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British Rail 'Hymek' Gallery

The British Rail 'Hymek' was a mixed traffic locomotive which was built from 1961 and 1964. They were part of the British Rail modernization plan. One hundred and one examples of the class were built by Beyer Peakcock in a joint venture with Bristol Siddeley Engines. At the time they were built, the Hymeks were the most powerful diesel-hydraulic locomotives operating with a single Maybach MD870 engine. Because of their Mekydro designed hydraulic transmission units, the locomotives quickly gained the nickname of 'Hymeks'. The locomotives were based at Cardiff Canton, Bristol Bath Road and Old Oak Common depots, and were mainly employed on secondary passenger services and mixed freights. They were also capable of working in multiple but only with each other. They were common in all parts of the region from Paddington to Bristol/South Wales/Worcester/Hereford. They also worked to Birmingham and the West of England, but were rare west of Plymouth. Sourcing images from the operational period of the Hymeks has been quite a challenge, but we now have a good selection of images to display on Taunton Trains showing the class members working in and around the Taunton area.

25th June 2017
Class 35 Hymeks No.D7017 and No.D7018 are pictured at Williton works on Sunday 25th June, with D7018 nearing completion of its 20 year overhaul it may enter traffic before the end of 2017.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


2nd January 2011
DEPG Class 35 'Hymek' No.D7017 stands at Crowcombe Heathfield Station on the 2nd January 2011 recreating the scene of the final freight which would of operated over the line before closure.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)



During April 1966 BR Two Tone Green 'Hymek' No.D7006 passes through Taunton with a BR inspection saloon (No.80976) in tow. Although the locomotive is no more, the Inspection Saloon has survived. It was purchased by the West Somerset Railway Association as a genuine piece of Western Region history and can be seen operating West Somerset Railway on special services. The original photographer of this image is unknown.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



In 1974 BR Blue Hymek No.D7093 is seen stabled on Taunton Shed between duties, the loco is buffered up to one of the two industrial steam locomotives which was destined for the West Somerset Railway.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)



Taken in August 1960 BR Two Tone Green Class 35 'Hymek' No.D7000 passes over Silk Mills Crossing with a rake of Blue Circle pres flow cement wagons. The Photographer also noted: No brake van, guard in rear loco cab in accordance with new manning rule. The working was most likley a Westbury - Exmouth Junction working which would of split the train into two portions at Exeter Riverside Yard for onward tripping up the hill into Exeter Central and onto Exmouth Junction.
(Photo: David Ford)



An unknown British Rail Class 35 Hymek arrives into Bishops Lydeard Station on an unknow date. This image was a purchase with no original photographer or details provided.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



British Rail Hymek No.D7071 stands at Taunton having arrived with the 10:25 Minehead - London Paddington service in June 1970.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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