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Class 27 diesels in Worcestershire


Sixty-nine (69) class 27 locomotives were built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Co Ltd in Smethwick.

They originally carried Nos.D5347 to D5415. In essence they were the same as an earlier batch of class 26 locomotives (D5300 to D5346) but the class 27s were fitted with a more powerful Sulzer engine rated at 1,250 r.p.m. instead of 1,160 r.p.m.

D5382 at Worcester Shrub Hill

This incredibly rare photograph is the only one known to the MIAC that shows a BRCW built class 27 locomotive in the 'up' parcels bay at Worcester Shrub Hill Station. From built until 1970/71 the class 27s were based at various depots in the London Midland Region and made occasional visits to Worcester, often as in this case on Parcels trains as indicated by the '3G75' headcode. This locomotive and the rest of London Midland class 27s was later transferred to depots in Scotland. The consensus of opinion suggests that only two members of the class were painted in two-tone green livery (the other one was D5380). Photograph taken by Pete Wilcox on 9th June 1966.

MIAC records shows very few appearances of class 27s with just two other records. No.D5389 was at Worcester on 2nd April 1965 and No.D5396 similarly on 19th May 1966.

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