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British Rail Class 53 (Falcon)
D0280 Falcon
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Brush Traction
Serial number 280
Build date 1961
UIC classification Co'Co'
Gauge ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Wheel diameter 3 ft 7 in (1.092 m)
Wheelbase 56 ft 4 in (17.17 m)
Length 68 ft 10 in (20.98 m)
Width 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
Height 12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)
Locomotive weight 115 long tons (117 t)
Fuel capacity 1,440 imp gal (6,500 l; 1,730 US gal)
Prime mover Maybach MD655, 2 off
Traction motors Brush, 6 off
Cylinders 12 × 2
Top speed 100 mph (161 km/h)
Power output 2,880 hp (2,150 kW)
Tractive effort 60,000 lbf (266.9 kN)
Train heating Spanner Mk III 2,500 pounds (1,100 kg) per hour steam generator
Locomotive brakes Brakeforce: 59 long tons-force (588 kN)
Train brakes Vacuum, later: Air
Career British Railways
Number D0280, later 1200
Axle load class Route availability: 7 (6 from 1969)
Disposition Sold to BR December 1970, withdrawn October 1975, Scrapped by Cashmore of Newport, April 1976

British Rail gave the name Class 53 to the single Brush Traction-built example train Falcon. Although it worked, the idea of Class 53 was made old by new locomotive technology (like the power from single low-speed diesel engines) and was never made twice.

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