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English Electric Type 1 (later BR Class 20) diesel locomotives

Page updated on: 19/10/17 at 18:46

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The Somerset & Dorset Locomotive Company Limited owns and operates locomotives D8059 and D8188.

October 19th 2017

Images on social media show locomotive 20177 at Booth's for scrapping. The locomotive was brought to the railway as a spares donor for preserved sisters 20188 and 20059, which have now left the railway. The removal of 20177 was therefore expected.

September 10th 2017

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway warmly welcome D8059 and D8188 to their railway. They will make a very fine permanent addition to the fleet and will see regular service on passenger trains. D8059 will arrive at the end of this month, D8188 will arrive once its been loadbanked at the Midland Railway Centre. The first outing of D8059 will be on October 9th alongside D5581(31163) which will be on a special charter.

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Facebook

July 23rd 2017 

With the assistance of the Midland Railway Centre, D8059 is now a dual braked loco again with the fitting of a spare overhauled exhauster. The exhauster had packed up, so for the last couple of months D8059 has been air brake only and working in multiple with D8188 when on vacuum only stock.

Both D8059 and D8188 are serviceable, but no longer used by SVR (SVR website). Both have been visiting other railways for galas and events in 2017, as shown on the SVR Wiki.

February 14th 2017

D8059 is out today hauling a ballast train, for ballasting the newly relaid line at Waterworks Straight, north of Hampton Loade. This stretch of new track will be in use for the start of our 2017 season this Saturday, February 18th. Photo by Leigh King added to the gallery

January 9th 2017

The Spa Valley Railway has announced that Class 20 D8188, courtesy of the Somerset & Dorset Locomotive Company and Severn Valley Railway, will attend the 15th annual Summer Diesel Gala which takes place from the August 3rd to 6th.

November 27th 2016

Due to a problem with Erlestoke Manor, D8059 worked the 10.30 a.m. from Kidderminster and shared the rest of diagram top and tail with steam locomotive No. 1501.

November 4th 2016

D8059 will be visiting the Avon Valley Railway to star at their Diesel Gala on May 8th & 9th 2017. See

October 24th, 2016

D8188 arrived this evening at Bridgnorth on a Thunderbird duty, deputising for steam locomotive 1501 which had developed a fault

(David Coombs)

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