D2156 - 03156

   Plinthed atFerramanta Puglliesie, Terlizzi, Bari is this locomotive. Very careful examination of photography evidence has concluded that it is in all probability 03156. The photograph was taken on 26th September 2015.   Peter Wreford
Reported (p.226 7/76 RO) as having been hauled, along with 03010, 03098 and 03153 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 where it was disused by 1984. Nothing to confirm this has 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.

If indeed it was at Servola what then became of it is a mystery.

Thirty years later the pictured locomotive was discovered at Terralizzi. Careful examination of a series of photographs of it taken in 2015, along with a mass of historical photographs of Class 03's, has concluded that the only possibility is this.

So where has it been hidden for over a quarter of a century?

It may well be very significant though that of the four which have been reported as having been exported through Stranraer, this is the only one for which a confirmed sighting or photograph in Italy has emerged. Also that it has surfaced in the south of Italy rather than the north where it and the other three have been recorded as located. No mention of any of the former BR locomotives being in the south of the country had emerged prior to the discovery of this but subsequently a picture of D2295 apparently taken in the same area has emerged. Perhaps others were in this part of the country.

Sightings for D2156

LocoLocationDateSeen by
03156Ferramanta Pugliesie, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy17/05/2006Google Earth
03156Ferramanta Pugliesie, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy18/07/2007Google Earth
03156Ferramanta Pugliesie, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy31/07/2009Google Earth
03156Ferramanta Pugliesie, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy12/03/2011Google Earth
03156Ferramanta Pugliesie, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy19/04/2011Google Earth
03156Ferramanta Pugliesie, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy25/09/2013Google Earth
03156Ferramanta Pugliesie, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy10/10/2014Google Earth
03156Ferramanta Pugliesie, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy30/05/2015Google Earth
03156Ferramanta Pugliesie, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy26/09/2015Peter Wreford
03156Ferramanta Pugliesie, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy02/07/2016Google Earth
03156Ferramanta Pugliesie, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy14/03/2018Mark Jones
03156Ferramanta Pugliesie, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy06/02/2019Dave Pollock

Last updated: 20th January 2019