(Their Life on British Railways) BR Swindon Type 1 0-6-0s Diesel-Hydraulic Locomotives- Class 14
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In 1957 the Western Region of BR identified a need for 400 Type 1 diesel locomotives for short-haul freight duties, but it was 1964 before the first was introduced. General-purpose Type 1s were being delivered elsewhere but WR management regarded these as too expensive for their requirements. After completion of design work on the Western locos, Swindon turned to creating a cheap ‘no-frills' Type 1. At 65% of the cost of the Bo-Bo alternative, the Swindon 0-6-0 represented a better fit for the trip-freight niche. Since 1957 the privatised road-haulage industry had decimated BR's wagon-load sector; whilst the 1962 Transport Act released BR from its financially debilitating public service obligations, the damage had been done, and the 1963 Beeching Plan focused on closing unprofitable routes and services. By 1963 the original requirement had been massively reduced. Continuing traffic losses resulted in the whole class becoming redundant by 1969. This book covers the life of these locos on British Railways.
|9 Mar 2022
|PEN & SWORD
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