The Clayton Type 1 Bo-Bo Diesel-Electric Locomotives - British Railways Class 17

Development, Design and Demise

Anthony P Sayer

Date Published :
August 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Locomotive Portfolio Diesel and Electric
Illustration :
200 color & black and white illustrations, weight diagrams & a class list
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526762009

Dimensions : 9.5 X 9.75 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 376
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The Claytons were originally conceived as the British Railways “standard” Type 1 diesel-electric locomotive, superseding other Type 1 classes delivered as part of the ‘Pilot Scheme’ fleet. The early classes suffered from poor driver visibility, and the plan from 1962 was for subsequent trip-freight and local yard shunting locomotives to be center-cab machines with low bonnets to dramatically improve visibility.

To this extent the Claytons were highly successful and popular with operating crews. However, the largely untested high-speed, flat Paxman engines proved to be highly problematical, resulting in deliveries being curtailed after 117 locomotives. Further requirements for Type 1 locomotives after 1965 were met by reverting to one of the original ‘Pilot’ designs! Deteriorating traffic levels ultimately led to the Claytons being withdrawn from BR service by December 1971.

Considerable amounts of archive material have been unearthed to enable the issues surrounding the rise and fall of the ‘Standard Type 1’ locomotives to be fully explored. Further sources provide insights into the effort and money expended on the Claytons in a desperate attempt to improve their reliability. Individual locomotive record cards, together with personal sighting information, allow histories of each class member to be developed including allocations, works visits, liveries and disposal details.

Supported by over 280 photographs and diagrams, dramatic new insights into this troubled class have been assembled for both historians and modelers alike.

About The Author

Anthony Sayer is a life long railway enthusiast who has been taking pictures since the 1960. He has an interest in the history of early diesels and electric locomotives.

Anthony lives in the north east of England and is now retired from the steel industry which was his career for over thirty years.

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