Class 08 Profile and Models

Class 08

08454 at Alstom Widnes in September 2019. ©Hattons Model Railways

The Class 08 is one of the most numerous BR locomotive classes, with close to 1000 being produced between 1952 and 1962 at Crewe, Darlington, Doncaster and elsewhere. Over time, they became the standard shunter across the network and were an extremely common sight at stations and freight yards until the 1990s. The introduction of fixed wagon rakes and increase in the use of multiple units meant there was less need for shunters, so many were scrapped or sent overseas. More than 70 Class 08s have made it into preservation - making it one of the most numerous preserved locos in the UK!

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive



BR Crewe Works
BR Darlington Works
BR Derby Works
BR Doncaster Works
BR Horwich Works

Build Dates

1952 to 1962

Total Built


Tractive Effort

35,000 lbf

Power Output

350 hp

Top Speed

15 to 20 mph

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

British Rail
Abellio Greater Anglia
Abellio Scotrail
Arriva Rail North
DB Cargo UK
Derby Works
East Midlands Trains/ Railway
Foster Yeoman
Great Western Railway (Modern)
Harry Needle Railroad Co
LNER (Modern)
Mendip Rail
Midland Mainline
Network Rail
Northern Rail
Rail Express Systems
Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains East Coast
West Coast Railway Company
West Midlands Trains
Various Other Industrial & Heritage Railways

Main Duties


In Service Until


Surviving Examples



OO Gauge (1:76 Scale)
trainModels Produced
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TT3 Gauge (1:100 scale)

Products awaiting categorisation

Scale Brand Image Construction Type DCC Capability Product Code Product Title Livery
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Hornby No image available RTR/RTUse/Pre-assembled DCC Ready. 8-pin socket R2643
Class 08 Shunter 'Noel Kirkbride' EWS. Never produced EWS - English Welsh and Scottish
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Kitmaster KM02 Class 08 0-6-0 Diesel Electric shunter kit Requires assembly Not set KM02
Class 08 0-6-0 Diesel Electric shunter kit Unpainted
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Lima No image available RTR/RTUse/Pre-assembled DCC compatible but no socket. Pancake motor L149972
Class 08 Shunter 08899 in Midland Mainline teal livery Midland Mainline
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Tri-ang No image available Not set Not set R1520
Class 08 Shunter 1520 in Blue BR blue