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44003 Skiddaw heads for the fueling road at the back of Toton TMD, 29th June 1975.


Locomotive History

Originally numbered D3 it was one of the ten pilot scheme type 4 locomotives (D1 – D10) built at Derby in 1959’ which became class 44 and was delivered to Camden in the four weeks ended October 3rd 1959. Initially used on passenger workings on the WCML until transferred in March 1962 to Toton, for use on heavy freight duties in the East Midlands. From here to withdrawal the class 44's would be synonymous with Toton, in general only working to the limits of the route knowledge of Toton's goods links and usually on out & back turns. By the summer of 1975 BR had just about disposed of its unsuccessful pilot scheme diesel locomotives (and their derivatives) and were about to start on some of the more successful types and the ten locomotives of class 44 were high on this list. I doubt that I realised when I took this photograph how short its days were and it was withdrawn a year later in July 1976. The next time I photographed this locomotive (just over a year later in September 1976) it would be but a shell in the processes of being broken up in the scrap yard at Derby works, the first of the class 44's so treated.

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Taken on June 29, 1975