32-106K Class 08 No. 08601 Spectre in LMS Black livery
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32-106K Class 08 No. 08601 'Spectre' in LMS Black livery
Please note that this is a Bachmann Collectors Club Special edition locomotive release to retail.
Built in May 1959 at Derby Works and unveiled as D3768, the locomotive had allocations at Derby, Longsight (Manchester) and Carlisle Kingsmoor before being re-numbered as No. 08601 in the mid-1970s following the introduction of the Total Operating Processing System (TOPS). 08601 was based at Tyseley TMD during the 1980s when the depot painted two of its Class 08 shunters in non-standard liveries – 08604 received BR green livery and the name ‘Phantom’. 08601 carried the number 601 in LMS black livery complete with LMS lettering and 3F power classification and was named ‘Spectre’.
Tyseley TMD provided motive power for several locations in the vicinity of the depot and 08601 was recorded working at sites such as Birmingham New Street Station, Washwood Heath and Bordesley Yard. Assisted by its unique livery, Spectre became the depots ‘celebrity’ locomotive and it took pride of place at the open day held at the open day on 4th October 1987.
Following a move to Bescot depot in 1988, 08601 maintained both its unique livery and celebrity status throughout its 10 years allocated at Bescot, during which it passed into EWS ownership.
EWS withdrew No. 08601 in 1999 whilst allocated to Eastleigh TMD. Purchased by Harry Needle Railroad Company in 2004, the locomotive was a mere shell stored at EWS’s Component Recovery & Distribution Centre in Wigan, many of the major components having already been removed. What was left of the locomotive was cut-up by HNRC in December 2005.