Living Museum of the Great Western Railway

31 270 - 'Athena'

The Class 31, or Brush Type 2, locomotive was one of the models ordered by British Railways to replace steam traction. 263 locomotives of this class were built by Brush Traction from 1957-62 and numbered in two series; D5500-D5699 and D5800-D5862.

The first locomotive was completed at the end of September 1957, and entered service in November of that year.

The diesel electric locomotives had a wheel arrangement of A1A-A1A

31270 entered service on 1-June-1961, originally carrying the number D5800 and allocated to March depot. It was withdrawn from mainline sevice on 30-May-2000.

Since then the privately owned locomotive has been based at locations including Peak Rail, Colne Valley Railway and most recently Nemesis Rail at Burton-on-Trent where it had been undergoing repair.

It arrived at Didcot Railway Centre on 26-August-2023.

Build date
Built at
Brush Traction
Original railway
British Railways
Wheel arrangement
Power Type
Diesel Electric

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