English Electric AL6
Description and Usage
The AL6, or Class 86, was British Rail's first standard mainline electric locomotive, incorporating lessons learned from pilot AL1 - AL5 classes.
The AL6 is the first electric locomotive in UKRS3, and allows for much faster and heavier passenger trains than the 1959 EMU. It can also be used on high-speed goods trains, but is considerably more expensive to run than smaller diesel locomotives, so should be reserved for when its extra power is needed.
In the late 1980s the AL6 is supplanted on top-flight services by the InterCity 225, and can be effectively replaced on secondary services by the late-game EMUs. The Class 92 is an effective replacement on heavy freight.
Express Electric Locomotive
|English Electric AL6||1966
|Speed: 100 mph
Power: 3600 hp
TE: 267 kN
Statistics and information
|Type:||Express Passenger and Fast Freight Electric|
|Replaced By:||Class 90, Class 91, BR Class 321|
Prototype informationAL6 was British Rail's first standard AC locomotive. After the introduction of later express locomotives and multiple units displaced them from express passenger service, many of the class found a new lease of life hauling fast container traffic.
The AL6 / Class 86 was followed by the similar Class 87. Both locomotives were featured in the original Transport Tycoon.