British Rail Class 10

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British Rail Class 10
D3452 at Bodmin.JPG
D3452, at Bodmin on 28 August 2003. This locomotive is preserved on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder BR Darlington Works (140) and Doncaster Works (6)
Build date 1955–1962
Total produced 146
Specifications
Configuration 0-6-0
UIC class C
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Wheel diameter 4 ft 6 in (1.372 m)
Wheelbase 11 ft 6 in (3.505 m)
Length 29 ft 3 in (8.92 m)
Width 8 ft 6 in (2.591 m)
Height 12 ft 8 12 in (3.874 m)
Loco weight 48.6 long tons (49.4 t; 54.4 short tons)
Fuel capacity 668 imp gal (3,040 l; 802 US gal)
Prime mover Blackstone ER6T
Traction motors GEC nose suspended, 2 off
Transmission Diesel-electric, double reduction gearing
MU working Not fitted
Train heating None
Train brakes Vacuum
Performance figures
Maximum speed 27.5 mph (44 km/h)
Power output Engine: 350 hp (261 kW)
Tractive effort Maximum: 35,000 lbf (155.7 kN)
Continuous: 11,100 lbf (49.4 kN)
Career
Operators British Railways
Numbers 13137–13151; later D3137–D3151, D3439–D3453, D3473–D3502, D3612–D3651, D4049–D4094
Axle load class RA 5
Withdrawn February 1967- June 1972
Disposition Four preserved, remainder scrapped

The British Rail Class 10 diesel locomotive was a variation on the Class 08 diesel-electric shunter in which a Blackstone diesel engine was fitted instead of one made by the English Electric company. Traction motors were by the General Electric Company plc (GEC); the class D3/5 were similar, but had British Thomson-Houston (BTH) traction motors

The locomotives were built at the BR Works in Darlington and Doncaster over the period 1955–1962. At first they were classified D3/4, then 3/1C before becoming Class 10 under TOPS

Technical details[edit]

  • Engine: Blackstone 6-cylinder, 4-stroke, ER6T
  • Traction motors: 2 x GEC nose suspended motors

Withdrawn[edit]

The class were withdrawn between February 1967 and June 1972.

Table of withdrawals[1]
Year Quantity in
service at
start of year
Quantity
withdrawn
Locomotive numbers
1967 146 6 D3151, D3449/96, D3620/28/31.
1968 140 77 D3139/40/42/46–48/51,
D3439–48/50–53/73–78/80–82/84/85/87–91/93–95[a]/97–99.
D3500–02, D3624–27/30/32/33/35–37/40/43,
D4064/71/76/80–94.
1969 63 21 D3143/44, D3479/83/92,
D3612–14/16–19/21/23/29/38/39/42/45/47[b]/49.
1970 41 9 D3137/49, D3486, D3638[c]/44/47, D4052/67/77.
1971 34 14 D3141, D3634/41/46/48/50/51, D4050/51/53/55/59/60/65.
1972 20 20 D3138/45, D4049/54/56–58/61–63/66/68–70/72–75/78/79.
  1. ^ D3494 withdrawn due to accident damage
  2. ^ Withdrawn July, reinstated August
  3. ^ Reinstated March, withdrawn November

Preservation[edit]

Twenty locomotives were sold to industrial customers; of which, four have been preserved:

References[edit]

  • Strickland, David C. (September 1983). Locomotive Directory. Camberley, Surrey: Diesel and Electric Group. pp. 53–61. ISBN 0-906375-10-X. 


  1. ^ Strickland 1983, pp. 56–57.