British Rail Class 67

The Class 67 locomotives are a class of Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotives which were built for the English Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS) between 1999 and 2000 by Alstom at Meinfesa in Valencia, Spain with drive components (engine, generator and traction motors) from General Motors' Electro-Motive Division.

British Rail Class 67
67030 in EWS livery (Kingswear 2017)
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderMeinfesa: Alstom, Valencia, Spain
Build date1999–2000
Total produced30
Gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Wheel diameter965 mm (3 ft 2.0 in)
Minimum curve75 m (3.7 ch)
Wheelbasebogie wheelbase : 2.80 m (9 ft 2 in)
bogie pivots : 11.63 m (38 ft 2 in)
Length19.71 m (64 ft 8 in)
Width2.71 m (8 ft 11 in)
Height3.93 m (12 ft 11 in)
Loco weight88–90 tonnes (87–89 long tons; 97–99 short tons)
Fuel typeDiesel
Fuel capacity5,400 litres (1,190 imp gal; 1,430 US gal)
Prime moverEMD 12N-710G3B-EC
AlternatorEMD AR9AC6HEX
Traction motorsEMD D43FM
MU workingAAR system (Classes 59, 66 & 67)
Train heatingElectric Train Supply (index: 66 / 330 kW)[1]
Loco brakeElectropneumatic
Performance figures
Maximum speedDesign speed : 125 mph (201 km/h)
Power outputEngine: 3,200 bhp (2,386 kW) @ 900rpm
At rail: 2,500 hp (1,864 kW)
Tractive effortMaximum: 144 kN (32,000 lbf)
Continuous: 92 kN (20,700 lbf) @ 75km/h
Brakeforce780 kN (78 long tons-force)
OperatorsColas Rail
DB Cargo UK
NicknamesSkips, Buckets, Cyclops
Axle load classRoute availability 8
Current ownerDB Cargo UK
Disposition25 in service, 5 stored
Sources:[2][3] except where noted

EMD's designation for this locomotive type is JT42HW-HS.[4]


Design, testing and introduction

EWS ordered thirty locomotives via leasing company Angel Trains[5] in a £45million contract split between Alstom and Electro Motive Diesel,[6] for use as Class 47 replacements for hauling high-speed Royal Mail trains and passenger trains.[7] The locomotives were obtained on a 15-year lease from Angel Trains.[7] At the end of the fifteen-year contract, ownership of the locomotives was transferred to DB Cargo UK.[5]

The bodyshell is a monocoque load bearing Alstom design,[7][8] the bogies are an "H" frame Alstom design,[7] The engine, traction motors and control electronics are GM-EMD products, and the same as used in the British Rail Class 66. Unlike the Class 66, the traction motors are frame mounted rather than axle hung to reduce unsprung mass and the gear ratio is increased allowing higher speeds.[7] The cab design has a central driving position.[8]

The locomotives are able to supply electric head end power for passenger train heating and air-conditioning, and are equipped for buffer and screw coupling and also coupling via a buckeye coupler attached on a swing arm mount.[8]

High speed running tests were undertaken with 67002 starting at Alstom's facility at La Sagra (Toledo, Spain) and running on the standard gauge Madrid-Toledo high-speed rail line.[8] A top speed of 143 miles per hour (230 km/h) was obtained.[7]

The first locomotive to be delivered was 67003, which arrived in October 1999. Initially plans were for a rapid acceptance into service, but problems with the locomotives being slightly out of loading gauge[7] caused delays. Acceptance trials began in December, and all 30 units had been delivered to the UK by early 2000.[8]

The high axle load of the locomotive caused an initial speed restriction to 110 mph (177 km/h) and modifications to the bogies were required; locomotive 67023 was passed for 125 mph (201 km/h) running in July 2001,[9] and all 30 units had been modified by June 2003.[10]


DB Cargo UK

Initially the class were used primarily on mail trains.[11] In June 2003 EWS lost the Royal Mail mail train contract, with services diminishing to complete cessation in March 2004.[12][13]

The locomotives have since been used by First ScotRail on the Caledonian Sleeper on non electrified lines north of Edinburgh. In April 2015, GB Railfreight commenced a contract to haul the Caledonian Sleeper with 67004 repainted and renamed for use on the service. Class 67s ceased being used on the service in June 2016 when replaced by GB Railfreight Class 73/9s[14], although they can still be occasionally seen on some portions of the Highland Sleeper to Inverness and Aberdeen.

