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D9534

This locomotive saw industrial service at APCM, Hope, Derbyshire from September 1968 until May 1975.

On 5th May 1975 it departed Hope by rail for Harwich where it arrived on 10th July. The two month duration suggesting it may have spent time elsewhere, any sightings during this period would be welcomed. D9534 was transported by sea from Harwich to Belguim. Moved to SA Sobermai, Maldegem, near Bruges, Belgium where it was overhauled before being sold on.

A report submitted to the IRS about a visit to SA Sobermai on 1st May 1976 states for this locomotive "being overhauled, SOLD to Italy". It is presumed this information then appeared in an IRS Bulletin or elsewhere but as yet the place of publication has not been identified. It being shown as such in 'Locomotive Directory (D. C. Strickland)' published in 1983.

By 1987 the IRS in '3BRD' were recording it as "sold to an industrial user near Milan, Italy". Interestingly, as a result of enquiries in Belgium we have been told that the firm D9534 was sold to was Ambrogio Transporti S.P.A. They do have a site at Gallarate, Lombardy which is roughly 25 miles north west of Milan. This would tally with this Milan reference

By 2000 the IRS in '5BRD' were recording it as "working at a steelworks in the Brescia area by May 1997". This suggests that if it was originally at Gallarate it had left there by 1997. Intriguingly the IRS in '6BRD' add "extant June 2003" and in '7BRD' "scrapped October 2005". These references suggest someone knew were it was located between 1997 and 2005 and was keeping tabs on it. If that was you or you know who that was please could you make contact.

However, if all this is correct, it does seem strange that no photograph or substantiated sighting of D9534 has emerged in the nearly thirty years it was in Italy.

Sightings for D9534

LocoLocationDateSeen by
D9534SA Sobermai, Maldegem, near Bruges, Belgium01/05/1976IRS visit report
D9534SA Sobermai, Maldegem, near Bruges, Belgium27/06/1976IRS visit report

Photographs and other information will be welcomed by Peter Hall

last updated: 10/03/19

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