After withdrawal from BR service D9548 saw industrial use, initially at Harlaxton Quarries, Lincolnshire where it arrived in November 1968. Here it had the middle raised section of the roof removed and a flat roof fitted in its place. This was in order to pass under a low bridge on the A607 Grantham – Melton Mowbray road at Gorse Lane. In August 1974 it moved to Corby Quarries, Northamptonshire where it saw further use.
Overhauled at Hunslet Engine Company, Leeds 11/81 – 6/82 and re-gauged to 5’6″. Exported to Bilbao, Spain from Goole Docks June 1982. Reportedly acquired through agents Aikin Española by infrastructure company Curbiertas and MZOV, abbreviated as “CMZ”, with the intention of use on a ballasting contract on RENFE that never came to fruition. Stored at Chamartin Yard, Madrid, Spain until at least February 1986. Sometime between February 1986 and January 1988 this locomotive left Charmartin Yard. By 1989 it was numbered P-602-03911002-CMZ. The picture below shows it in use in 1989 with “CMZ” still retained the roof modification from its Harlaxton days.
CMZ went on to merge in 1997 with “Entrecanales y Tavora” to form “NECSO Entrecanales Cubiertas S.A”. The second picture below shows the locomotive at Sagrera yard, Barcelona in 1998 by which time it also carried numbered 93 711 310 6028. Interestingly, by then it had undergone further roof modifications which gave an appearance similar, but not the same, as when built.
It has been recorded as scrapped in 2002 but no other details are known as to where this took place. However, the answer might be that when asked in 2003, Industirias Lopez Soriano, who then had D9549 in their Zaragoza yard, said they had scrapped two others. Presumably this and D9515
Sightings for D9548
|D9548||Chamartin Yard, Madrid, Spain||23/10/1984||Paul Spencer|
|D9548||Chamartin Yard, Madrid, Spain||07/02/1986||Phil Wormald|
|D9548||Curtis, Galicia, near Coruna, North Western Spain||06/12/1989||Luis Rentero Corral|
|D9548||Sagrera Goods Depot, Barcelona, Spain||19/06/1998||Kevin Prince|