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British Rail class 08
originally D3000
Great Britain | 1952 | 996 produced
08483 at the Old Oak Common depot open house in September 2017
08483 at the Old Oak Common depot open house in September 2017

Based on the diesel shunting locomotives of the LMS, which later became the class 11, the class 08 was created as the standard shunting locomotive for British Railways. Power was provided by a six-cylinder from English Electric via two electric traction motors and coupling rods. 996 units were built in about ten years, making the class 08 the most-built British diesel locomotive. The classes 09, 10 and 13 were also created on this basis. The last pair of class 08 locomotives are still in commercial use today and more than 80 are preserved today, many of them operational.

Variantonly air or vacuum brakedboth brake types
ManufacturerCrewe, Darlington, Derby, Doncaster, Horwich
Axle configC 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length29 ft 3 in
Wheelbase11 ft 6 in
Fixed wheelbase11 ft 6 in
Service weight111,100 lbs112,890 lbs
Adhesive weight111,100 lbs112,890 lbs
Axle load33,330 lbs37,630 lbs
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed20 mph
Starting effort35,000 lbf
EngineEnglish Electric 6KT
Engine type6-cyl. diesel
Fuel802 us gal (diesel)
Engine output350 hp (261 kW)
Power Plant
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
last changed: 07/2023

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