60001 Commissioning and Trials

60001 Commissioning and Trials



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The early problems with the class were well publicised, with numerous faults being reported in the early days. As a result, the first sixteen class members were used principally for driving and fitter training pending a recall to the Brush factory for retrospective modifications to be completed. Accordingly, 60001 was not finally accepted into traffic until August 1991, when it was allocated to Stewarts Lane depot (SL) in its FASB Construction Pool.

  
  60001 leads Test Car 6 and 60011 near Upper Broughton, heading north on the Old Dalby test line, 3rd March 1990. Dave Peachey
  
  60001 with Test Car 6 at Mickleover, 19th April 1990. Dave Campbell
If you look carefully you can see instrumentation cables on the outside of the locomotive and connected to Test Car 6. They are also visible on the later photographs of the trials in Scotland.
  
  60001 on York avoiding line, en route to Highland main line trials, 4th June 1990. 53A Models of Hull Collection
  
  60001 stabled at Inverness with Test Car 6, 8th June 1990. Peter Cresswell
  
  60002 leading Test Car 6, 60001 and a rake of Redland hoppers approaching Sloch'd summit, 10th June 1990. Robin Ralston
  
  60002 leading Test Car 6, 60001 and a rake of Redland hoppers at Sloch'd summit, 10th June 1990. Robin Ralston
  
  Test train after arrival in Inverness, 10th June 1990. Douglas Low

Last updated: 10th March 2019