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Class 52 Decennial Icon Shop Diesel
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Class 52 Decennial
Type Icon Shop Diesel (Diesel)
Power 89 Icon Power
Tax 785 Fuel
Dispatch XP 714 XP
Set N/A
OCU Required
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BR Class 52 was a series of 74 large Type 4 diesel-hydraulic locomotives built for the Western Region of British Railways between 1961 and 1964. All were given two-word names, the first word being Western, thus the type became known as Westerns. BR Western Region needed a high-powered locomotive for top-link services, so the Western needed two diesel engines to achieve the required power output. Experience had shown that the Maybach engines of the time were superior to the MAN engines, particularly in power output. Also Maybach were able to offer their 12 MD engines rated at 1,350 bhp (1,010 kW) allied to a Voith transmission, while a competetive Mekydro transmission designed to handle such power could not be fitted into the British loading gauge.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_52