Every loco tells a story, 08011/D3018/13018
This fine machine was delivered new from Derby Works to Willesden depot (1A) in 1953. After a short spell at Cricklewood the loco was transferred to 1E-Bletchley TMD in July 1971. For nearly 20 years the loco remained Bletchley based although spending much time hidden away in Wolverton Works, where it quietly acquired the name “Haversham”, a Wolverton tradition of naming their shunters after
local villages their vast workforce travelled in from. Repainting in green livery plus by 1985 the loco even got a mention in the likes of “ned news” as being the oldest working loco in BR service by then. The loco became popular at local open days and was an Aylesbury (and Bedford) rail day regular from 1985-92. By 1991 there was little work for a vacuum only shunter at Bletchley and the loco stayed on at Aylesbury after official withdrawl in December 91.
Preservation followed and she was soon at work on the Chinnor line in 1994 and has remained a popular local machine there ever since.
Sample 08011 phots…
Aylesbury OD 080685 thanks to Trev Rolfe
Bletchley TMD, 020386 thanks to Mark Beal
Bletchley TMD, 200986 thanks to Mark Beal
Aylesbury Open Day, 200687
Bedford Open Day/River Festival 280588 thanks to Mark Beal
Chinnor, 070811 thanks to “MIB”
Impressive 60th birthday 08011 celebrations on the Chinnor line are seen in Andrew Chambers 05 Oct 13 view of Haversham with Wolverton works 08629 tailing a busy Chinnor - Thame Jn working past Bledlow cricket ground.
08011 brings in the stock for the days workings at Chinnor station on 030514. Trains were top and tail due engineering works at Thame Jn with 8568 at the noisy end. 08011 was called on in true "Bletchley's finest" tradition to bank the Clayton in bursts on a few runs!