By Andrew Cole

ISBN-10: 1445666235

ISBN-13: 9781445666235

the category 08/09 used to be to develop into the most diesel shunter of the British Railways period. simply over one thousand of the 2 periods have been equipped from 1952 onwards at 5 assorted British Rail workshops over a ten-year period.

Just approximately each nook of the united kingdom will be domestic to 1 or extra of those shunting locomotives. They have been excellent for backyard and depot shunting, and in addition acted as station pilots at approximately each significant station. the most distinction among the 2 sessions was once that the category 09 had a distinct greatest pace, and such a lot have been additionally outfitted with additional air pipes to paintings with Southern quarter EMUs.

With the constriction of united kingdom freight workings, loads of yards have been taken out of use, and the journey workings that those locomotives played quickly ceased. With the arrival of a number of unit trains, the necessity for them as station pilots additionally ceased. a wide majority of the 2 sessions were withdrawn and scrapped, yet a good quantity nonetheless continue to exist, doing what they have been outfitted for over fifty years in the past. a multitude have additionally entered protection, and the sessions have carried a mess of alternative liveries over the years.

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