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Ex BR Class 03s & Class 04s exported in 1972 to Italy

Withdrawn by BR from Eastleigh Depot in April 1971, it was reported in transit at Woking Up Yard on 16th March 1972 along with D2293 & D2294 destined for Shipbreaking (Queenborough), Queenborough, Kent. Exported by sea in May 1972 to the port of La Spezia, Liguria, Italy, thence to Sidergica Meridonale steelworks, Termoli, Campobasso, Nolise, Italy.  What subsequently became of it is not known.  Although recorded in various publications as being at Acciaierie di Lonato SpA, Lonato steel works, Lonato, Brescia. Italy, and scrapped their 1982, no photographs or confirmed sightings to support this have been found. It being presumed it had been mistaken for D2289

Carrying branding for Sidergica Meridonale steelworks, Termoli, D2295 is pictured receiving attention. The picture is held in the IPE archives so it is presumed they were doing the work. Whether this was on site at Termoli or elsewhere isn't known. ipe-locomotori

This is the only known picture of the locomotive in Italy and shows it receiving an overhaul in 1974 and carrying branding suggesting for Siderurgica Meridionale Stefana Antonio S.P.A. Termoli. This location is in Southern Italy well away from the Brescia area of Northern Italy where other locomotives exported at the time subsequently were discovered.

A picture purporting to be this dated 5th September 1991 appeared in 'Ex-BR Diesels in Industry' - 5th edition, 2000. It is presumed that the locomotive in the picture was actually D2289.

Sightings for D2295

Locomotive Date Location Observer
D2295 c23 March 1972 Shipbreaking (Queenborough), Queenborough Peter Nicholson


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