Saturday, 24 October 2015

New Class 73 variants at Eastleigh, 24th October 2015.

I am not alone in thinking that 73951 looks weird. No cab-end jumpers above the buffer level, and a new windscreen wiper arrangement. However the slots at cantrail level are reminiscent of the Bulleid / Raworth locomotives, the first Class 70.

As an electric locomotive it is relatively unchanged. The diesel power is 2 @ 750hp Cummins QSK19 diesel engines & 2 @ Marathon Magnaplus alternators.

73951 was 73104, originally supplied from English Electric Vulcan Foundry in November 1965 as E6010, allocated to 75D Stewarts Lane. After withdrawal this was in ownership associated with Fragonset and was very occasionally active on the Mid-Hants Railway, later at the Weardale Railway.

Bearing more of the classic lines and layout of Class 73 is 73963 Janice. Originally E6030 delivered in May 1966, this became 73123 and later 73206 in the sub-class for Gatwick Express duties.

As 73963 this has been re-powered with a MTU 8V4000 R43L of 1600hp and Lechmotoren SDV 87.53-12 alternator. Again, as an electric locomotive it is relatively unchanged.