Colas Railfreight Class 60 Joins SVR’s Spring Diesel Festival

60087 // Credit Severn Valley Railway
60087 // Credit Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway (SVR) has announced that Colas Railfreight will be sending one of their Class 60s to running alongside home fleet and visiting engines at the line’s Spring Diesel Festival.

About the Class 60s

After a number of companies were asked, Brush Traction’s design was accepted for the 100 engines to be built for use with trainload freight. Construction started in 1989, with all 100 engines completed by 1993.

With the introduction of Class 60s, classes such as the 20s, 26s, 27s, 31s, 33s and 73s started to be phased out.

Despite a large number of the class usually stored in or out of traffic, EWS retained all the engines for use on various types of freight trains. Many have received overhauls, with some gaining upgrades and becoming known as “Super 60s” under DB Schenker ownership.

When the time comes to withdraw the class, a group has been set up to preserve at least one member of the class.

SVR’s Spring Diesel Festival

Anyone following the lineup updates we have been producing would know the incredible range of engines that the SVR has managed to assemble for the event. With just over a month to go to the Festival, will there be any more guests to visit? Stay tuned and we here at RailAdvent will keep you up-to-date.

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