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.


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/


Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active Key Model World subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all Key Model World content
  • Exclusive product reviews, latest news, builds and highly detailed layouts
  • Read 5,300 articles, in a fully searchable archive of modelling content growing daily!
  • Access to read the official Hornby Magazine and Airfix Model World online, brought to life with video and additional imagery
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below