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DRS Class 88 dual electric and diesel locomotive is top of the class.

As the UK’s first dual electric and diesel locomotive, the Class 88 can go anywhere on the rail network and is an exciting environmental rail innovation. Direct Rail Services (DRS) has bought 10 class 88 locomotives from Stadler in Spain which it is introducing into the UK now.

DRS Class 88 dual electric and diesel locomotiveThe UK rail network has long been hampered by limited electrification often resulting in long delays waiting for engine changeovers but the Class 88 keeps on going saving time, money as well as reducing pollution. The electric engine produces around half the carbon emissions of a diesel freight train locomotive which itself produces 76% less carbon dioxide than the equivalent lorry journey. 

Given that many rail electrification enhancement projects are being delayed because of high costs, this locomotive is capable of bridging gaps in the UK electrified network in a seamless way which minimises delays. It is ideal for the freight market as it can use its diesel engine to go into freight terminals.

Destined for consumer traffic duties, DRS will use the new locomotives on its intermodal supermarket services on the West Country main line, especially the Daventry to Mossend flow via the steep gradients at Shap and Beattock.

This locomotive, which is ergonomically designed and has air conditioning, provides a better safer working environment for the drivers too.


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