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Class 27: D5401

Posted: August 30, 2015 in Trains
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D5401 parked up at North Norfolk Railway

D5401 parked up at North Norfolk Railway

D5401 was parked up in the sidings at North Norfolk railway during my recent visit. It had been loaned by the Great Central Railway, where it is based, for the NNR diesel gala and was awaiting shipment back to its home line.

D5401 parked up at North Norfolk Railway

D5401 parked up at North Norfolk Railway

D5401 was built in 1962 and was assigned to Cricklewood in London where it saw mixed usage on freight, passenger and empty coaching stock service. In 1969 it transferred to Edinburgh and was seen over the Scottish rail system. It was then assigned to the ‘push-pull’ service to Glasgow but it was soon noted that due to the speed and the high work-rate that class 27 locomotives were not really suitable and this took a heavy toll on the class until they were replaced by class 47 locomotives in 1980. D5401 was sent to Glasgow for a major overhaul before being assigned to Eastfield depot in Glasgow. On 20/11/83 it pulled the Royal Train from Glasgow to Fort William.

It was withdrawn from service in February 1987 and sent to Berry’s scrap yard. The following year it was purchased and taken to the Northamptonshire Railway where it remained until 2008 when it moved to the GCR. It has made a number of excursions around the country during its preservation history to take part in galas or as cover for services.

By William Grimes at en.wikipedia. Later version(s) were uploaded by Antphilp at en.wikipedia. [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

D5401 at GCR. By William Grimes at en.wikipedia. [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons