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No. 08915

  • Builder: Horwich Works

  • Built in: 1962

  • Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0DE

  • Worked for: British Rail

  • Current Status: Operational

The Class 08 was the standard design for general purpose shunting locomotives used by British Rail and the largest class of locomotive built. 996 were built between 1952 and 1962.


Drive comes from an English Electric six-cylinder diesel which drives a generator to create electrical current to drive a pair of motors on the front and rear axle. The driver has an easy job as they simply need to choose the direction they wish to travel in, how much power they want and the engine does the rest.


There are many still working around the British mainline today and many more examples preserved. No.08915 was outshopped from Horwich Works in September 1962, before spending time at Stockport shed and finally Longsight depot, near Manchester. During its time there it received the name ‘Longsight’.


Finally, after 41 years in service, No.08915 entered preservation and was purchased in 2008 by Tyne & Wear Museums as a standby engine for the passenger trains at the North Tyneside Steam Railway. 

Petrol coloured diesel engine with black and yellow front and red buffer plate, pulls freight behind.
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