A recent assessment of its fleet of locomotives showed that most of its services are operated by Class 66 locomotives, with its Class 60s only seeing limited use. It concluded that if services operated by its Class 60 locomotives could be transferred to Class 66 locomotives with a higher tractive effort, that would benefit its customers and the company.
Until the Class 66 conversion programme has been completed, four Class 60s will remain in short-term service.
A DB Cargo spokesperson said “The Class 66 continues to form the backbone of DB Cargo UK's fleet, with the Class 60 currently only used on limited traffic. After careful consideration, analysis and in collaboration with our customers, we have established that some of our services currently operated by Class 60s, could be more effectively and efficiently served by the Class 66 HTE (Higher Tractive Effort) – this will benefit our customers and the company alike.
“To this end, we are investing in a significant programme of work to re-gear ten of our existing Class 66 locomotives to providing enhanced tractive effort capability. They will effectively become Class 66/6s. These will be phased in from April 2024 onwards and allow us to continue with the phased withdrawal of our Class 60 fleet.
“Four Class 60s will remain in short-term service beyond the end of the year until the new Class 66 HTEs are introduced.”