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    UK: Diesel Loco: 20

    Diesel Loco

    English Electric Type 1

    The British Rail Class 20, otherwise known as an English Electric Type 1, is a class of diesel-electric locomotive. In total, 228 locomotives in the class were built by English Electric between 1957 and 1968, the large number being in part because of the failure of other early designs in the same power range to provide reliable locomotives.

    The locomotives were originally numbered D8000–D8199 and D8300–D8327. They are known by railway enthusiasts as "Choppers"

    Unusually for British designs, the locomotive had a single cab. This caused serious problems with visibility when travelling nose first, though in these circumstances the driver's view is comparable to that on the steam locomotives that the Class 20s replaced. It was common, however, to find Class 20s paired together at the nose, with their cabs at opposite ends, ensuring that the driver could quite clearly see the road ahead, and a guard can watch the train from the other locomotive without the need for a brakevan.

    Now mostly in private use or preservation

    Gauge 1435mm
    Builder English Electric
    Max Speed 75mph
    Introduced 1957-68
    Length 14262mm
    Width 2670mm
    Height 3860mm
    Weight 73.2t
    Engine English Electric 8SVT Mk2
    Transmission Diesel Electric
    Power 746kW
    TE 186.8kN
    Driving Wheel Dia 1092mm
    Wheelbase 9910mm
    Wheel Arrangement Bo-Bo
    Brakes Vacuum, dual or air depending on individual loco
    Number Altnumber Name Status EVN Note Livery Depot Pool Location Base Owner In Service Withdrawn Scrapped
    20001 89101   D8001   8001   Vulcan Pioneer P BRB PR MBDL Epping & Ongar Railway EEP 08/07/1957 20/04/1988 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20007 D8007   P GRN SK Severn Valley Railway PRE 19/09/1957 01/07/1993 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20016 D8016   P BRB P Caledonian Railway PRE 30/12/1957 04/1995 UK70/20 UKP/20
    2002 D8063   20063   S TTL PR Battlefield Line PRE 05/06/1961 01/05/1991 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20020 D8020   P SBB BO RAJV Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway SRP 03/10/1959 10/1990 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20031 D8031   P BRT PR PRES Keighley & Worth Valley Railway PRE 20/01/1960 14/09/1990 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20032 D8032   X European Metal Recycling, Kingsbury 18/02/1960 04/1993 02/2012 UK70/20
    20035 2001   D8035   X European Metal Recycling, Kingsbury 18/09/1959 01/05/1991 07/2019 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20048 D8048   P SBB SK MBDL Severn Valley Railway PRE 31/12/1959 01/11/1990 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20056 D8056   81   S COR BH HNRL Tata Steel, Scunthorpe HNRC 26/04/1961 UK70/20
    20057 D8057   P GRN PR PRES Churnet Valley Railway PRE 01/05/1961 10/1994 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20066 D8066   82   S BRB BH HNRL HNRC Barrow Hill HNRC 19/06/1961 UK70/20
    20069 D8069   P BRB WS HNRC Worksop PRE 30/06/1961 20/05/1991 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20072 D8072   X European Metal Recycling, Kingsbury 10/07/1961 01/1992 02/2012 UK70/20
    20081 D8081   P SBB Caledonian Railway PRE 31/08/1961 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20087 D8087   89287   Hercules** P SBB MBDL Kent & East Sussex Railway PRE 26/09/1961 04/1995 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20088 D8088   2017   37   P RFG Caledonian Railway PRE 26/09/1961 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20092 D8092   X European Metal Recycling, Kingsbury 10/10/1961 08/2016 UK70/20
    20094 D8094   X Cymru Metals, Llanelli 17/10/1961 09/06/1993 31/05/2004 UK70/20
    20096 D8096   Tomahawk**,Ian Goddard 1936-2016** GRN BH LSLO HNRC Barrow Hill LSL 26/10/1961 01/06/1992 UK70/20
    20118 D8118   Saltburn-by-the-Sea, RIVER DON** RFG CL LSLO Locomotive Services, Crewe LSL 08/03/1962 03/03/2000 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20119 RFS 32   D8119   32   X 08/03/1962 01/06/1992 02/2009 UK70/20
    20121 D8121   X EMR Sheffield 16/03/1962 27/1/2023 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20132 D8132   Barrow Hill Depot, Atlas** RFG CL LSLO Locomotive Services, Crewe LSL 05/03/1966 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20135 D8135   X J. T. Lanscapes at MoD Caerwent 26/03/1966 23/07/1993 31/07/2004 UK70/20
    20138 D8138   X C. F. Booth, Rotherham 23/04/1966 02/2010 UK70/20
