0-6-0DE Janus Profile and Models

0-6-0DE Janus

2640 'Camelot' at Allied Steel and Wire Tremorfa Works, Cardiff in April 1991. ©Gordon Edgar

The Janus shunters were produced by the Yorkshire Engine Company between 1956 and 1965. The locomotives were almost exclusively used on industrial sites, with most heading to British Steel and some also going to ICI, Port of London Authority and the NCB. The locomotives feature dual Rolls Royce engines for effective haulage and shunting capability and are named "Janus" after the two-faced God, as the locomotive is symmetrical with two front ends and a central cab. Some can still be seen in use in industrial sites today, although many are now being replaced by more modern designs.

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive



Yorkshire Engine Company

Build Dates

1956 to 1965

Total Built


Tractive Effort

30,000 lbf

Power Output

400 hp
(Some uprated to 440hp)

Top Speed

23 mph

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

Allied Steel
British Petroleum
British Steel
Corus Steel
Port of London Authority
and other Industrial sites

Main Duties


In Service Until


Surviving Examples