Class 67s are also used as Thunderbird rescue locomotives for failed trains on the East Coast Main Line, on some freight trains, and for use on chartered tourist trains.[9][11] Two locomotives were assigned to, and received special liveries for use with the Royal Train from 2003,[9][15] and a third had a commemorative jubilee livery applied for use with the Royal Train during the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012.[16] [17]

Five locomotives were also dedicated to Wrexham & Shropshire's services until it ceased operating in January 2011.[18]

Chiltern Railways began using ex Wrexham & Shropshire Class 67 hauled passenger sets in December 2010,[19] in September 2011 after improvements to the Chiltern Main Line infrastructure, Chiltern began running a 100 mph (160 km/h) service from London to Birmingham branded Mainline using Class 67 powered sets.[20][21] Chiltern Railways leased six Class 68s from December 2014, to replace Class 67s on its Chiltern Main Line services.[22][23][24]

In March 2012, Arriva Trains Wales began the lease of three Class 67s from DB Schenker to replace its Class 57s on its Premier Service.[25]

Colas Rail

In January 2017, 67023 and 67027 were sold to Colas Rail and repainted at Toton TMD for use on Network Rail infrastructure monitoring trains.[26][27]



Class Number built (year) Operator Number TOPS number range
Class 67 30 (1999-2000) DB Cargo UK 28 67001-67022, 67024-67026, 67028-67030
Colas Rail 2 67023, 67027

Fleet List

Locomotives that do not currently carry their names are shown with the name in brackets.

Key: In service Stored
Number Name Operator Livery Status Notes
67001(Night Mail)DB Cargo UKArriva BlueIn service
67002(Special Delivery)DB Cargo UKArriva BlueIn serviceInvolved in a serious crash at Lawrence Hill, Bristol in November 2000.
67003DB Cargo UKArriva BlueIn service
67004Cairn Gorm (Post Haste)DB Cargo UKDB Cargo UK RedIn service
67005Queen's MessengerDB Cargo UKRoyal ClaretIn service
67006Royal SovereignDB Cargo UKRoyal ClaretIn service
67007DB Cargo UKEWS Maroon & GoldIn service
67008DB Cargo UKEWS Maroon & GoldIn service
67009DB Cargo UKEWS Maroon & GoldStored
67010(Unicorn)DB Cargo UKDB Cargo UK RedIn service
67011DB Cargo UKEWS Maroon & GoldStored
67012(A Shropshire Lad)DB Cargo UKWrexham & Shropshire SilverIn service
67013(Dyfrbont Pontcysyllte)DB Cargo UKDB Cargo UK RedIn service
67014(Thomas Telford)DB Cargo UKWrexham & Shropshire SilverIn service
67015(David J Lloyd)DB Cargo UKDB Cargo UK RedIn service
67016DB Cargo UKEWS Maroon & GoldIn service
67017ArrowDB Cargo UKEWS Maroon & GoldStored
67018Keith HellerDB Cargo UKDB Cargo UK Red with Maple LeafStored
67019DB Cargo UKEWS Maroon & GoldStoredStored for parts retrieval.
67020DB Cargo UKEWS Maroon & GoldIn service
67021DB Cargo UKBelmond British Pullman Brown & CreamIn service
67022DB Cargo UKEWS Maroon & GoldIn service
67023StellaColas RailColas Rail Yellow & OrangeIn service
67024DB Cargo UKBelmond British Pullman Brown & CreamIn service
67025Western Star (Denamed)DB Cargo UKTransport for Wales Red & WhiteIn service
67026Diamond JubileeDB Cargo UKJubilee SilverStored
67027(Rising Star)
Colas RailColas Rail Yellow & OrangeIn service
67028DB Cargo UKDB Cargo UK RedIn service
67029Royal DiamondDB Cargo UKDB Cargo UK SilverIn service
67030SchenkerDB Cargo UKEWS Maroon & GoldIn service

Liveries and namings

The locomotives were initially painted in EWS's maroon and yellow livery.[8] In 2003, 67005 and 67006 replaced the two previous Class 47 locomotives hauling the Royal Train. These were repainted in the Royal Claret colour, and named Queen's Messenger and Royal Sovereign in December 2000 and February 2005, respectively.[15][28]

In October 2004, 67029 was repainted silver to haul the EWS Company Train.[29] On 12 October 2007, 67029 was named Royal Diamond at Rugeley Trent Valley railway station, in honour of the 60th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.[30]

In 2008, 67012–67015 were repainted in Wrexham & Shropshire's silver and grey livery.[31][32] In 2008, these were named A Shropshire Lad (3 July), Dyfrbont Pontcysyllte (9 July), Thomas Telford (14 July) and David J Lloyd (16 May), respectively.[33] These were joined by 67010 in March 2009.[34]

In January 2010, 67018 was repainted into DB Schenker red with a maple leaf and named Keith Heller at the National Railway Museum. in honour of the Canadian-born former EWS and DB Schenker UK chairman.[35]

In 2011, 67001–67003 were repainted blue, for use by Arriva Trains Wales.[36]

In March 2012, 67026 received a silver livery, union flag and Diamond Jubilee logo for use during the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II celebrations, being named Diamond Jubilee by Queen Elizabeth II on 23 March at London Victoria station.[16]

In March 2015, 67004 received the Caledonian 'Midnight Teal' livery and named 'Cairn Gorm'. This, along with similarly repainted 67010, was used on the non-electrified parts of the Serco Caledonian Sleeper until the release of sufficient Class 73/9s for use by GB Railfreight. Both 67004 and 67010 have been repainted into DB Red livery, and are now both operational (67004 being stored for nearly 2 years).[37]

In June 2017 Colas Rail duo 67023 and 67027 received the names Stella and Charlotte respectively, on nameplates carried centrally on the bodysides.

