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British Rail Class 91 electric locomotive 91110
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No: 5880   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: BREL   Country: England
British Rail Class 91 electric locomotive 91110

Photographed at Grantham station, southbound, on 6 February 2009.
From 1994-1998 this locomotive, originally numbered 91010, was named "Northern Rock", from 2001 onwards named "David Livingstone".
This class of 140 mph, 6,300 hp locomotives was ordered for the East Coast Main Line as InterCity 225 trains, referring to their top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph). The other end of each train has a Driving Van Trailer (82XXX numbering).
The fleet was built in two batches, the first 10, then the remaining 21, between 1988 and 1991 at BREL, Crewe under subcontract from GEC to work with Mark 4 coaches. At the time the Class 91s were branded by British Rail as the 'Electra'.
The asymmetric body style is streamlined at one end to allow high speed operation with the fixed sets of Mark 4 coaches in push-pull operation. An additional requirement of the design was that they could operate as normal locomotives. This led to a second cab being incorporated into the 'flat end'.
The fleet underwent a refit between 2000 and 2003 to improve reliability, which resulted in the renumbering of the fleet from 910XX to 911XX.
Picture added on 18 February 2009
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This is said to be officially the fastest British locomotive of all. During a test run down Stoke Bank on 17 September 1989, while hauling an InterCity 225 train , with its "old" number 91010, this locomotive reached 162.6 mph just south of Little Bytham. The DVT was leading the train.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 15 January 2012.
162.6mph isn't fast enough for some and they are about to spend 32BN to prove it , just to cut a mere 20 minutes of a journey and seems to be business orientated too.

Added by Dave Forbes on 16 January 2012.
I've just seen a picture of this locomotive repainted into Battle of Britain Memorial Flight livery - fantastic! Now who's going to be the first to get such a picture on to this site? I would if I could, but I'm much too far away from the UK!

Added by Peter Langsdale on 06 June 2012.
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