D2186

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A. R. Adams & Son Class 03 D2186 was located in a siding adjacent to Monsanto Chemicls, Newport when seen on 17th July 1972. Ivor Thomas

Delivered direct to Aberaman Colliery Washery,  8th February 1970. (see the additional notes below regarding its earlier industrial use and references to it being a Birds Group Locomotive). Subsequently used at Tower Colliery still in BR livery. It was reported on 19 August 1971 that D2186 was awaiting collection by A. R. Adams & Son and it is presumed it was soon after then that it was painted into Adams light-mid green livery with predominently white handrails.

Although carrying an identical livery to D2178, D2186 carried a 1962 builders plate rather than a 1961 one as on D2178. It is though possible that sightings for these two between 1971 and 1974 might have inadvertently wrongly reported if a detailed examination hadn’t been possible.

Locomotive Date Location Observer
D21869 May 1970Aberaman Colliery WasheryPhilip Hindley
D218616 May 1970Aberaman Colliery WasheryRobert Pritchard
D218621 August 1970Aberaman Colliery WasheryMike Kennard
D218610 January 1971NCB Tower Colliery, HirwaunChris Down
D218631 March 1971NCB Tower Colliery, HirwaunW. J. Cashen
D218620 June 1971NCB Tower Colliery, HirwaunPhilip Cartwright
D218619 August 1971NCB Tower Colliery, HirwaunVic Burling
D218617 July 1972Monsanto Chemicals, NewportIvor Thomas
D218623 July 1972Monsanto Chemicals, NewportIvor Thomas
D2186 (+D2193)10 March 1973Old Dock Compound (United Wagon Company), PillgwenllyIvor Thomas
D2186 (+D2193)20 May 1973Old Dock Compound (United Wagon Company), PillgwenllyIvor Thomas
D2186 (+D2193)22 July 1973Old Dock Compound (United Wagon Company), PillgwenllyRoger Butcher
D218623 August 1973went on hire to NCB Taff Merthyr CollieryIRS ref 73/940
D2186xx November 1973NCB Taff Merthyr CollieryPhilip Cartwright
D2186xx December 1973left NCB Taff Merthyr CollieryIRS ref 75/0323
D218623 April 1974Monsanto Chemicals, Newport IRS ref 75/204
D2186 (+D2244)`20 April 1975Old Dock Compound (United Wagon Company), PillgwenllyIvor Thomas
D2186 (+D2193+D2244)12 October 1975 Old Dock Compound (United Wagon Company), PillgwenllyIRS ref 75/640
D2186 (+D2193+D2244)23 April 1976Old Dock Compound (United Wagon Company), PillgwenllyTed Knotwell
D2186 (+D2193)16 March 1977Old Dock Compound (United Wagon Company), Pillgwenlly
D2186 (+D2193+D2244)26 May 1977Outside Old Dock Works on a length of track in the roadRoger Butcher
D2186 (+D2193+D2244)24 August 1977?? Compound, PillgwenllyIRS ref 77-6124C
D2186 (+D2193+D2244)19 October 1977?? Compound, PillgwenllyBob Darvill
D2186 (+D2244)16 July 1978Bolt Street Sidings Compound, PillgwenllyRoger Butcher
D2186 (+D2193+D2244)7 October 1978Bolt Street Sidings Compound, PillgwenllyBrian Cuttell
D2186 (+D2193+D2244)14 October 1979 Bolt Street Sidings Compound, Pillgwenlly Brian Cuttell
D2186 (+D2193+D2244)5 April 1980Bolt Street Sidings Compound, PillgwenllyRoger Butcher
D2186 (+D2193+D2244)1 June 1980 Bolt Street Sidings Compound, Pillgwenlly Brian Cuttell

Further sightings of this locomotive whilst with A. R. Adams & Son would be welcomed by Peter Hall

Additional Notes

A closer look at the history of D2186 supports further that this was a hire locomotive and had no connection with Birds Group as some published references imply. Roger Harris records it as being “….to store about 3/69, reinstated 5/69 on hire to private firm for track lifting and noted on this duty 6/7/69. Withdrawn 13/9/69. The track lifting being referred to was that between Thame and Morris Cowley. Further detail of this has been supplied by Peter Alexander who says “D2186 was used in connection with track lifting between Thame and Morris Cowley during the summer of 1969. Also, D2178 was also in use and they were exchanged at Morris Cowley every few weeks. D2186 was the last ever “train” from the west when it arrived on 19 August 1969 and D2178 formed the last departure eastbound on the same day. Track lifting, already completed east of Wheatley then started at the Morris Cowley end. On 12 September basically all track was lifted and D2178 was taken away by road from Wheatley to Oxford Rewley Road (former LMS) station for re-railing. As I recall, the locos were on hire to the Cohen 600 Group, the company which did the demolition.” Could it be that D2178 and D2186 were by the summer of 1969 already owned by A. R. Adams & Son and this was an example of a much earlier hire. Possible but thought highly unlikely.