19/20 October 2017 saw 67021 and 67024 rolled out in (unbranded) Belmond British Pullman brown and cream livery, and a few months later received Belmond British Pullman logos.

In October 2018, the Royal locomotives, 67005 and 67006 were repainted into a revised version of the Royal livery.


A serious crash occurred with 67002 at Lawrence Hill (Bristol) on 1 November 2000, when a Royal Mail train passed two red signals and ran into the back of a coal train at around 3:30am. The mail train, hauled by 67002 "Special Delivery" with 67012 at the rear, was travelling at 50 mph when the incident occurred. The locomotive climbed over the back of the coal train, coming to rest 40 yards (37 m) later on top of a coal wagon and against the A420 Church Road bridge. The driver of the mail train suffered a broken arm and cuts to the face and chest, but there were no other injuries.[38][39][40][41] The incident was initially suspected to be caused by faulty brakes, but was later found to be caused by misunderstanding and incorrect use of the locomotive's brake pipe isolation valve by railway staff.[39]

See also

References and sources


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  5. "JT42HW-HS". Main Line Diesels. Retrieved 5 November 2016. All thirty units were ordered via leasing company Angel Trains Ltd. and subsequently leased on a fifteen-year contract to DB Schenker Rail UK (formerly EWS). At the end of the contract, ownership of the locomotives was transferred to DB Schenker Rail UK, which is now known as DB Cargo UK.
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  13. Butcher, Louise (13 April 2010). "Railways: Royal Mail services, 2003-" (PDF). House of Commons Library.
  14. "Rebuilt 73/9s take over all Caledonian Sleeper work" Rail Magazine issue 805 20 July 2016
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  17. "Royal Train starts its Diamond Jubilee tour with specially commissioned locomotive". UK: DB Schenker Rail. 23 March 2012.
  18. Milner, Chris (26 January 2011). "Wrexham & Shropshire to cease operation". The Railway Magazine.
  19. Gareth Bayer (14 December 2010). "Chiltern commences Birmingham loco-hauled". Rail Express.
  20. "Chiltern introduces its new 'Mainline' timetable" (PDF). Railway Herald (282): 4. 5 September 2011.
  21. "Chiltern Railways Launch 'Mainline' Silver Service Between London, Banbury and Birmingham". 2011.
  22. "Chiltern to lease six Class 68 locomotives from DRS". Railway Herald. 10 April 2014.
  23. "Chiltern leases six Class 68 locos for Mainline services in £15m deal". 15 April 2014.
  24. "[GB] Chiltern Railways Chooses Class 68 in Favour of Class 67". 10 April 2014.
  25. Clark, Rhodri (May 2012). "Class 67 Haulage in Wales". Modern Railways. p. 84.
  26. "Power by the Hour" Rail Express April 2017
  27. "Bright outlook for Colas Class 67s released by Toton". The Railway Magazine. April 2017. p. 91.
  28. "Queen names 67005 Queen's Messenger" Rail issue 399 27 December 2000 page 13
  29. Rail Magazine (499): 22. 27 October 2004. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  30. Rail Magazine (577): 17. 24 October 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  31. News Archive March 2008
  32. News Archive April 2008
  33. Rail Magazine (597): 68. 30 July 2008. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  34. News Archive March 2009
  35. "First DB-Schenker liveried Class 67 named Keith Heller" (PDF). Railway Herald (208): 4. January 2010.
  36. Derek Porter. "Old Pictures of the Day - October 2011". Picture of the Day 6 October 2011.
  38. "Notes and News". Cardiff and Avonside Railway Society. January 2001. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 01/11 Disaster at Lawrence Hill! Services already affected by the weather were subject to further delays when the previous nights 5V17 23.48 Bristol Parkway-Barton Hill formed of 8 RES empty vans and top n' tailed by 67002 Special Delivery and 67012...
  39. Marston, Paul; Savill, Richard (2 November 2000). "Runaway mail train hits coal wagons". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  40. Falconer, Adrian (1 November 2000). "67002". Flickr.
  41. "Driver escapes unhurt in Bristol train crash". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 3 January 2014.


  • Fox, Peter; Hall, Peter; Pritchard, Robert (2004). British Railways Locomotives & coaching stock 2004. Sheffield: Platform 5. ISBN 1-902336-39-9.
  • Waller, Mike (December 2010). "Skips for Hire" (PDF). The Marlow Donkey. Marlow & District Railway Society. pp. 13–16., some minor inaccuracies in article

Further reading

  • Holley, Mel (19 November – 2 December 1997). "EWSR's 125mph Class 67 locomotive revealed!". Rail. No. 318. EMAP Apex Publications. pp. 20–22. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699.
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