped into classes AL1-AL5,
later classified as classes 81-85, built from 1959-62. Class 86 were 100 locomotives
utilising the lessons from the earlier series which were bullt from 1965-66. Class 87
were built from 1973-5 for the extension of services to Glasgow; the main group were
35 locomotives plus one unit (87101) which was fitted with experimental control gear.

Class 90, 50 locomotives built between 1987-90 were intended as replacements for the
original series on the West Coast Main Line, Class 91 were a class of 31 locomotives built
in 1988-92 for the East Coast Main Line electrification scheme while Class 92 were 46
units built 1993-5 for BR and SNCF for services through the Channel Tunnel.

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Class ES1 26500
Heaton
6 September 1959

Class EM2 27002
Sheffield Victoria
21 September 1961

Class 73/0 73006
Clapham Junction
17 February 1992


Unidentified Class 73/1
Clapham Junction
3 November 1966

Class 73/1 E6020
Clapham Junction
3 November 1966

Class 73/1 73133
Streatham Hill
21 October 1990


Class 73/2 73204
Stewarts Lane Open Day
10 April 1988

Class 86/6 86603 and 86608
Stratford
3 September 1993

Class 86/6 86608
Stratford
3 September 1993


Class 86/6 86608
Stratford
19 February 1992

Class 86/6 86631
Toton Rail Fair
29 August 1998

Class 86/6 86631
Stratford
19 February 1992


Class 86/6 86639 and 86632
Stratford
9 September 1993

Class 87/1 87101
Old Oak Common Open Day
19 March 1994

Class 87/1 87101
Toton Rail Fair
29 August 1998


Class 90 90129
Old Oak Common Open Day
19 March 1994

Class 90 90130
Stratford
13 February 1992

Class 90 90131
Stratford
3 September 1993


Class 90 90129
Stratford
9 September 1993

Class 91 91023
Streatham Hill Open Day
21 October 1990

Class 92 92001
Toton Rail Fair
29 August 1998

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