D2117, Class 3 (BR)

4th March 2013

Facts & Figures

Name & Number D2117 (No 8)
Class BR Class 3
Wheel Arrangement 0-6-0DM
Built 1959, Doncaster
Driving Wheels 3′ 7″
Horse Power 204hp
Tractive Effort 15,650lbs
Previous Owners British Railways


D2117, a 204hp locomotive, weighs 30tons, 16cwts and is powered by a Gardner 8L3 engine, transmitted through a Vulcan-Sinclair fluid coupling to a Wilson-Drewry five-speed epicyclic gearbox; giving a top speed of around 25mph and a tractive effort of 15,650 lbs.

When new it served as a shunter at the South Wales depot of Danygraig (Swansea) and later at Landore, before being transferred to the London Midland Region in 1967, where it worked from the North Western depots of Barrow-in-Furness, Workington, Speke Junction, Allerton, Birkenhead and Horwich Locomotive Works.

In May 1970, D2117 was put into store at Springs Branch (Wigan) and reinstated to traffic in August. Soon after its final withdrawal in October 1971, it was purchased for use at Haverthwaite and repainted as L&HR No. 8 whilst at Springs Branch. It travelled under its own power to Ulvertson on the 14th April 1972, completing the remainder of the journey by road.

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