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    UKP: BR Diesel: 58

    Diesel Loco

    Class 58 Bone

    The British Rail Class 58 is a class of Co-Co diesel locomotive designed for heavy freight. The narrow body with cabs at either end led to them being given the nickname "Bone" by rail enthusiasts.

    Their design represented a major departure from British conventions of construction; amongst the innovations was the adoption of the American practice of modularisation. The first locomotive of the class was delivered to British Rail during early 1983 and entered service that same year. Despite expectations of a lengthy service life, during 2002, EWS decided to withdraw all examples of the type after only 19 years in service. Subsequently, 32 were hired abroad – four to the Netherlands, eight to Spain and twenty to France. A few examples have also been scrapped or have entered preservation.

    Introduced 1982-87
    Wheel Arrangement Co-Co
    Builder BREL Doncaster
    Power 1780kW
    Weight 130tonnes
    TE 275kN
    Engine Rushton/Paxman 12RK3ACT
    Transmission Electric
    Max Speed 80mph
    Driving Wheel Dia 1120mm
    Length 19.13m
    Width 2.72m
    Height 3.91m
    Withdrawn 2002
    Wheelbase 17.75m

    Photo: Dan Cardwell

    Number Altnumber Name Status Note Livery Depot Pool Base Owner In Service Withdrawn
    58012 S MLG BL Battlefield Line PO 03/1984 05/12/1999 UK/58 UK70/58
    58016 P Awaiting restoration FER LR UKRS UKRL Leicester 58L 10/1984 05/08/2002 UK/58 UK70/58
    58022 10000   R Donor Loco for Project Icon. Being rebuilt into LMS 10000 MLG PR Ecclesbourne Valley Railway PRE 12/1984 11/03/2002 UK/58 UK70/58
    58048 Coventry Colliery** P EWS BL Battlefield Line PRE 11/1986 19/01/2000 UK/58 UK70/58