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No D600 Active - Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive

No D600 Active - Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive


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Filename: D21 001.jpg

Size: 3000 x 2403 (500KB)

Date: 13th April 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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No D600 Active - Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive

Class 41, built by North British

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 440877

© STEAM Picture Library 2007 - All Rights Reserved

War Ship


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This photograph showcases the No D600 Active, a Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive of the Class 41 series, proudly displayed at the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway (GWR). The Class 41 locomotives, built by North British Locomotive Company between 1957 and 1962, were designed primarily for the British military railways and not for commercial use. The No D600 Active, with its imposing presence and powerful appearance, is a testament to the engineering prowess of its time. The locomotive's unique design was influenced by the warship theme, with features such as the angled casing, bulwark-like sides, and the distinctive funnel, which gave it its nickname, "Warship Locomotive." The Diesel Hydraulic system used in the Class 41 locomotives was a significant departure from the traditional steam locomotives that dominated the railways during that era. The diesel engine powered a hydraulic system that transmitted power to the wheels, providing greater efficiency and flexibility in operation. The No D600 Active spent most of its military career at the Military Railway Centre in Minffordd, Wales, before being preserved for posterity at the Steam Museum of the GWR. Today, it stands as a reminder of the important role that railways played in supporting military operations and the innovative engineering solutions that emerged during that period. The photograph captures the No D600 Active in all its glory, with its gleaming paintwork, polished metal surfaces, and the intricate details of its design on full display. The image transports us back in time, offering a glimpse into the rich history of railway engineering and the military railways of the past.

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