British Rail Class 06

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British Rail Class 06
Dunfermline Townhill Wagon Repair Works.jpg
06009 operating as 'works pilot' at Dunfermline Townhill in July 1975. It was withdrawn the following month.
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-mechanical
Builder Andrew Barclay Sons & Co.
Serial number 425–439, 452–471
Build date 1958–1960
Total produced 35
 • Whyte 0-4-0
 • UIC B
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Wheel diameter 3 ft 7 in (1.092 m)
Wheelbase 7 ft 0 in (2.134 m)
Length 25 ft 11 in (7.90 m)
Width 8 ft 5 in (2.565 m)
Height 11 ft 10 316 in (3.612 m)
Loco weight 37.30 long tons (37.9 t; 41.8 short tons)
Fuel capacity 325 imp gal (1,480 l; 390 US gal)
Prime mover Gardner 8L3
Transmission Wilson-Drewry CA5 5-speed epicyclic gearbox, Vulcan-Sinclair type 23 fluid coupling, Wiseman type 15 RLGB reversing gearbox and final drive
Train brakes Vacuum
Performance figures
Maximum speed 22.8 mph (36.7 km/h)
Power output Engine: 204 hp (152 kW)
Tractive effort Maximum: 19,800 lbf (88.1 kN)
Brakeforce 15 long tons-force (149 kN)
Operators British Railways
Numbers D2410–D2444, later 06001–06010
Axle load class RA 6 (RA 5 from 1969)
Retired 1967–1981
Disposition One preserved, remainder scrapped

The British Rail Class 06 is a class of 0-4-0 diesel-mechanical shunters built by Andrew Barclay Sons and Company from 1958[1] to 1960 for use on the Scottish Region of British Railways. They were originally numbered D2410–D2444 and later given the TOPS numbers 06001–06010.

Technical details[edit]

Engine is a Gardner 8-cylinder 4 stroke "8L3" connected to a Wilson-Drewry CA5 5-speed epicyclic gearbox with Vulcan-Sinclair type 23 fluid coupling and a Wiseman type 15 RLGB gearbox.

While all technically similar, the locomotives had two different designs for the back of the cab, the first 15 locomotives having three windows, the remaining 20, having two.[2]


They were originally numbered D2410–D2444. The ten still in service in January 1973 – D2413/14/20–23/26/37/40/44 – were given the TOPS numbers 06001–06010.[2]

D-number TOPS Number Allocation in February 1977 [3] Image Status Notes
D2410 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2411 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2412 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2413 06001 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2414 06002 DT Scrapped
D2415 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2416 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2417 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2418 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2419 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2420 06003 ED Class 06 06003.jpg Preserved
D2421 06004 DE Scrapped
D2422 06005 DE Scrapped
D2423 06006 AB Scrapped
D2424 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2425 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2426 06007 DT Scrapped
D2427 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2428 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2429 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2430 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2431 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2432 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2433 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2434 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2435 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2436 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2437 06008 DT Scrapped
D2438 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2439 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2440 06009 Withdrawn Dunfermline Townhill Wagon Repair Works.jpg Scrapped
D2441 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2442 Withdrawn Scrapped
D2443 Wothdrawn Scrapped
D2444 06010 Withdrawn Scrapped


A single locomotive survives, number 06003. It was the last locomotive of the class in service, and was transferred to the departmental fleet, renumbered 97804, and used at the Reading Signal Works, where it replaced 97020.[2] It was originally sold to Booth's scrapyard in Rotherham (date unknown) before being saved for preservation by the local South Yorkshire Railway based at Meadowhall in Sheffield. Later owned by HNRC and visited several locations before been stored at the Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester, and in 2013 was moved into the Heritage Shunters Trust's Collection at Peak Rail, Rowsley.

One locomotive, D2432, was sold to P. Wood Shipbreakers of Queenborough, Kent in 1969. It was exported to Italy in 1977, but its subsequent fate is unrecorded.[2]


Hornby produce a basic representation of the prototype as part of their Railroad range in BR Blue, whilst past examples have carried a variety of liveries.

An etched brass kit of the 06 is in the range of Judith Edge Kits.[4]


  • Strickland, David C. (1983). Locomotive Directory. Frimley, Surrey: Diesel and Electric Group. p. 40. ISBN 0-906375-10-X. 
  • Williams, Alan; Percival, David (1977). British Railways Locomotives and Multiple Units including Preserved Locomotives 1977. Shepperton: Ian Allan Ltd. ISBN 0-7110-0751-9. 

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