    20142 89142   D8142   SIR JOHN BETJEMAN Midland Railway Centre (Loan to NYMR) LUL SK MOLO 20 21/05/1966 UK70/20
    20145 D8145   X European Metal Recycling, Kingsbury 10/06/1966 19/05/1991 31/08/2009 UK70/20
    20166 89166   D8166   RIVER FOWEY** P HNR PR Caledonian Railway PRE 10/10/1966 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20168 D8168   2   SIR GEORGE EARLE 016 HNRL Hope Cement HNRC 19/10/1966 01/05/1993 UK70/20
    20169 D8169   P GRN PR Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway PRE 25/10/1966 07/12/2001 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20177 D8177   X C. F. Booth, Rotherham 18/11/1966 23/07/1993 11/2017 UK70/20
    20189 D8189   Midland Railway Centre (Loan to NYMR) SBB SK MOLO North Yorkshire Moors Railway 20 21/01/1967 01/09/1990 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20205 D8305   P SBB SK MOLO Severn Valley Railway 2L 22/04/1967 18/12/1989 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20214 D8314   P GRN PR PRES Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway PRE 20/05/1967 09/06/1993 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20215 D8315   X C. F. Booth, Rotherham 20/05/1967 01/03/1992 11/2009 UK70/20
    20227 89127   D8327   SIR JOHN BETJEMAN**, SHERLOCK HOLMES P LUL PR MOLO North Norfolk Railway 2L 07/02/1968 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20228 2004   D8128   P Former CFD 2004 BRB PR Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway PRE 12/01/1966 01/05/1991 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20301 2004   20047   D8047   Max Joule 1958 - 1999, Furness Railway 150** S Trip Cock fitted. DRC WS HNRS transit to worksop HNRC 18/12/1959 UK70/20
    20302 2002   20084   D8084   S Trip Cock fitted. HNR ZG HNRS HNRC Barrow Hill HNRC 12/09/1961 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20303 2018   20127   D8127   S Trip Cock fitted. DRC WS HNRS Nemesis Rail, Burton-on-Trent HNRC 16/07/1962 UK70/20
    20304 2009   20120   D8120   S Trip Cock fitted. (for sale) DRC HNRS transit to worksop HNRC 16/03/1962 UK70/20
    20305 2020   20095   D8095   Gresty Bridge S Trip Cock fitted. DRC WS HNRS HNRC Worksop HNRS 26/10/1961 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20306 20131   D8131   Almon B. Strowger** X C. F. Booth, Rotherham 26/02/1966 03/2013 UK70/20
    20307 2004   20128   D8050   Guglielmo Marconi** X C. F. Booth, Rotherham 02/03/1961 05/2013 UK70/20
    20308 20187   D8187   Sir Charles Wheatstone** S (for sale) DRC WS HNRS HNRC 21/01/1967 UK70/20
    20309 20075   D8075   Sir William Cooke** (for sale) DRC HO HNRS Hope Cement HNRC 26/07/1961 UK70/20 UKP/20
    20310 20190   D8190   Gresty Bridge** X C. F. Booth, Rotherham 28/01/1967 06/2013 UK70/20
    20311 2008   20102   D8102   Class 20 'Fifty'** S hired to DRS HNR ZG HNRL HNRC 01/12/1961 UK70/20
    20312 89142   20042   D8042   S (for sale) DRC WS HNRS HNRC 11/11/1959 UK70/20
    20313 2006   20194   D8194   X C. F. Booth, Rotherham 25/02/1967 06/2013 UK70/20
    20314 20117   D8117   92 70 0020 314-5 (hired to DRS) HNR WS HNRL HNRC 23/02/1962 UK70/20
    20315 20104   D8104   X C. F. Booth, Rotherham 08/12/1961 04/2013 UK70/20
    20901 20041   D8041   NANCY** BBB KI BBXX HNRC Worksop HNRC 06/11/1959 UK70/20
    20902 20060   D8060   LORNA** X European Metal Recycling, Kingsbury 24/05/1961 09/2011 UK70/20
    20903 20083   D8083   ALISON** S DRU BU HNRS Nemesis Rail, Burton-on-Trent HNRC 12/09/1961 UK70/20
    20904 20101   D8101   JANIS** S DRU BU HNRS Nemesis Rail, Burton-on-Trent HNRC 22/11/1961 UK70/20
    20905 20225   D8325   IONA**, Roger Whip**, Dave Darwin** BBB KI BBXX HNRC Worksop HNRC 07/02/1968 UK70/20
    20906 3   20219   D8319   GEORGINA**, Kilmarmock 400** I 007 BH HNRL HNRC Barrow Hill HNRC 27/01/1968 UK70/20
    D8000 89100   20050   P PRE YM MBDL National Railway Museum NRM 18/06/1957 14/12/1980 UK70/20 UKP/20
    D8059 20059   P GRN PR MBDL Mid Hants Railway PRE 12/05/1961 05/1993 UK70/20 UKP/20
    D8098 20098   O Type 1 Loco Company GRN PR Great Central Railway PRE 08/11/1961 24/06/1991 UK70/20 UKP/20
    D8110 89110   20110   P GRN PR MBDL Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway HNRC 10/01/1962 14/09/1990 UK70/20 UKP/20
    D8137 20137   Murray B. Hofmeyr** P GRN PR MBDL Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway PRE 12/04/1966 01/12/1992 UK70/20 UKP/20
    D8154 20154   P SBB PR MBDL Nottingham Heritage Railway PRE 15/08/1966 01/04/1993 UK70/20 UKP/20
    D8188 89188   20188   RIVER YEO** P GRN SK MBDL Mid Hants Railway PRE 21/01/1967 01/01/1990 UK70/20 UKP/20
    D9107 20107   Jocelyn Feilding 1940-2020 GRN BH LSLO HNRC Barrow Hill LSL 20/12/1961 21/01/1991 UK70/20