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British Railways Class 07 Ruston & Hornsby 0-6-0 Diesel Shunter
The Class 07 designed specifically for use within the Southampton Dockyard replacing some of the ancient, small, but versatile and efficient tank engines. Existing standard shunter designs with BR were examined and were rejected either on power or wheelbase grounds, the permanent way inside Southampton Docks being particularly restrictive, as it was peppered with very tight curves. The 103.5 in. wheelbase were largely determined by the track curves with the complex. The 'off-centre' cabs gave the driver good all-round visibility, and a dedicated fleet of 14 locomotives were built solely for use within the dockyard.
Ruston & Hornsby built the 275 hp, Paxman-engined 0-6-0 shunters during 1962, with the first five entering traffic in June of that year. The shunters were delivered in the old green BR livery but that gave way to the obligatory blue in the early '70s. Ten of the class were renumbered into the 07 series in sequential order with gap left for the four locomotives withdrawn prior to the changeover to TOPS.
When part of the dockyard's internal railway network was abandoned in 1973, four locomotives were withdrawn, and in 1976 a further three went. In July, 1977 the whole fleet were finally declared redundant, and Southampton Docks no longer had resident shunters.
Some members of the class were cut up at Eastleigh, their allocated depot at the time, but the majority were soon hard at work with industrial users, with one being sold as far afield as Italy.
BUILT: 1962 by Ruston & Hornsby.
ENGINE: Paxman 6RPHL 275hp
NUMBER SERIES:07001 to 07013.
PREVIOUS NUMBERS: D2985 to D2998.
Generator/Traction Motor: AEI
MAX SPEED: 20 mph.
TRACTIVE EFFORT: 28,240lb
WEIGHT: 43.6 tonnes.
WHEEL ARRANGEMENT: 0-6-0 - 3'6" Diameter.
Length: 26 ft. 10 ins.
Width: 8 ft. 6 ins.
Height above rail: 12 ft. 10 ins.
FLEET STRENGTH: Nil - All withdrawn from service by 1977.
Current Allocation Details
Class Total: 1
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