Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
Freight Loops at Peterborough station
Freightliner class 66572 is in the goods loops which are next to Peterborough railway station on 14th June 2008.
Freightliner has about 175 locomotives of which around 127 are class 66s. It also has about 2,300 wagons many of which are new.
These two goods loops or goods avoiding lines were signalled both ways and were used for crew changes and personal time breaks.
Trains could be here for a very short time or a long time, if waiting for a clear path between other trains or for a replacement driver.
EWS class 66115 in the goods loops at Peterborough in August 2007
EWS class 66094 in the goods loops at Peterborough in August 2005
Class 66139 in the freight loops at Peterborough station on the 4th of July 2009.
GBRf class 66's Freight Loops at the station in 2009.
First GBRf class 66732 in the goods loops at Peterborough with First GBRF class 66701 light engines on the 26th November in 2009 66732 is named The Frist Decade 1999-2009 John Smith-MD.
GBRF class 667701 in the goods loops at Peterborough on the 26th November in 2009 with class 66732 This locomotive was named "Whitemoor".
Four Freightliner class 66s come into the goods loops at Peterborough station on 26th June 2010 from the north.
These goods loops near platform 5 have been removed in 2014 and platform 6 and 7 built in there place a new goods line has been built beyond platform 7.
The same four Freightlinner class 66s with class 66515 at this end and 66595 and 66512 and 66518 leading all heading for March
EWS and the class 66.
When EWS was formed in the mid-1990's The locos that it took over were class 47s class 56s and class 37s and class 58s. These locomotives were all beginning to show there age.
EWS needed a new class of loco. GM had supplied 15 Class 59 locomotives to three other operators in the UK. These had far less down time than the locomotives it had. EWS asked GM about a updated Class 59.
This new locomotive was to be designated Class 66. EWS ordered 250 of these locomotives, for about 375M. GM was to built them at Ontario in Canada.
Its a pity that these class 66 could not have made in the UK under licence and kept some of the UK loco works open.
On 23rd March 1998 66001 was officially handed over to the EWS Chairman in Ontario. They were then loaded on a ship for their voyage to Immingham.
Then after after testing of the first 2, GM completed delivery of the EWS order for Class 66s between 18th April 1998 and June 2000. This took about 26 months for all the 250 locomotives.
These Class 66 locomotives are of the Co-Co type and they have a cab at each end. The deisel engine in them is a a GM 12N-710G3B-EC two-stroke engine. This engine is rated at 3,200hp at 900rpm. This is coupled to a GM AR8/CA6 main alternator, which powers six GM D43TR traction motors one on each axle developing a maximum tractive effort of 90,000lbf the continuous tractive effort is 57,000lbf. The maximum speed is 75mph.
Freightliner GBRF and DRS also now also have class 66s and class 66s are the most comnon of the UK railways freight engines. Only on rail tours and Diesel events at Heritage railways have passenger trains been pulled with these class 66s. There may well have been odd events, but not that many.
Page updated 13/5/2020