The BR (British Railways) Class 08 is a shunter of a C wheel arrangement, built from 1953 to 1962. These shunters proved to be incredibly reliable and successful, and were one of the very first major mass-produced types of diesel locomotives in the UK, and are still the main switchers or shunters for the British Railways. A total of 996 were produced.
Fitted with an English Electric 6KT engine of 402 h.p and English Electric traction motors, the simplicity of these locomotives led to their extreme reliability and the large amount of spares for English Electric engines means that the locomotives will likely remain in service for a long time to come.The first batch of locomotives were mainly built for British Railways, but were soon sold to many other numerous railways throughout the UK and Europe.
Many still exist, and are still in service.
Several different versions of the Class 08 were built:
- Class 09 (Geared to have a top speed of 25 m.p.h)
- Class 10 (Blackstone engine, GE traction motors)
- Class 11 (Early batch built 1945 - 1952)
- Class 12 (lighter version)
- Class 13 (A "cabless", "slave", "slug" or "calf" version of the Class 08.)