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Explore more about this Electric Mixed Traffic 1 locomotive originally built at LNER Doncaster Works for eventual service on the Woodhead Line.
The British Rail Class 76 Electric Locomotive is an Electric Mixed Traffic 1 (EM1) Bo-Bo configuration locomotive originally built at LNER Doncaster Works in 1941 for use on the Woodhead line between Manchester and Sheffield.
Following World War Two, this prototype unit was put into service in the Netherlands. In 1952 and 1953 a modified version was produced at the Gorton Locomotive works in Manchester and a further 57 were subsequently built by Metropolitan-Vickers.
Over time, as service was reduced on the Woodhead line, the Class 76 became progressively under-used, and all were scrapped on its closure in 1981. Today, just one example is preserved at the National Rail Collection.