BR Class 08 D3586

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 08 D3586
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D3586 at Bridgnorth, February 2018
Built By BRBritish Rail or British Railways Crewe Works
Configuration 0-6-0
Power type Diesel Electrical
Status Operational
Loco Number D3586
Other Numbers 08471, 3586
Built 1955
Designed By BRBritish Rail or British Railways
Type Class 08
1985 Withdrawn by BRBritish Rail or British Railways
1986 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
Length 29ft 3in
Weight 49t

Diesel Locomotives

D3586 is an 0-6-0 Class 08 350hp diesel electric shunting locomotive. As the standard BRBritish Rail or British Railways general-purpose diesel shunter, the Class 08 became the most numerous of any British locomotive class with 996 built between 1952 and 1962.

D3586 in main line service

The locomotive was built at Crewe Works and entered BRBritish Rail or British Railways service in November 1958 in plain green livery as D3586 (the locomotive never received a number in the 13xxx range). D3586 was initially allocated to Burton. Yellow and black striped ends were added in the early 1960s. The locomotive remained at Burton until November 1967, which saw a move to Leicester Midland shed.

In May 1974 D3586 became No 08471 under the TOPSTotal Operations Processing System, an American computer system adopted by BR from the late 1960s to number and manage rolling stock. numbering scheme and also received blue livery. The locomotive remained based at Leicester Midland for the rest of its working life apart from visits to Derby and Swindon for overhauls and repairs. The opportunity to fit air brakes was not taken during the last works visit to Swindon in May 1980, and a lack of vacuum-braked work resulted in 08471 being placed in store at Leicester on 29 May 1983. It was later moved to Swindon for storage pending scrapping or disposal, and was formally withdrawn from service on 9 September 1985[1][2].

D3586 in preservation

Purchase and restoration

The SVRSevern Valley Railway’s first Class 08, D3022, quickly proved a success at Bewdley. Problems with using a non-vacuum braked Ruston in conjunction with vacuum-raked carriage sets led to a decision to acquire a second Class 08 for use as Bridgnorth shunter. 08471 arrived from Swindon on 27 March 1986[3]. The locomotive had apparently suffered some damage in a derailment which required straightening of the framework and replacement of the damaged air reservoirs under the front buffer beam. Substantial rewiring was also needed, and the opportunity was taken to fit a second vacuum brake exhauster to speed the brake release when shunting sets of carriages.

The need for a serviceable shunter meant there was not time to repaint the locomotive before it entered service as Bridgnorth pilot loco later that year, still carrying its BRBritish Rail or British Railways paintwork which comprised the original green overpainted with two coats of BRBritish Rail or British Railways blue, the latter applied over the top of a generous mixture of brake dust and diesel oil. Shortly after entering service the locomotive was renumbered 3586 without the “D” prefix, in which form it may have appeared in BRBritish Rail or British Railways blue livery between 1969 and 1973.[1]

It quickly acquired the nickname "TNT", short for "Tranter's New Toy", referring to the late Ray Tranter,[4] and gave reliable service as Bridgnorth shunter over the following years.

1993 engine failure and overhaul

In September 1993 3586’s engine suffered a broken crankshaft and the locomotive was moved to Bridgnorth headshunt to await repairs. A replacement engine from a scrap class 08 was obtained at the end of 1993 and installed in January 1994. An issue was found with a lack of electricity being supplied by the auxiliary generator and this was also replaced by the generator from the scrap 08. During this overhaul the opportunity was taken to repaint the locomotive in BRBritish Rail or British Railways green. New radiator ladders were fabricated to replace those removed by BRBritish Rail or British Railways in the 1970s. A pair of replica Crewe 1958 works plates and a 15A shed plate were obtained and fitted, and the locomotive returned to traffic almost 12 months after the engine failure.[1]

Service since 1994

Since 1994 D3586 has continued as Bridgnorth shunter, with occasional use for other duties. On 9 October 2003 D3586 hauled a revenue-earning freight load of roof trusses from Kidderminster to Orchard Bungalow, Northwood. The trusses were too large to pass under the bridge carrying the former Wyre Forest Line over Northwood Lane, but were just able to be taken through Bewdley Tunnel.[5]

In 2012 it failed and had an engine rebuild in the Bridgnorth boiler shop. The cab doors and jambs were also replaced. In 2014 it suffered electrical problems and had significant wiring repairs.[6] In January 2021 it returned to the Diesel Depot following a short trip to Bristol St Philip's Marsh for tyre turning.

On 5th May 2018, D3586 was unexpectedly called in to action to haul a passenger train, following the failure of both visiting locomotive, 6023 King Edward II, and the diesel locomotive sent to replace it, BR Class 14 D9551 at Bridgnorth. It went as far as Highley at a maximum speed of 15mph, where it was relieved by BR Class 50 50049 Defiance which had been sent from Kidderminster.

D3586 is owned by SVR(H). It is normally based at Bridgnorth and is currently in BRBritish Rail or British Railways green livery.[7]


See Also

Diesel Locomotives


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 113.
  2. BRDatabase website
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 81
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 145
  6. SVR forum thread
  7. SVR "Meet The Loco" web page


BR Class 08 on Wikipedia