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British Rail Class 76
26020 at York NRM.JPG
Preserved locomotive no. 26020 in original black livery.
Type and origin
Power type Electric
Builder LNER Doncaster Works (prototype) BR Gorton Works
Build date 1941 (prototype), 1952–1953
Total produced 58
 • Whyte Bo+Bo
Wheel diameter 4 ft 2 in (1.270 m)
Length 50 ft 4 in (15.34 m)
Loco weight 87.90 long tons (89.3 t)
Electric system/s 1500 V DC
Current pickup(s) Pantograph, 2 off
Traction motors Metropolitan Vickers 186, 4 off
Train heating Steam generator (14 locomotives)
Train brakes Vacuum, some later Dual
Performance figures
Top speed 65 mph (105 km/h)
Power output Continuous: 1,300 hp (969 kW)
One-hour: 1,868 hp (1,393 kW)
Tractive effort 45,000 lbf (200,000 N)
Brakeforce 72 long tons-force (717 kN)
Railroad(s) British Railways
Number 26000–26055; later E26000–26057; later 76001–76057
Axle load class Route availability 8 (LNER: 9)
Locale Manchester-Sheffield-Wath line
Retired 1970–1981

The British Rail Class 76, also known as Class EM1, is a class of 1.5kV DC, Bo-Bo electric locomotive designed for use on the now-closed Woodhead Line in Northern England.

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