Shunter Locomotives

Diesel-Electric Locomotives Conversions

Battery, diesel to battery conversions, low-emission diesel, diesel-electric & hybrid options

Clayton shunters / switchers & locomotives are becoming the haulage choice of UK industry

Cut carbon emissions by keeping on track with Clayton Equipment locomotives

Being the workhorses of rail depots and manufacturing facilities, some shunters are 60 years old, possess high emissions levels and are increasingly unreliable, labour intensive and expensive to operate. They usually require at least 2 personnel and specialist maintainers. A good example can be found in the case of the 996 Class ‘08’ shunters made in the UK between 1953 and 1962. Less than 10% of them remain operational today and the number is decreasing every year due to the obsolescence of critical parts and general age-related issues.

Plug-in mode

  • 100% fuel saving
  • Zero emissions
  • Typically, over 600 tonnes CO2 reduction per year compared to older shunters

Self-charging hybrid mode compared to old shunters like an 08

  • Up to 40% fuel saving
  • 54% reduction in CO
  • 97% reduction in NOx
  • 91% reduction in Hydrocarbons (HC)
  • 99% reduction in Particle Matter (PM)

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Battery Rail Shunters / Switchers &  Locomotives:

• Zero emissions, maximum CO2 reduction, no fumes inside workshops
• Low noise, increasingly important near residential areas & for 24/7 operations
• Lowest operational & maintenance costs
• Highest availability in service
• Regenerative braking, resulting in reduced brake wear & reduced charging times
• Option of on-board or depot-based battery charging

Diesel to battery-electric conversions:

• Benefits same as battery locomotives
• Maximises capital cost saving
• Retain existing certification in most cases
• Lowest driver/maintainer retraining cost
• Improved safety

Diesel & Diesel-Electric  Rail shunters / Switchers & Locomotives:

• Lowest emissions with EU Stage V (from January 2019)
• Reduced Idling, the latest engines can be shut-down & restarted quickly


“Two new hybrid trains recently joined our internal rail network, replacing older and less environmentally friendly engines. These new locos are hybrid; they have the cleanest diesel engines available. They are designed to reduce operation and maintenance costs and have reduced emissions, reducing our carbon footprint. It’s all positive”. (Sellafield Ltd)

“We welcome the fourth and fifth hybrid-electric locomotives to Port Talbot site. These locos will provide better availability, reliability and will be ultra-low emission making them far kinder to the environment”. (Tata Steel Ltd)

“Our new partnership with Clayton Equipment will help us meet the increasing demand for lower emissions, new technology more capacity and cost-effective assets. The new locomotives will provide environmental benefits and allow our customers to realise cost savings in fuel”. (Beacon Rail Leasing)