Friday, 10 March 2017

Class47peter's least favourite Steam, Diesel and Electric Locomotives

I've done a blog post on my favourite Steam Locomotives, i've also done a blog post on my favourite Diesel Locomotives, but what are my least favourite?

Well now you shall find out, in this blog i have rounded them all together, as a bonus i've included some Electrics in here too (haven't done a blog on my faves on the Electrics)


The Class 66s

The class 66 is my top least favourite Diesel loco, anyone who knows me well will probably know this, okay i do have some respect for 66779, its the last of its kind, fittingly named Evening Star and it has a stunning livery of which would be a perfect fit to run on Choco/Cream and Maroon sets of coaches and their goods trains, there are some other interesting liveries out there too but i have no care for these locos otherwise

Firstly they are Modern, not saying that in a bias way but these locos are not interesting, they make no interesting sounds, look at all the Heritage Diesels, with the 66s you don't get the thrash or the thumping burble you get with the Heritage traction, with Classic traction for example a class 20 the sounds of the engines not only are a part of the locos character but to hear it you think ''oooh thats awesome'', it gives them the oomph, with Sheds the noises they make are boring and have no oomph, they don't have the charm or the passion as the Vintage traction does

Plus Sheds are not very interesting to look at either, look at for example a 37, it has the distinctive noses on each end, with the Sheds you don't get that, the other forms of Diesels also have some form of interest to their look, with the 50s and 31s the fronts in particular gives them an expression, if you've read my blog post on my Favourite Diesels you'll know what i am talking about but with 66s you don't get this

There are also loads of these running round the network much to the point that i have got sick of the sight of them, in the BR Blue Diesel days people were fed up with the Peaks and other forms of traction and then that was that, they were withdrawn from service, ironically now no matter how sick we are of the Sheds or Ying Yings as some have refereed them to they are still here

The 220 and 221 Voyagers

Yes i know these are not a Locomotive but they are still a Diesel

I have a particular dislike for the Voyagers both 220s and 221s, now i will admit i do have some respect for these as i have rode on a Voyager back in 2015, it was a smooth and comfy ride but i still otherwise have no interest in these, plus they were the replacement for the Virgin 47s on the Cross Country services that the Voyagers now operate on, shame they replaced the 47s on these services

The Pacers

Yep i have a dislike for these infamous Units and i am not the only one as many people have a dislike for these machines, the Pacers are not interesting to look at firstly and secondly although i haven't rode on one myself they are not very smooth when running as they are well known for being bouncy hence they are called Nodding Donkeys

They also aren't very crash worthy either and they are basically just a bus mounted onto railways bogies albeit modified, i will say the 141 has a slightly more interesting look but don't like either of the Pacers otherwise, the Metro Cammells and other classics are much better, not just to ride but they also have that burbling noise the Pacers don't have and also the Vintage units are not Buses on rails

Modern DMUs

This is a slight cheat but i couldn't decide which of the Modern DMUs i like least, they don't have that much character to them like the Vintage units, this isn't to say i dislike all Modern units, the 158s i do like because of the overall looks of them but any other Modern unit i am not a fan of, whether it a 170, 150, 172 etc they are not my cup of tea

British Rail 10100 'The Fell Diesel'

Why is this unusual Experimental Diesel on my list of least favourites, well just look at it, its a hideous machine!

It also suffered from a serious fire and later accident damage to the main gearbox

Kitson Steam/Diesel hybrid Experiment

A slight cheat being a hybrid but still

Why have i got this on my list of least favourites, again like the 10100 this is a hideous looking machine plus Steam and Diesel is something in terms of design that for me shouldn't be mixed together in one design, its just not right in terms of looks


Modern EMUs

Again like with the Modern DMUs this is a cheat but again i couldn't decide which of these i liked the least, whether it be a 350, 800, 377 etc they are all not of my cup of tea, for me the old slam door EMUs are of more interest especially since some of which where of my childhood during my early years of spotting trains. The Modern EMUs are a bit boring, i do like the 323s and 321s but these are not Modern EMUs and their looks are much better than most EMUs we see today

The Eurostar e320

The old Eurostar was and still is better then the e320, enough said


Bulleids Leader

This is a machine that i despise, just look at it, this is a hideous machine, i know i said that about the 10100 and Steam/Diesel Hybrid but the Leader tops it all, it looks like a London Underground Tube Train Motor Carriage

Its hard to imagine this was actually a Steam Loco because its the most hideous Steam Loco that i have come across, it wasn't very successful either, it had heavy coal and water consumption, was mechanically unreliable, Working conditions were untenable for the driver and fireman and loss of steam through the cylinder rings and even the bogies had uneven weight distribution

Furthermore The brake release were too slow for a tight schedule, the firebrick lining was also a constant problem for as it constantly collapsed into the fire and even when the firebricks were replaced with cast iron bricks they melted due to the intense heat inside the firebox, it also had cramped conditions in the cab and high outputs had flames entering the cab! Because of it being enclosed and hot the fireman kept the fireman entrance door open for ventilation however if the loco were to overturn on that side it would block the firemans door thus preventing an escape

The Leader was eventually scrapped and none survived to presevation, says a lot really

Midland 1Fs

The Midland 1F is not a class i despise or hate, it has never been my cup of tea, it looks a bit similar to a Jinty which if you were to ask which i would choose between a Jinty of a 1F i would go for the Jinty, why because the Jinty is more interesting and i feel it has more character than the 1F

Don't get me wrong the 1F looks kinda interesting with an open cab but i pity the crew on a day when it rained if they had no tarpaulin as they would certainly need one on a day like that

The Crosti Boiler 9Fs

Yes the 9Fs are one of my top 10 favourite Steam Locos but the Crosti Boiler versions of the 9F i don't like, the 9Fs are very ugly and bizarre looking with the Crosti Boiler fitted, without the deflectors and different smokebox door

The 9Fs are beautiful machines, the Crosti Boiler versions are not and were much better as they started off than with the Crostis fitted to them, the Crosti Boiler 9Fs were not very successful either they even had their power classification reduced from 9F to 8F


Of all my least favourite Steam Locos the E2 is the one that i dislike the most even more so than the Leader!

Firstly they had inadequate water supply leading to the extended water tank modification and were useless for pulling trains because of the insufficient coal capacity, the wheelbase wasn't very good either for use on the tight bends at Southampton Docks, i've also heard that they had bad brakes from numerous sources

One of my main reasons for disliking these is because of a certain fictional character who happens to be based on this loco, the fact this loco has become subject of popular culture is the only reason why this engine has become famous let alone popular, had the character not been created then the E2 wouldn't be popular at all, whenever anyone sees a photo of one of these there is always someone who takes one look a says ''Oh look its Thomas''

I have never liked the E2s, never have and never will do, i don't know anyone who considers the E2 their favourite Steam loco and they have never been popular among rail enthusiasts either

I am also not impressed that there is a group that wants to build a new build of the E2 holding my hands up to this i am sorry but an E2 is not a good candidate for a new build nor is it a good new build project either (already done my thoughts before on it) but i don't see why we need a new E2, i would rather see a loco like example an LNER V3 been built than the class of engine that i despise with a passion

and that is why i hate this class of engine as much as i do, i have always hated the E2s, i have never found them interesting whatsoever

So that wraps up this blog for least favourite Locomotives

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