Reported (p.226 7/76 RO) as having been hauled, along with 03010, 03098 and 03156 as 9Z10 00:40 Tyne to Stranraer special freight on 18th May 1976 for, it is understood, shipment to Italy. Curiously no observations or other evidence has so far been found confirming Stranraer, a ferry and fishing port, was actually port of embarkation. It has thus been concluded they were actually moved from Stranraer to Cairnryan, where Shipbreaking (Queenborough) Ltd had a port side yard. A visitor to this yard that September was told three Class 03 had been sold from there to Italy. Thus, port of embarkation was most likely to have been Cairnryan.
Port of disembarkation in Italy is reported as Trieste. It is then recorded to have been used at the Lucchini Group steelworks at Servola; disused by 1984. No evidence confirming this has though so far emerged.
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.
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