A BRAND NEW un-opened 00 gauge class 08 shunter developed by “Hornby Model Railways” as part of their DIGITAL SOUND series. This Class 08 Diesel Electric shunter running number 08 661 is being offered in BR Railfreight livery. Comes complete with all paperwork accessories and packaging!
The Class 08/9 diesel shunting locomotives were built at Crewe, Darlington, Derby, Doncaster and Horwich works between 1955 and 1962. The British Rail Class 08 was the standard class of diesel locomotive designed for shunting. From 1953 to 1962. In total 996 locomotives were produced, making it the most numerous of all British locomotive classes.
There were also 26 of the near-identical but higher-geared Class 09. Another 171 similar locomotives fitted with different engines and transmissions (some of which became Class 10). The nature of rail freight in Britain has changed considerably, reducing or removing the need for shunting, therefore only a few Class 08 locomotives remain in service today. However, many have found an active retirement on Heritage Railways in Britain.
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