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One Locomotive, Six Engines: The ‘Fell’ Diesel

Probably the most unusual diesel locomotive ever to work for British Railways was the multi-engined, diesel-mechanical No. 10100, devised by Lt. Col. L.F.R. Fell, authorised by the LMS in 1947 and delivered in 1950. Fell had been an apprentice at Doncaster Works and an advocate of diesel power since the early-1930s.

No. 10100 was 2-D-2 (4-8-4) machine powered by four 500hp Davey Paxman RPHX V12 supercharged engines housed in the nose ends. These were coupled via a common

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