Locomotives in the UKRS
- Data taken from Pikkarail
0-4-0 Saddle Tank (Steam)
1921-1960 35mph 350hp 25t 80kN
I find the Saddle Tank indispensable for shorter trips, where you need the capacity of rail, as well as the infrastructure, but without the massive tender engine, and the high costs associated with such things. Sure, RV's may be more suitable in some cases, but most of the time, a short line with a saddle tank will take up less room, and if it IS replaced by RV's, you can use the railway for other things.
0-6-0 Tank Engine (Steam)
1921-1960 50mph 600hp 50t 89kN
This little steamer is great for short freight trips that go along the flat, or for branch line passenger services with a couple of coaches - because, sometimes a tender locomotive is just going to take up too much room in the station. Fills an important niche, early in the game when you don't wan to spend too much money.
0-6-0 Freight Engine (Steam)
1921-1960 55mph 800hp 89t 133kN
The 0-6-0 is perfect for early freight runs where a small incline is involved, and I even use it on passenger runs through hilly terrain. It's got a good enough top speed for it to be profitable on passenger runs and goods runs alike, although it really excels on slightly longer freight trains with minimal climbing.
0-8-0 Freight Engine (Steam)
1921-1955 45mph 1200hp 94t 200kN
Where the 0-6-0 falters, with heavy freights and/or hilly regions of the railway, the 0-8-0 really comes into it's own. I don't recommend getting the 0-8-0 from the start, the slower top speed and higher price tag (both for the hardware, and for the coal) means if you can get away with an 0-6-0, you should. However, if you need the 0-8-0, you have a great medium freight locomotive, suitable for hilly terrain, or those heavier trains on the flat.
4-4-0 'Express' (Steam)
1921-1942 75mph 1000hp 102t 60kN
This steamer is handy for branch line passengers. It's far too weak to haul anything heavier than a few coaches up hills, so, keep it on the flat, or with a shorter train. It does have an attractive top speed though, so is good when you have a small amount of passengers to move between two towns.
4-6-2 'Pacific' (Steam)
1924-1960 95mph 1500hp 151t 128kN
This should be your mainline steamer, once you get the longer passenger links going. It's still quite weak, so not suitable for freight, but has a very impressive top speed - it's great for moving larger numbers of passengers between towns, even over half the map! If possible, I stick one of these on all my long range passenger services, especially when there are faster locomotives for the expresses.
2-6-4 Tank Engine (Steam)
1927-1970 65mph 1000hp 86t 111kN
I like this engine for short passenger or freight trains, especially where they may be hills around. The lack of a tender lets you get that extra wagon/passenger car in, however be warned that it does carry a slightly higher running cost than the other tank engines - so make sure you're using it when needed, and not when a cheaper loco could do the same job.
0-6-0 Pannier Tank (Steam)
1929-1960 60mph 750hp 49t 100kN
I like this locomotive as an upgrade of the original 0-6-0 tank engine. It's slightly faster, has slightly more power, and is only a tiny bit more expensive to run. Can take short freight trains, but I quite like it on local/suburban passenger runs, where the length of the locomotive means the extra passenger car fits into the station. An often overlooked asset for the shorter trips.
2-8-0 Freight Engine (Steam)
1933-1965 55mph 1550hp 128t 280kN
This is a tempting buy for a lot of players, but sometimes it can under perform. Unless you're looking to move heavier freight than your 0-8-0's can handle, I don't often find a use for this locomotive. It is powerful, and comparatively faster than the 0-8-0, but be careful, as it is also a bit more expensive to run. Make sure the existing service is making a good "buffer" of a profit to absorb the increased running costs, otherwise, stick with the 0-8-0. If you do have that "buffer" though, this loco can haul just that little bit more, and it may mean the difference between one longer coal train, or two short ones. The two short ones will mean less profit, thats for sure.
4-6-0 'Standard Five' (Steam)
1934-1970 80mph 1550hp 126t 146kN
I like this locomotive, a lot, for passenger runs. It makes a good supplement to the Pacific for your normal, long distance passenger trains, especially if you're saving your A4's for your mainline, express trains. It can be used for fast freights, but keep an eye on the weight of the train, as it's still not suitable for heavy freight, no matter how fast you want it to go. If you're looking for a faster freight train, consider the 2-6-0 first, it's got more hauling power. This locomotive does make an excellent replacement for the 4-4-0 express' you may have rattling around...
