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Latest Issue: Issue 219 - June/July 2016

The ‘Warships’

Without any doubt, some of the most followed classes of modern traction locomotives have been the three builds of diesel-hydraulic locomotives, collectively known as the 'Warships', a title given to the fleets as each member was named after a Royal Navy battleship.

When the mid-1950s British Transport Commission (BTC) Modernisation Plan emerged, the Board of the then Western Region opted to experiment with a small fleet of diesel-hydraulic locomotives. For main line duties these were dualengine locomotives ordered from the North British Loco Co of Glasgow. This order for five locos became the D600 fleet.

Sit back and enjoy this edition of MLI covering some of the most glamorous designs of UK modern traction.