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D865 Diesel Warship Class Locomotive, Zealous

D865 Diesel Warship Class Locomotive, Zealous


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Filename: D21 063.jpg

Size: 3159 x 2343 (636KB)

Date: 17th April 2008

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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D865 Diesel Warship Class Locomotive, Zealous

Class 42

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 892559

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Diesel War Ship Zealous


Zealous and the End of an Era - The D865 Diesel Warship Class Locomotive

EDITORS COMMENTS
In this evocative photograph, the D865 Class 42, named "Zealous," stands proudly at the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway (GWR). This diesel warship class locomotive, a relic of a bygone era, was once a formidable presence on the rails of the British Isles. The D865 Class, also known as the Warship Class, was designed and built between 1957 and 1962 by British Railways (BR) to replace the steam locomotives that had dominated the railways for decades. With their powerful diesel engines, these locomotives were intended to provide greater efficiency, reliability, and flexibility than their steam counterparts. The "Zealous," one of 102 locomotives in the class, was named after the Royal Navy's HMS Zealous, a destroyer that saw action in both World Wars. The locomotive's distinctive appearance, with its angular lines and imposing size, reflected the military influence in its design. The D865 Class locomotives were workhorses, capable of hauling heavy freight trains and express passenger services. They were also versatile, able to operate on both the mainline and branch lines. However, with the advent of more modern diesel and electric locomotives, the D865 Class locomotives began to be phased out of service in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Today, the "Zealous" and its sister locomotives are cherished by railway preservationists and enthusiasts. They serve as a reminder of a time when diesel locomotives represented the cutting edge of railway technology and when the railways played a vital role in the nation's transportation infrastructure. The Steam Museum of the GWR is proud to preserve this important chapter in railway history, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with these magnificent machines.

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