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P403D - Diesel Locomotive

Type: Diesel Locomotive
Operation: 0-4-0
Number: P403D
Name: Denise
Built Date: 1960
Built in: Rolls Royce/ Sentinel of Shrewsbury
Condition: Overhauled and in service
Livery: Western Excavating Orange


Four wheel diesel hydraulic shunter, named Denise by English China Clays, was built by Rolls-Royce/Sentinel of Shrewsbury in 1960. It was delivered new to the British Steel Corporation for use at its South Teesside works.
It was acquired by ECC in July 1980, was given the number P403D and later named Denise. It initially worked at Rocks Dryers, and was fitted with air brakes for working CDA wagons in 1987. In 1992 it was moved to Crugwallins sidings, and finished its days at Blackpool sidings before being donated to the Bodmin And Wenford Railway by Imerys.
Denise was one of five diesel shunters in the ECC/Imerys fleet. They were all named after the girls in the office at Western Excavating (ECC) Ltd in Nanpean, the others being Susan, Annabel, Elaine and Sharon.


Denise arrives at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway on the back of a Reid Freight Low Loader - 02/07/14  Denise arrives at the BWR for preservation - 02/07/14

(Above: Denise arrives at Bodmin General Station on the back of a low loader for preservation.

Photographs thanks to Sam Hooper)