THE CLASS 86 ELECTRICS

Despite being the largest single class of electric locomotive in the country, the Class 86 has never attracted much attention from either enthusiasts or modellers, yet it was the workhorse of the West Coast route for more than 20 years, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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Above: The first of the Class 86s entered service in 1965 and were a stark contrast to the final steam locomotives in service in the North West. In 1965 E3109 (later numbered 86016, 86316 and 86416) stands next to Stanier ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 45272 at the buffer stops under the train shed at Manchester Piccadilly. Colin Whitfield/Railphotoprints.uk.

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