GEC Stephenson locomotive
GEC Stephenson locomotives and Torpedo wagon at Corus Lackenby (Redcar), 2010
The GEC Stephenson locomotives are a type of heavy industrial shunter built in the 1970s by GEC Traction. The locomotives were used for heavy shunting tasks in UK industrial sites for clients including British Steel Corporation and the National Coal Board.
History and design
The locomotives were available in 3 or 4 axle versions in the same frame, with a range of masses and engine powers, each axle was powered and the locomotives could be operated in multiple from a single cab.
Most of the locomotives produced were 3 axle versions of two types - a 50-ton loco (16.5 ton axleload) with a 500 hp V8 cylinder Dorman 8QT engine, and a 75-ton (25 ton axleload) machine with a 12-cylinder engine rated at 750 hp. The NCB acquired both locomotive types.
As of 2012 locomotives of this type are still in service with Tata Steel Europe in the UK. In January 2012 the steel works in Lackenby imported ten 1500 kW ex-NSB Di8 Bo'Bo' locomotives for the torpedo wagon trains - this will result in several of the GEC locomotives being scrapped though some are expected to be retained for track renewal and shunting work.
- Mick Morgan (ed.), Search Form: 1. Wheel Arrangement = "6wDE", 2.Builder = "GECT", existing locos, UKlocos, retrieved 15 January 2012
- Mick Morgan (ed.), Search Form: 1. Wheel Arrangement = "6wDE", 2.Builder = "GECT", scrapped locos, UKlocos, retrieved 15 January 2012
- "The right tool for the job", Steel Times, GEC Traction (advert), September 1976
- "The rolling stock that gathered steel", Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, 18 September 2010
- "Cargonet locos settle into new environment in Redcar" (PDF), Railway Herald (297): 6, 9 January 2012
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- John Morgan (28 September 1996), "252 stands outside the loco shed along with 266 (GECT.5463) and 251 (GECT.5414)", www.railphotoarchive.org, BSC LACKENBY, Redcar steel, blue livery
- John Morgan (28 September 1996), "263 in the scrap line outside the loco shed along with 275 (GECT.5473), 274 (GECT.5472).", www.railphotoarchive.org, BSC LACKENBY, Redcar steel, yellow livery
- "BI92044 NCB Coventry", www.flickr.com, 17 February 1992, NCB blue livery