Diesel: a diesel-electric Class 08 or "gronk" 0-6-0 shunter
Photo of No. 13236, a BR Class 08 diesel shunter on the Battlefield Line taken by Chris Eden-Green.
Artwork courtesy Christopher Signore with our thanks!

The ubiquitous diesel-electric Class 08 or “gronk” 0-6-0 350hp diesel shunter can trace its origins to experimental shunter engines first designed by the LMS and English Electric in the 1930s and built at Derby. A gradual evolution of various similar types followed, resulting in the proved, robust 08 class of 1953. Detail of this evolution can be found here, where the image above was found. This was the most prolific engine on British Rail with 945 in operation during the 1970s. Many are still in use.

Diesel made his sole appearance in “Duck and the Diesel Engine” (1958).

TV engines Iron 'Arry and Iron Bert are also 08s, as are the Magic Railroad engines Splatter and Dodge plus Day of the Diesels' Paxton and Sidney.

Iron 'Arry and Iron Bert
'Arry and Bert rendered by Daniel David Snell.

Modeller's Corner
IMAGE COPYRIGHT ROBERT FORSYTHE courtesy for use on this website (2008)
Hornby's “Diesel” is made from the original Triang moulding of the 08 from 1956. From Robert Forsythe's article in the Feb. 1994 issue of the Model Railway Enthusiast and © Robert Forsythe. Read Robert's The Story of Thomas the Tank Engine here.
Hornby produces OO models of these Sudrian rogues available through Amazon's UK website. Click images to see product pages
Iron 'Arry Devious Diesel Iron Bert
Hornby Iron 'Arry Hornby Diesel Hornby Iron Bert
Lionel O Gauge Diesel For the O Gauge modeller, Lionel Trains released this version of Diesel with moving eyes and three removable faces. Available from Amazon (US)
Lionel O scale Diesel's 3 faces
Also available from Amazon (US), Bachmann's HO-OO gauge Diesel with moving eyes. Bachmann OO version of Diesel

Collector's Corner
Classic ERTL models of the characters
Devious Diesel Iron Works 'Arry and Bert TATMR's Splatter TATMR's Dodge
Classic ERTL model of Diesel Classic ERTL models of Iron 'Arry and Iron Bert Classic ERTL model of TATMR's Splatter Classic ERTL model of TATMR's Dodge
TOMY® versions of the characters available on Amazon's UK and US websites
Diesel (UK or US) Splatter and Dodge (UK only)
TOMY Diesel set TOMY TATMR's Splatter TOMY TATMR's Dodge
Learning Curve models available from Amazon's website LC/RC2 Take Along versions available from Amazon
Diesel (UK or US) Iron 'Arry & Bert (UK or US) Diesel (US) Iron 'Arry & Bert (UK or US)
LC Wooden Diesel LC Wooden Iron 'Arry and Iron Bert LC Takealong Diesel LC Take Along Iron 'Arry and Iron Bert
Wooden Paxton (UK or US) Take-n-Play Paxton (US) Wooden Sidney (UK or US) Take-n-Play Sidney (US)
LC Wooden Diesel LC Wooden Iron 'Arry and Iron Bert LC Takealong Diesel LC Take Along Iron 'Arry and Iron Bert

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