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D2432

For earlier information about this locomotive when in Great Britain see "Class 06 observations in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s"

Acquired from BR by R. E Trem & Company, Finningley near Doncaster. They in turn sold it to Shipbreaking (Queenborough), Queenborough, Isle of Shepey, Kent. It arrived on or shortly after 20th May 1969. It was photographed passing through Gosforth on the 19th May. Sightings of it in Kent would be appreciated.

It was exported to Trieste, Italy, in March 1977 and 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.

What then became of it is unclear although it has been recorded as having been used at the Lucchini Group steelworks at Servola, where it was reportedly disused by April 1984 and scrapped in 1986.

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.

Observations of the locomotive in Italy are very much sought in order to more clearly establish its Italian history.

  
   The photographer was very lucky to catch D2432 en route from Scotland to the Isle of Sheppey. The location is Gosforth High Street, then the A1! Although not certain, the date is thought to be 19th May 1969.   Brian Henderson
  
   D2432 was on of four locomotives exported to Italy in 1977. During the summer of that year it was photographed either at or adjacent to the premises of Acciaieria Ferriera Adriatic in the docks area of Trieste. What then became of it is far from clear.   Gorgio Grisilla

Sightings for D2432

LocoLocationDateSeen by
D2432Shipbreaking, Queenborough24/01/1971Gordon Edgar
D2432Shipbreaking, Queenborough (wharf)22/10/1972Gordon Edgar
D2432Shipbreaking, Queenborough08/11/1975Mike Martin
D2432Shipbreaking, Queenborough24/01/1976Tom Bartlett
D2432Shipbreaking, Queenborough27/08/1976Gary Pullan

Photographs and other information will be welcomed by Peter Hall

last updated: 15/06/17

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