In the Railway Series, several diesel engines from British Railways have made appearances.

The Class 08s

These Class 08s are diesel shunters who worked on British Railways.


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The Class 08s worked on British Railways along with several other diesel engines.

The first Class 08 and some other diesel engines were seen alongside a signal box near an old quarry branch where Oliver, Isabel and Toad briefly hid to escape scrap. [1]

The second Class 08 pushed Thomas onto a lorry so the latter could be transported to the National Railway Museum in York.[2]

Technical Details


The Class 08s are based on BR Class 08 diesel-electric shunters. Over seventy members of this class survive today in preservation, while around 100 remain in service on the national rail network. They were in fact the most successful shunting engines in the world, with 996 of them built. DieselSplatter, DodgePaxtonSidney, Ulli and the Mainland Diesels share the same basis.


The Class 08s are both painted in BR black, which was the standard livery for shunting engines from 1948 until the mid-1960s. The rear of the first Class 08 is painted in black and yellow hazard stripes.


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Companion volumes

Visiting Diesels

Old Stuck-Up, a visiting diesel.

Several diesels from British Railways have visited the Island of Sodor on several different occasions. Visiting diesels are known to be particularly haughty, as they feel superior to steam engines and often put the steam engines down.

Known visiting diesels include Diesel, Class 40, D199 and Old Stuck-Up.


Other Diesels

These diesel engines worked on British Railways.

Upon closer inspection of the main line going away from the signal box, a diesel engine can be seen in the background. Their class is unknown.

Another diesel engine was from Barrow-in-Furness. They shouted a warning that Oliver was escaping. When Douglas was helping Oliver, Isabel and Toad escape from scrap, they witnessed the event. Douglas told the stowaways to take no notice of the diesel. This diesel was not seen in any illustrations, making it unknown what their basis was.


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Companion volumes




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