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LMS Route: Trent Valley Line

LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington

Nuneaton Station: lnwrns3287

British Railways English Electric Type 4 Diesel D219 is seen being uncoupled from its train at Nuneaton on 26th March 1964

On Thursday 26th March 1964 English Electric Type 4 No. D219 'Caronia' of Carlisle Upperby is proving difficult to separate from the first coach of a train which it had brought from Euston at the north end of the Down platform at Nuneaton (Trent Valley) station.. Built by English Electric between 1958 and 1962, and eventually numbering 200, they were for a time the pride of the British Rail early diesel fleet. Despite their initial success, by the time the last examples were entering service they were already being replaced on some top-link duties by more powerful locomotives. As they were slowly relegated from express passenger uses, the type found work on secondary passenger and freight services where they worked for many years, the final locomotives being retired from regular service in 1985. D219 was built at the Vulcan Foundry in July 1959 was renumbered as 40019 in January 1971 which it retained until December 1981 when it was withdrawn from D08 Liverpool Division MPD to be scrapped by Doncaster works.

Photograph by Cedric A. Clayson, © John Clayson.