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Collections19th September 2019

Top Ten Collections – Overlord

Overlord was one of twenty locomotives ordered by the Ministry of Defence in 1941 but she was not named Overlord until 1992. She is a small diesel locomotive that was designed and built by Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co.

With other locomotives, Overlord was used in the invasion of Europe and shipped from Southampton to Cherbourg in September 1944. She returned to the UK in June 1946 and a few years later went to the Middle East returning to the UK in 1955.

Between May 1961 and October 1992, WD859 was allocated to the following locations;

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the D-Day landings, the locomotive was named Overlord in 1992.

After a long service in multiple countries, Overlord now lives on display with us at the Historic Dockyard and can often be seen hauling wagons through the site.

In memory of Dave Lovering

With thanks to Sharon Lockyer and Andy Veitch for copy and photography.

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