Weathering BR green diesels

DID YOU EVER WONDER why diesel locomotives got so dirty in the ‘fifties and ‘sixties? Handcleaning of steam engines had been all but abandoned by this time and the new-fangled diesels – many of them sharing the same filthy depots – weren’t treated any differently. There were a lot of things BR didn’t at first understand about diesels, and keeping them clean – internally and externally – was one of them. A handful of purpose-built diesel depots had washing plants, but these weren’t always very effective and they often broke down completely.

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