Class 84 and Class 85 Electric

British Rail Class 84 Electric Locomotive

Get aboard this Bo-Bo configuration locomotive built in 1960.

North British Locomotive Company

The British Rail Class 84 Electric Locomotive was a Bo-Bo configuration locomotive built in 1960 by the North British Locomotive Company to a GEC design, as part of the prototyping and evaluation programme for the West Coast Main Line.

Technical Problems

Mercury-arc rectifiers caused technical problems for both Class 83 and Class 84, and all ten Class 84s were taken out of service in 1967, refitted and returned to active duty on the West Coast in the early 1970s as its capacity increased.

Durability

Class 84 proved less durable than its predecessor and was gradually withdrawn between 1977 and 1980. Class 84 84001 was subsequently preserved.

 
 

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