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Class 66 diesel locomotive

Diesel Locomotive Class 66 (EMD JT42CWR) An inexpensive diesel locomotive for the British market was first produced in 1985 by the American manufacturer Electro-Motive Division (EMD), a 100% subsidiary of General Motors (GM). The result was a six-axis, diesel-electric machine of the EMD JT26CW-SS type, known as Class 59, with an angular design and the 2,460 kW diesel engine GM 16-645E3C, the outer dimensions of which corresponded to the smaller British clearance profile. As a basis, EMD used the US diesel locomotives of the type SD40-2, which were produced in large numbers and which had proven to be very reliable due to their proven, simple structure. First for British railway companies, EMD then revised and improved the Class 59 in the mid-1990s as externally largely unchanged locomotives with a 2,350 strong GM engine 12N-710G3B-EC as Class 66 (type JT42CWR), which were initially in service with British EVUs from 1998 went. Your diesel engine acts on a three-phase generator of the type M AR8 / CA6, which supplies the electrical energy for the six series collector traction motors, which are housed in the bogies and act on the wheelsets via a journal drive. Their three-axle bogies have radially adjustable end gear sets and a side-shifting center gear set. The two end cabs are connected by a corridor through the engine room. Because the locomotives were originally only intended for use in Great Britain, the driver sits on the left instead of the right. With a top speed of 120 km / h, they can keep up with other trains on electrified main lines. Due to stricter emissions regulations from January 1, 2009, the model series had to be revised in 2005 in order to comply with the then applicable EU Stage IIIa emissions standard. So by the end of 2005, the lower-emission variant as JT42CWRM (in Great Britain: JT42CWR-T1) with an optimized 2,420 kW diesel engine 12-710G3B-T2, better soundproofing in the driver's cab and the optional installation of an air conditioning system, a third door on one side due to partial Elimination of the continuous side aisle in the locomotive body, two-part driver's cab side windows and larger fan shutters. The first railway company to bring Class 66 to Germany was Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG (HGK), now RheinCargo GmbH & Co. KG (RCH). In 1999 the railway company initially rented two locomotives as DE 61 and 62, which it then bought in 2000/01. Almost at the same time, the Class 66 also found its way into other European countries and so you can find the locomotives today in France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland and Sweden. 41 of the JT42CWRM even made it to Egypt. By the end of production in 2016, a total of 651 units had been delivered to European customers, of which 436 were JT42CWR and 215 were JT42CWR (M / -T1). Many Class 66 are owned by leasing companies such as Porterbrook Leasing Company, Eversholt Rail, Beacon Rail Leasing or Macquarie European Rail, which rent the locomotives to third parties in numerous European countries. Colors and lettering are therefore very diverse and change constantly.