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D2157 - 03157

  
   03157 was one of four locomotives exported to Italy in 1977. During the summer of that year it was photographed with the other three, 03164, D2432 & 07009 either at or adjacent to the premises of Acciaieria Ferriera Adriatica in the docks area of Trieste.   Giorgio Grissla
To Shipbreaking (Queenborough), Queenborough, Kent, July 1976; exported to Trieste, Italy, February 1977; It was initially stored in the premises of or adjacent to Acciaieria Ferriera Adriatica (A.F.A.) in the docks area. A.F.A. itself was actually just a holding company (a steel warehouse in effect, used for import/export purposes)​, part of the much larger Lombarde Falck (now Gruppo Falck) enterprise. A.F.A. in Trieste seems to have gone out of business around 1973 and these buildings were reported out-of-use by 1974. It is then recorded as having been used at the Lucchini Group steelworks at Servola.

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.

It is though known that it was later rebuilt by IPE, Verona; to Chiari steelworks, Brescia; scrapped on site, 23rd May 1997.

  
   03157 was rebuilt by IPE, Verona and was then used at Acciaierie ISA, Chiari Steel Works, Bresciawere it was photographed in September 1996, by then out of use.   Mark Jones
  
   Shortly before it was scrapped, 03157 was photographed at Acciaierie ISA, Chiari Steel Works, Brescia on 10th May 1997.   Mark Jones

Sightings for D2157

LocoLocationDateSeen by
03157Shipbreaking, Queenborough27/08/1976Gary Pullan
03157Acciaierie ISA, Chiari Steel Works, Brescia, Italy01/08/1996p209 Deutsche Lokomotiven in Italien
03157Acciaierie ISA, Chiari Steel Works, Brescia, Italy28/08/1996Mark Jones
03157Acciaierie ISA, Chiari Steel Works, Brescia, Italy10/05/1997Mark Jones

Photographs and other information will be welcomed by Peter Hall

last updated: 15/06/17

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