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    UKP: BR Diesel: 45

    Diesel Loco

    Class 45 Peak

    The British Rail Class 45 or Sulzer Type 4 are diesel locomotives built by British Railways' Derby and Crewe Works between 1960 and 1962. Along with the similar Class 44 and 46 locomotives, they became known as Peaks. The Class 45s became the main traction on the Midland Main Line from 1962, and their introduction allowed considerable acceleration of the previous steam-powered service.

    The Class 45s remained the main source of power on the Midland Main Line up to 1982, when they were relegated to secondary services following introduction of HSTs on the route. From 1986 Class 45s virtually disappeared from the line and all were withdrawn by the end of 1989. All remaining survivors now preserved.

     

    Gauge 1435mm
    Builder BR Derby, Crewe
    Max Speed 90mph
    Introduced 1960-62
    Withdrawn 1989
    Length 20700mm
    Width 2710mm
    Height 3910mm
    Weight 135t
    Engine Sulzer 12LDA28-B
    Transmission Diesel Electric
    Power 1864kW
    TE 245kN
    Driving Wheel Dia 1143mm
    Wheelbase 18190mm
    Wheel Arrangement 1Co-Co1

    Photo: John J Cordrey

    Number Altnumber Name Status Note Livery Depot Pool Base Owner
    D123 89423   45125   LEICESTERSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE YEOMANRY A GRN PR MBDL Great Central Railway PRE UK70/45
    D135 45149   PHAETON** P BRB PR Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway PRE UK70/45
    45015 D14   S BRB PR Battlefield Line PRE UK70/45
    45041 89453   D53   ROYAL TANK REGIMENT P on long term loan from Midland Railway - Butterley BRB WF MBDL Nene Valley Railway PLP UK70/45
    45060 89460   D100   Sherwood Forester P BRB BH MBDL Barrow Hill PDG UK70/45
    45105 D86   P BRB BH Barrow Hill PRE UK70/45
    45108 89420   D120   P on long term loan from Midland Railway - Butterley BRB BQ MBDL East Lancashire Railway PLP UK70/45
    45112 D61   The Royal Army Ordnance Corps S SBB BU NRLO Nemesis Rail, Burton-on-Trent NEM UK70/45
    45118 D67   THE ROYAL ARTILLERYMAN P BRB BH LSLS Barrow Hill LSL UK70/45
    45132 D22   D BRB PR MBDL Epping & Ongar Railway PRE UK70/45
    45133 89440   D40   P BRB SK MBDL Midland Railway - Butterley PRE UK70/45
    45135 D99   3RD CARABINIER P BRB BQ MBDL East Lancashire Railway PRE UK70/45