LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Tamworth
LMS Route: Nuneaton to Birmingham New Street
Bromford Bridge Station: mrbb645
View of British Railways Type 2 D5193 locomotive coupled
with an unknown classmate standing at Bromford Bridge station's up platform
after closure to passenger services. Later re-designated Class 25 043, a member
of the Class 25/1, it was built at Derby works in April 1963 and remained in
service until February 1981 when it was wihsrawn from CD Crede Diesel Depot.
They featured the new AEI 253AY traction motor, a result of the collaboration
between BTH, MV and American builder Alco. This smaller, lighter motor was an
attempt to market a traction motor to a worldwide audience, especially to the
metre gauge lines. For Class 25 locomotives these lighter motors meant the
discontinuance of other weight saving measures being built into the design.
They were highly rated in an attempt to overcome the loss of tractive effort
normally found on starting. The field divert system was also modified to allow
increased capability throughout all the speed ranges.