British Railways D0226

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British Railways D0226
D0226 in preservation at Haworth.
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder English Electric at Vulcan Foundry
Serial number
  • English Electric: 2345
  • Vulcan Foundry: D226
Build date 1956
Configuration 0-6-0
UIC class C
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Wheel diameter 4 ft 0 in (1.219 m)
Loco weight 48 long tons (49 t; 54 short tons)
Prime mover EE 6RKT
Generator DC
Traction motors English Electric, DC 1 off
Transmission Diesel electric
Performance figures
Maximum speed 35 mph (56 km/h)
Power output 500 hp (370 kW)
Tractive effort 33,000 lbf (146.79 kN)
Operators British Railways
Numbers D226 (D0226 from August 1959)
First run loaned 1957
Withdrawn October 1960
Disposition Returned to EE at Preston,
to Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in March 1966
British Railways D0227
Type and origin
Only differences from above are shown
Power type Diesel-hydraulic
Serial number
  • English Electric: 2346
  • Vulcan Foundry: D227
Transmission Krupp-Lysholm hydraulic
Operators British Railways
Numbers D227 (D0227 from August 1959)
Withdrawn September 1959
Disposition Returned to EE at Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns, Darlington; scrapped at unknown date.

D0226 and D0227 were two prototype diesel shunting locomotives built in 1956 by English Electric at its Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Willows to demonstrate its wares to British Railways. They originally carried numbers D226 and D227, their Vulcan Foundry works numbers, but these were amended in August 1959 to avoid clashing with the numbers of new Class 40 locomotives.

They were both of 0-6-0 wheel arrangement and were fitted with English Electric 6RKT engines of 500 hp. They were painted black with an orange stripe along the middle of the bodyside, which turned into a 'V' at the nose end. The major difference between the two locomotives was that D0226 had diesel-electric transmission and D0227 had diesel-hydraulic transmission.

BR tested both locomotives at its Stratford depot in East London. D0226 has been preserved at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, but D0227 was scrapped.

D0226 in green livery at Haworth


  • Strickland, David C. (September 1983). Locomotive Directory. Camberley, Surrey: Diesel and Electric Group. p. 146. ISBN 0-906375-10-X.