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BR SWINDON TYPE 1 0-6-0 DIESEL HYDRAULIC LOCOMOTIVES CLASS 14 THEIR LIFE ON BRITISH RAILWAYS
BR SWINDON TYPE 1 0-6-0 DIESEL HYDRAULIC LOCOMOTIVES CLASS 14 THEIR LIFE ON BRITISH RAILWAYS

BR SWINDON TYPE 1 0-6-0 DIESEL HYDRAULIC LOCOMOTIVES CLASS 14 THEIR LIFE ON BRITISH RAILWAYS

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BR SWINDON TYPE 1 0-6-0 DIESEL HYDRAULIC LOCOMOTIVES

CLASS 14 THEIR LIFE ON BRITISH RAILWAYS

In 1957 the Western Region of BR identified a need for 400 Type 1 diesel locomotives for short-haul freight duties, but it was 1964 before the first was introduced. General-purpose Type 1s were being delivered elsewhere but WR management regarded these as too expensive for their requirements.
After completion of design work on the ‘Western’ locomotives, Swindon turned to creating a cheap ‘no-frills’ Type 1.
At 65% of the cost of the Bo-Bo alternative, the Swindon 0-6-0 represented a better ‘fit’ for the trip-freight niche. Since 1957 the privatised road-haulage industry had decimated BR’s wagon-load sector; whilst the 1962 Transport Act released BR from its financially debilitating public-service obligations, the damage had been done, and the 1963 Beeching Plan focused on closing unprofitable routes and associated services.
By 1963 the original requirement for 400 Type 1s had been massively reduced. Fifty-six locomotives were constructed in 1964/65. Continuing traffic losses resulted in the whole class becoming redundant by 1969.
Fortuitously, a demand for high-powered diesels on the larger industrial railway systems saw the bulk of the locomotives finding useful employment for a further twenty years. This book covers the life of these locomotives on British Railways; a companion volume will provide an extensive appraisal of "Their Life in Industry" for the forty-eight locomotives which made the successful transition after withdrawal from BR.
216 pages with 280 Colour and black & white photographs printed on high quality glossy art paper, HARDBACK


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Bernard Davies

interesting book from my perspective as some one in his teens saw them being build at Swindon, and lives in the area where the bulk of them were used at some time or another. It is interesting to find out the reasons for their short use in B.R service.

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A Taylor
The not so troublesome Paxmans

Excellent book giving the real insight to these locos, and also dismissing the myth about their unreliability.

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Don Vann
BR Swindon Type 1 0-6-0 Diesel Hydraulic Locos Class 14

This book is excellent - extensively researched and debunks many myths - thoroughly recommended.

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Ian Rumford

BR SWINDON TYPE 1 0-6-0 DIESEL HYDRAULIC LOCOMOTIVES CLASS 14 THEIR LIFE ON BRITISH RAILWAYS

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David Winter
The Locos That Should Never Have Been Built?

This book, the first of two volumes, is highly detailed and contains a large number of photos of the class. Indeed, so detailed that I have only had time so far to browse through the pictures. The class was built to fulfil a need that BR WR was bound to meet, at a lowest possible cost. However, by the time the locos were ready for service the rules had changed and they were effectively redundant from new. Luckily the UK still had heavy industries at the time, and these soon scooped up a large number of the locos for their second career. By the time this period of their life was over preservationists had taken up the challenge of operating ex-main line diesels on our heritage lines, so many of the survivors eventually made their way into preservation. The book is well worth buying, especially if you are of my generation and saw them being built at Swindon on one of the regular Wednesday afternoon works visits.

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