Hornby R3038: Wrexham & Shropshire Bo-Bo Diesel Electric "A Shropshire Lad" Class 67

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Manufacturer's Description

Thirty 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 services and several of the Class received mail-related names, such as 67001 'Night Mail' and 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 they became redundant after only 5 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, 67005 and 67006 were re-liveried in 'Royal Claret' for hauling the Royal Train when required and in October 2007, 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.

In 2007, Wrexham & Shropshire announced its intention to use Class 67 locomotives operating top and tail with Mk3 coaches for its new service between Wrexham General and London Marylebone via Shropshire, thus re-establishing a direct service between Wrexham and London. It was planned to run the trains using DVTs and Mk3s when these vehicles became available after refurbishment. The service was launched and coaches re-liveried in the silver and grey of Wrexham & Shropshire.

The locomotive represented here, No. 67012, was named 'A Shropshire Lad' on the 3rd July 2008. Wrexham and Shropshire ceased operation in January 2011.

  • Class: 67
  • Purpose: Passenger/Freight
  • Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
  • DCC Ready: DCC Ready
  • Livery: Wrexham & Shropshire

Special Features

  • Sprung Buffers
  • Extensive Detail
  • All-wheel pickups
  • Directional lighting
  • Working head/tail lights
  • NEM Couplings

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