Posts Tagged ‘Class O8 locomotive’

Class 08 064

Posted: November 19, 2018 in History, Trains
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Class 08 locomotives were a common sight on UK railways being the standard shunter engine of their time. They now form the most commonly preserved class of locomotive due to their great functionality as a shunter for moving other stock around yards. They were produced between 1953 and 1962 and in total, almost 1000 engines were produced. It was estimated in 2011, 50 years after the last one was built, that over 100 class 08 engines were still in active service on industrial or national rail sites across the country plus many more on heritage lines.

BR 1037 (D3079;08064) was built at Darlington in 1953 and now forms part of the National Railway Collection at York, alongside its sister locomotive 08911, an example of an engine modified by reducing the height of the bodywork for use on the Burry Port and Gwendraeth Railway in South Wales.


Posted: April 25, 2015 in Trains
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08377 is a representative of the 996 class 08 locomotives built by British rail as a general purpose diesel shunter. The class became the work-horse of depots and sheds around the network.


08377 was built at Darlington in 1957 and initially served at Hither Green and Norwood Junction depots in London. In 1968 it was transferred to Crewe depot and then to St Blazey in Cornwall in 1975. It remained in Devon and Cornwall until its withdrawal in 1983.


It was preserved on the West Somerset Railway until its transfer to the Mid-Hants Railway in 2013

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.



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.