4-6-2 'Streamliner' (Steam)
1936-1965 115mph 1600hp 166t 157kN
You'll be tempted to put this at the front of a lot of passenger trains, but keep it on long haul, minimum stops, high load passenger trains. Thats where the real money is. If you can get it to go from one end of the map to the other, stopping once in between, and leaving each station with at least 2/3 to 3/4 full train of passengers and mail, then you'll find yourself a real money spinner. Have it run a few empty, or half full runs, and you may be better off with a Pacific or a Standard 5.
2-10-0 Freight Engine (Steam)
1954-1970 65mph 2000hp 142t 320kN
To be perfectly honest, I have never found a use for this locomotive. I can see the niche, the heavy haul freight train, but the danger is, that it will be so long, that it only runs occasionally, and thus, doesn't pay for the full running cost of the loco over the year. It's a dangerous balance - this loco can be a real asset to your freight hauling, but be sure that a shorter train, running more frequently wouldn't be more profitable, especially if you can get a cheaper loco on the front.
Diesel Shunter (Diesel)
1939-2005 25mph 350hp 50t 112kN
A lot of people write this little fella off too early. Sure, it's slow. And weak. But it's also very cheap. It's great for taking goods from a port into a town, where the docks just don't reach. Or, if you've got a clay pit next to a brickworks - perfect. It easily replaces the Saddle Tanks, and costs less to run too - bonus!
EE '10000' (Diesel)
1948-1970 93mph 1600hp 131t 184kN
It's fast. Faster than a Standard Five, but not as fast as a "Streamliner". This is a good early diesel if you've got some expiring steamers, suitable for medium goods work, or passenger trains. However, I wouldn't sell steamers that still have years left in them for one of these. It's a good diesel, but the better ones are only a few years away.
EE 'Deltic' (Diesel)
1957-1985 100mph 3300hp 99t 222kN
For a passenger diesel, this one has a great amount of power. It's very expensive to run though, but it is very suitable for replacing 'Streamliners' and adding to other express passenger trains. Provided it runs at capacity, and isn't slowed down too much by other traffic, this can be a real money spinner on long passenger routes. Just keep an eye on the running costs!
EE 'Type 1' (Diesel)
1957-1994 75mph 1000hp 73t 187kN
This diesel will spell the death of your branch run steam trains. It's cheap to run, cheaper than steam, but it's just as efficient, if not more powerful. It's perfectly suited for medium freight trains, as well as branch line passengers.
Sulzer 'Type 2' (Diesel)
1959-1975 90mph 1250hp 72t 200kN
Again, this is another good locomotive to be running. It's good for lighter, mainline freights, as well as your mainline passenger trains. It's faster, more powerful and cheaper than the Standard Fives you'd be using for mainline passengers, and takes up less room in the station to boot! It's also good for using on the heavier branch line trains that the "Type 1"s just can't seem to crack.
EE 'Type 3' (Diesel)
1960-2000 80mph 1750hp 107t 256kN
This is a fantastic engine. It's perfect for freight service, but it's also very handy for mainline passenger trains where you need to climb hills, rather than get to your destination fast. You can really use one for almost anything, it can fullfill any role except for express passengers.
Brush 'Type 4' (Diesel)
1962-2025 95mph 2580hp 120t 267kN
Until the HST comes along in 15-odd years, this is the perfect express diesel. It's got an impressive top end speed (sure, it can't match the "Streamliner", but this one is much cheaper to run), and a great amount of power. If you need the extra speed and power, it can also be used for freight services where the "Type 3" fails. This is a modern do-all locomotive. Hell, when it's finally superceded on express trains by the Electric Locos and the HST, you can still run all-stopper mainline trains with them well into the future.
BR 'HST' (Diesel)
1977-2030 125mph 4500hp 140t 160kN
This one of the most useful diesels in the set. It's timeless. It's always going to be one of the fastest diesel passenger trains you own. Compared to the trains that try to replace it, it's cheaper, and it carries cargo in its locomotives. This train is perfect for inter-city runs between major cities, and can support 8 or 9 cars between the two engines (you can have more if you want, but I find that a reasonable limit). Even after you've electrified your mainlines, it can still serve acceptably as a generic mainline train on the non-electrified lines.
