British Rail departmental locomotives

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British Rail departmental locomotives
Specifications
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

Before the TOPS Class 97 was issued to self-propelled locomotives in departmental (non-revenue earning) use, British Rail had such locomotives numbered in a variety of series, together with locomotives that were no longer self-propelled. See Also:

Key: In use Withdrawn Preserved Renumbered Returned to normal traffic Scrapped

Western Region series[edit]

The Great Western Railway purchased two diesel shunters during its existence, which were numbered 1 and 2. Number 1 was effectively a departmental locomotive, while 2 was in capital stock. Details of both locomotives may be found here.

The GWR also owned a number of small petrol shunters built by Motor Rail, which carried numbers 15 and 22-27 in their departmental number series. These survived to be taken over by British Rail, which did not renumber them. These shunters are listed below.

The Western Region of British Rail used a PWM (Permanent Way Machinery) series which incorporated some locomotives. The two narrow gauge GWR petrol shunters were allocated numbers in this series, as were the five shunters PWM650-PWM654, which were later renumbered as 97650-97654.

Number Builder Details Use Withdrawn Disposal
15 Motor Rail, 1923 Shunter 1951 Scrapped (1951)
22 Motor Rail, 1930 Shunter, 2 ft (610 mm) gauge, allocated PWM1780 1952 Scrapped (1952)
23 Motor Rail, 1925 Shunter 1960 Scrapped (1960)
24 Motor Rail, 1926 Shunter 1960 Scrapped (1960)
25 Motor Rail, 1930 Shunter, 2 ft (610 mm) gauge, allocated PWM1779 1951 Scrapped (1951)
26 Motor Rail, 1927 Shunter 1960 Scrapped (1960)
27 Motor Rail, 1926 Shunter 1960 Scrapped (1960)

Engineering Department series[edit]

The London Midland Region Engineering Department numbered its diesel locomotives in a series running from ED1 upwards (though ED8 and ED9 were never allocated).

Number Former No. Builder Details Use Withdrawn Disposal
ED1 Ex-LMS 2 Fowler, 1935 Shunter at Beeston sleeper works 1962 Scrapped (1962)
ED2 - Fowler, 1949 Shunter 1965 Scrapped (1967)
ED3 - Fowler, 1949 Shunter 1967 Scrapped (1968)
ED4 - Fowler, 1949 Shunter 1964 Scrapped (1967)
ED5 - Fowler, 1949 Shunter 1965 Scrapped (1967)
ED6 - Fowler, 1949 Shunter 1967 Scrapped (1968)
ED7 - Fowler, 1940 Shunter (purchased in 1955) 1964 Scrapped (1964)
ED10 - Ruston & Hornsby, 1958 0-4-0 Shunter at Beeston sleeper works 1965 Preserved on Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway

966xxx and 968xxx series[edit]

The 968xxx series (in the carriage and wagon number series) was used for departmental locomotives from 1968 onwards. Previously, some former Class 08 shunters that were converted to snowploughs had been numbered in the 966xxx series, but this was discontinued and some of these locomotives were renumbered into the 968xxx series.

When the Class 97 series for self-propelled locomotives was introduced, some locomotives in this series were renumbered to Class 97, leaving the 968xxx numbers just for locomotives that were no longer self-propelled. Since privatisation, other numbering schemes have been used for locomotives used for a similar-purpose as those in the 968xxx series. For completion these locomotives are also included. Details of all locomotives are shown below:

