A line of BR Clayton Diesel Class 17, Nos. D8614, D8607, D8616 and D8605, nearly new ex-Gorton in storage at Barrow Hill shed on 19 September 1965. D8614 was built by Beyer Peacock Ltd. on 11 February 1965, D8607 was built by Beyer Peacock Ltd. on 16 October 1964, D8616 was built by Beyer Peacock Ltd. on 10 March 1965, D8605 was built by Beyer Peacock Ltd. on 1 October 1964.
D8614 was withdrawn on 5 October 1971 and cut up at BREL Works Glasgow in December 1972, D8607 was withdrawn on 5 October 1971 and cut up by J Cashmore Great Bridge in August 1975, D8616 was withdrawn on 21 September 1971 and cut up by J Cashmore Great Bridge in August 1975, D8605 was withdrawn on 28 October 1968 and cut up by A Draper, Hull in June 1970.
The British Rail Class 17 (also known as the Clayton Type 1) was a class of 117 Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotives built 1962–1965 by Clayton Equipment Company and their sub-contractor Beyer, Peacock & Co., for British Railways (BR). Following problems with the single-cabbed pilot scheme Type 1 locomotives, the Class 17s were designed with a centre cab and low bonnets to maximise visibility for the driver. The low engine covers required the use of two Paxman 6ZHXL six-cylinder horizontal engines and these gave unreliable performance even after extensive modifications. The class proved to be one of the least successful of the Type 1s. Withdrawals took place from the late 1960s to 1971, some locomotives having a working life of less than five years. Several were sold to industrial users, but only one has been preserved.
Withdrawals began in July 1968 and the final locomotives were withdrawn in December 1971. The Class 17s had by far the shortest lives of any significant BR diesel-electric locomotive design, with many examples having a working life of less than five years. Most had been scrapped by the end of 1975, but at this time the possibility of converting 9 of the remaining locos to battery operation was mooted. This came to nothing, and although D8521 and D8598 enjoyed a brief reprieve by being sent to Derby Research Centre; one as mobile power plant and the other on test trains, both were withdrawn in 1978 and subsequently scrapped.
After withdrawal in 1971, D8568 went on to see industrial use at Hemelite, Hemel Hempstead and at Ribblesdale Cement, Clitheroe, and was then secured for preservation. In 2013 it was based at the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, Oxfordshire.