EMD 'Type 5' (Diesel)
1986- 65mph 3000hp 126t 467kN
This is probably the most efficiant freight diesel I have seen yet. Capable of handling a full coal of train with just one "type 5" at the head, it is easily able to turn a huge profit, as you don't need to double head it. As Pikka says, the lack of top speed is a massive downside. Either give freights their own line, or electrify and use a 92. Don't try and get this train to share a line with an intercity or express train, you'll lose the money you're making from the freight, because your passenger train will take too long to get anywhere.
EMD 'Class 67' (Diesel)
2000- 125mph 2980hp 90t 141kN
This diesel is far too weak to be able to haul any kind of heavy freight reliably. With modern trains being DMU/EMU by nature, you'll see a lot more mail pile up at your stations - this train is perfect to haul a full mail train, and still not get in the way of the passenger trains too much, especially if used on non-electric lines (it travels at the same speed as the HST/Voyager). I don't see it being used on passenger trains - I'd rather use a displaced HST, and with the 91 and the Pendolino avaliable at the same time as this diesel, you're bound to have plenty of HST's spare.
Vossloh 'G1206' (Diesel)
2005- 60mph 2000hp 90t 288kN
This loco is a very suitable replacement for your "Type 1" stock, as it gets older, as well as any other diesel operations you've got going on branchlines. Not suitable for mainline use, unless it's sharing the line with "type 5" diesels only, simply due to it's low top end speed. It's got good power, and it suitable for lighter freight thats a "type 5" would be a waste on.
AEI 'AL1' (Electric)
1959-1970 100mph 3200hp 79t 222kN
If you're willing to electrify, this is a good little locomotive for express trains, but becomes obselete quite fast when the AL6 is introduced. After the AL6 is introduced, this train is handy for mainline passengers on electric lines, as it's faster than the "type 4". Also good for mail trains. Can be used for freight too, but I'd prefer a "type 4".
EE 'AL6' (Electric)
1965-1998 100mph 3600hp 81t 258kN
A really great, all purpose electric locomotive. Good for medium, fast freights on electric lines, express trains, as well as generic mainline passenger traffic. Quite handy.
GEC 'Class 91' (Electric)
1988-2040 140mph 6000hp 84t 289kN
Quite a remarkable train. The electric counterpart to your HST, this loco can easily haul 11+ passenger car trains between major cities. One of the best mainline passenger locomotives in the set, this locomotive really defines "intercity transport".
Brush 'Class 92' (Electric)
1993-2040 90mph 6700hp 126t 400kN
As Dave Worley so aptly put it, this thing is 'a beast'. It is the electric counterpart to the "type 5", with a great top speed, and a massive reserve of power. Capable of hauling the heaviest freight train on it's own, you'll never need to double head this locomotive. However, all this comes at a price, so make sure that the industry you're transporting from can support the train...
AEC Diesel Railcar (Diesel)
1934-1960 70mph 260hp 26t 35kN
This little Railcar is a great replacement for branch line steam, especially on low capacity lines. Why build a road for a bus, when you've already got a rail line? Slap a mail van to the back of it for a little extra profit. You can even add passenger cars, and a second unit, to have a DMU set, good for early commuter traffic.
Metro-Cammell DMU (Diesel)
1956-1990 70mph 600hp 65t 80kN
The Metro-Cammell is the answer to the regional steam train. If your town is too large for a railcar, but too small for a proper service, simply slap a 3-car M-C DMU down to run the line. It's got a decent speed, and it's cheap to run, and as such is the be all and end all for branch line passengers.
BR 'AM2' EMU (Electric)
1958-1970 75mph 768hp 90t 110kN
A great commuter train, perfect for running short distances between close towns with high passenger volumes. 4-car sets, or 8-car sets, very good for those really busy, but short range passenger runs.
BR 'AM10' EMU (Electric)
1965-1990 75mph 1080hp 84t 133kN
Simply the upgraded version of the AM2, good for the same uses.
'Sprinter' DMU (Diesel)
1984-1990 75mph 570hp 75t 100kN
I've kept these units running long into 2000, because they are cheap, and haul 40 passengers per head (so thats 80 for the DMU itself, and 120 if you choose to put a middle carriage in). Hauls plenty of passengers to keep branch line customers happy, and is stupidly cheap to run. Far easier to turn a profit with in small towns than an expensive diesel or electric service.
