BR Class 03 - D2170 (03170)

Class 03 D2170 Class 03 03179 cabside detail

Class 03 shunter; 204 BHP "Drewery" diesel mechanical shunter. Delivered new to British Railways as D2170 in late 1960, it was withdrawn in 1989, having spent most of its working life based at Hull and Gateshead depots. This is a class of locomotive that has a long history of working in East Anglia, members of the class being allocated to Stratford, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich Depots up until the late 1980s. This locomotive has dual (air and vacuum) braking systems. Its claim to fame is that it was the last 03 converted and overhauled at Swindon works before they closed.

The locomotive has recently been repainted from BR blue to the original style BR green livery. The style of numbering with the square dot between the D and 2170 was a feature unique to the Swindon built examples. A 30A (Stratford) shed plate has been fitted on the front. Some of the class were latterly allocated there for shunting at Poplar Docks although this example was not one of those.

Status: Operational - restricted to yard use.