Overview Between 1962 and 1965, 117 engines were built by Clayton Equipment Company and Beyer, Peacock and co. These were known as the BR Class 17 (or Clayton Type 1). Operations Once built, they were sent to the Scottish region depots at Polmadie and Haymarket, before beginning ot migrate down ot the London Midland, North Eastern and the Eastern regions. Two of these engines (D8501 and D8536) were moved to Tyne Dock where they were tested on the Consett iron ore trains. They were proved to be underpowered, hence why they are a type 1 as each engine had two Paxman 450hp engines, while the last two class 17s built each had a pair of Rolls Royce Type D 450hp engines. These engines undertook a variety of freight either as one unit or in pairs. Eventually, they were all transferred back up to Haymarket for freight traffic between southern Scotland and northern England. Issues The BR Class 17 is probably the least successful diesel engine on British Railways, behind the BR Class 28s. The twin Paxman engines were prone to camshaft and cylinder head problems. Another issue was the visibility. Because the cab is designed in the centre of the locomotive, the drivers didn't have good visibility due to part of it being blocked by the the locomotive itself. Therefore, BR began to dispose of the locomotives and place in an order for 100 class 20s to replace the 113 locomotvies. Withdrawal and Preservation The class 17s began to be withdrawn from service in July 1968 and finishing in December 1971 meaning that the class 17s had between 5 to 10 years of service. However, D8568 was give a second chance and was seen at Hemelite and Ribblesdale Cement. After that, she was secured for preservation, while currently at the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway in Oxfordshire. Liveries The BR Class 17s were only seen to have worn BR Green and BR Blue in either half or full yellow warning panels and Ribble Cement (only worn on D8568). Previous models Back in the early days of Train Simulator, the BR Class 17 was created by Iron Horse House, before being taken down in in 2013. In 2014, when DTG were known as RSC, they announced that they would be creating a BR Blue class 17 for the marketplace, however this was never released, even after 4 years. Hopefully, the BR Class 17 does become available again in the near future.