BR 'C321' EMU (Electric)
1988- 100mph 1,328hp 81t 130kN
This is the ultimate commuter train, IMO. It's got a good top end speed, good capacity, and it's reasonably cheap to run. 8-car trains can handle even the heaviest of passenger loads, and run them frequently enough, they will be some of the biggest earners on your network. All stops on short runs, provided they travel with passengers in them, they will be making money. So much better than buses for larger towns, you'll have better ratings, and higher profits.
'Super Sprinter' DMU (Diesel)
1990- 90mph 800hp 76t 100kN
If you've got just a few too many passengers for your Sprinter to handle, employ a Super Sprinter. With a slightly higher top end speed, it's really good for the longer range regional runs between small towns. So, if you have a couple of far-flung small towns, send a Super Sprinter up a single track branch line, and you'll be able to make money off of them. Far more efficient than double-tracking your way out to the middle of nowhere, and throwing money away regularly on near-empty mainline trains.
GEC-A 'Eurostar' (Electric)
1993- 180mph 16400hp 137t 277kN
Provided you can afford; a. the initial cost of the infrastructure for the high speed train, b. the train itself, and c. the running costs, this is going to be the ultimate in express passenger travel. I usually don't bother, as I find a 91 or a Pendolino with a full train can work just as well, but without the expensive of adding extra tracks for this train to pass the slower ones.
Bombardier 'Voyager' (Diesel)
2002- 125mph 3000hp 86t 160kN
This is a tricky one. Employed in either 4-car or 5-car sets, they are quite expensive to run. Suitable to replace HST's on busy non electrified routes, but be sure that they are always running near capacity, otherwise you'd be better off with a cut down HST instead.
Alstom 'Pendolino' (Electric)
2002- 140mph 6800hp 82t 210kN
This is a great supplement to your 91 class fleet. Perfect for express passengers, it can even carry passengers in each end of the train, raising it's capacity even more.
Wardale '5AT' (Steam)
2011- 115mph 3000hp 142t 122kN
I like the way this train looks, but it doesn't fullfill any major roles. Regional passengers are handled by Sprinters/Super Sprinters. Freight by "Type 5" "67 Class" "92 Class". Express by "Class 92" and "Pendolino". Mainline passenger on non-electric lines by "HST" and "Voyager". Apart from being used as a funky cool train, this doesn't serve much purpose.
2015- 310mph 1500hp 45t xkN
Get two stations of high passenger volumes, and a line between them. Instant moneymaker. Expensive to built, buy and run though, so make sure you're always going to be running at maximum capacity. Also, try to avoid wait times at signals - I usually run a single track line with one of these, I rarely run them in multiples.
2019- 270mph 3000hp 80t xkN
This is VERY Expensive to operate. Normally, not a problem, because the speed, power and capacity of the train easily makes up for it. It loses out if it's forced to wait at signals, or at stations. As long as this train is loading, servicing or moving between stations, it will be worth it. It it dwells too long, anywhere, it'll cost you a LOT of money (£2 million per year).
Brush 'AL10' (Electric)
2020- 100mph 10000hp 124t 490kN
An excellent upgrade to the Class 92. Can't go past it on electric lines. Can even keep up with passenger trains.
Costar 'Junker' (Fuel Cell)
2027- 80mph 2200hp 87t 220kN
This one is a mystery to me. It can't replace your "type 5", because it's not powerful enough. It is suitable for replacing your 67's, but even then, it's too slow. I'd be using this one on the branch lines, replacing your G1206's. Not really mainline suitable, as it doesn't fit any niches.
Costar 'Hydra' (Fuel Cell)
2030- 140mph 4000hp 138t 200kN
A great replacement for your old HST's and Voyagers, as well as any locomotive hauled non-electric passenger trains you might have.
Wardale '604' (Steam)
2033- 150mph 4000hp 155t 177kN
This is a very viable replacement for your loco-hauled Express trains, perhaps as a replacement for your 91 fleet, and even Pendolinos.
Costar 'Century' (Fuel Cell)
2039- 150mph 5500hp 150t 240kN
This is the ultimate express passenger train. Downgrade your Hydras to your less important routes, and roll out the "Century" onto the premium routes. This is the perfect replacement for any express EMU's you've got that haven't been replaced by the Wardale 604.