Discover more about this innovative a1a-a1a configuration gas turbine electric locomotive originally built in 1951 by Metropolitan-Vickers.
The British Rail Class 80 Electric Locomotive was an a1a-a1a configuration gas turbine electric locomotive originally built in 1951 by Metropolitan-Vickers.
Converted to the 25kV AC electric standard at Bowesfield Works at Stockton-on Tees in 1958, it gave the new 2500hp Class 80 and a top speed of 90mph. A pantograph was fitted for collecting overhead power, and the driving position shifted to the left hand side, which was the standard for British Rail.
With the gradual electrification of the West Coast Main Line, the Class 80 was used for training. And, with the arrival of the later Class 81 electric locomotive, Class 80 went into storage in 1961, was retired in 1968 and scrapped in 1972.