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Visit To Heritage Shunters Trust

posted 16 Aug 2012, 01:04 by Mark B
The Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society is working with the Heritage Shunter Trust (HST) to identify components fitted to BR standard shunters that might be used on the Re-creation of LMS 10000.

The BR standard class 08 shunter stemmed from a design created in the same LMS Derby drawing office that created the Ivatt Diesel locomotives 10000 & 10001. Both teams studied the HSTs  collection of shunting locomotives to determine if any components were shared between the designs. Although the 0-6-0 shunter and the LMS mainline diesel are very different locomotives, many smaller parts such as handrails, gauges, fuel filler and windscreen wiper mechanisms may have been common to both designs.  With a number of class 08 shunting locomotives likely to go for scrap when their life on the national network is over, the LMS 10000 recreation team hope that this information will identify parts for re-use in the 10000 re-creation. The LMS 10000 team would like to hear from anyone with other information about components that were used on 10000 and that still exist.

About the Heritage Shunter Trust;  The Heritage Shunter Trust, based at Rowsley on Peak Rail near Matlock, have the UKs premier collection of shunting locomotives.As custodians of examples from classes 01,02,03,04 08,09,11,14 and many others, they are uniquely placed to tell the story of these essential parts of railway history. As experts in the restoration of shunters their knowledge of the component parts of shunters is unsurpassed. Their website is

Locomotive No. 10000 was built in the 1940s by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), before being taken over in the formation of British Rail. It was the first successful prototype mainline diesel locomotive in the UK, and set the shape of diesel traction for decades to come. It was scrapped in the late 60's before the railway preservation movement had turned its attention to diesel locomotives.

The Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society (IDRS), a charitable organisation, are building a replica of the locomotive, using existing parts as well as new build components. The project has secured an original English Electric diesel engine and is currently raising funds for the project. More information can be found on the IDRS website at