By Phil Marsh

Twenty of the Class 60 fleet put up for sale by DB Cargo

Published: 28th August 2016

Deadline of 14 September to buy British Rail built freight locomotives

Britain’s largest freight train operator, DB Cargo (DBC) has announced that it has put up for sale 20 Class 60 freight locomotives. They are all located at Toton depot near Nottingham and are being offered for sale as seen and must be collected from the depot.

There is not a lot of time to consider a bid as registrations of interest must be made by 12noon on Wednesday 14th September 2016. Whoever wins any locomotive must pay for collection and removal of their new piece of railway hardware. Bidders must register their interest in accordance with the “Guide to making an offer for a Locomotive” issued by DBC.

Registrations of interest must be e-mailed to or by post to Stella Horrocks quoting ref SH/Class 60/ Aug 16 at:

DB Cargo (UK) Ltd.

Toton TMD

Toton Sidings



NG10 1HA.

If an expression of interest is accepted, Tender documents will be issued shortly after the deadline and a reserve price has been set on each of the 20 locomotives.

The locomotives are to be sold by competitive open tender in accordance with the DBC “Code of Practice for the identification, Sale and/or Disposal of Surplus Locomotives”.

It is possible to check the locomotives over but only by making an appointment and not by turning up unannounced. If bidding, you should say how you will comply with all legal requirements and DBC says that the locomotives shall be disposed of in a manner which is fair and non-discriminatory and which complies with safety and environmental considerations.

Once your bid has been accepted, a contract for the sale of these Locomotives will be awarded to the Tenderer(s) with the highest present value offered over the set reserve price. Another consideration will be how quickly the winning bidder will remove their locomotive and how fast the engines will be paid for.

Once the formal Sales Acceptance(s) to the successful Tenderer(s) has been made, DBC say contractual compliance will be rigidly enforced and if these are breached, the sale may be cancelled or stabling charges levied.

Full details of all this will be issued with the Code of Practice and Standard Conditions of Sale which will be issued with the Tender documents. Finally as ever, DB Cargo reserves the right to withdraw any / all of these locomotives from sale at any point in the proceedings.

Brief history of the Class 60

British Railways wanted a reliable fleet of heavy freight engines in the late 1980s and after issuing a Tender for construction, Brush built the 100 strong fleet and at a cost of £1.2million each at Loughborough. The engines are similar to the electric Class 92 locomotives as they share the same bodyshell and the first of the class was completed in June 1989 and went to Derby for testing.

Freight has suffered a dramatic collapse in the UK as the coal industry has all but disappeared so these 25 year old engines are surplus to requirements, hence the sale.

The engines on offer are:





















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