The Trans-Pennine route between Leeds and Manchester was, and still is, a key passenger link for local residents and city workers – however in its heyday it was also a vital corridor for freight traffic.
The BR Heavy Freight Pack will bring together two icons of British Motive Power, the BR Class 40, one of the first mass produced diesel-electric locomotive classes for British Railways, and the BR Class 08, perhaps one of the most common sights on the British railway network. This bumper double-loco pack shall deliver iconic and historic heavy freight operations to the Northern Trans-Pennine route.
A total of 200 BR Class 40 ‘Whistlers’ were built by English Electric over a four-year period from 1958 and were,for a time, considered to be the pride of British Rail’s early diesel fleet. Despite the mixed success of the initial 10 Class 40 prototypes, BR ordered a further 190 locomotives. Such were the changes in working practices during the build period of the ‘Whistlers’ (so called because of their distinctive turbo whistle sound), that batches were delivered with significant design differences.
The BR Class 08 was the ‘go to’ locomotive for general purpose duties, with almost any shunting required in yards and at stations carried out by a ‘Gronk’ (again, named for their noise). Over a ten-year period from 1952, almost 1,000 models were built at British Railways’ Derby, Crewe, Darlington, Doncaster and Horwich Works, making it the most numerous of all BR classes.
Combined, the 2 locomotives will bring to life the bygone era of British Rail freight haulage as you move thousands of tons of fuel and goods over the challenging Trans-Pennine grades, watch this space to find out more about the BR Heavy Freight pack, coming soon to Train Sim World!