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Locomotive 2

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Loco 2 was a wartime 0-4-0DM built for the Ministry of Supply (MoS) by the Drewery Car Co, works number 2159 in 1941.  The chassis was supplied by Vulcan Foundry of Newton-le-Willows.  

This type were designed for the MoS by Andrew Barclay & Co of Kilmarnock, who also built examples of them.  Interestingly the diesel exhaust is made to look like a steam locomotive chimney.

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Loco "2" waits to enter the works in 1984.
 
     
  This loco was originally numbered "WD 32"and appeared on the front cover of the book 
"Railways to Victory" loaded on a tank transporter and being dragged by a caterpillar tractor unit across "Juno" Beach in Normandy soon after D-Day. 
 
     

 
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Loco "2" in the exchange sidings in 1984.
 

By February 1944 "WD 32" was in use on the Longmoor Military Railway, along with other equipment being prepared for the invasion of Europe.  In July 1944 she was sent to Normandy on a road trailer aboard a tank landing craft, following which she worked in the war-ravaged railway yard at Caen.  

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The US Army produced a series of diagrams showing railway equipment they might encounter in Europe.
Unfortunately the reproduction quality of this image is poor 


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This is the entry from the Vulcan Foundry order book when these locomotives were ordered by the Ministry of Supply.
The allocated works numbers were from 5256 up to 5270. The year was 1945. The MoS ordered the locomotives from the Drewery Car Co, who in turn contracted Vulcan Foundry to build each chassis.  The locos were 150 horse power. The driving wheels were 3ft 3in diameter and the locos were standard gauge 0-4-0s.

"WD 32" returned to Britain about June 1946 and subsequently became "WD 70032".  In early 1952 she was renumbered as "WD 822" and was sent to the Middle East along with five sister locos.  These six locos are said to have been unofficially given the names of the dwarfs in "Snow White", but it is not known which name "WD 822" carried.
 

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Loco "2"  in 1984.

In 1955, following service in Suez, the loco was returned to Britain and placed in storage at MoD Bicester Central Ordnance Depot along with the other five locos from the Middle East.  She ended her military career as "ARMY 125" and was sold to RESCO at Woolwich early in 1979.  She was acquired by British Industrial Sands at Holmethorpe, Redhill, where she worked as number "2" until being scrapped there in 1986.

 
       
  Engine:
Horsepower:
Cylinders:
Tractive Effort - 1st Gear:
Tractive Effort - 4th Gear:
Gardner 6L3
153
5.5" x 7.75"
10,540 lbs 
2,580 lbs 
 
       
 
 
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Loco "2" in 1984.
A "Gatwick Express" train is passing on the "Quarry Line" embankment in the background.
   
       
   1st Gear
2nd Gear
3rd Gear
4th Gear
4.2 mph
7.4 mph
11.6 mph 
17.2 mph 
 
       
 
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Loco "2" from behind in 1984.
 
       
  Total Weight:
Height Above Rail:
Minimum Curve:
21 tons 6 cwt
11 ft 4.375 ins 
60 ft radius 
 
       

 
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Loco "2" in 1984.
 
       
  Wheel Diameter:
Wheelbase:
Overall Length:
3 ft 3 ins
6 ft 3 ins
23 ft 8.875 ins  
 
       

 
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Loco "2" in 1984, about two years before she was scrapped.
 

     
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