This shunter was built by Baguley in 1939 for the Bass brewery at Burton-on-Trent. It was number 5
in the Bass fleet, and is seen here at Brownhills on Saturday 8th September 2012.
More about the history of this loco.
Four industrial diesels were used at various points during the Chasewater Diesel Gala on Saturday 20th October 2007, and they
worked both freight and passenger services. This is the late-running 12:45 coal train from Chasetown, seen on the approach to
Chasewater Heaths at 13:06. The loco is "Birch Coppice", or more specifically Thomas Hill 134C, a visitor from the
Nene Valley Railway.
Yard shunter 319290 at Bewdley on Saturday 6th October 2012.
02003 stands outside the east end of Allerton shed. This shot was taken sometime in 1975, and the other three
Class 02s which lasted long enough to be allocated TOPS numbers were dumped in various states of disrepair at
the other end of the depot alongside the access road. I think all four had been withdrawn by this stage, although
the last of them had not long gone. This loco was subsequently sold to LCP at Pensnett, where it carried the name
"Peter" and worked into the early 1990s. It then entered preservation, and is now based at the
Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society in Scunthorpe.
372 (YEC2760) is a Yorkshire Engine Company 0-6-0, which used to shunt the steelworks at Cardiff Docks. It bears a family resemblance
to the BR Class 02 locos, although these were 0-4-0s. The photo was taken on the afternoon of Saturday 26th July 2014, when 372 was
shunting the shed yard at Toddington on the Glos & Warks Railway.
Hudswell-Clarke 0-6-0 D2511 and 08266 at Haworth shed on the morning of Saturday 18th June 2005. Like all its class-mates D2511
was withdrawn by British Rail in 1967, far too early to acquire a TOPS number, and has now been on the KWVR for over 50 years.
By comparison 08266, latterly a Shirebrook loco, lasted until 1985 I believe.
In early 1981 Lincoln had an allocation of four vacuum-braked Class 03s, specifically 03026 03034 03149 and 03389. This picture was taken
that same year and shows 03034 parked behind the station at Boston. To the best of my recall there were still two 03 duties at Boston at
this time, one for the dock duty and one spare, and it was the spare engine that was parked at the station. Within two years it was all
over for Lincoln's 03s, 03149 was withdrawn in November 1982 and the other three followed in February 1983. The only survivor was
dual-braked 03162, briefly transferred in from Colchester before moving on to Birkenhead when the others were withdrawn.
Once upon a time Barrow Hill had a small allocation of Class 03s, primarily for use at the nearby Staveley steel works. In the mid 1970s
there were three such locos, namely 03129, 03189 and 03389. The latter was transferred to Stratford in about 1977, but the other two stayed
at Barrow Hill into the 1980s. 03129 was withdrawn from traffic towards the end of 1981, but wasn't disposed of until 1983. Meantime 03189
moved on to Birkenhead and survived in traffic until 1986. It was one of the last, if not the very last, vacuum-only Class 03s, and is now
preserved. Rides behind one of the 03s were a regular feature of Barrow Hill open days in the late 70s/early 80s, and this pic shows 03129
in action at one such event (1980 I think). Note the lack of fencing and hi-vis vests, plus the kids riding in the cab.
A shot of 03189, taken a day or two before it left Bescot for Toton in August 1986. It was en-route from Birkenhead to Norwich. The withdrawn
"flower pot" is dwarfed by the adjacent Ferrywagon, not the sort of thing these locos were originally built to shunt. This was
originally a Fujichrome slide, but looks better in monochrome.
Rodless 03196 stands near Bescot Down Tower. It was a Birkenhead loco at the time, en route to Swindon Works when this shot was
taken in late July 1982. Withdrawn in June 1983, the loco is currently preserved at WCRC, Carnforth.
03197 stands amongst the Cravens DMUs at Norwich Depot in this shot taken circa 1980.
Ex-works 03382 was one of the exhibits at the Swindon Works Open Day which took on Saturday 19th May 1979.
A picture from my second visit to the Isle of Wight. The first time 05001 was parked on the stub of the old Newport
branch, just north of Sandown station. However on this second visit, circa 1980, it was parked in the platform,
making it less easy to photograph.
