West Somerset Railway
Ian Brodie

CLASS 03 No. D2133

In the 1950’s the freight network of Britain’s Railways included hundreds of miles of industrial and dock sidings, much of it with weight restrictions and/or tight curves restricting what locomotives could pass over it. British Railways therefore took delivery of large numbers of smaller diesel shunting locomotives to tackle these jobs. Taunton loco shed were allocated a batch of 03’s for work in such areas as Bridgwater Docks. D2133 was one of these and when the docks closed she was purchased by British Cellophane LTD to shunt in their internal rail system in the town. When rail traffic to the works ceased the engine was presented to the West Somerset Railway and is now normally used for shunting at Minehead having never worked outside Somerset in its story to date.