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Visiting Locomotive No.13236
350hp diesel shunter

The Bluebell is currently hiring locomotive 13236 (D3236, and later 08168), which in recent years has been based at the Battlefield Line at Shackerstone. The loco was, for some time, part of the former Fragonset hire fleet. It has now been repainted into 1950s BR black livery with the early BR crest, without the yellow "wasp" stripes seen in the above photo.

The locomotive will be used for regular shunting turns as well as extension spoil trains. An explanation of the decision to hire such a locomotive was provided when D3023 was hired for two years from March 2006

08168 at Shackerstone - 24 March 2008 - Harry Ward

08168 in Fragonset livery, at Shackerstone station, 24th March 2008 (Public domain image from Harry Ward)

13236 was built by British Railways' Darlington works, and entered service in February 1956. It was renumbered D3236 in November 1959, and as 08168 in May 1974 (as part of class 08). It was withdrawn while allocated to York depot in March 1988, and passed on to ABB transport at York, ending up in the ownership of Fragonset, which merged with Merlin Rail in January 2005 to form FM Rail Limited (Fragonset Merlin Railways). The loco was placed on loan to the Battlefield line, and remained there when FM Rail entered administration in December 2006.

The locomotive started work on hire to the Bluebell Railway in mid May 2008.


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