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English Electric diesel shunter
design for British Railways
The Class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunting locomotives were built at Crewe, Darlington, Derby, Doncaster and Horwich locomotive works between 1955 and 1962.
Class 08 diesel locos were designed for general shunting duties, a task that many of them still perform today.
Class 08 diesel shunters have a maximum tractive effort of 156 kN/35000 lbf and a Class 08 diesel shunter's maximum speed is 15 mph.
Class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunters featured:D3586, D3690 (08528), 13079, 13101, 08507 (Crewe), 08590, 08911 MATEY, 08694 GCR ex EWS, 13079 restored York NRM now at Shildon, 08417, 08550 NYMR, 08690, 08669 BOB MACHIN, 08704, 08500 & 08711 (scrapped, Thornaby), 08856 NYMR, 08907, 08993 ASHBURNHAM, 08908, Class 600 663 Annette, 604 PHANTOM
Contemporary and Heritage-Preserved, Diesel, Diesel-Electric and Electric Locomotives
The basic design of the Class 08 diesel shunter goes back to the 1930s when the LMS were experimenting with the idea of replacing steam loco shunters like the 'Jinty'. The Class 08 diesel shunters were eventually based on the LMS 1945 batch of diesel shunters that later became the Class 11s. The 996 Class 08 shunters were built over 10 years between 1952 and 1962 by the British Railway works at Crewe, Darlington, Derby, Doncaster and Horwich and could be seen at every station of any size. As more freight was transferred to road haulage there were less freight trains and demand for shunters declined and many were withdrawn in the late 1960s. However, about 100 Class 08 diesel shunters still remain in regular use on the network today, mostly in industrial sidings and depot and a further 60 exist in preservation on various heritage railways and continue to shunt wagons, coaches and locos and hauling engineering trains.
A classic example of a black 'British Railways' liveried Class 08 diesel shunter BR number 13079 York NRM museum 2019
Still working! Class 08 diesel shunters 08690 and 08908 in red and blue EMT livery at Neville Hill TMD, Leeds (July 2019)
(EMT = East Midlands Trains)
08417 shabby condition in Network Rail yellow, Derby (July 2019)
Derby Class 08 diesel shunter 08588 in the presence of Class 37s 97304 and 37423, Derby (July 2019)
Diesel shunter Class 08 08588, Derby (July 2019)
08993 (08 993) ASHBURNHAM still in EWS livery, Haworth Works yard on the KWVR in June 2018
Class 08 diesel shunter 08556 at Grosmont shed (NYMR) in June 2018. 08556 lives at Newbridge Permanent Way depot of the NYMR, where it hauls engineering trains for day-to-day maintenance and repairs as well as working hard over the winter period during scheduled major maintenance. Class 08 08556 was built at Darlington in 1959, she spent her working life in London, being allocated to Kings Cross, Finsbury Park and Selhurst depots during a career spanning over 30 years and still growing strong.
Its other numbers are 08850
(here), D 8850, 08 850, D 4018, D4018). 08850 lives at the
Carriage & Wagon depot at Pickering yard on the NYMR, shunting coaches
into and out of the platforms and sidings, and moving stock around
within the depot. Class 08 08850 was mostly based in the Western and
Southern regions, with a varied career including stints in Bristol,
Eastleigh and Cardiff over for over 30 years.
Class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunter 08704 (originally built as D3871 built at Horwich works in 1960), Wirksworth station yard, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway (April 2018)
Class 08 diesel shunter 13101 in BR green livery, Loughborough, Sept 2017
Class 08 shunter 08907 in red DB livery, Loughborough, Sept 2017
Class 08 D3690, with BR green livery, parked in Loughborough Yard on the GCR
Class 08694 ex EWS at Loughborough yard (Sept. 2017)
Ex British Railways (green livery) D3941, built at Derby works in 1960, (Ex British Rail 08773) at Embsay.
Class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunter13101 (D3101, D 3101), in British Railways green livery, 13101 was built at Derby works in 1955 (Loughborough, GCR yard, July 2015)
Class 08 D4141, 08911 (D 4141, D4141 08 911) named 'MATEY' is an 0-6-0 diesel shunting locomotive built at Horwich Works in 1962 and is now owned by the NRM and shunts locos around York national railway Museum, currently painted in British Rail blue.
A 'grumpy' Class 08 diesel shunter 08590 RED LION (was D3757, D 3757 built at Crewe Works in 1959) near Butterley station on the Midland Railway Centre heritage line (June 2015).
Diesels on the Great Central Railway: Ex EWS Class 08 diesel shunter 08694 (08 694, BR D3861, D 3861) built in 1960.
Above & below: Class 08 0-6-0 Diesel shunter in BR black, Class 08 13079 (BR D3079, D 3079, 08064, 08 064) built at Darlington North Road Works in 1953 and in much need of restoration in York NRM. The same Class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunter built in 1953 at Darlington was in for restoration work and repainting (jet black!) in July 2013, photographed again in York NRM 2017
Class 08 diesel shunter 13079 now fully restored at Shildon Locomotion NRM (Feb 2014)
Class 08 diesel shunter 13079 at Shildon NRM in February 2015
... now as good looking as its later Class 8 shunter 08 911 'MATEY'! (08911) next to it! A case of before and after!
NYMR's Class 08 0-6-0 Diesel Shunter D8850 at Grosmont station with the heavy duty break-down/track laying crane.
NS Class 600 (very similar to BR's Class 08 diesel shunters) number 663 built in 1956 by English Electric, now called 'Annette' and was obtained from Dutch Railways (Ned Rail). Photographed in Shildon NRM yard.
NYMR Diesel NYMR Diesel Gala 2011: 08850 is a Class 08 0-6-0 type of diesel shunter, built at Horwich Locomotive works in 1961, here, in British Rail blue livery, hidden behind the trees near Pickering Station.
Class 08 diesel locomotive shunter 604 PHANTOM at Didcot Railway Centre. Formerly D3771 (D 3771, 08604, 08 604) built at Crewe Works in 1959.
Class 08 diesel shunter 669 (locomotive 08669 BOB MACHIN) operated by Wabtec Rail, Doncaster Works, seen here near some of the last remaining buildings associated with the famous 'Doncaster Plant' locomotive works.
A 'blurred' snapshot from the train of a pair of scrapped derelict Class 08 diesel shunters near the Thornaby marshalling yards (Tees Yards), close to where the Thornaby locomotive depot was (Jan 2014, but they have been there for some time!). The one on the left is class 08 08500 (ex EWS stored, built as D3655 at Doncaster Works in 1958) and on the right is Class 08 08711 (stored as unserviceable, built as D8378 at Crewe Works in 1960)
Diesel locomotive Class 08 08507 shunting in Crewe DMD at the side of Crewe station.
Class 08 diesel shunter 08507, now in blue livery, shunting carriages near Crewe station
Class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunter D3586 (D 3586, Class 08 08471), at Bridgnorth station, built at Crewe works in 1958 and still at work in May 2016 on the Severn Valley Railway
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