D2334 seen on shed at Cheddleton on the Churnet Valley Railway in July 2010.
As a late build loco, D2334 was out shopped in B.R. green with wasp striped bonnet and cab. Its first depot from new was Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne. Staying there for 2 years, D2334 was transferred to Percy Main shed in 1963. Again, two years later moving on and this time transferred to Gateshead in 1965. After a 3 year working period at Gateshead depot she returned home to Darlington in 1968.
As with may of the class, D2334 was sold (in her green livery) by British Railways before the allocation of “TOPS” numbers to NCB she was moved to Manvers Main colliery in South Yorkshire before moving to Wath in the Sheffield area.
D2334 also travelled to Thurcroft, Dinnington and finally Maltby Colliery before being sold again in 1985 into preservation minus her engine, bonnet and other items such as the bonnet doors, which were scattered around the colliery site in use as drain covers.
A moved followed to Meadowhall, around 1986. At this site the rebuilding of D2334 commenced. A change of ownership forced another move this time to a private site in Northamptonshire sometime around 1994. A short stay entailed and D2334 quickly moved to the CVR in 1995, joining old company with Class 03 D2070, which it had been stabled with at Meadowhall. Both were painted into BR blue in the early years at Cheddleton. D2070 was sold on and scrapping soon followed.
Following a overhaul of the vacuum system, D2334 was then painted into original BR green guise, complete with the wasp stripes in 1999, at around the same time as Bachmann model railways launched their new model, the Class 04, their first model being D2334 in its BR blue colour scheme, something which D2334 never actually carried in it’s BR service days. The oddity also with this is that when the real D2334 was painted into blue, the wasp stripes were lined incorrectly, which was also replicated on the model.
On diesel weekend events it has not been unknown for D2334 to venture out on the main line with a class 08, or even on her own travelling as far south as Consall (Pre Froghall section opening) and has been known to make a roar in Cheddleton tunnel once in a while.
In September 2003, D2334 suffered minor damage with a broken con-rod and awaits a new rod being fabricated. At the moment, this limits the loco to the yard only, and along with extensive wear to other bushes on the connecting rods, which she also suffers from (stemming from her days in NCB service), also to a 5mph speed limit.
Like many shunters, the controls are duplicated across the cab desk, making shunting duties or driver training an easy task.
Courtesy of the owners of D2334 & Churnet Valley Railway
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