06004 stands outside the shunter shed at Hamilton depot. I don't have a date for this, but there's a fair chance it was taken
at 17:10. The loco was only allocated to Hamilton for a few months in 1975, so it was almost certainly taken sometime that summer.
06006 is the intended subject of this shot taken at Aberdeen Ferryhill in the mid-1970s. The
other shunters are 08710 and 08515. 06006 was Ferryhill's sole Class 06 at this time, and it would
move to Dundee in 1977. On my first visit to Scotland in the summer of 1974 at least two of these
locos were amongst a tiny number that I remember were still carrying their pre-TOPS numbers, namely
2423 (06006) and 3677 (08515). Dunfermline Townhill was another depot slow to apply TOPS numbers.
Always keen to point my camera at exotica like a Class 06, it wasn't uncommon to find them hemmed
in by other locos and various depot detritus, as is the case here.
D3022 was shunting carriages from Kidderminster station to the shed when photographed at 16:21 on Wednesday 7th May 2008. This loco
carried the TOPS number 08015, and was allocated to Shirebrook in the mid 1970s. It moved to Tinsley before being withdrawn in
1980. Built circa 1953 D3022 has now spent much longer in preservation than it did with BR.
08137 is stabled at Spalding, with shunter's pole in the usual position resting across one buffer and the
coupling hook. The photo was taken in summer 1981 and this long-time Lincoln loco was withdrawn from traffic in late 1982.
08147 and 08170 are stabled at Sunderland South Dock in this photo from early 1982. Three vacuum-only Gateshead shunters stabled
here over the weekend, along with a half-a-dozen Class 37s. The short trip out from Newcastle, and subsequent walk from the station
down to South Dock, was a good value excursion. En-route you'd normally see a Class 03 at Tyneside CFT and another at Sunderland station,
plus a further Class 08 at Monkwearmouth.
The Polmadie Works pilot engine, PO1, photographed on Saturday 26th May 1979. Previously this had been Eastfield depot's 08173,
withdrawn in late 1978. As this picture shows it was initially renumbered by having tape applied over its original number,
with "PO1" simply painted above. Looking at various 1980s loco refs it seems that PO1 survived in this role until around
1984, by 1985 it was listed as awaiting disposal.
08195 shunts the yard at Radyr, in a photo from 1981. This loco survives in preservation, appropriately still in Wales,
it's at the Llangollen Railway.
08202 stands in the shed at Brownhills West on the Chasewater Railway. Latterly used by the Potter Group at their Ely depot, it
moved to Brownhills in January 2014. This shot was taken on Saturday 29th March 2014. In late June 2015 the loco moved to its
new home at the Avon Valley Railway near Bristol.
08223 is seen at Swindon Works on the occasion of the 1979 Open Day. It was a Tinsley loco at this time, and it was at Swindon
because it had incurred collision damage after running away down the bank at Tinsley - not the only loco to do this. It didn't
survive this incident, being withdrawn in June 1979 and cut-up at Swindon in 1980.
This line-up of shunters was photographed outside Colchester depot sometime in the mid-1970s. Quite why I didn't include all
of 08715 is a mystery at this remove, but it may have been because 08228 was still in green livery. The other loco is 03060.
Ex-works 08283 stands in Bescot Down Storage Sidings. I don't have a date for this, but it went from Longsight to Swindon Works in
February 1979, and the Railway Observer suggests it received an "intermediate" overhaul, completed by the end of April. Crewe's 08473
also had an intermediate around the same time and reached Bescot on its return journey by the 30th April. If 08283 came north in the
same convoy that dates the pic to around that time. Otherwise probably later in May.
This shot dates from autumn 1981, and shows 08343 and 08312 heading a line of stabled Class 08s in the depot yard at Motherwell.
Note the shedcode above 08343's coupler hook. 67C was the code for Ayr, which was 08343's previous allocation.
The Chasewater Railway acquired D3429 from the Telford Steam Railway prior to the 2010 school holiday period. The former 08359 was in use on
Saturday 28th August 2010, and is seen here approaching Norton Lakeside Halt while working the 11:30 Chasetown - Brownhills.
