Whilst in discussion it occurred to me that I had come across the Lister Blackstone ER6 unit, installed in ‘John King’ before.
Wading through my rail tour photographs, I came across, (and I stand to be corrected) the Cornish Branch Line Rail tour of the 20th November 1983, which if I am not mistaken shows a photograph of Class 10 D3452, in a sorry state at Fowey.
This is where the connection was made, because the Lister Blackstone ER6 was also installed in this Class 08 variant. Normally Class 08 shunters were fitted with English Electric 6KT units.
D3452 is now preserved on The Bodmin railway, one of four Class 10’s still in existence. It unfortunately has a wheel alignment problem and is restricted to use in the yard.
Incidentally I have included a semaphore signal, which shows that they were not restricted to railway use.
This one protects the Princes Street Swing Bridge adjacent the marvellous M Shed Museum.
This whole area is a delight with working harbour cranes, (which you can climb up ), the preserved Bristol Harbour Railway and numerous waterfront cafes which make for a brilliant day out. Everyone is very friendly and the staff on the ‘John King’ could not do more, to be helpful and knowledgeable.
Many thanks Andrew for your diligent research, your very interesting article and your photographs.