Although the Class 68 has been with us for only three years, it has already amassed a considerable following. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a closer look at this handsome and groundbreaking locomotive, which is set to be an industry standard for many years to come.
Above: Chiltern Railways operated Class 68 68015 propels 5H66, the 5.16pm Wembley LMD-London Marylebone empty coaching stock, formed of the Banbury Mk 3 set in BR blue and grey livery, past Neasden Junction on April 2 2015. This set went on to form the 6.05pm Marylebone-Banbury. Christopher Wilson.
THROUGHOUT the history of railways, designers have sought to provide locomotives with the most power available at the lightest weight but inevitably there has come a point where the available technology has limited the progress that could be made.