DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: Arriva Train Wales
Designer: Alstom Spain
Entered Service: 1999
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
Purpose: Mixed Traffic
Wheel Configuration: Bo-Bo
Special Features: Directional lighting, NEM
A total of 30 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 service and several of the Class
received mail related names, such as No. 67001 'Night Mail' and No.
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 the locomotives became redundant after only five
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, No. 67005 and No. 67006,
were re-liveried in 'Royal Claret' for hauling the Royal Train when
required and in October 2007, No. 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 at London Marylebone in April 2008 with locomotives and
coaches re-liveried in the silver and grey of Wrexham & Shropshire.
Locomotive No. 67003 represented here, was
the first of the Class delivered in October 1999. By 2000 the rest of
the Class had been delivered and undergone 'Acceptance Trials'.
Originally liveried in EWS maroon and yellow, No. 67003 is now liveried
in Arriva Trains Wales blue.
Detailed scale model. Not suitable for
children under 14 years. Please refer to safety notes in enclosed
instruction leaflet. Colours and contents may differ from those
illustrated. Please retain these details and the address for future