The North British Big Five

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The North British Big Five

Post by Deepol » Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:30 pm

These were the five 2000hp diesel hydraulic locos built around 1957-58 by the North British Loco Co in Glasgow for service on the Western Region. I believe they were to have been diesel electric originally but the WR were looking for lightweight hydraulic locos and instead were presented with these. They were numbered D600-04 and were all named after Warships, the beginnings of a long line of such named locos.
They had mixed success employed on the West of England expresses and were all based I think at Plymouth's Laira shed. By the late 1960s they were all withdrawn from service.
NBL built a further series of BR designed Warship Class locos based on a German design in the D800 series.
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D600-NBLAdvert.jpg
The NBL Co's advert featuring D600
D600-Dumfries-trials1958.jpg
D600 still unnamed but to become ACTIVE at Dumfries in this BR pic. They all ran their test runs over the former G&SW Main Line.
D601ArkRoyal-depPaddingtonJune1958-FirstDieselCornishRiviera.jpg
D601 ARK ROYAL took the first diesel hauled Cornish Riviera Express out of Paddington in June 1958.
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Re: The North British Big Five

Post by Deepol » Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:39 pm

Some more memories of the locos.
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D602Bulldog-EAGLE.jpg
The EAGLE got in on the act with this fine cutaway drawing of D602 BULLDOG
D600Active-D601ArkRoyal-D6122-Barry9Aug69-img001.jpg
D600 and D601 ended up at Barry, the rest going to Newport. This was taken in August 1969 when remarkably another NBL diesel sat next in line, Eastfield based D6122.
Unlike the steam locos they were cut up pretty quickly but D601 was the subject of a failed preservation attempt and not disposed of till 1980. We'll draw a veil over the poser in D600's cab......
D600Active-TransportMuseum27March10-000_0239.jpg
The builders' model is all that remains to remind us of these locos. It was in the Art Galleries originally then the Transport Museum but as far as I can see is not at Riverside.
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Re: The North British Big Five

Post by Deepol » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:21 pm

Some more old cuttings featuring D601 ARK ROYAL all on the Cornish Riviera Express.
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D601ArkRoyal-CornishRivieraExpress.jpg
Plymouth maybe?
6841MarlasGrange-D601ArkRoyal-Dainton-DownCornishRivieraExpress.jpg
Helping hand from Marlas Grange over Dainton.
D601ArkRoyal.jpg
I'm pretty sure this is Exeter St Davids.
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Re: The North British Big Five

Post by Deepol » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:39 am

Some more photographic memories.
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D6xxWarship-building-NorthBritishGlasgow.jpg
From a catalogue a very small pic of one being built.
D603Conquest-D6xx-Paddington.jpg
Looking very impressive here, D603 Conquest at Paddington.
D6xx-Postal-Plymouth-poss...jpg
Wintry shot of an unidentified member of the five at Plymouth on a Postal turn.
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