More Class 66s for GBRf in 2015?

The 21 American-built Class 66s that have now all been delivered to GB Railfreight from Electro-Motive Diesel in Muncie (Indiana) may not be the final examples of the class after all.

GBRf has confirmed that it has seven ā€˜66ā€™ engines available for new locomotives, although the operator added that no order has yet been placed for further locomotives.

The original order for 21 ā€˜66sā€™ had to arrive in the UK by the end of this year to comply with European Commission regulations on emissions (RAIL 754, 755, 756).

Under the EC Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) directive, 26 locomotives that do not meet Stage IIIB emissions standards could be placed on the market from a single manufacturer, provided they were delivered into the UK before 2015, when the regulations change. That means that five of the class are still allowed under the rules.

  • For the full story, read RAIL 764, published on December 24.
  • One of the seven Class 66/7s delivered to the UK this month, 66771, stands at Doncaster Roberts Road on December 12. RICHARD TUPLIN.

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