08993 for sale by Phil Marsh

DB Schenker shunting locomotive fleet put up for sale

Published: 5th May 2015

Your chance to buy a piece of railway history

DB Schenker (DBS) withdrew most of its 350HP Class 08 and 09 shunting fleet from active service in 2014 and are now offering some of them for sale. The class was introduced in 1953 by British Railways and have been in daily use ever since becoming one of the longest and most numerous operational classes ever.

They do not operate at more than 20mph as their prime purpose is being used as a shunting locomotive across the whole of the UK rail network.

60 years of history

They were introduced as the Standard BR 0-6-0 Diesel-electric shunting locomotive in 1953 as a Class 13. Nos. 13000-4 were allocated to the Western Region, 13005-9 to the Scottish Region, 13010-14 to the Southern Region, 13015-24 to the London Midland Region.

These were designed by Robert Riddles on behalf of The Railway Executive at Derby based on former regional designs for similar locomotives with the remit to have as widest possible route availability and weighed 49 tons. The main fuel tank had a 585 gallon capacity and the service tank contained 83 gallons. These were intended to allow 10 to 15 days service without refuelling. There were two traction motors fitted supplied by English Electric.

Which ones are up for sale?

The DBS shunters for sale and their location are as follows:

08500 and 08711 at Tees Yard

08738, 08939, 08994, 09006 and 09021 at Toton (near Nottingham)

08995 at Crewe

08877 at Wigan

08993 at Stoke

The locomotives are being offered for sale as seen and the purchasers will have to collect their ‘new’ locomotives at their own expense.

How to register

Interested parties have to register their interest conforming to the DBS “Guide to making an offer for a locomotive” and Expressions/Registrations of interest should be e-mailed to Stella.Horrocks@dbschenker.com, quoting ref SH/May 15/Shunters by 12 noon on Thursday 21st May 2015. Following this, formal Tender documents will be issued for completion.

Or you can write to;

DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd.

Toton TMD

Toton Sidings



NG10 1HA.

The sale method is by competitive open tender in accordance with the DBS “Code of Practice for the identification, Sale and/or Disposal of Surplus Locomotives” and it should be noted that a reserve price has been set against each locomotive offered for sale. All Tenderers will be able to inspect the locomotives but only by prior arrangement.

The winners will have to sign a sale contract and the winners will be decided on a combination of the price offered, the speed of sale/site clearance and payment terms may be taken into account.

They said; DBS said that

“Once a bid has been accepted, the formal Sales Acceptance will be issued and compliance will be rigidly enforced in accordance with the contract terms agreed. Failure to comply with the Terms and Conditions may lead to DBSR either imposing stabling charges or to the cancellation of the sale.

And finally, DBS reserves the right to withdraw any or all of these locomotives from sale at any point in the proceedings.

Not the end though!

This sale does not mean it’s the end of the class being operated though. There are many examples still being used for shunting around the country in large depots and hence are not easy to see.

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