Class 50 'Glorious', an English Electric locomotive from the famous Vulcan Foundry at Newton-le-Willows.
Fifty were built in 1967 to haul fast passenger traffic north of Crewe before the West Coast Main Line was electrified.
this lovely sounding engine is an English Electric 16CSVT
16= Number of Cylinders
V= Vee engine
T= Traction whereas 'M'= Marine use
(trivia corner) the engine (c3000hp) gave their power to a generator which in turn powered 6 axle-hung nose-suspended 400hp traction motors, they were powerful machines that could start heavy passenger trains with ease and coast along at 100 MPH for long periods, they had the nickname of 'Hoovers' ..some thought because they bore a resemblance to the vacuum cleaners of the day but it was because originally they had special air filters that sounded like Hoovers! right at the end you get to see how cramped it was back in the engine compartment, pity the poor second man who had to go back there in the middle of the night as the train maybe struggled up Shap ( a notorious part of the line in Cumbria noted for it's severe cold and snow storms). finishing off with a 'parp-parp'
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it's being restored by volunteers at a Rail Heritage site. they still take on apprentices although not in the numbers they used to.
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