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· Dogsbody
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I would suggest that the class 37 is so popular because it has proved to be the most successful of the first generation diesels.

I wonder what would have happened if the 'Hymek" class 35 had not been scrapped because of their hydraulic transmission. About the same power but a lot lighter, you never know, the 100 examples could have given the 37's a run for their money.

It can't be just the looks of a 37 - the 40 was similar and so was the 23 Baby Deltic. Having said that the baby deltic was probably the worst loco that EE made around that era, although I understand they were comparible after refurbishment, albeit still overweight like almost all of the type 2's.

It may have been a lemon but I would still like to see a good 23 model (after fixing with the centre headcode). Any chance of a reproduction along the lines of the Tornado - I suppose not !
 
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