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History: The BR Class 66 is a 2,420 kW (3,250 hp) six-axle Co'Co' diesel electric freight locomotive developed in part from the BR Class 59, for use on the railways of the UK. Since its introduction the class has been successful and has been sold to British and other European railway companies.
In Continental Europe it is marketed as the EMD Series 66 (JT42CWR).
Over four hundred and forty BR Class 66s have been produced since 1998, in various sub-classes for UK operators:
- Class 66/0 - EWS Ordered the inital two hundred and fifty Co-Co Diesel Freight Locomotives
- Class 66/3 - In 2008 a further five Class 66s were delivered for freight operator Fastline
- Class 66/4 - In 2002 DRS freight operator ordered ten Class 66s, further Class 66s were ordered later
- Class 66/5 - Freight operator Freightliner has order nearly one hundred Class 66s in small batches
- Class 66/6 - A small group off Class 66/5s were re-geared to cope with heavy aggregate trains
- Class 66/7 - GBRf freight operator has ordered many Class 66 since the original lease of thirty two in 2008, further orders have included low-emission types
- Class 66/8 - The initial five Class 66/8s were previously Advenza Freight (Cotswold Rail) locomotives now running for Colas Rail. Colas Rail has also taken over a number of ex-Freightliner Class 66s.
- Class 66/9s - A lower emission variant ordered by Freightliner.
Electro-Motive Diesel traces its roots to the Electro-Motive Engineering Corporation, a designer and marketer of gasoline-electric self-propelled rail cars founded in 1922 and later renamed Electro-Motive Company (EMC). In 1930, General Motors purchased Electro-Motive Company and the Winton Engine Co., combining the two to form its Electro-Motive Division (EMD) in 1941.
In 2005, GM sold EMD to Greenbriar Equity Group and Berkshire Partners, which formed Electro-Motive Diesel to facilitate the purchase. In 2010, Progress Rail Services completed the purchase of Electro-Motive Diesel from Greenbriar, Berkshire, and others.
EMD's headquarters, engineering facilities and parts manufacturing operations are based in McCook, Illinois, while its final locomotive assembly line is located in Muncie, Indiana. EMD also operates a traction motor maintenance, rebuild and overhaul facility in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
As of 2008, EMD employed approximately 3,260 people, and in 2010 it held approximately 30 percent of the market for diesel-electric locomotives in North America.
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Item created by: Alain LM on 2018-09-09 05:55:39. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-09-30 11:26:32
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