British Rail Class 73

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British Rail Class 73

The British Rail Class 73 is a United Kingdom model of electro-diesel locomotive. The type is unusual in that it can operate from the Southern Region's 650/750 V DC third-rail or an on-board diesel engine to allow it to operate on non-electrified routes. This makes it very versatile, although the diesel engine produces less power than is available from the third-rail supply so the locomotives rarely stray from the former Southern Region of British Rail. Following the withdrawal and scrapping of the more powerful Class 74 electro-diesels in 1977, the Class 73 is now unique on the British railway network. 10 locomotives have been scrapped.

Read more about British Rail Class 73:  History, Description, Technical Details, British Rail Operations, Post-privatisation Operations, Preservation, Fleet Summary, Fleet Details, Class 73/3

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