Class 08

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Inverness - 04-07-2009 ยป 08788 soaks up the highland sunshine outside Lochgorm works. Photo by agcthoms


Class 08 are shunting locomotives, built by British Rail between 1955 and 1962, with English Electric engines and traction motors.

The decline of wagonload freight and locomotive hauled passenger trains, has seen their numbers fall and there are now only a few locations in Scotland where they still operate.

The 08 based at Inverness is for shunting coaching stock for the Caledonian Sleepers. The main duty is to haul the morning arrival from Euston out of the station. Drivers for the Inverness Shunting loco are provided by GBRf. Until

At Polmadie Class 08s are used for shunting Caledonian Sleepers stock and also for moving Class 334 units undergoing overhaul.


DBS use of class 08s at Mossend Yard ended in October 2016. The final loco was 08632. It remained at Mossend until sold in Janaury 2017.


Number Livery & Remarks Location Operator
08523 Blue, with grey cabsides. RMS logos. Inverness Depot Caledonian Sleepers
08472 Black with Wabtec logo Edinburgh Craigentinny East Coast
08596 Black with Wabtec logo Edinburgh Craigentinny East Coast
08568 Light & dark grey, red solebar. Named St. Rollox Glasgow Works (Unservicable) Knorr-Bremse
08730 Blue, white & green. Not numbered Glasgow Works Knorr-Bremse
08451 BR Blue, unbranded. Polmadie West Coast Traincare
08764 BR Blue, unbranded. Polmadie West Coast Traincare
08954 BR Blue, unbranded. Polmadie West Coast Traincare
08447 Lilac with Russell logos Hillington (Deanside). OOU. Russell Group



There are three Class 08s on preserved railways
D3059 / 08046 / Caledonian Railway, Brechin
D3558 / 08443 / Boness and Kinneil Railway
D3605 / 08490 / Strathspey Railway


Two of the earlier LMS design BR Class 11 locos are also preserved in Scotland:
12052 / Caledonian Railway, Brechin
12093 / Caledonian Railway, Brechin


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