British Diesel & Electrics > Sulzer Type 2 Class 24-27 Locomotives

SULZER TYPE 2 CLASS 24 – 27

Class 24

The Sulzer Type 2 Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotive was first delivered in 1958 and numbered D5000.

Production continued until 1961 and a total of 151 entered service. They were built at Crewe, Derby and Darlington. Although They were associated with the 'Condor' fast freights between London and Glasgow. A six-cylinder turbo-charged Sulzer 1,160hp diesel provided the power and top speed was about 75mph. The final member of this class to be withdrawn, 24081 (D5081), ended its career at Crewe in 1980. The locomotive is now preserved and in working order. Only four of the class survive.

Class 25

The Class 25 is a further development of the class 24. They were similar to the Class 24’s but the Sulzer power unit was improved and resulted in them having a top speed of 90mph. A total of 327 were built upto 1967 between Crewe, Darlington and Derby with one other outside contractor, Beyer-Peacock.  They were found nearly everywhere on the British Railways network in the 1970s and accordingly nicknamed “Rats” The last of the class were withdrawn in 1987.

Of the class total of 327 built happily 20 of the class survive.

Class 26

The Class 26 diesel locomotives, also known as the BRCW Type 2, were built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company (BRCW) at Smethwick in 1958-59. A total of 47 were built and they lasted in service until 1994. They were powered by four Crompton Parkinson Traction Motors.

The Class 26’s are best described as mixed traffic and could be found on Parcels, Short lightweight freight workings and passenger workings. Of the 47 built 13 of the class survived into preservation.

Class 27

The Class 27 diesel locomotives were a development of the earlier Class 26, being originally classified as the BRCW Type 2. A total of 69 diesel locomotives were built by BRCW during 1961 and 1962.

Mass withdrawal took place in July 1987 after blue asbestos was discovered, however 8 of the class have been preserved.


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LPAP-DSL-CO-0015 
 Stratford open day 9th July 1983, and 25177 lays on it's side,, as it's part of a rerailing demonstration, imagine this getting the green light from Health & Safety in 2014! 
 Keywords: BR, Eastern, LNER, London, Stratford, Diesel, BR, Shed, Colour, Class25, 25177, D7527, CW, 1983
LPAP-DSL-CO-0016 
 Huge crowds gather at Stratford open day 9th July 1983, as 25177 is rerailed in a demonstration. 
 Keywords: BR, Eastern, LNER, London, Stratford, Diesel, BR, Shed, Colour, Class25, 25177, D7527, CW, 1983
LPAP-DSL-CO-0051 
 An engineers train passes through Chester, 31st May 1984 behind 25054. 
 Keywords: BR, Eastern, LNER, Cheshire, Chester, Diesel, BR, Engineer, Colour, Class25, 25054, D5204, LO, 1984
LPAP-DSL-CO-0126 
 Passing at Markinch, are 27042 and 27026, on the Edinburgh - Dundee circuit, 27th May 1985. 
 Keywords: BR, Eastern, LNER, Scotland, Markinch, Diesel, BR, Passenger, Colour, Class27, 27026, D5372, 27042, D5406, ED, 65A, 1985
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 Departing Kirkcaldy is 27046 with a Dundee bound service, 27th May 1985. 
 Keywords: BR, Eastern, LNER, Scotland, Kirkcaldy, Diesel, BR, Passenger, Colour, Class27, 27046, D5380, ED, 65A, 1985
LPAP-DSL-CO-0050 
 25173 and 212 arrive at Aylesbury, 30th May 1984. 
 Keywords: BR, Eastern, LNER, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury, Diesel, BR, Light, Colour, Class25, 25173, D7523, 25212, D7562, CW, TO, 1984
LPAP-DSL-CO-0124 
 27026 is seen at journeys' end in Edinburgh, after working a service from Dundee, 27th May 1985. 
 Keywords: BR, Eastern, LNER, Scotland, Edinburgh, Diesel, BR, Passenger, Colour, Class27, 27026, D5372, ED, 65A, 1985
LPAP-DSL-CO-0125 
 No-heat 27042 is caught entering Aberdour, on a Edinburgh - Dundee service on 27th May 1985. 
 Keywords: BR, Eastern, LNER, Scotland, Aberdour, Diesel, BR, Passenger, Colour, Class27, 27042, D5406, ED, 65A, 1985
LPAP-DSL-CO-0004 
 Still with it's working headcode indicator goes for a jolly with an inspection saloon, 7th April 1983. 
 Keywords: BR, Midland, LMS, Manchester, Manchester Victoria, Diesel, BR, Engineers, Colour, Class25, 25221, D7571, CW, 1983
LPAP-DSL-CO-0027 
 Euston's station pilot the last day of August 1983, was 25035. 
 Keywords: BR, Midland, LMS, London, Euston, Diesel, BR, Light, Colour, Class25, HST, 25035, D5185, HA, 1983
LPAP-DSL-CO-0058 
 25284 leaves Peterborough with cement tanks, 13th June 1984. 
 Keywords: BR, Eastern, LNER, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Diesel, BR, Freight, Colour, Class25, 25284, D7634, SP, 1984
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 Additional platforms now grace the area where this train sits. A welded rail train hauled by a Class 25 waits a path a Nuneaton, 1st July 1984. 
 Keywords: BR, Midland, LMS, Leicestershire, Nuneaton, Diesel, BR, Passenger, Colour, Class25, 1984

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