BR Class 08 D3022

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 08 D3022
D3022 at Kidderminster in 2011
Built By BRBritish Rail or British Railways Derby Works
Configuration 0-6-0
Power type Diesel Electrical
Status Operational
Loco Number D3022
Other Numbers 13022, 08015
Built 1953
Designed By BRBritish Rail or British Railways
Type Class 08
1980 Withdrawn by BRBritish Rail or British Railways
1983 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
Length 29ft 3in
Weight 49t

Diesel Locomotives

D3022 is an 0-6-0 Class 08 350hp diesel electric shunting loco built at Derby Works in 1953.

D3022 in main line service

Class 08 locomotive D3022 was one of the first 25 built to Lot 232. Class 08 locomotives could have a number of different design features; this particular example is unusual in having two vacuum exhausters and a chainAs a unit of measurement, 22 yards or 1/80th of a mile driven speedometer.[1]

Entering service in May 1953 and numbered 13022 under the original British Railways numbering scheme, it was allocated to Cricklewood Depot in North London. In 1961 it was renumbered D3022, and in the early 1970s it was transferred to the Eastern Region of British Rail, allocated to Stratford Depot. Renumbered 08015, it moved north shortly afterwards to spend its final years with British Rail based at Shirebrook in the Nottinghamshire coalfield. It was withdrawn from Tinsley Depot, Sheffield, in September 1980[2] and moved into store.

D3022 in preservation

08015 was the first Class 08 locomotive on the SVRSevern Valley Railway. It was acquired in April 1983 by the Class 08 Society, having been selected as the best of those in store at Swindon. Movement to Bewdley was completed on 27 May 1983.[1]

It entered traffic in spring 1984, being regularly used for P-Way work[3] as well as resident Bewdley shunter.[4] On 9 March 1985 it deputised for a failed Hagley Hall on the 14:50 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth service, thought to be the first use of a preserved class 08 on a passenger service (those previously used by the NYMR being on hire from BRBritish Rail or British Railways at the time).[5]

It continued to give regular service, apart from requiring attention to the electrical system in 1996 due to problems with the voltage regulator causing repeated blown fuses,[6] until being moved to Bridgnorth in 2000 for an engine rebuild, which was completed by summer 2001.[7] It was subsequently used as shunter at Kidderminster[8], and in 2006 was used to deliver the pagoda shelter to Northwood Halt.[9] On 16 March 2008 it propelled the first locomotive (Collett Mogul 7325) into the newly-built Engine House.[10]

D3022 is normally based at Kidderminster as a pilot loco, and is currently in BRBritish Rail or British Railways green livery[11], without yellow and black diagonal warning 'wasp stripes'.

In 2024 the 08 Society announced it was consulting those of its members involved in the shunter's purchase " discuss its future [..] so we can make some decisions"[12].

See also

Diesel Locomotives


  1. 1.0 1.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 68
  2. BRDatabase website
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 71
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 83
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 76
  6. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 119
  7. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 133, 137
  8. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 143, 146
  9. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 153
  10. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 161
  11. SVR "Meet The Loco" web page
  12. 'What future lies ahead for D3022?', Branch Lines, March 2024


BR Class 08 on Wikipedia