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British Rail Class 09
09012 at Brighton station
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder British Railways' Darlington Works, Horwich Works
Configuration 0-6-0
UIC classification C
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Wheel diameter 4 ft 6 in (1.372 m)
Minimum curve 3.5 chains (70 m)
Wheelbase 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
Length 29 ft 3 in (8.92 m)
Width 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
Height 12 ft 8+12 in (3.87 m)
Locomotive weight 49 long tons (49.8 t)
Fuel capacity 668 imp gal (3,040 L; 802 US gal)
Prime mover English Electric 6KT
Traction motors English Electric 506, 2 off
Transmission DC generator, DC traction motors, double reduction gearing
Top speed 27.5 mph (44.3 km/h)
Power output Engine: 350 hp (261 kW)
Tractive effort Maximum: 35,000 lbf (155.7 kN)
Continuous: 8,800 lbf (39.1 kN)
Train heating None
Locomotive brakeforce 19 long tons-force (189 kN)
Train brakes originally vacuum, later dual, some now air only
Career British Rail
Number D3665–D3671, D3719–D3721, D4099–D4114;
later 09001–09026
Axle load class RA 5

The British Rail Class 09 is a class of 0-6-0 diesel locomotive designed primarily for shunting but also short distance freight trips along branch lines. For this reason, though similar to the existing Class 08 shunting locomotives, Class 09s were re-geared to give a maximum top speed of 27.5 mph (44 km/h) at the expense of a lower tractive effort. They originally operated in the Southern Region of British Railways, though following privatisation in 1997 they have been distributed much farther afield.

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