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Old 7th September 2016, 21:00
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Remote controlled shunters

I've been reading on another website about remote-controlled class 08 shunters used in South Wales. I'm intrigued by this as I've never heard of any kind of remote control being used on a loco, and an Internet search has turned up no further info. Does anyone have any knowledge of these machines and how they operated?


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I know some steelworks used remote control locos, presumably for safety reasons.

And there were the class 13, which was two 08 coupled together with one minus cab and controlled by the other.
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How about this ?

http://www.hima-sella.co.uk/rail-sys...-radio-control
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Thanks Philip, it makes sense now. You learn something new every day, don't you?
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It's in use all the time in yards here in North America. You can tell when an engineer is controlling a locomotive (or more) from a belt-pack (the term used for the control). The locomotive will have a flashing white light on top to signify this mode of operation.

Often, on a fine day, the engineer will choose to control the locomotive from the locomotive's external walkway rather than sit cramped up inside......
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Old 26th September 2017, 16:37
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Philip's link comes up 404 page not found. Even more confused now, why remote control from the cab? I had visions of movements being controlled from a tower above the yard!
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Old 27th September 2017, 16:32
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Earlier this year the Kent & East Sussex Railway acquired one of the remote-control fitted Class 08 diesels. It was 08888 (D4118) and had been fitted for remote control operation by DB Cargo while working in South Wales. One of the first jobs to be carried out when it arrived at the K&ESR was to remove the emergency stop buttons and the garish 'traffic lights' front and back.
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08495 now at the NYMR currently being used as the PW yard loco.
This was Remote control fitted and has various non standard lamp arrays fitted to either end.
I think it was radio fitted by DB Schenker for use at Eastliegh East yard.
It is no longer Radio control fitted.

Photo taken this month at Newbridge yard Pickering on the NYMR.
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