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Ex BR Class 03s & Class 04s exported in 1972 to 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 fifteen Class 03 and Class 04 locomotives from British Rail, but probably more, probably through 'agent' R. E. Trem & Company although no conclusive evidence to confirm this has yet been located. Those with known identities were D2019, D2032, D2033, D2036, D2043, D2070, D2126, D2216, D2242, 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, D2242, D2289 & D2295 were exported to Italy during 1972. Although originally thought all went to the Brescia area in the north of the country, the recent emergence of a picture of D2295 almost certainly taken in the south of the country in 1974 suggests otherwise.


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 eight locomotives the locations of six have been confirmed; D2019, D2032 & D2216 are belived to have gone to Stablimento ISA, Ospitaletto, D2033 & D2036 to Siderurgicia Spa, Montirone, and D2289 to Acciaierie di Lonata Spa, Lonato. D2289 was the last of these known to survive but was repatriated in June 2018 and is now located at the Heritage Shunter Trust, Rowsley, Derbyshire. It is probable all the others have now been scrapped although D2033 was reported and photographed as recently as 2004 at Montirone. Although D2295 has been widely reported as having gone to Lonato this is now considered very unlikely. If a second Class 04 was at Lonato it is likely this was for a short time as a source of spares. This being the case it would probably be one of the two that were located at Feralpi, Lonato that have never been identified although D2242 would appear to have been a likely candidate but equally so another as yet unidentified locomotive.

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

D2019

D2032

D2033

D2036

D2216

D2289

D2295

Photographs and other information will be welcomed by Peter Hall

last updated: 21/08/18