Class 08444

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Class 08 444 (D3559)

 

 

Owner-Bodmin and Wenford Railway Trust

 

History

 

D3559 (08444) was constructed at the Derby works in 1958, one of 996 locomotives built between 1952 and 1962.

 

A further 26 locomotives were built and re-geared for faster running (27.5mph) to become the class 09 (09/0), together with another 171 similarly built locos but having different engines / transmissions including our own Class 10 (D3452). Bringing the overall total build of this type of shunter to 1193, the most numerous type of locomotive ever in the UK.

 

D3559 (08444) came to Bodmin in full working order as 08444 in Feb 1987.

It had been withdrawn from Cardiff Canton in Oct 1986 and was in standard BR blue livery when it arrived.

 

During its 25 years or so at Bodmin 08444 has had 2 intermediate overhauls and repaints and been a reliable performer. It can normally be found at Bodmin General station shunting or out on the line with permanent way trains.

 

It is currently in BR green livery with full 'WASP' stripes together with the later British Railways Crest.

 

 

 

 

CLASS SPECIFICATION

Power type

Diesel-electric

Builder

Various Works

Build date

1952–1962

Total produced

996

Configuration

0-6-0

UIC classification

C

Wheel diameter

4 ft 6 in (1.372 m)

Wheelbase

11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)

Length

29 ft 3 in (8.92 m)

Width

8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)

Height

12 ft 8 5⁄8 in (3.88 m)

Locomotive weight

49.6 tons to 51 tons

Fuel capacity

668 imp gal

Prime mover

English Electric 6KT

Generator

DC

Traction motors

DC English Electric 506, 2 off

Transmission

Diesel-electric transmission double reduction drive

Top speed

15 mph (24 km/h)

Power output

Engine: 350 hp (261 kW)

Tractive effort

Maximum: 35,000 lbf (160 kN)

Train heating

None

Locomotive brake force

19 long tons-force (190 kN)

Train brakes

Vacuum