D7541 is a Sulzer Type 2 locomotive (later Class 25) and was built at British Railways' Derby works and first allocated to Toton in April 1965.
A London Midland Region locomotive, D7541 was allocated to various depots before arriving at Crewe diesel depot in 1986. It was officially withdrawn on 18th March 1987, but was noted hauling the Crewe Inspection Saloon along the Cambrian line the following day. It was the last engine of its class in regular use on the Cambrian.
It arrived in preservation in January 1988 when it was purchased for use on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, losing its British Rail blue livery and TOPS number of 25191 in favour of the more attractive British Railways green livery, regaining its original number and the name The Diana after the wife of Lord Downe, in 1992.
Falling out of use, D7541 was purchased by SDR-based South Devon Diesel Traction and arrived in Buckfastleigh in April 2011.
As can be seen from the pictures, D7541 is need of major restoration, which has now been started with the removal of both cabs.
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