|Number built:||34 (including pending)|
|Engine:||Caterpillar C175-16 diesel|
|Power:||3, 800 hp (2, 800 kW)|
The initial order by Direct Rail Services was for 15 locomotives with deliveries beginning in 2014. Since then there have been follow-won orders to take the total up to 34 eventually of which 25 are currently in service.
The Class 68 spends a lot of its time on passenger services with the Chiltern Main Line express being a major task for the type. Some have been painted in Chiltern colours with the rest in DRS livery. The Class 68 will also haul passenger trains for TransPennine Express from 2018. The Class 68 is a true mixed-traffic locomotive and can also be found on freight trains and engineering trains.
The Class 68 is now being joined by an electro-diesel bi-mode version of the UKLight known as the Class 88.
|DRS 68 025 at Kidderminster on the SVR|
|Chiltern 68 015 at Marylebone|
|DRS 68 009 propelling a Chiltern express at Leamington Spa|
|Chiltern 68 014 at Leamington Spa|