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posted by John Woolley alias John Woolley Photos on Tuesday 14th of August 2018 05:59:04 AM

Standing in the yard at Loughborough Central (Main Line Steam Trust now the Great Central Railway) on the 31st May 1982 is Class 14 diesel hydraulic D9523. Locomotive History D9523 is one of a class of fifty six Type 1 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic locomotives it was built at Swindon Works in 1964 for shunting and short trip freight duties. The locomotive is powered by a six cylinder Paxman Ventura 6YJXL engine producing 650bhp, connected to a Voith L217U hydraulic transmission and Hunslet gearbox. The axles were connected by coupling rods and driven by a jackshaft located under the cab, between the second and third axles. D9523 entered traffic in December 1964 and was initially allocated to Old Oak Common MPD, transferring to Bristol in November 1965. It was one of thirty three that transferred in January 1967 to Hull (Dairycoates) for North Eastern Region duties and was withdrawn from there in April 1968. I first saw this engine shortly after withdrawal when all thirty three Hull Class 14 engines were dumped on the shed (many round the turntable in the roundhouse) waiting sale or disposal. D9523 was sold to the Stewarts and Lloyds Minerals Ltd. (subsequently part of the British Steel Corporation) for use on its extensive rail system connecting the local ironstone quarries round Corby (Northamptonshire) with the steelworks and arrived at Corby in November 1968. It was numbered 25 in the Corby fleet. With the subsequent contraction of the British steel industry and closure of the quarries and then Corby Steelworks itself in 1980 D9523 was once again surplus to requirements and was acquired for preservation in the early 1981 moving initially to Loughborough and the Great Central Railway. It is currently (August 2018) based on the Wensleydale Railway. Canon AT1, Kodachrome 64

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