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No D813 Diadem - Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive

No D813 Diadem - Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive


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Size: 3000 x 2395 (465KB)

Date: 13th April 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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No D813 Diadem - Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive

Class 42, built by Swindon Works

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 440882

© STEAM Picture Library 2007 - All Rights Reserved

War Ship


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This photograph showcases the No D813 Diadem, a Warship Class Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive of the Great Western Railway (GWR). Built at the Swindon Works in 1958, this Class 42 locomotive was part of an innovative design that drew inspiration from the maritime world. The Warship Class locomotives were named for their distinctive hull-like shape and powerful presence, reflecting the engineering prowess of the GWR during the post-war era. The No D813 Diadem, in particular, is an intriguing example of this class. Its name, Diadem, refers to the traditional headband or crown worn by monarchs, symbolizing power and authority. The locomotive's sleek lines and imposing stature certainly evoke a sense of regal command. The Warship Class locomotives were designed to meet the growing demand for powerful and efficient diesel engines in the British railway system. They were built with advanced features, including a unique cooling system that utilized water-cooled cylinders and an air-cooled crankcase. This design allowed for improved performance and reliability, making the Warship Class locomotives a significant addition to the GWR fleet. The No D813 Diadem, along with its sister locomotives, saw extensive use on the GWR network, particularly on heavy freight and passenger services. Today, it is preserved at the Steam Museum of the GWR, a testament to the ingenuity and engineering excellence of the past. The photograph captures the essence of this magnificent machine, frozen in time, yet still exuding an aura of power and grace that continues to inspire awe in railway enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

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