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HS4000 "Kestrel"
HS4000 outside Derby Locomotive Works, 1968-08-31.
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Hawker Siddeley, at Brush Traction, Loughborough
Serial number Brush 711
Build date 1968
UIC classification Co'Co'
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Wheel diameter 3 ft 9 in (1.143 m)
Wheelbase 51 ft 8 in (15.75 m)
Length 66 ft 6 in (20.27 m)
Width 8 ft 9+34 in (2.69 m)
Height 12 ft 9+34 in (3.91 m)
Locomotive weight 133 long tons (135 t)
Fuel capacity 1,000 imp gal (4,500 L; 1,200 US gal)
Prime mover Sulzer 16LVA24
Traction motors Brush, 6 off
Transmission AC alternator, DC traction motors
Top speed 125 mph (201 km/h)
Power output Engine: 4,000 hp (2,983 kW)
At rail: 3,412 hp (2,544 kW)
Tractive effort 70,000 lbf (311.38 kN)
Train brakes Dual (Air and Vacuum)
Career British Railways, Soviet Railways
Disposition Exported to Russia, later scrapped.

HS4000, named Kestrel, was a prototype high-powered mainline diesel locomotive built in 1968 by Brush Traction to demonstrate its wares to British Railways. The name came from Hawker Siddeley (the owner of Brush) 4000 hp (the power rating of its Sulzer engine).

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