Class 68 - coming soon

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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby martin_l_jones » Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:33 pm

I understand the need for progress, and it looks a nice, very modern looking locomotive. :)

The sad thing is it will probably see the demise of Class 37's and 20's running the nuclear flask trains....DOH !!!
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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby markh » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:43 pm

TK421 wrote:
luckymucklebackit wrote:Seems there is going to be a change of plan here, for class 68 read class 88. Cant quite work out f this is in addition to the class 68s or a full blow replacement

http://mainlinediesels.net/index.php?nav=1000001&lang=en&id=5382&action=shownews

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but it would be nice to see drs get some new stock and keep the older type 2.3.4 & 5s back

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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby Dragonfly » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:03 pm

Aye, had head about the "original" class 88 plan; the 58s were built modular, so this kind of thing would be entirely possible.

My theory is, that would Woodhead have stayed open, there may have been plans for a Class 78 too (1500v DC electric bone) to replace the EM1s. But, offtopic, sorry. :-)

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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby martin_l_jones » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:11 pm

Dapol have confirmed they will manufacture the Class 68 in OO and N scale.

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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby luckymucklebackit » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:53 am

Bit of You Tube Video of the first loco (still in undercoat) being tested. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4z39G_BoIM&feature=youtube_gdata_player Nice bit of clag!

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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby TK421 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:53 pm

Sounds good now all we need is the return of the post train and drs to get the contract and I might see one my way :lol:
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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby markh » Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:53 am

CRIPES THAT THING MUST DO 0-60 IN 2.4 SECS :o :o :o :o
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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby luckymucklebackit » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:48 am

68002 now in full livery and ready for delivery early in the new year.

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If that livery is retrospectively applied to any other class I would challenge anyone to do a paint job!!!

http://www.directrailservices.com/news-articles/2013/12/10/exclusive-class-68-in-new-drs-livery/

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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby hiffano » Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:43 am

want one!
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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby solario » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:43 pm

First off, if the one due to arrive is numbered 68002, how come it's the first one? What about 68001?

Second, that livery is weird. It will look OK moving from left to right, but right to left? The speed effect runs in the wrong direction.
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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby markh » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:53 pm

I prefer the one on the compueter edited model with the compass at each end, And are they planning of running them to carlisle

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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby Bufferstop » Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:32 pm

Luckymucklebackit's post was to the right place, you just needed to scroll down to the section for Vossloh, to find two versions "UKlight" and "UK Dual" even numbered as 68001 and 88001. The external difference (in their pictures at least) being only the pantograph on the dual. I think it's a fair bet the class 68 will be an 88 without the pantograph and associated equipment, it wouldn't really make sense to design or build them any other way.
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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby hairyhandedfool » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:02 pm

solario wrote:First off, if the one due to arrive is numbered 68002, how come it's the first one? What about 68001?......


The first one is being tested.....and isn't blue yet....

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Re: Class 68 - coming soon

Postby Bufferstop » Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:48 pm

It's good to see a locomotive design for the UK that isn't purely utilitarian or totally bland. Some not inconsiderable effort has been expended on the appearance of this design. Can't wait to see them in service. With the planned increase in wired mileage the 88s could become the new use them everywhere replacement for the 47.
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