Ruston and Hornsby 165hp Diesel Shunter 319290

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Ruston and Hornsby 165hp Diesel Shunter 319290
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'D2957' at Bewdley in May 2017, newly renumbered 319290
Built By Ruston & Hornsby
Configuration 0-6-0
Power type Diesel Mechanical
Status Operational
Loco Number 319290
Other Numbers D2957 (fictitious)
Built 1952
Designed By Ruston & Hornsby
Type DM165
1972 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
Length 22ft 1in
Weight 28t

Diesel Locomotives

319290 in Service

319290 is one of a number of 165 h.p. diesel shunters at the SVRSevern Valley Railway, and is one of the diesel-mechanical variety. It was built by Ruston and Hornsby of Lincoln as works number 319290 of 1953 for use by Robertson Thain at their Ellesmere Port ironworks, and since 1960 by B.I.P. Chemicals at Langley Green.

319290 in Preservation

319290 was the first Ruston and Hornsby shunter acquired by the SVRSevern Valley Railway, being purchased from B.I.P by SVR(H) in March 1972. Originally the locomotive had no number other than its works number, although it was commonly referred to as the “Red Ruston”. It saw regular use in the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s early days on Engineers’ trains, but now acts as yard shunter in Bewdley Down Yard

For some years the locomotive carried a BRBritish Rail or British Railways livery with the fictitious number D2957. However in May 2017 it was repainted and renumbered 319290. It is maintained by the Bewdley Carriage & Wagon Department.


See also

Diesel Locomotives
Bewdley Carriage & Wagon Department
List of preservation groups
Locomotives running under different identities


SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition