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    UKP: BR Electric: 89

    Electric Loco

    Class 89

    The British Rail Class 89 is a prototype electric locomotive. Only one was built, in 1986, by British Rail Engineering Limited's Crewe Works. It was used on test-trains on both the West Coast and East Coast Main Lines. The locomotive was fitted with advanced power control systems and developed more than 6,000 bhp (4,500 kW). After being withdrawn in 1992, it was returned to service in 1996, before being again withdrawn in 2000.

    The Class 89 locomotive was designed by Brush Traction, Loughborough to meet a specification issued by British Rail. BR subsequently changed the requirements of this specification, but not before Brush had committed to building the prototype locomotive.

    The locomotive had six DC traction motors. The main armature current for all the motors was fed from a common thyristor drive, with each motor having an independent field current controller. The field current controllers comprised a two quadrant chopper inside a thyristor bridge. The bipolar transistor based choppers provided a fast fine control of motor torque for electric braking and slip control, while the thyristor bridge was used to invert the field current polarity.

    System 25kV Ac
    Introduced 1987
    Wheel Arrangement Co-Co
    Builder BREL Crewe
    Power 4350kW
    Weight 104tonnes
    TE 205kN
    Max Speed 125mph
    Driving Wheel Dia 1.15m
    Length 19.79m
    Width 2.731m
    Height 3.81m
    Withdrawn 2000
    Wheelbase 15.1m

    Photo: Phil Hayward

    Number Altnumber Name Status Note Livery Depot Pool Base Owner
    89001 89501   Avocet** O for restoration by HNRL ICS LB ACAC UKRL Loughborough ETL UK/89 UK70/89