D2993 - 07009

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Ex BR Class 03s, Class 06 and Class 07 exported to Trieste, Italy

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 07009 did see use with Attilio Rossi and survived into the 1990s it is rather surprising no pictures or substantiated sightings of it have emerged.  However, it is worth noting that in 2017 enquiries regarding D2231 made by Mark Jones to GCF Generale Construzione Ferrovarrie Spa resulted in this response from Edoardo Rossi.

"We went through our files and, although we are not fully sure, we should have bought this loco on 1977 and it appears that it has been sold in 1983 to IPE Locomotori. IPE is in Verona."

Could it have been that they were referring to 07009 rather than D2231 as they had owned the latter since at least 1973.

Sightings for D2993

Locomotive Date Location Observer
07009 August 1978 Trieste Docks, Italy Giorgio Pride


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