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Last Updated 4th January 2023
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The Hymek was undoubtedly the most successful of the British Railways Western Region diesel hydraulic locomotives. By ordering diesel hydraulic locomotives the Western Region was labelled as quirky and determined to retain some unique identity by just having to be different. When the opportunity arose this individualism was to be ruthlessly exterminated in the name of standardisation.
Now, just a few years later, hydraulic transmission is regarded as State of the Art and applied wherever possible. Sadly though only to multiple units and not to high powered locomotives.
The stable mates of the Hymek were to include some famous locomotive types and probably the best bargains industrial railways were ever able to acquire.
Warship Class Locomotives
Western Class Locomotives
Baby Warship Class
D95xx Class Locomotives
Ill take just a moment to quantify successful.
Hymeks: Introduced 1961 Withdrawn 1975 = 14 Years service
Brush Type 4: Introduced 1962 Some still in service 2023 = 61 Years service
and Remember .......... thats from a Hymek Enthusiast!
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