Ex British Railways Shunters
Sometimes overshadowed by the Mainline fleet, but no less important, are the Diesel Shunters of the East Lancashire Railway. Many of them are in use sometimes 7 days a week and are the backbone of operations.

This page looks at the standard types including the once ubiquitous 350hp Class 08. Three locos of former industrial usage are also based at Bury, including some historically important examples, these can be viewed by clicking here.

Class 01, D2956
Class 03, 03062
Class 07, 07013
Class 08, 08164, 08479 and 08944
Class 09, 09024

Class 01, D2956
(0-4-0 Diesel Mechanical)
Current Status: Operational
Current Livery: Black with Red bufferbeams
Running Number: D2956
Built: Andrew Barclay Sons & Co Ltd
N°398 of 1956
Power Unit: Gardner 6L3
Transmission: Wilson SE4, 4-Speed
Epicyclic Gearbox Weight: 25 Tons
Power Output: 153 HP Length: 23' 8"
Maximum Speed: 14.5 MPH Height: 11' 10½"
Train Brakes: None Width: 8' 5½"
D2956 is one of the four Class 01 shunters built for British Railways by Andrew Barclay. Originally numbered 11506, the loco was withdrawn in May 1966 and saw futher Industrial use at Mayer-Newman scrap merchants in Snailwell, shunting other locos and rolling stock for disposal. A defective transmission saw D2956 withdrawn in 1984. It was later generously donated to Bury Transport Museum by Mayer-Newman Cheif Executive, Mr Arthur Coverdale, arriving at Bury during 1985. It was initially repainted and carried the number 01 003, never actually a BR Tops number.

A similar loco was built in 1958 for BR Departmental usage and was initially numbered 81. After D2956 had been withdrawn, 81 took the number D2956 which has caused some confusion over the years however, the locomotive based at Bury is the original D2956 and despite carrying the works plate for Barclay No397, is actually No398 of 1956 .. all very confusing!

D2956 doesn't have any train brake capacity but has been temporarily fitted with through vacuum piping on occasion allowing it to be used for haulage. The loco's most recent passenger workings were at the April 2011 Small Engines Event and it remains extremely rare as a haulage machine. D2956 is often used as Castlecroft Pilot.
A small selection of photographs of D2956 through the years
Click on any thumnail to view the gallery
Class 03, 03062/D2062
(0-6-0 Diesel Mechanical)
Current Status: Operational
Current Livery: BR Green with Red bufferbeams
Running Number: D.2062
Built: 1959 British Railways Doncaster
Power Unit: Gardner 8L3
Transmission: Wilson-Drewry CA5 R7
5-Speed Epicyclic Gearbox Weight: 30 Tons
Power Output: 204 HP Length: 26' 0"
Maximum Speed: 28.5 MPH Height: 12' 2½"
Train Brakes: Vacuum Only Width: 8' 6"
A small selection of photographs of 03062/D2062 over the years
Click on any thumnail to view the gallery
Class 07, 07013/D2997
(0-6-0 Diesel Electric)
Current Status: Stored Non-Operational, pending overhaul
Current Livery: BR Blue with Wasp stripe ends
Running Number: 07013
Built: 1962 Ruston & Hornsby
Power Unit: Paxman 6RPHL
Electrical Equipment: AEI Weight: 43 Tons
Power Output: 275 HP Length: 26' 9½"
Maximum Speed: 20 MPH Height: 12' 10"
Train Brakes: Air & Vacuum Width: 8' 6"
07013 is currently awaiting restoration and a power unit swap. The loco is stored unservicable near to Bury South Signal Box.

A time-lapse video of 07013 being unloaded at Bury can be seen on YouTube.

A small selection of photographs of 07013
Click on any thumnail to view the gallery
Class 08 and 09
(0-6-0 Diesel Electric)
The British Railways 350hp Class 08/09 have several variations although the locomotives share the same basic design features.
Built: 1952-62 British Railways
Power Unit: English Electric 6KT
Electrical Equipment: English Electric Generator Weight: 50 Tons (+/-)
and Traction Motors x 2 Length: 29' 3"
Power Output: 350 HP Height: 12' 8½"
Maximum Speed: 15 MPH (27½ Cl.09) Width: 8' 6"

The current Class 08/09 locomotives resident at the East Lancashire Railway are shown below, running numbers are indicated in bold type:

Number Built Operational Train Brakes Livery
08164 / D3232 1956 Darlington Yes Vacuum BR Blue
08479 / 13594 1958 Horwich Yes Vacuum Black
08944 / D4174 1962 Darlington No Air & Vacuum Black
09024 / D4112 1961 Horwich Yes Air & Vacuum Railfreight Grey

08700 (D3867) and 08704 (D3871) have now left the ELR.

Photo gallery of ELR Class 08s past and present
Click on any thumnail to view the gallery

With such a large fleet of different locomotives it can be easy for those which are out of service undergoing restoration or essential repairs to get 'lost' or forgotten about. The following is a selection of links to individual locomotive group appeal pages. If you have a little to spare towards a favourite cause they will be extremely happy to hear from you.