D2993 – 07009

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07009 was one of four locomotives exported to Italy in 1977. During the summer of that year, it was photographed either at or adjacent to the premises of Acciaieria Ferriera Adriatic in the docks area of Trieste. What then became of it is far from clear. Giorgio Grisilla   Giorgio Grisilla

To Shipbreaking (Queenborough), Queenborough, Kent, about March 1977; exported to Trieste, Italy, March 1977. It was initially stored in the premises of or adjacent to Acciaieria Ferriera Adriatica (A.F.A.) in the docks area. A.F.A. itself was actually just a holding company (a steel warehouse in effect, used for import/export purposes)?, part of the much larger Lombarde Falck (now Gruppo Falck) enterprise. A.F.A. in Trieste seems to have gone out of business around 1973 and these buildings were reported out-of-use by 1974.

What then became of it is unclear although it has been recorded as having been used at the Lucchini Group steelworks at Servola, and then passing to Attilio Rossi, Rome, at an unknown date and scrapped by May 1997.

Recent research by David Gregory casts doubt on the Servola reference. David says that a list of all Lombarde Falck holdings show no evidence of any link to the Servola steelworks which was actually part of the ILVA company – known simply as ‘Italsider’ at the time of the locomotives’ export to Trieste. Servola has since changed hands and names several times! In fact, any documentation that suggests that Ex BR locomotives were exported for use by Lucchini at Servola is an anachronism – Lucchini group did not have any holding/interest at Servola until 1995.

If indeed it did see use with Attilio Rossi and survived into the 1990s it is rather surprising no pictures or substantiated sightings of it have emerged.

Sightings for D2993

07009August 1978Trieste Docks, ItalyGiorgio Pride