BR Class 14 - D9520
BR Swindon Works
12th November 1964
Withdrawal Date (BR)
1st April 1968
Current Number Held
British Railways Class 14 Diesel-Hydraulic
The British Railway Class 14 is a class of diesel-hydraulic locomotive that was built by Swindon Works between 1964 - 1965, a total of 56 were produced.
The class was built to be able to easily work short distance freight trains, undertake station/yard shunting duties and work at seen in the Western region most commonly. Unfortunately, like most early diesels, the class had an short life span mainly due to the duties they were able to perform being taken over by other class of diesel traction. Therefore, by mid 1968 BR started to withdraw the class from service with the majority either being sold to industry or scrapped. By the end of 1970 all of the class was either sold or scrapped, the ones that were sold to industry mainly operated out of coal mines until the decline of the coal industry when they were either scrapped or bought by heritage lines.
D9520 was released from Swindon Work on 12th November 1964 and allocated to Cardiff Canton (86A). Over the course of its working life it was transferred to Hull Dairycoates where is was withdrawn by BR in 1965 and sold to British Steel Ltd. Once under the ownership of British Steel it was allocated to Corby Steelwork and then Glendon Iron Works where it stayed until being taken out of service in March 1981. The locomotive initially went into preservation at The North Yorkshire Moors Railway after being withdrawn. It then proceed to move to the Rutland Railway Museum in 1984, who loaned the locomotive to The Great Central Railway from 1998 to 2004. Finally, it moved to the Nene Valley Railway and it stayed there until June 2021 when it arrived at The Mid-Norfolk Railway.