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photoblog image Class 03 Shunter

Class 03 Shunter

A preserved railway that doesn’t get a lot of publicity is the Battlefield Line based at Shackerstone, Leicestershire. Originally part of the Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway timetabled passenger services finished in 1931 apart from special excursions. These continued until the early 1960's. The Coalville-Shackerstone line closed completely in 1964. The Ashby-Nuneaton railway survived until early 1970 before British Rail finally axed the line. It is only a short journey through to the station at Shenton where one can visit the Bosworth Battefield and Museum but it does pass through some fine Leicestershire scenery. On one visit this Class 03 Diesel Shunter was in use moving items about in the sidings area, but I believe it may now have been transferred to the Epping and Ongar Railway just to the East of London.

Class 03 Shunter

A preserved railway that doesn’t get a lot of publicity is the Battlefield Line based at Shackerstone, Leicestershire. Originally part of the Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway timetabled passenger services finished in 1931 apart from special excursions. These continued until the early 1960's. The Coalville-Shackerstone line closed completely in 1964. The Ashby-Nuneaton railway survived until early 1970 before British Rail finally axed the line. It is only a short journey through to the station at Shenton where one can visit the Bosworth Battefield and Museum but it does pass through some fine Leicestershire scenery. On one visit this Class 03 Diesel Shunter was in use moving items about in the sidings area, but I believe it may now have been transferred to the Epping and Ongar Railway just to the East of London.

comments (9)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Jul 2012, 04:05
I doubt it is doing a lot of shunting this day, Brian, with those wheel chock in place. Its a compact and capable-looking workhorse.
Brian Walbey: They were powerful little engines Ray. She has now been moved to another heritage railway that has just started services at the eastern edge of London.
Maybe some selective coloring?
Small but powerful
Brian Walbey: I always find it amazing just how much weight little engines like this can pull.
Work horse of the railway Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Peter, she is now at the new Epping and Ongar railway that opened recently.
I wonder how much tonnage it has shifted in its career?
Brian Walbey: A fair bit I should think Dave.
She is short but she looks so powerful Brian!
Great capture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, one could almost say she is quite cute smile
Fine shot of a good old workhorse.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John, she is now at the newly opened Epping & Ongar railway.
Superb Photo! I was at the battlefield line the other weekend for a 1940's event, not the biggest event in the world with only a handful of exibiters but a good day nonetheless..
Brian Walbey: Thanks Dave. Yes the Battlefield is a small line compared with some but none the less very entertaining and what a magnificent collection in the museum.
Utilitarian charm, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes a very functional looking machine.

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