Split box Class 37/0s - the early years

Split box Class 37/0s

One of the most successful diesel locomotives ever to run in Britain is the English Electric Class 37, a design that has now given 60 years of front-line service to our railways. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back at the inception and early years of this popular machine.

Above: The English Electric Type 3s were designed for mixed traffic duties and were equally at home on long express trains as they were with heavy goods. On June 15 1964 D6753 powers through Hadley Wood with the 4.12pm King’s Cross-Cleethorpes. Brian Stephenson.

LOOKING BACK AT THE Modernisation Plan of 1955, it is fair to say that a great number of mistakes were made. In the rush to eliminate steam a large number of diesel locomotives, many to completely untried designs, were ordered and arbitrary decisions were taken concerning technical standards, many of which were later proved to be wanting.

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