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NB/BR Class 21 Type 2 No. D6151 at Aberdeen Kittybrewster Shed 1964

NB/BR Class 21 Type 2 No. D6151 at Aberdeen Kittybrewster Shed 1964 - Low Resolution Image

North British Locomotive Company/BR Class 21 Type 2 Diesel Electric No. D6151 at Aberdeen Kittybrewster Shed 61A 16 May 1964. Built and released from the North British Works on 13th June 1960, it was withdrawn from Aberdeen Ferryhill shed 61B in December 1967 and cut up by J McWilliams, Shettleston in May 1965.

The British Rail Class 21 was a type of Type 2 diesel-electric locomotive built by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow for British Railways in 1958-1960. Under the British Railways Modernisation Plan, a batch of ten 1,000 hp (746 kW) diesel-electric locomotives were ordered from the North British Locomotive Co. for evaluation under BR's dieselisation pilot scheme. At the same time, six externally similar locomotives employing hydraulic transmission were ordered for comparison, these becoming Class 22. Repeat orders resulted in a total of 58 of the diesel-electric locomotives being built (numbered D61006157). They were delivered between December 1958 and November 1960.

They proved to be unreliable in service, and by the end of 1960 the Eastern Region fleet was transferred to Eastfield depot on the Scottish Region for convenience of return to their manufacturer when warranty work was required. However, the North British Locomotive Works closed in 1962, by which time the type's principal shortcomings had become plain. In particular there were problems with the coupling between the power unit and the generator. The engines themselves were a MAN design, but which were built under licence by NBL and of inferior quality to the German originals.

The remaining 38 locomotives retained their original NBL/MAN engines until they were withdrawn from service between December 1967 and August 1968 and sold for scrap. Most were cut up by Scottish scrap dealers McWilliams of Shettleston or Barnes and Bell of Coatbridge, but locomotive D6122 was sold to Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, where it languished until 1980 before being broken up. None have survived.

A trainspotter, Howie Milburn, looks out of the cab window wearing a shirt, tie and jacket.

Date Photo Taken 16/05/1964
Date Uploaded 08/07/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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