D3429 sets off from Chasewater Heaths with a short freight train for Brownhills. This shot was taken at 14:35 on Saturday 8th September
2012, a gala weekend.
08359 stands in the platform at Chasewater Heaths with the 14:45 from Brownhills West. This shot was taken at 15:03 on Friday 19th April 2019.
08359 waits time at Brownhills West while waiting to leave with the 16:00 departure for Chasetown. The signalbox here is from Madeley (Staffs),
in use as a shunt frame controlling movements around the station area at this time. The photo was taken at 15:57 on Friday 19th April 2019.
During the 1970s 08421 was an Eastfield loco, but by the early 1980s it had been transferred to Motherwell and was stored unserviceable.
In 1982 it was sent to Swindon Works to be overhauled and fitted with air-brakes, after which it was re-allocated to Haymarket. In this
picture it's seen at Bescot on the journey south. It had arrived in the early hours of Saturday 14th August, because in this view it's
still formed in the middle of a freight train parked in the Down Reception Sdgs. As usual with works-bound shunting locos the connecting
rods have been removed. The position of the BR logo indicates that this loco was last overhauled at Glasgow Works, as
would be expected for a Scottish engine.
There were several Class 08 movements to and from Bescot in the week of Monday 3rd March 2014, all done by road of course. 08632 arrived
from Hoo Jct on Tuesday 4th, with 08623 going the other way. Then on Wednesday 5th 08428 departed, this one going to Toton. The photo
shows 428, and was taken at 13:40 as final preparations were made for departure. The movement of shunting locos by road has now been
underway for over 25 years, and is no longer a novelty for enthusiasts or the local residents.
08441 stands in the shed yard at Brownhills on Wednesday 16th December 2015. It had arrived from Goodman's yard in Wishaw
(near Sutton Coldfield) that morning, in a swap with 08670 which had also spent some time on the Chasewater Railway. Both
locos were in a dark grey livery with no markings or numbers. After working passenger trains on 1st January 2016 08441
returned to Wishaw later that month, before being hired out.
08460 stands at Harwich Town in this photo, taken in the early 1980s. Car traffic was the main job here as I recall, as evidenced
by the cartics in the background. Another two or three of Colchester's Class 08s could be found at Parkeston Quay yard, and were
usually visible from the running lines, making a trip up the branch from Manningtree a worthwhile excursion.
08461 was stabled on its home depot of Saltley in this photo from the late 1970s. Much of what's scrawled in chalk on the battery box
is illegible, but what can be read says "Crossroads is saved! We love <something> + Benny". A reference, obviously, to the
TV program, which was presumably under threat at this time. A Saltley loco since 1960 it went to Tyseley along with the rest
of Saltley's allocation in 1983, but in early 1984 it left for South Wales. In late 1987 it moved for a brief spell at Stratford before
withdrawal came in early 1988. However it took until the summer of 1991 before it was finally scrapped by MC Metals in Glasgow.
On the morning of Saturday 25th July 2009 a very smoky D3586 (08471) shunts D1013 off Bridgnorth shed.
D3586 at Bridgnorth again. On Monday 23rd July 2012 it was parked outside the shed, mid-way through a repaint into BR green.
08124 and 08495 are stabled at Norwich in this shot dating from Spring 1980. I'd seen 08124 many times before as it was allocated to Bescot
in the early 1970s, before migrating to Norwich via Doncaster. 08495 was once a Cambridge loco, and was stored there before being re-instated
to service at Norwich. I suspect both of these locos were transferred to Norwich to replace vacuum-braked Class 03s.
08538 was the Sheffield Midland station pilot when photographed here. This loco moved from Tinsley to March in the early 1980s, and this shot
obviously pre-dates that move. Clearly it's not long out of the works.
08569 and 08129 are stabled on Newton Heath depot in this shot. This particular siding was alongside the Oldham line, near Dean Lane station.
