British Rail Class 08 Shunter

The British Rail Class 08 diesel shunter  is not in line to win a prize for looks. But then they were built as functional workhorses and not as beauty contestant entrants. There are quite a lot of them in heritage rail, although out of a class of 996 it is nice to see some survivors.

"Howie" (Eastleigh)

“Howie” (Eastleigh)

08377. (Mid Hants Railway)

08377. (Mid Hants Railway)

Chasewater Railway was where I managed to get a good look at the 08. They have 3 of them at the railway, and one was being used to pull a train.

08598 (Chasewater Railway)

08598 (Chasewater Railway)

08202 (Chasewater Railway)

08202 (Chasewater Railway)

D3429 (Chasewater Railway)

D3429 (Chasewater Railway)

D3429 (Chasewater Railway)

D3429 (Chasewater Railway)

The Class 08 was never meant as a speed merchant, and I have always felt they looked top heavy, however, they are now quite rare and worthy of heritage status too. There are a number of them in the railway modelling genre too and in a variety of liveries.

"N" Gauge Class 08

“N” Gauge Class 08

There are a number of them based at the Freightliner depot inside Southampton Harbour, but I was never able to get a decent image of any of them.

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