British Rail Class 05

British Rail Class 05

Infobox Locomotive
name = British Rail Class 05
powertype = Diesel-mechanical

caption = This preserved locomotive at the Didcot Railway Centre is an industrial example, built to the same design as the British Rail Class 05
roadnumber = 11136-11176; later D2550-D2618; later 05001
numinclass = 69
builder = Hunslet Engine Co.
builddate = 1955–1961
primemover = Gardner 8L3
enginetype = Four-stroke diesel
transmission = Hunslet 4-speed gearbox, Hunslet patent friction clutch, Hunslet reversing gearbox and final drive.
whytetype = 0-6-0
uicclass = C
wheeldiameter = convert|3|ft|4|in|m|3|abbr=on
minimumcurve = convert|2|chain|m|lk=on
trainbrakes = Vacuum
locobrakeforce = convert|14|LTf|kN|sigfig=3|abbr=on|lk=in
wheelbase = convert|9|ft|0|in|m|2|abbr=on
length = convert|25|ft|4|in|m|2|abbr=on
width = convert|8|ft|3|in|m|2|abbr=on
height = convert|11|ft|0|in|m|2|abbr=on
weight = convert|30.9|LT|sigfig=3|lk=on
topspeed = convert|18|mph|km/h|abbr=on
poweroutput = "Engine:" convert|204|hp|abbr=on
tractiveeffort = "Maximum:" convert|14500|lbf|kN|abbr=on|lk=on
trainheating = None
multipleworking =
axleloadclass = RA 2
railroad = British Railways
retiredate = 1966–1968 (except D2554)
The British Rail Class 05 is a class of 0-6-0 diesel-mechanical shunters built by Hunslet Engine Company from 1955-61. They were used on the Eastern and Scottish Regions of British Railways. Initially, they were numbered 11136-11176 and, later, D2500-D2619.


Most were withdrawn early and replaced by classes 03 and 04 but there was one exception. This was D2554 which was transferred to the Isle of Wight in 1966 to aid the electrification of the Island Line. Shortly afterwards it was given the TOPS number 05001. This shunter was the only one to have a TOPS number. The main reason for this was that all the others were replaced and that it was best suited for the island. It remained in service until about 1985 before being sold to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet.

Didcot Railway Centre has an industrial example (built to the same design as a Class 05) preserved after being used by the National Coal Board in the northeast. The Isle of Wight Steam Railway's own 05001/ D2554 can be seen frequently but unfortunately it cannot run passenger trains, due to the Island's unique vintage air braked rolling stock.

Technical details

The engine is a Gardner 8-cylinder, 4 stroke 8L3 of 204 hp (152 kW) connected to a Hunslet 4-speed gearbox through a Hunslet patent friction clutch. Final drive is via a Hunslet reversing gearbox and jackshaft.


Four class 05 Diesel Shunters have been preserved:

*D2554 "Nuclear Fred" at Isle of Wight Steam Railway. This engine has, at various times, carried the numbers 11140, 05001 and 97803
*D2578 "Cider Queen", privately preserved
*D2587 by Heritage Shunters Trust
*D2595 at Ribble Steam Railway


*cite book | last = Marsden | first = Colin J. | title = Motive power recognition:1 Locomotives | publisher = Ian Allen Ltd | date = 1981 | location = Shepperton | isbn = 0 7110 1109 5

External links

* [ Images of 05001 at Sandown in 1976]
* [ Photo at]
* [ Picture of 05001 at Ryde Pier Head durring a rare trip out from Sandown in 1983.]
* [ Picture of 05001 at Sandown]

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