NEW OLD STOCK 00 gauge example especially developed by “Bachmann Model Railways” as part of their BLUE RIBAND series. This Class 08 running number 08648 is being offered in in a rare BR Departmental Grey livery. This item has been tested and found to be in perfect working order and cosmetically perfect! Comes complete with original box and packaging service sheet and documentation. Please note handrails to cab sides have now been fitted!
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.