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Loco Proposal: Prototype Class 89 89001 "avocet"

Discussion in 'Loco Suggestions & Proposals' started by BackdatedTrainsim, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. BackdatedTrainsim

    BackdatedTrainsim New Member

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    As the ECML Peterborough - York was released on Steam, this locomotive would slip right in as a perfect follow-up DLC.

    History is well-detailed on the AC Locomotive Group website and Wiki but in a nutshell:
    It was built in 1986 as a prototype for a new fleet of mixed-traffic locos for the completion of the ECML electrification. But the design was passed over for the class 91 and no more were built. It was named Avocet at Sandy station in 1989 by the prime minister Margaret Thatcher as part of the opening of the new RSPB centre nearby. 89001 was in service until 1992 when a lack of non-standard parts and other issues meant it was expensive to repair. It was withdrawn and preserved at the Midland Railway Centre before GNER returned it to service to work Kings Cross - Leeds trains covering for unavailable 91s. The same problems meant it was withdrawn again shortly later and bought for preservation by the AC Locomotive Group and put on display at Barrow Hill. Now, the ACLG are attempting to make it operational once again.
    Read more at: http://www.aclocogroup.co.uk/stock89001.php

    So this would be a brilliant addon especially for the ECML Peterborough - York where in its first service life it worked. It is exactly the right era to match the route, and the loco could be packaged with a variety of stock such as Mk1s, Mk2s or Mk3s in either Intercity or BR Blue Grey, and even a buffered HST power car as well.
    And the recently-released APT-E addon is proof that quirkiness does indeed sell, and despite it's non-universal appeal, 89001 was still a fabulous locomotive. It is for all intents and purposes the electric HST, a 125mph 6-axle loco adapted for both fast passenger services and freight.

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  2. williams6hn

    williams6hn New Member

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    Yesss! We need one of these to run between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh Waverly! Especially with the current release of Peterborough to York!
     
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  3. Lord Bickerstaff

    Lord Bickerstaff Member

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    Absolutely! One of the lesser known iconic loco's I would love a chance to drive the old 'Badger' haha
     
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  4. pschlik

    pschlik Well-Known Member

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    One funky locomotive, but definitely one that I wish got more attention. The design is quite unique!
     
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    749006 Well-Known Member

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  6. PVRS Productions

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    To be fair, I think it would be good to have an electric locomotive bundle of the locomotives owned by AC Loco Group with the class 81-85 and the class 89. It would be good for an electric heritage bundle.
     
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  7. NotAgain

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    Simply put, I love it, and I want it.
     
  8. JJTimothy

    JJTimothy Active Member

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    Oh yes- like this idea. I think, done right, this sort of thing could be beneficial to both TS and the heritage groups.
     
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