60011 near Stretton in May 2012. © Phil Sangwell
The fleet of Class 60 locomotives were built for British Rail by Brush Traction after they identified a need for high powered Type 5 diesels for use on the Trainload Freight sector. Following the subsequent privatisation of British Rail, the fleet passed to EWS and later spread around to other operators. The fleet only operated during the final years of British Rail and after privatisation they became the property of EWS. The operator was reportedly unimpressed with their performance and much of the class were stored and sold onto other operators. The 60s saw a new lease of life in the late 2000s and 2010s in use with other operators and a portion were upgraded to 'Super 60s' by DB Schenker. During 2020, the first Class 60 was scrapped and one was also preserved.
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