I can't remember whether this trip was done via car or train, but Manchester was another frequent "Saturday Saver"
destination. 08129 has the trademark red connecting rods used by both Longsight and Newton Heath depots on their shunting locos. In
late 1980 Newton Heath's shunter allocation was: 08084 08129 08475 08524 08569 08626 08675 08676 and 08677. From memory there were
duties at Bolton; Manchester Victoria station; Red Bank carriage sidings; Castleton PW yard; Oldham Mumps parcels depot (which may have gone by
the time this photo was taken); and a trip working to Chadderton coal depot.
Ex-works 08588 stands outside the steam shed at Bescot. No date for this, but it's probably late 1970s. Bescot also had 08585 and 08590
at this time, and all three of those survive to this day. 588 was built at Crewe in late 1959, so was about 20 years old when this photo was taken.
There are twelve 08s in this line-up at Bescot, probably shot around Christmas 1981. Shunting engines weren't normally stabled on
the Holding Sidings, they were normally parked on the depot. However at Christmas they would sometimes be stabled with the main-line
locos (and left running) for frost protection reasons. Closer inspection of the original scan reveals that the first three locos are
08588, 08613 and 08466. This shot was originally taken as a colour slide, but has been converted to monochrome.
08598 stands outside the shed at Brownhills on the Chasewater Railway. The photo was taken on the morning of Saturday 14th September
2013, the loco had arrived a few days earlier from the Potter Group site at Ely. 08202 made the same move a short while later.
08601 was the station pilot at Birmingham New St in this shot taken during autumn 1986. At this time Tyseley
depot had two Class 08s painted in non-standard liveries: 601 in LMS black, named Spectre; and 604 in
BR green, named Phantom. 601 survived with EWS until 1999, and was eventually cut-up in 2005.
08604 in the East Dock at Birmingham New St, taken in late 1986.
Converted to black and white from a colour transparency.
08605 shunts Bescot Up Yard at lunchtime on Sunday 19th December 2010.
08647 basks in the late afternoon sunshine at Duddeston Carriage Sidings. I have no date for this photo but it's
likely to be an early 1980s shot, and the loco is clearly not long out of the works. The coaches are pretty much
typical for this period, the Mk1s off a Norwich service and the Mk2s off a Birmingham - Glasgow/Edinburgh train.
A line of five Class 08s are parked up at Swansea East Dock in this picture, which was taken in the spring of 1981. 08660 is nearest,
with 08896 next in line. The third one may be 08658 but it's not at all clear on the original scan.
08670 and D4157 (08927) stand near the ballast sidings at Bescot. This shot was taken at 07:18 on Friday 29th March 2019, both locos having arrived
the previous evening. GBRf were due to take over Network Rail's LDC operations at Eastleigh and Bescot on Monday 1st April. Unlike DBC, who used mainline
locos to shunt the yard at Bescot, GBRf preferred a shunt loco at Whitemoor. Hence it wasn't entirely a surprise when a shunt loco turned up at Bescot in
late March. What was a surprise - to me at least - was the appearance of two Class 08s. The last DBC shunter to leave Bescot was 08623, which departed on
Thursday 31st August 2017. Just under 19 months later Class 08s re-appear. The tethered horse is a Black Country staple, historically found on any piece
of urban grassland. His hay and water bucket can be seen to the left.
A close-up of 08670, taken at 07:47 on Friday 29th March 2019. Both locos were started up and run for approximately 15 minutes between 07:30 and 07:45.
They didn't move though, either then or later in the day.
Warm evening sun illuminates 08700 as it shunts Bescot Down Storage Sidings in this early 1980s shot. During the early days of the Air-Braked Network and
Speedlink air-braked freights were shunted here, whereas vacuum and unbraked trains continued to use the Down Reception Sidings and Down Yard. As the vacuum
traffic fell off and the number of air-braked trains increased all traffic began to use the Down Yard, and the Storage Sidings pilot loco was no longer
08709. the Bescot Down Yard pilot, stands on the Down Main line north of Bescot Jct while shunting wagons from the depot into
the yard. This shot was taken at 11:56 on Saturday 17th December 2005. This loco was named "Molly's Day" on Saturday 1st October 2005,
after the charity event of the same name which took place at Walsall.
