Diesel Dilemmas

Ex BR Class 03s & Class 04s exported in 1972 to Brescia, Italy

   Still surving in Italy in September 2015 was this Class 04, its BR identity believed to have been D2289.. It is located at Acciaierie di Lonato sugar warehouse (formerly a steelworks), Lonato, Brescia. Italy   Peter Wreford
During the early 1970s, Shipbreaking (Queenborough), Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey, Kent acquired at least fourteen Class 03 and Class 04 locomotives from British Rail, possibly through 'agent' R. E. Trem although no evidence to confirm this has yet been located. Those with known identities were D2019, D2032, D2033, D2036, D2043, D2070, D2126, D2216, D2249, D2282, D2289, D2293, D2294 and D2295. Of these D2043, D2126, D2249, D2282 and D2293 are reported to have been scrapped whilst D2070 and D2294 were retained and saw use with Shipbreaking (Queenborough) for many years. The remainder, D2019, D2032, D2033, D2036, D2216, D2289 & D2295 were exported to the Brescia area of Italy during 1972.

Over the years, information has been published about the exported locomotives but the full picture has still to emerge. Some of this information has been slightly contradictory, so in an attempt to establish as clear a picture as is possible about the Italian history of these locomotives, anyone with information is invited to get in contact. In particular sightings of the locomotives in Italy, giving details of date and location are very welcome. These can be submitted by email or inputted for the appropriate locomotive by clicking on the individual locomotive number below. When entering the date please use dd/mm/yyyy. Your observation will then appear in the listing over the following few days. Photographs of these locomotives in Italy are also very much welcomed.

Of the seven locomotives, D2019, D2032 & D2216 are belived to have gone to Stablimento ISA, Ospitaletto, D2033 & D2036 to Siderurgicia Spa, Montirone and D2289 & D2295 to Acciaierie di Lonata Spa, Lonato. D2289 was most recently observed in September 2015 and probably still survives. It is probable all the others have now been scrapped although D2033 was reported and photographed as recently as 2004 at Montirone.

Briefly, what is known about each of the seven locomotives can be found by clicking on the individual locomotive number below. It should be noted that in some cases this contradicts what may have been published elsewhere. Thus the need to compile as much information as is possible about these locomotives.

Details of all the Ex BR locomotives exported to Italy can be found here








Photographs and other information will be welcomed by Peter Hall

last updated: 29/04/16