Diesel 199 (known to the Sodor engines as Spamcan), arrived from the Other Railway along with comrade 7101 (known as Bear in the later books). 199 was a rather stuck-up engine, he caused nothing but trouble to the Fat Controller and his engines, even 7101 tried to make him shape up, but, 199 eventually got what was coming to him, and after causing disruption to the railway, he was sent home in disgrace.
Diesel 199 is based on the British Railway Class 45, also known as the 'Sulzer Type 4' diesel locomotives, they were built by British Rail at their Derby and Crewe Works between 1960 and 1962. They were the successors to the Class 44 locomotives. When initially put into service the locomotives were fitted with multi-unit working and steam heating boilers for passenger service. In the early 1970s fifty were fitted with electric train supply in place of their steam heating boilers, and assigned to work services on the Midland Main Line from London St Pancras to Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield.
All were withdrawn from service by 1989.
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