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D8233
Status: Major Restoration Project
Livery: BR Green
Running Number: D8233
Built: British Thomson-Houston
No 1131 / 1960 Rugby
Traction Type: Diesel-Electric
Equipment: British Thomson-Houston
Power Unit: Paxman 16YHXL
Power Output: 800 HP
Max Speed: 60 MPH
Train Brakes: Vacuum Only
Train Heating: None
Weight: 69 Tons
Length: 42' 0"
Height: 12' 6"
Width: 9' 2"
D8233 is the sole survivor of the Class 15 locomotives, of which there were originally 44. Despite being a product of British Thomson-Houston at Rugby according to the Builders plates, the locos were a collaboration between BTH and Clayton, with Paxman power units. The majority of the class, including D8233, were actually constructed at Clayton's works in Hatton, Derbyshire.

By 1971 the whole class of 44 had been withdrawn with just four surviving in departmental useage. Initially withdrawn in February 1969, D8233 saw use as a carriage heating unit, numbered ADB968001 and was completely withdrawn in 1982. The loco was saved for preservation in 1984 and has had a number of homes including the ELR once before in the late 1980s.

More recently, D8233 was based at the Crewe Railway Heritage Centre, eventually returning to Bury in 2006 where a dedicated volunteer workforce are restoring the loco to operational condition. The power unit was successfully started on the 19th of June 2010 and regular workgroups are progressing with the restoration. D8233 is one of two unique survivor projects based at Bury (the other being Class 28, D5705).

See the Class 15 Preservation Society website for more
Restoring unique locos D8233 and D5705
www.d8233.org.uk
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