British Rail Class 05
|British Rail Class 05|
|This preserved locomotive at the Didcot Railway Centre is an industrial example, built to the same design as the British Rail Class 05|
|Builder||Hunslet Engine Co.|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Wheel diameter||3 ft 4 in (1.016 m)|
|Minimum curve||2 chains (40 m)|
|Wheelbase||9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)|
|Length||25 ft 4 in (7.72 m)|
|Width||8 ft 3 in (2.51 m)|
|Height||11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)|
|Locomotive weight||30.9 long tons (31.4 t; 34.6 short tons)|
|Fuel capacity||300 imp gal (1,400 l; 360 US gal)|
|Prime mover||Gardner 8L3|
|Engine type||Four-stroke diesel|
|Transmission||Hunslet 4-speed gearbox, Hunslet patent friction clutch, Hunslet reversing gearbox and final drive.|
|Top speed||18 mph (29 km/h)|
|Power output||Engine: 204 hp (152 kW)|
|Tractive effort||Maximum: 14,500 lbf (64 kN)|
|14 long tons-force (139 kN)|
|Number in class||69|
|Number||11136-11176; later D2550-D2618; later 05001|
|Axle load class||RA 2|
|Retired||1966–1968 (except D2554)|
The British Rail Class 05 is a class of 0-6-0 diesel-mechanical shunters built by Hunslet Engine Company from 1955 to 1961. They were used on the Eastern and Scottish Regions of British Railways. Initially they were numbered 11136-11176 and, later, D2550-D2619.
The British Rail Class D2/5 built by Andrew Barclay Sons & Co. were reported in several sources as having received the TOPS class number 05,, though this was in error, and they are not listed as such in the latest works by Marsden, 2011.
Most were withdrawn early and replaced by classes 03 and 04 but there was one exception. This was D2554 which was transferred to the Isle of Wight in 1966 to aid the electrification of the Island Line. Shortly afterwards it was given the TOPS number 05001. This shunter was the only one to receive a TOPS number. The main reason for this was that all the others were replaced and that it was best suited for the island. It remained in service until about 1985 before being sold to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet.
Didcot Railway Centre has an industrial example (numbered DL26 and built to the same design as a Class 05) preserved after being used by the National Coal Board in the northeast. The Isle of Wight Steam Railway's own 05001/D2554 can be seen frequently but unfortunately it cannot run passenger trains, due to the Island's unique vintage air braked rolling stock.
Technical details 
The engine is a Gardner 8-cylinder, 4 stroke 8L3 of 204 hp (152 kW) connected to a Hunslet 4-speed gearbox through a Hunslet patent friction clutch. Final drive is via a Hunslet reversing gearbox and jackshaft.
Four class 05 Diesel Shunters have been preserved:
- D2554 "Nuclear Fred" at Isle of Wight Steam Railway. This engine has, at various times, carried the numbers 11140, 05001 and 97803
- D2578 "Cider Queen", privately preserved by the D2578 Locomotive Group at Moreton Business Park, Herefordshire.
- D2587 by Heritage Shunters Trust
- D2595 at Ribble Steam Railway
Class 05 is being made as a kit and a ready-to-run model in OO gauge by Silver Fox Models, and has been announced as a planned release in OO gauge by Heljan.
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- Marsden, Colin J. (1981). Motive power recognition:1 Locomotives. Shepperton: Ian Allan Ltd. ISBN 0-7110-1109-5.
- Marsden, Colin J. (November 1984). BR Locomotive Numbering. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-1445-0. EX/1184.
- Strickland, D.C. (March 1983). D+EG Locomotive Directory. Camberley: Diesel & Electric Group. ISBN 0-906375-10-X.
- Marsden, Colin J. (October 2011a). Diesel and Electric Locomotive Recognition Guide. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-7110-3637-6.
- Marsden, Colin J. (November 2011b). The Complete UK Modern Traction Locomotive Directory. TheRailwayCentre.com. ISBN 978-0-9557887-8-9.
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British Rail Class 05
- Images of 05001 at Sandown in 1976
- Photo at TheRailwayCentre.com
- Picture of 05001 at Ryde Pier Head during a rare trip out from Sandown in 1983.
- Picture of 05001 at Sandown