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Diesels on the London Midland

In the mid-1950s British Railways embarked on the planned replacement of steam traction and ordered 174 ‘pilot scheme’ diesel locomotives of various power categories to evaluate their capabilities.

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Unfortunately, this prudent policy was blown off course within a few years due to competition from other transport modes which resulted in rapidly falling traffic and it was decided that dieselisation needed to be drastically speeded up to improve the rail industry’s competitiveness.