War of the diesels
One of British Railways most controversial decisions was to standardise on electric, rather than hydraulic transmission for diesel locomotives. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at the background to this choice and and assesses whether it was correct.
Above: The BR ‘Warships’ delivered 2,100hp for just 78tons – a huge challenge for diesel-electric locomotives which were always heavier for high power outputs. On May 20 1965 D837 Ramillies stands at London Paddington after arrival with the Up ‘Cornish Riviera Express’. Brian Stephenson.