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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 002.jpg

Size: 3000 x 2393 (598KB)

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 440878

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War Ship


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This photograph showcases the No D600 Active, a Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive of the Class 41 series, which was built by North British Locomotive Company. Unlike the majority of locomotives, this impressive machine was not designed for commercial use on railways but instead, it bears a striking resemblance to a warship. The Class 41 locomotives were commissioned by the British Railways Western Region in the late 1950s as part of their modernization program. The Warship Class designation came from the locomotive's distinctive appearance, with its angled sides, vertical plates, and squared-off ends that mimicked the hulls of naval vessels. The No D600 Active, displayed here at the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway, is a fine example of this unique locomotive class. Its powerful diesel engine and hydraulic transmission system enabled it to pull heavy loads with ease, making it an essential asset for the railway. However, its warship-like appearance was more than just an aesthetic choice – the design helped to improve the locomotive's aerodynamics, reducing wind resistance and improving fuel efficiency. Despite their impressive capabilities, the Warship Class locomotives were eventually phased out in the late 1960s and early 1970s as newer, more advanced designs took their place. Today, the No D600 Active and other surviving members of the Class 41 series are cherished relics of railway history, reminding us of the ingenuity and innovation that shaped the railways of the past.

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