BR NBL prototype 10800 Profile and Models

BR NBL prototype 10800

10800 at Upper Warlingham in April 1953. ©N Sprinks/

Designed as a replacement for medium sized steam locomotives, this prototype diesel electric was ordered by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1946, but did not enter service until two years after the nationalisation of British Railways in 1948. The locomotive was the first mixed-traffic diesel locomotive in the UK, and was operated on a variety of passenger and freight services in the Midlands and South of England throughout the 1950s. After withdrawal, the locomotive was used for testing early AC transmission technology and was based at Brush Traction's Loughborough Works, being renamed "Hawk". The tests were successful, however the locomotive quickly became obsolete and was scrapped by 1976.

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Type of Locomotive



North British Locomotive Company

Build Date


Total Built


Tractive Effort

34,500 lbf

Power Output

827hp (as built)

1400hp (rebuilt)

Top Speed


Wheel Configuration


Operated By

British Railways

Main Duties

Mixed Traffic

In Service Until

1959 (In Service)

1968 (Test Locomotive)

Surviving Examples