BR Class 08 D3022
|BR Class 08 D3022|
D3022 at Kidderminster in 2011
|Built By||BR Derby Works|
|Power type||Diesel Electrical|
|Other Numbers||13022, 08015|
|1980||Withdrawn by BR|
|1983||Arrived on SVR|
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 chain driven speedometer.
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 It was withdrawn from Tinsley Depot, Sheffield, in September 1980 and moved into store.
D3022 in preservation
08015 was the first Class 08 locomotive on the SVR. 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.
It entered traffic in spring 1984, being regularly used for P-Way work as well as resident Bewdley shunter. 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 BR at the time).
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, until being moved to Bridgnorth in 2000 for an engine rebuild, which was completed by summer 2001. It was subsequently used as shunter at Kidderminster, and in 2006 was used to deliver the pagoda shelter to Northwood Halt. On 16 March 2008 it propelled the first locomotive (Collett Mogul 7325) into the newly-built Engine House.
D3022 is normally based at Kidderminster as a pilot loco, and is currently in BR green livery, without yellow and black diagonal warning 'wasp stripes'.