The humble heroes of the railyard, shunting engines of the past and the present continue to be a major part of the railway operation, sorting both passenger and freight stock for onward movement, or even venturing on short workings themselves down the lightly used branchlines of the UK.
Seen taking a break at Loughborough on the preserved Great Central Railway is British Rail Class 13, 13101. (20/02/2016)
13101 (later D3101) was built at Derby Works as one of a batch of 10 air-braked shunters which were also given an English Electric 6KT engine and was allocated to the Southern Region. Based primarily at Ashford & Eastleigh, in 1973 she left the Southern for use at Loughborough Midland station and its local sidings. After withdrawal she was bought by a Great Central Railway volunteer and arrived at Loughborough in December 1984. In 2010 she returned to regular shunting duties after a long restoration and now performs as shed pilot for Loughborough Central. Funds were raised on the 2012 Autumn Steam gala for this loco to be repainted and this long awaited task was carried out and completed in time for the September 2013 Diesel gala, the livery being BR green.
Taking in the morning sun at Wansford is London Transport liveried Sentinel 0-6-0 No DL83.
Stood outside the depot at Swanwick Junction awaiting repairs is Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 Shunter D1114.
Stood in the yard at Brownhills West is BR Class 08 no D3249/08359, one of the earliest of the class built way back in 1959.
Seen taking the day off at Wansford is Sentinel 4 wheeled No 10202 ‘Barabel’.
Seen stood in the yard at Butterley is British Rail Class 08, 08590 ‘Red Lion’.
Union Pacific Alco S1 804
Ambling about the sidings with a selection of Network Rail liveried hopper wagons is EWS liveried Class 08, 08799. (06/07/2015)
Seen standing quietly at Swanwick Junction is British Rail Class 08, 08331.
Seen wandering about the yard with a single MkIII TGS carriage is BR Grey liveried Class 08, 08645 ‘Mike Baggott’.