UK Class 68 a step in the right direction in design for diesel locos?

 
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
Hey all

This new class 68 design by Vossloh looks like a step in the right direction for freight locomotives. Can see a little more effort was put in to coming up with a more aerodynamic design. http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/passenger/single-view/view/direct-rail-services-reveals-class-68-design.html

Any thoughts?

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  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

Hey all

This new class 68 design by Vossloh looks like a step in the right direction for freight locomotives. Can see a little more effort was put in to coming up with a more aerodynamic design. http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/passenger/single-view/view/direct-rail-services-reveals-class-68-design.html

Any thoughts?
Spiritman
Another funny ugly looking Euro thing with those silly looking buffers that belong in the ark.
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
Euro 3000/4000's look waaay better.
  jmt Deputy Commissioner

Not applicable for Australia, this is a duel purpose passenger/freight loco, even the drovers dog knows that there is no profit in passengers

Who uses B-B with 160KPH gearing in Australia? Why do you need streamlining for the speeds that Australian locos travel?

OK for Europe where their freight trains haul miniscule loads, and share track and timings with passenger, useless for Australia
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Not to mention restricted rearward visibility. Too much style, not enough practicality.
  Gaz170 Junior Train Controller

Location: Gold Coast
Who uses B-B with 160KPH gearing in Australia? Why do you need streamlining for the speeds that Australian locos travel?

jmt
XP power cars and...........nope, that's about it.
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

XP power cars and...........nope, that's about it.
Gaz170
Forgot to mention for really practical freight locomotives the Americans have the game sewn up. I am sure most countries would use US designs if it wasn't for the ridiculously small loading and axles loads they use, or endure.

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