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D1200 Falcon

Class 53 1200 Falcon seen at Newport as it passed my train from Bristol to Cardiff in 1974. I saw this loco numerous times at Ebbw Jn but alas only took one picture.From what I recall it was hauling coal and it was the only time I actually saw it moving. The "D" was applied briefly at Swindon works after a repaint and renumbering from D0280. After withdrawal it was cut up within days of reaching the scrapyard in Newport. A real tragedy for a one off loco and a loss for generations to come. She sounded a little like a wizzo but with a deeper tone to the exhaust.

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Taken on January 13, 2009