Class 04 Profile and Models

Class 04

D2325 at the Mangapps Railway Museum in August 2011. ©Justin Foulger

The British Rail Class 04s were a fleet of diesel-mechanical shunting locomotives built between 1952 and 1962 to be used for shunting duties across the BR network. The class formed the basis for the later built Class 03 and were developed directly from earlier Andrew Barclay and Drewry/ Vulcan Foundry locomotive designs from the early 1940s. The class was distributed throughout the British Railways system, but the significant decline in the traffic for which they were designed resulted in a large surplus of shunting engines on the network. With this reduction in the need for shunters it was decided to standardise on the Class 03 as a light diesel-mechanical shunter and the Class 08 and 09 as larger, diesel-electric shunters, leading to the withdrawal of the class 04 engines.

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive



Drewery Car Co. at Vulcan Foundry and Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns

Build Dates

1948 (Prototype)
1952 to 1962 (Production)

Total Built


Tractive Effort

15,650 to 16,850 lbf

Power Output

204 hp

Top Speed

25 to 27 mph

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

British Rail
Central Electricity Generating Board
National Coal Board
Industrial Railways

Main Duties


In Service Until


Surviving Examples



Products awaiting categorisation

Scale Brand Image Construction Type DCC Capability Product Code Product Title Livery
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Airfix R7 Drewry 204 H.P Diesel Shunter Requires assembly Not set R7
Drewry 204 H.P Diesel Shunter Awaiting Categorisation
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Dapol C060 Drewery Shunter diesel loco kit Requires assembly Unpowered C060
Drewery Shunter diesel loco kit Unpainted
N Gauge Langley No image available Requires assembly Not set B31Langley
Class 04 Drewry Diesel Shunter Body kit Awaiting Categorisation
O Gauge (1:43 Scale) Vulcan Engineering kits No image available Requires assembly Not set VLK1
BR Class 04 Drewry shunter - white metal kit Awaiting Categorisation