MV Sofala built by Henry Robb at Leith for the British, India Steam & Nav. Co. & handed over 30/10/47. 1.031GRT, length 244.7ft, beam 36ft & draught 14ft. Twin screws powered by 2 x BritishPolar 2S SA 5 cylinder engines gave 12Kn. Built for the East African Coastal Trades, she had 4 work boats aft to assist in cargo working at Roadstead ports, WW II taken over by Admiralty to carry cased petrol. Returned to BI after war. '55 sold & renamed Voorloper. '68 renamed Sincere Orient. Scrapped '93
40044 (ex D244) stands in the bay platforms at Manchester Victoria on 28th Aug 1984. Built at the English Electric Vulcan Foundry and delivered on 9th Nov 1959. Withdrawn on 22nd Jan 1985 and cut up at Crewe Works on 29th Feb 1988.
Classics Trains magazine photo of the day: "Norfolk & Western 0-8-0 No. 244, pictured brand-new at Roanoke Shops in December 1953, was the last reciprocating steam locomotive built for service in the U.S." (N photo)
Utah Railway RSD-4 No. 303 has a newly rebuilt Alco 244 V-12 prime mover installed at Martin Yard on July 25, 1977. Unfortunately, the 244 engine tarnished Alco's reputation as it had reliability issues when crankshafts were prone to failure. The Utah Railway apparently had good results hauling heavy coal trains over Soldier Summit and to and from coal mines for 29 years.