BR Class 08 13201

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 08 13201
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13201 at Kidderminster (June 2023)
Built By BRBritish Rail or British Railways Derby Works
Configuration 0-6-0
Power type Diesel Electrical
Status Operational
Loco Number 13201
Other Numbers D3201, 08133, 1
Built 1955
Designed By BRBritish Rail or British Railways
Type Class 08
1980 Withdrawn by BRBritish Rail or British Railways, to industry
1995 First preserved
Around 2000 Stored at Barrow Hill
2003 Preserved, arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
Length 29ft 3in
Weight 49t

Diesel Locomotives

13201 is a BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 08 0-6-0 350hp diesel electric shunting locomotive. As the standard BRBritish Rail or British Railways general-purpose diesel shunter, the Class 08 or 'gronk' became the most numerous of any British locomotive class with 996 built between 1952 and 1962[1].

13201 in main line service

The locomotive was built at Derby Works and entered BRBritish Rail or British Railways service in December 1955 as number 13201, being initially allocated to Polmadie (Glasgow). In 1960 it was renumbered D3201 by BRBritish Rail or British Railways. During the 1960s D3201 saw moves to other Scottish sheds at Hamilton (West), Corkerhill and Ayr, before a move south, allocated finally to Lincoln in October 1968. It was reportedly more or less permanently outbased at Spalding, with most exams undertaken by fitters sent there by van and visits back to Lincoln only made for major exams.[note 1]

In October 1973 D3201 received its final number from BRBritish Rail or British Railways, becoming No 08133 under the TOPS numbering scheme. The locomotive was withdrawn from service on 21 September 1980.[2]

D3201 in service after withdrawal by BRBritish Rail or British Railways

After withdrawal, it was recorded being moved through Bescot on 14 November 1980[3] and photographed at Swindon works in 1981.

It moved on 6 October 1981[4] and saw industrial service with Sheerness Iron & Steel Co, where it was fitted with thicker and deeper buffer beams[4] and carried a lighter blue livery with company logo, red solebarThe outer member of a vehicle's underframe, running from end to end below the body and cab roof, with yellow coupling rods. It retained its BRBritish Rail or British Railways number but was also crudely numbered with its fleet number 1.[5] At some point, it suffered an 'all wheels' derailment. It was replaced by hired in traction in 1992, though it remained at Sheerness.[4]

After its first spell in preservation (see below) 08133 moved to Harry Needle Railroad Company (HNRC) and was photographed at at Barrow Hill roundhouse on 7 October 2001[6].

D3201 in preservation

08133 first moved into preservation at the South Yorkshire Railway Preservation Society in August 1995, initially purchased by Trevor DeanWilliam Dean, Chief Locomotive Engineer of the Great Western Railway 1877-1902.[4][7] It was photographed at Meadowhall on 27 April 1996.[6]

SVRSevern Valley Railway News in Summer 2002 included a brief note that 08133 had been acquired for spares.[8] The Class 08 Society (the '08 Group') had been trying for some time to obtain spares for their other Class 08 locomotive D3022, with little success. An initiative by Alan Davies and Trevor Davies led to the acquisition of 08133 from HNRC. The SVRSevern Valley Railway Board agreed with the Group that either use as a source of spares or as a potential working locomotive was acceptable. The Group opted for restoration, the worst aspects of the loco being worn tyres and poor wiring. Some spare parts were in stock from when D3022 was acquired 20 years earlier, while other missing parts were sourced.[9] At the time, the locomotive carried a blue livery.[10]

By 2006 the locomotive was still waiting for new wheelsets to be fitted but much other work had been carried out, including vacuum gear components and associated pipework, filters and new wiring, repaired radiators and new return water circuit pipework. A section of new floor platework had been welded into position and a new wooden floor constructed, while the cab had new doorframes and doors.[11]

In summer 2009 the locomotive, now re-numbered D3201, was still awaiting installation on reconditioned wheelsets using axle boxes that were being reconditioned at Bridgnorth. Electrical work was also continuing including replacement wiring and overhaul of components.[12] It was finally re-wheeled in late spring 2010[13] and first moved under its own power in late 2011,[14] appearing at the October 2011 Diesel Gala at Kidderminster in BRBritish Rail or British Railways green livery although still classed as 'under restoration' with a long snagging list still requiring attention. It finally entered service in late 2012,[15] and appeared in the October 2013 Diesel Gala , double heading a short passenger service from Kidderminster to Bewdley with BR Class 11 12099.[16] The same combination was repeated in the October 2014 gala.[17] By 2015 D3201 was officially designated the "Kidderminster Traffic Shunter".[18]

The Diesel Depot was brought into use in January 2016. On 6 April of that year, still before the Depot's official opening, the overhead crane was 'tested' to lift the exhaust manifold off D3201.[19]. In 2018 the locomotive underwent more extensive planned maintenance, including a main engine top overhaul, exhauster motors overhaul, resistor panel overhaul and general refurbishment of electrics.[20]

D3201 was renumbered back to 13201 in 2019. The locomotive is normally based at Kidderminster, although it spent winter 2020-21 at Bridgnorth covering for the usual resident Bridgnorth MPD shunter D3586 while the latter was withdrawn from service and prepared at Kidderminster for travel to St Philips Marsh in Bristol for tyre turning.[21]. 13201 is currently in BRBritish Rail or British Railways green livery.

In 2022 Dapol produced an O gauge model in green livery as D3201.[22]

SVRSevern Valley Railway News for summer 2023 confirmed that 13201 was serviceable although awaiting a 12-monthly examination when a new set of v-belts was due to be fitted[23].

See also


  1. A Facebook post with an image of a withdrawn 08133 at Swindon in 1981 has replies from former railwaymen at Spalding suggesting the supervisor and driver there refused to release it back to Lincoln for repairs, hence fitters travelling to it.


  1. Wikipedia
  2. BRDatabase website
  3. (Retrieved 4 August 2023)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Adrian Nicholls on Flickr, 9 June 2021 (Retrieved 4 August 2023)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mark Beal images on Smugmug (Retrieved 4 August 2023)
  7. Heritage Shunters Trust (Retrieved 5 August 2023)
  8. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 140
  9. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 143
  10. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 146
  11. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 156
  12. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 166
  13. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 170
  14. shutterspot
  15. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 181
  16. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 184
  17. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 188
  18. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 192
  19. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 194
  20. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 201,202
  21. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 214
  22. Dapol 2022 catalogue, p. 152
  23. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 222, Summer 2023