British Railway History Item
British Railways Class 23 English Electric Locomotive Company Type 2 Bo-Bo Diesel Electric
Introduced in May 1959, this was a another small fleet of 10 Type 2 Locomotives ordered under British Railways 1955 Modernisation Plan. These locomotives were ordered for use on the Eastern Region where they spent all of their working lives. The locos proved problematic from the start, especially the Napier 'Baby Deltic' engine.
During 1963 all were taken out of service for rebuilding which gave them a further 4-5 years of life. Before being rebuilt, the locos had a nose arrangement with headcode discs and end doors. During the rebuilding, they lost the doors and acquired the conventional 4-character headcode panel. They were very much workhorses of the Great Northern and never got a rest, suburban work in the week and engineering work at weekends.
The first loco D5906, was withdrawn in September 1968 and the last one D5909 was withdrawn in March 1971. D5901 was transferred to departmental stock, finding use at Derby, while the remainder were cut up for scrap by the end of October 1973.
BUILT: 1959 by the English Electric Locomotive Company, Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows.
ENGINE: Napier T9-29 'Baby Deltic' 1,100hp.
NUMBER SERIES: D5900-D5909.
PREVIOUS NUMBERS: Nil.
MAX SPEED: 75mph.
TRACTIVE EFFORT: 40,000lb.
WEIGHT: 74 tons.
WHEEL ARRANGEMENT: Bo-Bo.
QTY BUILT : 10.
CURRENT FLEET STRENGTH: NIL (All Withdrawn - None Preserved).
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