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British Rail Class 58
58001 at Doncaster Works
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder BREL, Doncaster Works
Build date 1983-1987
Total production 50
UIC classification Co'Co'
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length 19.13 m (62 ft 9 in)
Width 2.72 m (8 ft 11 in)
Height 3.91 m (12 ft 10 in)
Locomotive weight 130 tonnes (127.9 long tons; 143.3 short tons)
Fuel capacity 4,480 litres (990 imp gal; 1,180 US gal)
Prime mover Ruston Paxman 12RK3ACT
Multiple working Red Diamond
Top speed 80 mph (129 km/h)
Power output Engine: 3,300 bhp (2,460 kW)
Tractive effort Maximum: 60,000 lbf (267 kN)
Train brakes Air
Career British Rail
English, Welsh and Scottish Railway
Number 58001-58050
Nicknames ‘Bone’
Axle load class Route availability 7
Barrow Hill Railway Depot
Two British Rail Class 58s at Barrow Hill Engine Shed.

The British Rail Class 58 is a class of Co-Co diesel locomotive designed for heavy freight. Introduced in 1982, they followed American practice of modularisation. From new they were painted in grey Railfreight Sector livery, instead of BR blue. EWS withdrew them in 2002 after 20 years in service, though 30 were subsequently hired abroad—four to the Netherlands, eight to Spain, and twenty to France.

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