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British Rail Shunters (Paperback)

The Final Years

Transport > Trains & Railways

By Simon Bendall
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Railways
Pages: 96
Illustrations: Over 170, colour
ISBN: 9781802825862
Published: 25th August 2023

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The first half of the 1990s was a period of significant change for the BR shunter fleet, which by now almost entirely consisted of Class 08s and Class 09s. The Sectorisation structure that had been in place at the beginning of the decade was replaced in the run up to privatisation with the locomotives divided up between passenger and freight operators in preparation for selling off to private companies. At the same time, rationalisation of the fleet was continuing as traffic levels continued to fall while new hire firms began to emerge, these offering shunters to industrial concerns. This naturally brought a plethora of colourful liveries as the new operators divested themselves from BR. This book examines this period of great change, culminating with the final demise of the national railway operator in 1997.

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About Simon Bendall

Simon Bendall is a highly-respected author on the diesel and electric era of Britain’s railways from both a prototype and modelling point of view. He has been providing columns and articles to monthly railway magazines for 20 years and has authored a number of popular bookazines on several subjects.

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