Number Previous Number(s) Previous Class Converted Use Withdrawn Disposal
ADB 966506 13078 / D3078 08 1973 Snowplough 1978 Scrapped 1979[1]
ADB 966507 13006 / D3006 08 - Snowplough 1979 Scrapped 1979[1]
ADB 966508 13035 / D3035 08 1974 Snowplough 1979 Scrapped 1979[1]
ADB 966509 13069 / D3069 08 1974 Snowplough 1979 Scrapped 1980[1]
ADB 966510 13037 / D3037 08 1974 Snowplough 1978 Scrapped 1979[1]
ADB 966511 13186 / D3186 / 08119 08 1977 Snowplough 1977 Renumbered to ADB 968011
ADB 966512 13177 / D3177 / 08111 08 1977 Snowplough 1977 Renumbered to ADB 968012
ADB 966513 13184 / D3184 / 08117 08 1977 Snowplough 1977 Renumbered to ADB 968010
ADB 966514 E3044 / 84009 84 1978 Mobile load bank 1978 Renumbered to ADB 968021
ADB 968000 D8243 15 1968 Coaching-stock Pre-heating Unit 1981 Scrapped 1991[2]
ADB 968001 D8233 15 1968 Coaching-stock pre-heating unit 1982 Preserved at East Lancs Railway
ADB 968002 D8237 15 1968 Coaching-stock pre-heating unit 1982 Scrapped 1982[2]
ADB 968003 D8203 15 1968 Coaching-stock pre-heating unit 1981 Scrapped 1981[2]
ADB 968004 7055 / MPU2 / 953 Ex-LMS - Mobile power generating unit - Written off (1975)
TDB 968005 D7089 35 1975 Coaching-stock pre-heating unit 1975 Scrapped 1976[3]
TDB 968006 D5705 / 15705 28 1968 Coaching-stock pre-heating unit 1977 Preserved on East Lancashire Railway
RDB 968007 D5061 / 24061 24 1975 Research-department use 1978 Renumbered to 97201
TDB 968008 D5054 / 24054 24 1976 Coaching-stock pre-heating unit 1982 Preserved on East Lancashire Railway
TDB 968009 D5142 / 24142 24 1976 Coaching-stock pre-heating unit 1982 Scrapped 1984[4]
ADB 968010 13184 / D3184 / 08117 / ADB 966513 08 1977 Snowplough 1979 Scrapped 1979[1]
ADB 968011 13186 / D3186 / 08119 / ADB 966511 08 1977 Snowplough 1979 Scrapped 1980[1]
ADB 968012 13177 / D3177 / 08111 / ADB 966512 08 1977 Snowplough 1979 Scrapped 1979[1]
ADB 968013 D5513 / 31013 31 1979 Coaching-stock pre-heating unit 1983 Scrapped 1983[5]
ADB 968014 D5502 / 31002 31 1980 Coaching-stock pre-heating unit 1982 Scrapped 1984[5]
ADB 968015 D5514 / 31014 31 1977 Coaching-stock pre-heating unit 1982 Scrapped 1983[5]
ADB 968016 D5508 / 31008 31 1981 Coaching-stock pre-heating unit 1982 Scrapped 1985[5]
ADB 968017 13061 / D3061 / 08048 08 Cancelled Snowplough - Scrapped 1978[1]
ADB 968018 13080 / D3080 / 08065 08 Cancelled Snowplough - Scrapped 1978[1]
ADB 968019 13081 / D3081 / 08066 08 Cancelled Snowplough - Scrapped 1978[1]
RDB 968020 13337 / D3337 / 08267 08 1978 Research-department use 1979 Renumbered to 97801
ADB 968021 E3044 / 84009 / ADB 966514 84 1978 Mobile load bank 1995 Scrapped 1995[6]
ADB 968022 E3038 / 84003 84 Cancelled Mobile load bank - Scrapped 1986[6]
ADB 968023 E3032 / 83009 83 1983 Static transformer 1985 Returned to normal traffic - later scrapped
ADB 968024 D23 / 45017 45 1985 Static training locomotive 1988 Scrapped 1991[7]
ADB 968025 D5404 / 27113 / 27207 27 1986 Static training locomotive 1987 Scrapped 1988[8]
ADB 968026 D7657 / 25307 / 25908 25 1986 Static training locomotive 1988 Scrapped 1988[9]
ADB 968027 D7672 / 25322 / 25912 25 1987 Static training locomotive 1989 Returned to normal traffic - later preserved
ADB 968028 D5374 / 27024 27 1989 Static training locomotive 1989 Preserved on Caledonian Railway (Brechin)
ADB 968029 (number never carried) D8001 / 20001 20 1989 Static training locomotive 1992 Preserved at Midland Railway - Butterley
TDB 968030 D6530 / 33018 33 1988 Static training locomotive 2000 Preserved at Midland Railway - Butterley
ADB 968031 D411 / 50011 50 1987 Power unit transporter 1992 Scrapped 1992[10]
ADB 968032 D8011 / 20011 20 1988 Power unit transporter 1992 Scrapped 1994[11]
ADB 968033 D1502 / 47403 47 1988 Static training locomotive 1992 Scrapped 1994[12]
ADB 968034 (number never carried) D3937 / 08769 08 1989 Static training locomotive 1999 Preserved on Dean Forest Railway
ADB 968035 D1669 / 47538 47 1993 Power unit transporter 1996 Scrapped 1997[12]

