In the first of these posts, I looked at the most widely built 0-6-0 shunters, based largely around the Gardner series of diesel engines, mostly the 204bhp rated design, which was applied to a mechaniucal transmission by a number of builders, and BR workshops. But they were not the only small diesel shunters bought from manufacturers, and in this offering I took a look at the two most well known Scottish builders.
Perhaps uniquely, the world renowned North British Loco Co had build many thousands of steam locomotives over the 50 years to 1953, but its initial forays into diesel traction were less than successful. It had of course experimented with diesels around the time of nationalisation, and had built a collection of products for mine working – appropriately named the “Miner” series. But their choice of diesel engine paired with hydraulic transmission – whether from Paxman or MAN – was a risky venture.
Formerly D2420, and renumbered 06003 in the TOPS scheme, this Andrew Barclay built 0-4-0 is the only preserved Class 06 , and seen here at Bury, on the East Lancashire Railway in its final ‘rail blue’ colour scheme. © Photo: Paul Miller, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4246599
Andrew Barclay, in nearby Kilmarnock had opted for a more conventional approach, and opted for the Gardner design of engine, with mechanical transmissions.
In the main, the lack of sustained success was as much down to the changing nature of freight workings, especially after the pressure mounted on BR to reduce operating overheads, and competition from road hauliers.
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Useful Links & References:
- BR Diesel & Electric Locomotive Directory; Colin Marsden; Pub; OPC 1991; ISBN: 0-86093-486-1
- Barclay 150; Russell Wear; Pub; Hunslet-Barclay Ltd 1990
- Giants Of Steam: North British Locomotive Co.; Pub; OPC; 1996; ISBN 0 86093 505 1
- British_Rail_Class_06 (Wikipedia)
- Andrew_Barclay_Sons_&_Co (Wikipedia).
- North British Shunters Photo Gallery (Rail Online)