Class 03 – D2063
|Power Type||Diesel Electric|
|Builder||BR Doncaster Works|
British Rail Class 03
The British Rail Class 03 locomotive was, together with the similar Class 04, one of British Rail’s most successful 0-6-0 diesel-mechanical shunters. The class, numbering 230 examples, was built by British Railways’ Swindon and Doncaster works in 1957-1962 and numbered D2000-D2199 and D2370-D2399 (later 03004 to 03399). D2370 and D2371 were used as departmental locomotives and originally numbered 91 and 92 respectively.
Like other shunters of this size, the Class 03 was built for light duties where a larger locomotive was not needed, especially for shunting at locomotive and carriage depots and as station pilots, or where larger or heavier locomotives could not be used. The reduction over time in the demand for shunting locomotives meant that they were progressively withdrawn from 1968 onwards, many being sold to private industry.
D2063 was built in 1959 at Doncaster works. It was allocated throughout the North Eastern Region and worked at York and Gateshead throughout most of its working life. Class 03s were prevalent across much of the Eastern Region with examples based at all major depots for shunting. It is powered by a Gardner 8L3 Diesel engine. D2063 is privately owned.