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DHP1, or Diesel Hydraulic Prototype 1, was a joint venture between Clayton Equipment Company and Rolls Royce. The body was based on the Class 17 produced by Clayton as a standard Type 1 loco for British Rail, which unfortunately proved to be very unreliable and was withdrawn after a very short life. Power came from four Rolls Royce C8 engines of 375hp linked through Rolls Royce torque converters and final drives.   The design was inspired by the prototype Fell locomotive with four engines through a mechanical gearbox, with Colonel Fell himself credited in the design team. Unfortunately this loco proved to be as unsuccessful as both the Fell and the Class 17. The problem seems to be related to…