These locomotives were converted from Class 31 locomotives. The first, no. 97203, was operated by the Railway Technical Centre, based at Derby. It was used to haul various test-trains operated by the centre. However, in 1987, the locomotive was written-off after having sustained fire damage. Therefore, a replacement in the form of 97204 was converted. This later returned to normal traffic, as no. 31970. Both locomotives were painted in RTC's red/cream livery with a black bodyside band.

97204 in the loop at the RTC

Colin Marsden

Re-numbered as 31970 and pictured at Doncaster

P Searle

At Gloucester Horton Road open day

Robert Cutter



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