D2289

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Recorded as withdrawn from Eastleigh in September 1971. Although no dated sightings have been traced it is probable it remained at the depot until moving to Shipbreaking (Queenborough), Queenborough, Kent, about April 1972. It was then exported by sea in May 1972 to the port of La Spezia, Liguria, Italy, thence to Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works (1), Brescia, Italy (company now known as Lonato SpA) and was still in use on 31st October 2009. When observed in 2015 it was no longer in working condition, the steelworks having become a sugar warehouse. In early 2018 an appeal to repatriate D2289 was launched. This was successful and it departed by road for England on 10th June 2018 and arrived at its new home, the Heritage Shunters Trust at Rowsley, Derbyshire three days later.

(1) – IRS Bulletin 206 of October 1976 reports that D2295 was then at this location rather than D2289. Whilst this could have been the case it is suspected the identity of the locomotive was presumed based on it being blue. At that time the only blue Class 04 that had been reported as being exported was D2295 that was probably in the south of Italy.

D2289 at Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steelworks, Lonato, Brescia, Italy. The picture was taken around about the turn of the century   Francesco Bloisi

D2289 at Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steelworks, Lonato, Brescia, Italy on 28th September 2001   Michael Ulbricht

One of the builders plates off D2289. The custodian says that It was removed from the locomotive at Eastleigh before it was sold to the scrapyard in Kent. He purchased it off a fitter when he started working there in the 1980s   Andy Crespin

D2289 is just visible at the Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy on 6th August 2003   Robert Cruickshank

D2289 at Acciaierie di Lonata SpA, Lonato steelwoorks, Lonato, Brescia in April 2006. The other locomotive is F.C.Hibberd & Company Planet 3944/1960 which saw use at Settle, Speakman & Company, Queenborough before being exported to Italy in 1972   Francesco Bloisi collection

D2289 at Acciaierie di Lonata SpA, Lonato steelworks, Lonato, Brescia in April 2006. The other locomotive is F.C.Hibberd & Company "Planet" 3944/1960 which saw use at Settle, Speakman & Company, Queenborough before being exported to Italy in 1972   Francesco Bloisi collection

D2289 at Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steelworks, Lonato, Brescia, Italy on 31st October 2009 . Ermanno Barazzoni

Still surving in Italy in September 2015 was D2289. It is located at Acciaierie di Lonato sugar warehouse (formerly a steelworks), Lonato, Brescia. Italy where it was photographed on 26th September.   Peter Wreford

Photographed on 26th September 2015 at Acciaierie di Lonato sugar warehouse (formerly a steelworks), Lonato, Brescia. Italy is D2289.   Peter Wreford

Photographed on 26th September 2015 at Acciaierie di Lonato sugar warehouse (formerly a steelworks), Lonato, Brescia. Italy is D2289.   Peter Wreford

On 6th June 2018 D2289 was craned onto a low-loader at Acciarierie di Lonato, two days later it departed for England. This picture was taken on 8th June 2018.   Mark Jones

On 13th June 2018 D2289 is craned off the low-loader that had brought it from Italy. The first time for forty six years that the locomotive had been in contact with a British railway line.   Mark Jones

In addition to sightings of D2289 after withdrawal in September 1971 it would be appreciated if any one who observed it during its active BR career could forward those sightings. This will be very much appreciated by those who have repatriated the locomotive who are compiling as full a history as possible of the locomotive. Photographs of the locomotive during its BR career would also be welcomed.

Sightings for D2289

LocoLocationDateSeen by
D2289Southampton Docks23/07/1960Rail Routes in Hampshire & East Dorset (picture)
D2289Eastleigh Depot08/06/1963Andrew Lait
D2289Eastleigh Depot16/08/1964Roy Hennefer
D2289Stewarts Lane Depot17/07/1966Roy Hennefer
D2289Stewarts Lane Depot12/02/1967Roy Hennefer
D2289Norwood Junction Depot26/03/1967Roy Hennefer
D2289Norwood Junction Depot07/05/1967Roy Hennefer
D2289Swindon Works03/12/1967Andrew Dodgson
D2289Eastleigh Works18/04/1970Adrian Booth
D2289Eastleigh Depot25/09/1970Strathwood Photograph
D2289Eastleigh21/04/1971Ivor Thomas
D2289Eastleigh Depot04/07/1971Philip Cartwright
D2289Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy01/03/1974p.209 Deutsche Lokomotiven in Italien
D2289Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy04/09/1991Mark Chaldeecott
D2289Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy (captioned D2295)05/09/1991IRS 5BRD
D2289Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy01/08/1996p.209 Deutsche Lokomotiven in Italien
D2289Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy28/08/1996Mark Jones
D2289Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy05/06/1998David Newton
D2289Acciaerie di Lonato Spa, Lonato, steel works, Lonato, Brescia,Italy22/08/1999Gary Pullan
D2289Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy26/07/2000David Newton
D2289Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy29/09/2001Michael Ulbricht
D2289Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy06/08/2003Robert Cruickshank
D2289Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy14/04/2005Stefano Paolini
D2289Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato. Brescia, Italy22/04/2006Caruso William
D2289Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy01/09/2007via Michael Ulbricht
D2289Lonata SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy13/06/2009LCGB 10/09 pp 362
D2289Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia, Italy31/10/2009ermanno
D2289Lonato SpA, Lonato Sugar Warehouse, Lonato, Brescia, Italy04/11/2012David Newton
D2289Lonato SpA, Lonato Sugar Warehouse, Lonato, Brescia, Italy18/09/2015Peter Wreford
D2289Lonato SpA, Lonato Sugar Warehouse, Lonato, Brescia, Italy16/03/2018Mark Jones
D2289Heritage Shunters Trust, Peak Rail, Rowsley13/06/2018nsporne