Hornby R3656 Virgin Trains Class 87 Bo-Bo 87019 Sir Winston Churchill | OO Gauge
The Class 87 locomotive design resulted from a requirement for a more powerful mixed traffic electrical locomotive by British Rail, needed to cope with the route gradients of the West Coast Main Line between Weaver Junction and Glasgow. Electrification had been newly authorised over this section in 1970 and was scheduled for completion by May 1974, leaving little time to design a completely new locomotive from scratch and so British Rail decided to base the new class on the existing Class 86 locomotives.The British Railways Board placed an order for thirty four locomotives, later to be increased to thirty six, with British Rail Engineering Ltd at Crewe, GEC Traction providing the electrical equipment.
Designed from the outset to work in pairs, as well as in parallel with the Class 86 fleet, the Class 87 was broadly similar to the Class 86 in terms of layout and styling, but mechanically it was a very different. Immediately identifiable by its new twin windscreen cab, multiple-unit control cables and a redesigned BP9 bogie with Flexicoil suspension, the new locomotives were assembled during 1973-74 and were geared for 110mph running on the WCML, being able to haul 450 ton passenger trains, or 750 ton freight trains single handed. With a power rating of 5000hp, they were to be the most powerful locomotives to run under British Rail until the late 1980s.
This locomotive is DCC READY and takes a 8-pin type decoder.
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|DCC TYPE||DCC Ready (8-pin type)|
|BUILD DATE/ERA||Era 9 (1995-2004)
Era 10 (2005-2015)
|CLASS||BR Class 87|
|LIVERY||Virgin Red and Black|
|RUNNING NO||87019 'Sir Winston Churchill'|
|MOTOR TYPE||5 Pole Skew Wound|
|Day/Night Lighting Modes|
|COUPLING||NEM Pocket Type (tension lock supplied)|