08604 Phantom

Posted: November 4, 2013 in Trains
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For anyone who spent time on the railways in the 1960s and 1970s, one of the most familiar sights will have been the class 08 shunter. Most large stations and depots and at least one of this class for general shunting duties. The 08 class was built by British rail between 1953 and 1962 and in all , just under 1000 locomotives were produced in these 10 years, making it the largest single class of British Railways. Surprisingly withdrawals began in 1967 and continued gradually over the years, followed. Even so, it was estimated in 2011 that between 60 and 80 class 08 locomotives were still in operation with mainline franchises. In addition, approximately the same number are in preservation, making it the most numerous class of locomotive preserved.

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08604 Phantom was built in 1959 and is housed today at the GWR society at Didcot in operational condition where it acts as a local yard shunter. One odd feature of this engine is that although it only operated under British rail it currently carries number and nameplates in a distinctly GWR style.

Comments
  1. locoyard says:

    Nice blog post! The class 08 is quite the unsung hero, I have to confess that I like them a lot as they really typify the steam to diesel transition era

    • Pete says:

      I agree. They went about their vital work and we didn’t even notice them most of the time. Their usefulness is no doubt reflected in the number of engines that are in preservation and still performing their task.

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