These neat little diesel hydraulic locomotives were designed to be similar in size, weight and flexibility to the little steam engines they replaced. An interesting part of their design was that cab access was via a platform at the rear, the only production class of locomotive built for British Rail to have this feature .
|Builder:||Yorkshire Engine Company|
|Engine:||Rolls Royce C6 diesel|
|Power:||170 hp (130 kW)|
As with many shunters though they soon were becoming surplus to requirements as the nature of the freight business changed and many marshalling yards closed. Withdrawals began in 1969 though a small number did see service into the early 1970s and carried TOPS numbers but all were withdrawn by 1975. Some of these shunters were sold onto further service with industrial users. Seven have been preserved (one with the National Collection) which is a good proportion of what was only a small number built.
|D2854 at Rowsley South|
|D2868 at Rowsley South|
|D2854 at the Heritage Shunter Trust's gala in 2017|
|Side view of D2854|
|D2854 in convoy with a Class 04 and a Class 01|
 Brian Haresnape, Diesel Shunters (Ian Allan, 1984) p. 63
 David Dunn, D for Diesels 10 (Booklaw Publications, 2015) p. 16
 David Dunn, D for Diesels 11 (Booklaw Publications, 2016) p. 47
 Heritage Shunters Trust Stock List May 2015 p. 2