Tag: Mid-Hants

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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British Rail Class 37

I like the British Rail Class 37 diesels, and this is my tribute to them, albeit that I have only seen 4 so far.  They are also the closest I will probably ever get to seeing a Class 55 Deltic

My first 37 I saw was at Mid-Hants Railway (The Watercress Line)

37901 "Mirrlees Pioneer"

37901 “Mirrlees Pioneer”

37901 "Mirrlees Pioneer"

37901 “Mirrlees Pioneer”

The next two were with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR)

37215 (GWR)

37215 (GWR)

Class 37 (37218)

37218 (GWR)

And my final viewing happened in Bristol where I found 97301 which was formerly 37100 at the head of a Network Rail train and she serves as an ERTMS Signalling Test Loco.

97301 (Bristol Temple Meads Station)

97301 (Bristol Temple Meads Station)

97302

97302 (Bristol Temple Meads Station)

Four survivors out of a class of locomotives that first entered service on 2 December 1960, of which 309 were built.

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