British Rail Class D16/2

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British Railways Class D16/2 was a class of prototype diesel locomotive built by BR at Ashford Works and introduced in 1950-1951, with a third example being introduced in 1954. They had been designed by Oliver Bulleid for the Southern Railway before the 1948 nationalisation but did not appear until after nationalisation. The diesel engine and transmission were supplied by the English Electric company but the Bulleid influence was obvious. The box-like body style closely resembled Bulleid's electric locomotives and was quite different from the usual English Electric style, typified by British Rail Class D16/1. Percie Bollen's bogie design and the power train of 10203 were taken almost unmodified for the first ten production D16/1 (Class 40) but with a more traditional English Electric design of body with prominent noses and louvered side panels. The original locomotives, numbered 10201 and 10202, worked services on the Southern Region of British Railways. They were transferred to Camden depot in the London Midland Region in April 1955. Number 10203 was outshopped from Brighton works in March 1954, its modified engine giving a power output of 2,000 hp (1,500 kW). It was trialled on

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