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Railway Support Services
Montpellier House
Montpellier Drive
Cheltenham, Glos
GL50 1TY

Telephone: 0870 803 4651


Locomotive Hire and Maintenance

As well as the tamping machines, RAILWAY SUPPORT SERVICES have a number of shunting locomotives available for hire.

Ideal for use within depots or in the industrial sector, these Class 08 locomotives can come with an experienced operator or, as is more often the case, we can train your own personnel to operate them.

Overhauled to a high standard, a full maintenance package is also included to ensure maximum reliability.

In addition, any of Railway Support Services’ locomotives can be painted into our standard livery or into your own company corporate colour scheme/livery as we understand how important image can be.

In addition to locomotive hire, Railway Support Services can undertake overhaul and/or maintenance of your own locomotives. We have a team of qualified engineers located throughout the United Kingdom and we have two workshops - one located in the Midlands and the other in South Wales.


Built during the steam to diesel transition period of British Railways, such was the success of these shunters that they were built in their hundreds and are still the staple traction for many yards and sidings. Such was their practicality that derivatives of these locomotives were built for export. We have several of these locomotives available for long or short term hire to suit your needs. The Class 08s are always in high demand due to their versatility and ease of operation and are ideal for any location.

Technical Details:

  • Engine horsepower: 350hp
  • Tractive effort: 35,000lb
  • Locomotive weight: 49 tonnes
  • Wheel arrangement: 0-6-0
  • Route availability: 5 (16.3tonnes/axle)
  • Brake force: 19 tonnes (air braked and dual braked)
  • Length / Width / Height: 29ft 3in / 8ft 6in / 12ft 9 in
  • Transmission: diesel-electric
  • Maximum speed: 15mph
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If you would like more information on our locomotive hire or to discuss your specific requirements,
please call us on 07944 480410 or e-mail