British Rail Class 09

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About British Rail Class 09

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  • Built by: English Electric

The British Rail Class 09 is a class of 0-6-0 diesel locomotive designed primarily for shunting and also short distance freight trips along branch lines. The 26 locos are similar to the Class 08 shunting locomotives but have different gearing, giving a top speed of 27.5 mph (44 km/h) at the expense of a lower tractive effort. They were introduced from 1959 to 1962 and originally operated in the Southern Region of British Railways. Further locomotives were converted from Class 08 in 1992 and, following this and privatisation in 1997, the class has been distributed much further afield. The original 26 locomotives (built 1959-62) became sub-class 09/0 when further locomotives were modified from Class 08 in 1992 which became subclasses Classes 09/1 and 09/2. There were variations, which were given the following TOPS design codes: These locomotives were modified from Class 08 in 1992. TOPS numbers were 09 101 – 09 107 and 09 201 – 09 205. The design codes were as follows: Although not normally considered for passenger work, Class 09s were recorded working passenger trains between Clapham Junction and Kensington Olympia due to unavailability of the booked Class 33 diesel. They were also

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