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No D801 Vanguard - Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive

No D801 Vanguard - Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive


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Date: 13th April 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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No D801 Vanguard - Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive

Class 42, built by North British. Seen here near Ashley Hill, Bristol

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 440881

© STEAM Picture Library 2007 - All Rights Reserved

Bristol War Ship


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This photograph showcases the No D801 Vanguard, a Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive of the Class 42, proudly displayed at the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway (GWR) in Bristol. Built by North British Locomotive Company in 1958, this locomotive was a part of an innovative design that combined the best features of both steam and diesel engines. The Warship Class locomotives were named for their imposing appearance, reminiscent of the British Navy's warships. The No D801 Vanguard, with its distinctive angled cab and powerful lines, embodies this maritime theme. Its diesel hydraulic system provided improved traction and efficiency compared to earlier steam locomotives, making it a significant advancement in railway technology. The No D801 Vanguard saw active service on the GWR lines until the late 1980s, when it was retired and eventually preserved for future generations. Today, it stands as a testament to the engineering prowess of its time, a time when the railway industry was on the cusp of a major transition from steam to diesel power. Visitors to the Steam Museum of the GWR in Bristol are invited to step back in time and explore the history of railway transport. The museum's extensive collection of locomotives, carriages, and other railway memorabilia offers a unique insight into the evolution of the railway industry. The No D801 Vanguard is just one of the many fascinating exhibits that tell the story of Britain's railway heritage. As you stand before this mighty machine, you can almost hear the hum of its diesel engine and feel the vibrations of its powerful hydraulic system. The No D801 Vanguard is not just a locomotive; it's a piece of history that continues to inspire and captivate railway enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

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