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    UKP: BR Electric 90

    Electric Loco

    Class 90

    The British Rail Class 90 electric locomotives were built for mixed-traffic duties, operating from 25 kV AC overhead lines and produce 5,000 bhp (3,700 kW). They weigh 84.5 tonnes and can typically achieve a top speed of 110 mph (177 km/h).

    The Class 90 is a modernised derivative of the preceding Class 87 locomotive, having been originally designated as the Class 87/2. During the 1980s, British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) had submitted an offer to build 25 examples to replace various aging electric locomotives, including the Class 81, Class 82, Class 83, Class 84 and Class 85. It was selected over numerous rival proposals, including the InterCity 225 and the Class 89; the type was manufactured by BREL at Crewe Works between 1987 and 1990.

    The Class 90 was introduced to service during the closing years of British Rail, being used for both passenger services and freight trains alike. Following the privatisation of British Rail, the type has served with various operators, including Greater Anglia, Virgin Trains and Great North Eastern Railway (GNER); it was, however, displaced largely from regular passenger services during the 2000s and 2010s. Presently, Class 90 locomotives are usually employed on heavy freight trains and occasional charter services.

    System 25kV AC
    Length 18.8m
    Width 2.74m
    Introduced 1987-90
    Builder BREL Crewe
    Power 5860kW
    Weight 84.5tonnes
    TE 258kN
    Max Speed 110mph
    Driving Wheel Dia 1.15m
    Height 3.969m
    Wheel Arrangement Bo-Bo
    Wheelbase 13.26m

    90001 at Crewe

    Photo: Dan Cardwell

    Number Name Status Livery Depot Pool Base Owner In Service
    90001 Crown Point**, Royal Scot ICS CL LSLO Locomotive Services, Crewe LSL 04/04/1988 UK/90 UK70/90
    90002 Eastern Daily Press 1870-2010 SERVING NORFOLK FOR 140 YEARS**,Wolf of Badenoch ICS CL LSLO Locomotive Services, Crewe LSL 04/04/1988 UK/90 UK70/90