Type 2 Class 31 Nº 31289 (D5821) "Phoenix" at the NLR


Type 2 Class 31 31289 (D5821) "Phoenix"

31289 was built in 1961 by Brush Engineering, Loughborough under the modernisation plan of 1955. Originally built with a Mirrlees JVS12T 1,250 bhp (930 kW) engine, it was re-engined by BR with an English Electric 12SVT engine, capable of producing 1470 bhp (1,100 kW), and speeds of up to 90 mph.

This locomotive was first allocated to Gateshead and moved to several depots before being withdrawn from service at Tinsley.

The class was originally intended for service on the Eastern Region, but gradually became common in both the Western and London Midland regions too.

31289 is on loan to the Northampton & Lamport Railway, where it arrived on the 10th November 1998, from Bescot depot, Birmingham.