New trains on order for Chiltern services

Oxford Mail: A Class 68 locomotive at builder Vossloh's factory in Valencia, Spain A Class 68 locomotive at builder Vossloh's factory in Valencia, Spain

CHILTERN Railways has agreed a deal to lease six new 100mph diesel locomotives for services linking Bicester and Banbury with London and Birmingham.

It said their haulage capabilities meant extra coaches could be added to Mainline Silver trains if passenger numbers continued to grow.

The Class 68s will be sub-leased from freight train operator Direct Rail services, which has 15 of the 3,750-horsepower locomotives on order.

They will replace 12-year-old Class 67s hired from Chiltern’s sister company DB Schenker.

These have been used on the Mainline Silver express trains and ‘queue-buster’ rush-hour commuter trains between Banbury and London since 2010.

The first Class 68 to arrive in the UK from builder Vossloh's factory in Spain is undergoing tests, with another on trial at a rail technology centre in the Czech Republic.

The five allocated to Chiltern will be delivered this autumn for driver training and are expected to enter service in December.

Chiltern managing director Rob Brighouse said: “It allows us to prepare for future expansion as demand for our line increases.”

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11:12am Tue 15 Apr 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Hold on a minute - Class 67's are capable of 125mph?http://en.wik
ipedia.org/wiki/Brit
ish_Rail_Class_67 (Design speed) are we going to have a slower service now or are the tracks not capable of running at that speed?
Hold on a minute - Class 67's are capable of 125mph?http://en.wik ipedia.org/wiki/Brit ish_Rail_Class_67 (Design speed) are we going to have a slower service now or are the tracks not capable of running at that speed? yabbadabbadoo256
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12:58pm Tue 15 Apr 14

King Joke says...

THe maximum line speed on the Chiltern route is 100 mph, so there is no advantage in running 125 mph-capable stock. As I understand it the 68s are cheaper to run than 67s, and the lower gearing for 100 mph will enable them to accelerate more quickly. THey are certainly more powerful .
THe maximum line speed on the Chiltern route is 100 mph, so there is no advantage in running 125 mph-capable stock. As I understand it the 68s are cheaper to run than 67s, and the lower gearing for 100 mph will enable them to accelerate more quickly. THey are certainly more powerful [3,800 hp vice 3,000 hp]. King Joke
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