British Rail Class D2/11

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British Rail Class D2/11
D2999 on display at the Middleton Railway
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderBrush Traction and Beyer, Peacock & Company
Serial numberBrush: 99–103;
BP: 7857, 7861, 7858–7860
Build date1960
Total produced2
 • Whyte0-4-0DE
Gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Wheel diameter3 ft 6 in (1.067 m)
Loco weight29.90 long tons (30.38 t; 33.49 short tons)
Prime moverPetter-McLaren LE6 or
National M4AAV6
Traction motorsBrush
MU workingNot fitted
Train heatingNone
Train brakesNone
Performance figures
Maximum speed18 mph (29 km/h)
Power outputEngine: = 180 bhp (134 kW) or
200 bhp (149 kW)
Tractive effort19,200 lbf (85.4 kN)
OperatorsBritish Railways
Number in class2
NumbersD2999 (bought); D9998 (loaned)
Axle load classRoute availability 2
RetiredD2999: October 1967
Disposition1 preserved 1 scrapped

The British Rail Class D2/11 was a British class of locomotive designed in 1958 by Brush Traction and Beyer, Peacock & Company, which co-operated to produce five prototype diesel-electric shunting locomotives of 0-4-0 wheel arrangement. They were intended to demonstrate a new generation of diesel shunters for industrial and mainline use. Two were loaned to British Railways for trials and one, number D2999,[1] was subsequently purchased by BR. However, no large scale orders resulted from these demonstrators.

Similar locomotives were built for industrial use, notably for steelworks in South Wales and Yorkshire. These were built by Brush Traction working with Bagnall.


D2999 was loaned by Brush Traction to British Railways (BR) from January 1960 and was allocated to Stratford TMD where it was subsequently allocated to the goods yard at Globe Road & Devonshire Street. The locomotive proved popular at Devonshire Street and in September 1960 and subsequently purchased by them for further use. It was classified as British Rail Class D2/11 at this point, and remained there bar the odd maintenance visit to Stratford, until 15 October 1967 when it was withdrawn. It was fitted with a National M4AAV6 engine of 200 hp (150 kW), had a maximum speed of 18 mph (29 km/h) and weighed 30 long tons (30.5 t; 33.6 short tons).[2] D2999 is preserved on the Middleton Railway.


D9998 was on loan to BR for approximately a year from mid-1961. It was fitted with a Petter-McLaren engine of 200 hp (150 kW), had a maximum speed of 18 mph (29 km/h) and weighed 30 long tons (30.5 t; 33.6 short tons).


  1. ^ "D2/11 0-4-0". Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  2. ^ Bradley, Richard (January 2020). "Devonshire Street in pictures". Great Eastern Journal. 181: 48.
  • Ian Allan ABC of British Railways Locomotives (Winter 1962/3 ed.). p. 204.

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