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Diesel Dilemmas

Class 14 Exports

  
   On a rainy 25th May 1996 D9505 is pictured at Moerbeke-Wass Sugar Factory, near Gent, Belgium.   Mark Jones

Introduction

Five Class 14 (D95xx) locomotives have been exported from Great Britain for further use. The first two departed in 1975 whilst the other three left in 1982. Although various references have been published about the locomotives overseas histories the picture is far for complete with many gaps and a few contradictions. It is the intention of this dilemma to try and fill those gaps and establish the full history of these locomotives once they left Great Britain.

Belgium duo

The two exported in 1975 were overhauled by SA Sobermai, Maldegem, near Bruges before being sold on. Whilst the subsequent history of D9505, sold to Moerbeke-Waas sugar factory, near Gent, is reasonably recorded, what became of D9534 is much less clear and remains a mystery.

Spanish trio

The three exported in 1982 were apparently intended for a Spanish mining company but this never came to fruition. For several years after arrival in Spain they were stored at Chamartin Yard, Madrid. They were still present in February 1986 but what then became of one of them, D9515, is somewhat of a mystery - no subsequent sightings having so far emerged. It is known that the other two, D9548 and D9549, subsequently saw use with an infrastructure company called "Curbiertas and MZOV", abbreviated as "CMZ".

The Industrial Railway Society's Bulletin from November 1988 (462) implies that all three were owned by "CMZ" earlier than 1988 having been acquired for use on a ballasting contract on RENFE that never came to fruition. It goes on to say that "Aikin EspaƱola S.A. Caidos Division Azul 16 Madrid 16, were trying to find a buyer for these locos. (This company were agents acting on behalf of the original purchaser)". If correct it would mean D9548 and D9549 didn't find a buyer and were retained by "CMZ" whilst D9515 possibly did, possibly not in Spain.

"CMZ" numbered D9548 P-602-03911-002-CMZ and also carried number 93 71 1310 602-8 by 1998, whilst D9549 was numbered P-601-0-3911-003-CMZ. It has been suggested that D9515 became P-602-3911-001-CMZ. However, photographic evidence exists of this number being carried by a Ferrotrade built JT500 diesel hydraulic shunter. Thus, if D9515 did see use with CMZ a more likely number would be P-603-0-3911-004-CMZ but no evidence to support this possibility has been unearthed.

In 1997 "CMZ" merged with "Entrecanales y Tavora" to form "NECSO Entrecanales Cubiertas S.A". The most recent sighting of D9548 was in 1998 when still being used, whilst D9549 was last seen awaiting disposal in 2003.

Locomotives

Details of the five locomotives can be found below. Sightings of these abroad are particularly welcomed. Please add your sightings in the box provided. Date format is dd/mm/yyyy

D9505

D9515

D9534

D9548

D9549

Photographs and other information will be welcomed by Peter Hall

last updated: 08/11/18