Two very different types of shunting loco in this shot, taken at Brownhills on the afternoon of Wednesday 9th September
2020. My aim was to get a photo of 08730, an RSS loco recently painted into ABP (Associated British Ports) livery. It was reputedly
destined for use at ABP's Hams Hall container terminal although in the event it never went there. 08730 was at Brownhills earlier
in 2020, but returned to Wishaw where it was re-painted before returning to Brownhills in August. Obstructing the view are Chasewater's
two Simplex locos, built by Motor Rail at Bedford. These were used in industry and carry BR black livery and running numbers to mimic
similar LNER/BR Class Y11 locos. There were three Y11s (15097-15099), although none survive. The loco blocking the view of 08730 was
built in 1919; it carries the number 15097 and is named "Ubique". The one to the left is numbered 15099; it dates from 1920 and is
This picture shows 08732 stabled at its home depot of Motherwell, likely taken in the early 1980s.
Saltley depot's 08742 waits for the road at Duddeston having just dropped on to the back of an ECS train from New St. It will draw the train back and propel
it into the carriage shed, which is the brick building to the right. This shot was taken in 1980 and anyone who caught northbound Cross City or Walsall
trains at Duddeston in the 1970s and 1980s will be familiar with the game of "guess the platform" which played itself out when an ECS was sat here.
There was no warning if a local was routed via the Curzon St line, and the ECS would block your view of the approaching train. Solution: wait on the steps
to get a better view. 08742 survived with DBC until their final shunter cull in late 2016. It was then purchased by HNRC.
08765 prepares to leave Bloxwich on Friday 29th January 1988. There had been no inbound traffic on this occasion,
so the loco had turned up with just a brakevan around 13:00. There were three wagons to take back to Bescot, and
the loco had fished them out of the smelter and run-round them when this shot was taken circa 13:30.
08774 (Thornaby), 08114 (Doncaster) and 08396 (Kingmoor) stand in Bescot Down Storage Sidings in Spring 1980. All three had recently been released from
Swindon Works and arrived at Bescot as a special freight, the brake-van of which is still attached. As per normal practise they'd be split up at Bescot
and continue their journey home in the consist of scheduled freight trains. Hundreds of shunting locos made similar
trips to and from Derby and Swindon Works during the 1970s and 1980s.
On Saturday 7th March 2020 the Chasewater Railway ran a brakevan trip using 08784 and a single CAR van. The 08 was only at the railway
for a week or so, undergoing tests after repair at RSS in Wishaw. Hence the brakevan trips were arranged and advertised at very short notice,
which might explain the modest turnout. The first departure was notionally at 13:00 off Brownhills, but this shot was taken at 13:20 with the
08 shut down waiting for the line inspection team and their trolley to return to Brownhills before the brakevan trips could commence.
08808 stands in the down side bay platform at the south end of Carlisle station. This picture was taken on a colour
transparency, but I couldn't fix the colour casts to my satisfaction, hence the monochrome version. I was on
some sort of rover ticket when I took this shot, and had done an overnight stint on Carlisle station. All I
remember of this night was the cold. I caught the first DMU to Workington and back solely to warm up, but
inevitably as soon as I got on the unit I fell asleep.
08827 shunts at Irvine in this shot from the late 1970s/early 1980s. The pilot loco here was provided by Ayr depot, but this one doesn't have
the distinctive markings of a Scottish Class 08, namely the oversized numbers, and BR logo on the battery box, as applied by Glasgow Works. The
reason is that 827 had not long been transferred north, moving from Bescot to Ayr in the autumn of 1976.
08841 was leaving Wednesbury Exchange Sidings and heading back to Bescot when photographed at 10:45 on
Tuesday 29th September 1987. Class 08s were booked to work both the Wednesbury and Bloxwich trips around
this time. 08841 was one of four 08s fitted with rubber "skirts" for use in the carriage washer at Oxley,
the other three being 08765, 08832 and 08901. Repeated transits through the washer were responsible for the
faded paintwork, which all four locos exhibited most of the time.
