In addition, construction of the near-identical Class 09s (26 examples) and Class 10s (171) took the total well above a thousand - the former differed in having higher gearing whilst the latter had different engines and transmission. Although they had a top speed of just 15 mph, what the 08s lacked in speed they more than made up for with tractive effort which was more than double that of the 03s and 04s. Although the first example was withdrawn in 1967, just four had gone prior to the introduction of TOPS and despite an ever-decreasing need for shunting locomotives, around a quarter of the Class remained in traffic at the start of the 21st century. Upon Privatisation of British Rail in 1994, EWS inherited many of the survivors, with others going to passenger operators for use as depot shunters. More than a decade later EWS was still operating over 40 of the shunters, with many more in store.
Meanwhile, ever since the first withdrawals Class 08s have been popular machines with heritage railways and today, more than 70 have found a new lease of life in preservation - often carrying out similar tasks to those for which they were designed some seven decades ago. Provision for DCC via a Next18 DCC and what's more, with a pre-fitted speaker adding sound to your model is possible too - or why not opt for a. Model and really bring your layout to life!Pristine Rail Express Systems livery. Equipped with a Next18 DCC Decoder Socket - Recommend Decoder. The first diesel shunters were pioneered by the LMS which began trialling designs during the 1930s. Although the first example was withdrawn in 1967, just four had gone prior to the introduction of TOPS and despite an ever-decreasing need for shunting locomotives, around a quarter of the Class remained in traffic at the start of the 21. We make every effort to describe items accurately, however, nobody is perfect and on the odd occasion we may miss something. If you see anything which is incorrect in this listing, or wish to double check something, please feel free to ask a question. We include pictures of detailing packs, instructions and boxes etc if they are present and included in the price, if they are not in the photo's, you can safely assume they are not there.
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