BR Class 08 D3802
D3802 in main line service
D3802 was built at Derby Works and entered BRBritish Rail or British Railways service in December 1959 (the locomotive never received a number in the 13xxx range). D3586 was initially allocated to Stoke, but during the 1960s also saw service at Crewe South, Crewe Diesel, Ryecroft (Walsall) and Chester (Midland).D3802’s travels continued in the 1970s with moves to Holyhead and Cricklewood East. In January 1974 D3802 became No 08635 under the TOPSTotal Operations Processing System, an American computer system adopted by BR in the late 1960s to number and manage rolling stock. numbering scheme, before a final move to Saltley in 1979. There the locomotive remained until withdrawn from service in February 2007 after a working life of more than 47 years.
D3802 in preservation
D3802 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in April 2007 as a source of spares.. It was placed in store, latterly in Kidderminster Carriage Shed with sister 08896. In February 2017 it was moved to the Diesel Depot for evaluation for repair, possibly using the engine from 08896. The photograph shows the locomotive on display next to the Diesel Depot at the April 2017 Open House Weekend. In June 2017 it was confirmed the assessment was unsuccessful and BR Class 09 09107 purchased as more cost effective than restoring D3802.
- BRDatabase website
- SVR "Meet The Loco" web page
- Unofficial SVRSevern Valley Railway Facebook page, 12 February 2017