British Rail Class 73 - Preservation

Preservation

Several locomotives have been preserved on heritage railways, where perforce they run on their diesel engines: no preserved line has third rail electrification. They are particularly popular because they have a small diesel engine and hence are efficient with speeds normally limited to 25 mph, yet they are big mainline locomotives and thus more attractive than diesel shunters with similar-sized engines. Of note are the first built locomotive, No. 73001 (an ex-Merseyrail Class 73/9), and the former Pullman locomotive, No. 73101.

73136 was rescued from a scrapyard and rebuilt by a group of enthusiasts to main-line standards. It was the first privately preserved electric locomotive to be certified for use on Network rail lines at a speed of 90 mph.

Numbers Name Livery Location Notes
E6001 73001 73901 - BR Green with Yellow Warning Panels Dean Forest Railway First-built JA locomotive. Operational.
E6002 73002 - - BR Blue Large Logo Dean Forest Railway Static Display.
E6003 73003 - Sir Herbert Walker BR two-tone green Swindon and Cricklade Railway First example preserved (December 1996). Operational.
E6005 73005 - - BR Electric Blue Eastleigh Works Awaiting repair.
E6006 73006 73906 - BR Blue Crewe Heritage Centre Operational.
E6007 73101 73100 The Royal Alex' Pullman Avon Valley Railway First-built JB locomotive. Former Pullman locomotive.<br /> Operational.
E6016 73110 - - BR Electric Blue Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre Operational.
E6022 73210 73116 Selhurst InterCity Mid-Norfolk Railway Operational.
E6035 73128 - OVS Bulleid CBE EW&S Red/Gold Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway .
E6036 73129 - - BR Electric Blue Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Bodywork repairs/Repaint near completion.
E6043 73136 - Perseverance Transmart Trains Green with small warning panels Stewarts Lane TMD Operational (mainline registered).
E6047 73140 - - BR blue with small warning panels Spa Valley Railway Operational.

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