Internal User series[edit]

Internal User vehicles are those that are not allowed to run on the mainline, but are only for use within depot complexes. They are often stationary, though not always. Two former locomotives that were heavily stripped, leaving just the frames, to carry power units within Toton depot were allocated IU numbers.

Number Previous Number(s) Previous Class Converted Use Withdrawn Disposal
025031 D6770 / 37070 37 1995 Power unit transporter 1995 Scrapped 2004[13]
025032 D6838 / 37138 37 1995 Power unit transporter 1995 Scrapped 2004[13]

Miscellaneous locomotives[edit]

Brush Traction, Loughborough were using a British Rail Class 56 locomotive, 56009 in their works as a power unit transporter and test bed for a Class 56 overhaul programme. It was not registered on the TOPS system, but Brush had given it the painted TOPS-like number 56201. This programme was abandoned, leaving the loco in extended storage for over 16 years. It since been sold to UKRL leasing and remains stored at Shackerstone with plans to overhaul it as part of their re-engineering programme.

A heavily stripped Class 73 locomotive, 73126 was used as a static training locomotive at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, replacing the previously used locomotives TDB 968030 (33018, preserved and now under restoration at a private site near Mangapps Farm in Essex) and ADB 968034 (08769, preserved at Severn Valley Railway). Since this locomotive was converted after privatisation it was not renumbered into the 968xxx series. Bought by Cotswold Rail's Adrian Parcell and later sold to the college, the locomotive was little more than a shell after 4 years as a spares donor at Stewart's Lane and Old Oak Common, and after 9 years was sold for scrap at Booth Roe Metals, Rotherham in August 2009.

Number Previous Number Previous Class Converted Use Withdrawn Disposal
56201 56009 56 1996 Power unit transporter/test bed 1996 Owned by UK Rail Leasing and stored at the Battlefield Line pending overhaul.
73126 E6033 73 2000 Static training locomotive 1999 Sold to CF Booth Rotherham and scrapped in August 2009

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Furness, Ian. "Disposals: Class 15". WNXX. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  3. ^ Furness, Ian. "Disposals: Class 35". WNXX. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  4. ^ Furness, Ian. "Disposals: Class 24". WNXX. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  5. ^ a b c d Furness, Ian. "Disposals: Class 31". WNXX. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  6. ^ a b Furness, Ian. "Disposals: Class 84". WNXX. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  7. ^ Furness, Ian. "Disposals: Class 45". WNXX. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  8. ^ Furness, Ian. "Disposals: Class 27". WNXX. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  9. ^ Furness, Ian. "Disposals: Class 25". WNXX. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  10. ^ Furness, Ian. "Disposals: Class 50". WNXX. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  11. ^ Furness, Ian. "Disposals: Class 20". WNXX. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  12. ^ a b Furness, Ian. "Disposals: Class 47". WNXX. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  13. ^ a b Furness, Ian. "Disposals: Class 37". WNXX. Retrieved 2009-09-10.