Skirt-fitted 08901 is seen outside Bescot steam shed on Saturday 5th April 1975. The other loco is 08757, rods off and ticket attached to
the cab handrail in preparation for departure. It was noted in Derby Works on Sunday 13th April by the Railway Observer, although
it appears to have been a brief visit as it wasn't listed there on 11th May by the same publication.
Having been sold by DB Cargo, 08907 left Bescot by road on Monday 28th November 2016. The lorry is seen here reversing towards the depot gate at 12:51.
The loco had been purchased for use at the GCR(S), and was delivered
to them at Quorn.
08928 is loaded onto a road trailer at the rear of Bescot depot. This shot was taken around 13:00 on Saturday 27th February 1993.
The loco was in the process of being transferred to Norwich, and the lorry departed from Bescot around 14:45. The routine movement
of shunting engines by road had only just started at this time, and the loading procedure was still a bit of a novelty. Nowadays such
movements are common, and somewhere around the country one or more railway vehicles, often shunting locos, are being moved around by
road almost every working day. The use of an assisting loco during loading soon fell out of use.
08939 arrives at Washwood Heath Yard with a trip freight from Landor St. This shot was taken at 11:33 on Tuesday 27th August 2002. The loco would lose
its faded blue livery in favour of EWS red the following year.
08939 approaches Norton Lakeside at 11:23 on Saturday 26th September 2020. 08359 is trailing on the rear of this BLS charter. This was
the first of six return trips, due off Brownhills at 10:30, so running very late here. I'd been waiting near Chasewater Heaths, but had
given up due to the late running, and the fact that the security gates were still closed. Fortunately on my walk back to Brownhills to
see what was going on I'd just reached Norton Lakeside halt when the train finally appeared, although this ended up being a grab shot as
Pilot loco 08947 had just attached to the ECS of an inter-regional arrival when photographed at Paddington. This
shot was taken circa 19:30 on the evening of Monday 3rd December 1990.
08953 is stabled at Exeter St Davids and seen here from the station footbridge. This shot was taken in the late 1970s,
clearly on a winter's day judging by the snow on the ground. My earliest memories of Exeter were from summer days in the
early 70s, and although the infrastructure hadn't changed much in the interim, it was a different place by this stage.
All the hydraulics had gone, and traffic levels on a winter Saturday were nothing like the heady summer Saturdays of
eight or nine years earlier. Also on the stabling point this day were 08945, 08288 and 25057.
09013 trundles off the Uskmouth branch and into East Usk Yard with empties from (I presume) the steelworks at BSC Orb. This was
taken in the summer of 1989, but I lost the relevant notebook so don't have the exact date. All I can remember of this day is that
a very long time elapsed between the branch semaphore dropping off and the train appearing.
These shots of D9521 were taken during the Dean Forest Railway diesel gala on Friday 13th September 2019. Here it trundles the
11:40 Parkend - Lydney freight through the curves between Whitecroft and Norchard at 11:47. This is the view from the Queen Mary
brakevan which you could ride for a small additional fee (£2 one-way or £3 for a round-trip). The van remained at the north end
of the rake of seven Dogfish throughout. I rode it north behind 33063, and was glad to be further from the very smoky Class 14
on this southbound run. Nonetheless it was a very enjoyable ride on a glorious day, and also a
pretty faithful recreation of a Dean Forest freight.
A loco in green livery would have been more typical, and by co-incidence the loco in that 1967 shot (D9555) could be found at
Norchard on this day, albeit out-of-use.
D9521 and 33063 were alternating their trips on the passenger and freight services. Here D9521 waits for the off at Lydney Jct
with the 13:59 to Parkend.
D9521 worked the last freight trip of the day, and is seen here in the platform at Parkend after arriving with the 15:34 from Lydney Jct.
This shot was taken prior to the loco running-round. The staffing arrangements here involve a signalman working the signals, points and
token from a cabin at the south end, with another person operating the level-crossing which locos need to pass to reach the shunt neck
at the north end of the station.
After running round D9521 leaves Parkend. This was the 16:20 to Lydney, photographed at 16:23. The signalman has just given the Parkend - Norchard
token to the traincrew, and is retreating to his cabin on the left.