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Class 90 Locomotives

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Author: Andrew Cole

In 1987 British Rail decided it needed a new class of AC electric locomotive for use on the West Coast Main Line. The idea was that this class would help eliminate the Class 85 locomotives and would be used on both freight and passenger workings.

Fifty members of the class were built at Crewe Works, alongside the Class 91 locomotives that were built for the East Coast Main Line. The Class 90s were designed to be able to work with a Mk 3 DVT, which also eliminated the need to run round at terminal stations. The first twenty-five members were delivered in InterCity Swallow livery, the following eleven in InterCity Mainline livery, allowing them to be used on passenger and freight workings, with the final fourteen members delivered in Railfreight Speedlink livery being predominantly freight locomotives. Most of the class are still in use today, with fifteen still used on passenger workings out of Norwich and the remainder in use with DB Cargo or Freightliner.

This book tells the story of the Class 90s.

Book ISBN 9781445666969

Book Format Paperback

pages 96 pages

Publication Date 15 Aug 2018

Height 234

Width 165

Illustrations 180

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Worth buying but a bit disappointed - would say 3.5/5Review by KB_ACT
The Class 90 Locomotives by Andrew Cole.

The Class 90 locomotive, the Class 37 of the electric network, is a locomotive which has been in service since the late 1980s and the book goes into the background of the locomotive and then sets about going into the individual lifecycles of each locomotive, which livery it started in and what happened as time went by, new operators and further liveries and the book started off in relatively good form.

Unfortunately, however, as it went through the models, the subtle cosmetics of certain models have been missed out and there are several models which have very little or no coverage whatsoever, case in point, see 90018 - four pictures of it in the same RES livery, yet none of it in its first livery, the following EWS livery or the DB Schenker livery which followed it, 90025 - completely missed out, and one cant help feeling a bit disappointed about these detail gaps - the book was published in 2018 yet some of the more recent liveries have been referred to, but not photographed, Malcolm logistics 90024, referred to, but not photographed, and also there is only partial detail about 90s which have had unusual circumstances, ie talking about the three which had special livieries, in the BR era but then not talking about the three Scotrail liveried 90s or how 90019 which had recently been taken to the NEC, to be named by DB Cargo at the Multimodal show.

These examples aren't exhaustive as such.

I would like to see this book re-done in a year or so with the necessary alterations done so that all the 90s, 001 to 050 are correctly included, photographed and a timeline of their liveries is more thoroughly representative.

However, as a summarisation of the book, with little coverage of the history of the Class 90 out there, this is a good starting point and I look forward to hopefully seeing a follow-on issue of this book with even more detail and more consistency. (Posted on 09/09/2018)

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