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The Southern Region (B R) Class 73 and 74 Locomotives A Pictorial Overview
The Southern Region (B R) Class 73 and 74 Locomotives A Pictorial Overview

The Southern Region (B R) Class 73 and 74 Locomotives A Pictorial Overview

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The Southern Region (B R) Class 73 and 74 Locomotives A Pictorial Overview

The Southern Region of British Railways had long sought to design a locomotive capable of working on electrified lines and non-electrified station yards and sidings. In 1959 British Railways approved a design, designated Class HA, later British Railways Class 73, which combined the electrical equipment of the latest EMU design with the standard English Electric diesel engine in one bodyshell. An initial order was placed for six locomotives but allocated to Eastleigh Carriage and Wagon Works because the design used stock components normally found on the multiple unit fleet.

The locomotives were released to traffic during February 1962 and were allocated to Stewarts Lane depot from where they powered the mundane duties of freight, parcels and empty stock services. They also tested the principle of high-speed propulsion of passenger trains prior to the adoption of the principle for the electrification of the Waterloo – Weymouth line as far as Poole. Included in this scheme was the ordering of a further 43 improved Class 73 locomotives which were built by English Electric.

The locomotives proved a useful design but when British Railways was privatised in 1994 the new operator considered them surplus and sold them out of service. The original 6 locomotives had already been transferred north to Merseyside to work on the local electric network. Although initially considered unsuitable by the original operator they were highly regarded by many companies hence were sold on to continue working on the national network. Some were converted for special purposes thus were formed into sub-classes hence as at December 2022 30 of the 49 fleet still remain active in mainline service.
120 Pages packed with both colour and B&W photographs. HARDBACK

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ISBN: 9781399048811

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Peter King
Electro diesels.

A comprehensive history of all the different varieties of the Southern’s electro-diesels. Fully-captioned colour photos on every page.

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David Gilbert
AWFUL

Sadly, I HAVE to say, this is the worst railway book I've ever bought. There's nothing pre TOPS....absolutely NOTHING ! ! As for pics, ( excellent quality as they may be ), repetition or what...... Example :- 73961-73965....FOURTEEN photos of them all at Liverpool Lime St. on 4 different dates. Again......the 73966-73971 batch.....TWELVE photos all at Edinburgh Waverly, 3 different dates. Some description headings repeated. And why did he PERSISTENTLY use "stableS" instead of "stableD"..... Stabled is past tense, which is what the photos are !
The ONLY redeeming factor for me is the detailed explanation of the history of each sub-class, ie :- 73/0, 73/1, 73/2, 73951/2, 73961-73971. The chapter on the 74's is good, but again NOTHING pre TOPS. And has been said, why havn't the 71s been included.
I should have returned it.......putting it bluntly, it's rubbish.....! ! !

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Alan Hoade Hoade
Very good

Only shame that the author did not include class71 as 10 locos became class74.

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Gary

I don’t know, I’m still waiting for it to be delivered, I ordered it on the 02/11/23, I’ve emailed strathwood to see where it was and I’m still waiting a reply🤬🤬

Order was shipped by courier and sent back as customer not at home, then resent at our expense, customer emailed but claimed rwe had not done anything. DPD confirmed delivery upon second shipping.

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