Friday, 13 May 2016

Evening Stars


Class 66, 66779 is the final member of its class to be built for the UK and European markets. Since 1998 the class 66 has been a key part of the railway scene all over Britain and this loco represents the end of this era of locomotive construction. GB Railfreight has decided to mark this by naming the loco Evening Star, the name which was given to the BR 9F, 92220, which was built at Swindon Works in 1960 and was the final mainline steam locomotive built for use in the UK. It was named at the National Railway Museum in York on 10th May 2016.


The plate below the name reads -

66779 BUILT IN MUNCIE, INDIANA USA
DECEMBER 2015

THE LAST CLASS 66 LOCOMOTIVE FOR BRITISH RAILWAYS
GB RAILFREIGHT
NAMED AT NRM YORK ON 10TH MAY 2016 BY
BILLY AINSWORTH
CHEIF EXECUTIVE OFFICIER PROGRESS RAIL SERVICES AND ELECTRO-MOTIVE DIESEL

This is in the style and sentiment of the plates below the nameplates on 92220 Evening Star, noting its significance and GBRF have said that when the loco is withdrawn it will be donated to the National Collection.

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3 comments:

  1. I'm not a great fan of the class 66's but this is an exception. To see it painted in such colours is fantastic and the fitting of these plates is most appropriate. The promise to donate it to the National collection is without doubt a generous and indeed worthy act of recognition of the heritage of our railways and is to be applauded. Congratulations to those involved at all levels.

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  2. It will be interesting to see if the NRM will claim the loco. They didn't want 56006, the debacle over 50035. One hopes they take 58050 and 60100 as these are very significant locos, just as much as any steam loco that goes before them.

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  3. I think that recently attitudes to modern traction have changed at the NRM - I think Steve Davies influenced this. In the Great Hall, diesel and electric traction is quite prominent now. Currently, the first type of loco you see when you enter the Great Hall from the old/car park entrance is a Western! Projects like the APT-E and orignal HST power car restorations shows a changing attitude towards modern traction. It seems much more balanced now than in previous years.

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