BR Class 11 12099
12099 is the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s only 0-6-0 Class 11 350hp diesel electric shunting locomotive. 120 of these locomotives were built by the LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway and BRBritish Rail or British Railways between 1945 and 1952.
12099 in main line service
12099 was built at BRBritish Rail or British Railways’s Derby Works and entered service in March 1952 at Nottingham. The locomotive retained the number 12099 throughout its working life with BRBritish Rail or British Railways service, during which it also saw service at Willesden, Springs Branch (Wigan), Crewe South, Nuneaton, Rugby and Bletchley. BRBritish Rail or British Railways service ended with withdrawal in July 1971.
12099 was subsequently used Murphy Brothers (NCBNational Coal Board Contractors) at Blaenavon in Gwent and by Taylor Woodrow Construction in Mid-Glamorgan. A further move to the National Coal Board at Astley, West Yorkshire followed in 1984, before the locomotive was sold to dealers CF Booth in 1989.
12099 in preservation
12099 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in March 1990, having been acquired from Booths by The Kidderminster Shunter Fund in exchange for a surplus Ruston diesel shunter. The Fund in January 2018 transferred ownership to Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd.
Some of the first Class 11s were built for the War Department, and in June 2013 No 12099 made an appearance in the 1940s event carrying a rather unconvincing War Department number “WD 40”.
12099 is operational and is normally based at Kidderminster.
See alsoDiesel Locomotives
List of preservation groups
ReferencesSVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
- BRDatabase website
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 201