Class 08

Class 08 diesel loco at Chasewater Railway

This latest arrival at Chasewater (20-7-2010) is a product of Crewe Works – one of 135 such locomotives built there.

The first allocation was Bristol St. Phillips Marsh, but 3429 had moved to Swansea Danygraig Depot by January 1960, followed by spells at other South Wales depots.

D3429 is credited with working the last train over the Cymmer-Glyncorrwg section of the South Wales Mineral Railway on May 22nd 1970, to collect empties from the closed Glyncarrwg Colliery.

By now renumbered 08359, the loco was withdrawn by British Rail in March 1984 but subsequently sold into preservation, going to the North Staffs Railway at Cheddleton.  Several such moves have taken place since, and D3429 comes to Chasewater on a short term loan via the Telford Steam Railway.

Since withdrawal the loco has been seen at Cheddleton, Peak Rail (Buxton), Peak Rail (Darley Dale), Shackerstone, Tyseley, Northampton & Lamport then Telford Steam Railway.

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