D1 1961 Stafford
The length and bulk of the BR Sulzer 'Peak' Type 4 is emphasised in this picture of D1 Scaffell Pike watched by three young trainspotters, dressed in a fashion which really dates the picture. The name given to the first of what would become later become Class 44s was that of England's highest peak, at 3,210 feet, which is located at the southern end of the Lake District. D1 officially entered traffic in August 1959 and after spending some time at Derby before moving to Camden in April 1960 and on to Longsight the next month. One working associated with the Class on the West Coast mainline was the 7.45am Crewe - Euston, and they would also be frequently found on the Euston - Blackpool and Crewe - Perth workings. D1 caught fire on 29th September 1961 by near Kings Langley while working the 8.15am Manchester - Euston and was quickly despatched to Derby Works. It moved to Toton in early 1962 as the first ten 'Peaks' were concentrated there for freight work, and became 44001 in February 1974 before it was withdrawn in October 1976.