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Bo-Bo diesel locomotives
BR freight diesel locomotives
Class 20 Type 1 diesel-electric locomotives were built from 1957-1968 by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows or at the Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn works at Darlington.
Class 20 locomotives have a maximum tractive effort of 42000 lbf (187 kN) and Class 20 diesels have a maximum speed of 75 mph. Class 20 locomotives only have one cab at one end and consequently they often work in pairs.
Class 20 diesel locomotives were built for light to moderately heavy freight trains.
Class 20 diesels featured & illustrated: D8000 (20050), D8001 (20001), D8098 (20098), D8110 (20110), D8132 (?), D8169 (20169), D8188 (20188), 20007 (D8007), 20031 (D8031), 20095 (D8095), 20096 (D9096), 20107 (D8107), 20118, 20142 (D8142), 20166 (D8166), 20189 (D8189), 20205 (D8305), 20302 (), 20303 (), 20305 (), 20308 (), 20312 (), 20901 (), 20905 ()
Contemporary and Heritage-Preserved Class 20 Diesel Locomotives
You sometimes see Class 20 diesel-electric locomotives in the yard of UK Rail Leasing Leicester where you regularly see Class 20 diesel electric locomotives. A general view of the yard of a variety of motive traction at UK Rail Leasing, Leicester, including Class 20 locomotives somewhere!
Looking a bit shabby, Class 20 Bo-Bo diesel locomotive D8098 parked south of Loughborough station (GCR, August 2023)
Type 1 Class 20 diesel-electric locomotives Class 20/1 20118 and Class 20/9 20901 with class 66 hauled freight passing Leicester UK Rail Leasing yard (Nov 2021)
Class 20 diesel-electric 20118 is named Saltburn-by-the-Sea, in British Railfreight grey and yellow livery
Class 20 diesel-electric locomotive 20118 named Saltburn-by-the-Sea (Leicester UK Rail Leasing yard)
GB Railfreight Class 20 locomotive 20901 in GBRf blue and yellow livery (Leicester UK Rail Leasing yard).
Class 20 20142 Sir John Betjeman at Grosmont station with a passenger train for Whitby (NYMR Steam Gala September 2021)
Class 20 20142 (D8142) Sir John Betjeman in the maroon livery of London Transport (NYMR Steam Gala September 2021)
Shed code 72F for Wadebridge depot, name plate of 20142 SIR JOHN BETJEMAN
Class 20 20189 in Grosmont depot sidings
D8000 all cleaned up!
Class 20 diesel locomotive 20205 (20 205, British Rail livery) in the yard of UK Rail Leasing, Leicester (Jan 2020)
DRS operated Class 20 diesel locomotives 20302 and 20303 at York (October 2019)
Class 20 diesel locomotive D8098 (with D5830), waiting at Loughborough to do a double heading duty (GCR Diesel Gala, Sept. 2017)
Class 20 diesel D8098 lead by D5830 in a double header hauled train leaving Loughborough for Leicester (GCR Diesel Gala, Sept. 2017)
The original Class 20 diesel locomotive Class 20/0 D8000 in British Railways green livery, D8000 was built in 1957 (later became loco Class 20 050/20050). D8000 photographed in York NRM 2014-2015
Class 20 D8001 (D 8001, 20001, 20 001) at the Midland Railway Centre, Swanick Junction.
Class 20 D8001 was built in 1957 by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry Works.
Class 20 diesel locomotive 20142 in British Rail blue livery, (built as D8142 in 1966 by English Electric, Vulcan Foundry), pulls into Grosmont with an NYMR train from Pickering.
The driving cab and details of Class 20 diesel 20142
Class 20 locomotive 20142, carried on working on the NYMR after the 'Diesel Gala' of 2015
Class 20 20142 waiting to leave Grosmont and then passing Grosmont Depot (July 2015)
In British Rail 'blue', Bo-Bo Class 20 diesel locomotive 20189 at Grosmont on the NYMR. 20189 came for the 2015 NYMR Diesel Gala and has stayed on through the summer. Class 20 20189 was built as D8189 by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry Works in 1967.
Bo-Bo diesel locomotive Class 20 D8110 (Class 20 20110) on the Wensleydale Railway.
Class 20/3 diesels operated by DRS parked at York station (Class 20 20312 and 20305, below 20305 and 20303).
The Barrow Hill Roundhouse: Blue liveried Bo-Bo English Electric Class 20 Class 20/0 096 (20096, D8096, D 8096 built 1961), see later on the NYMR with two visiting Class 20 diesel locomotives.
Class 20 diesel locomotives are powered by English Electric 8SVT engines, 746 kW (~1000 hp) at 850 rpm, power at rail is 574 kW (770 hp). The Class 20 transmission is electric via four EE 526/5D axle-hung traction motors. The Class 20s weigh 74 tonnes, wheel diameter 1092 m (1.092 m) with a maximum tractive effort is 187 kN (42000 lbf) and maximum speed of 75 mph.
Class 20 031 (diesel locomotive Class 20/3 20031, D8031, D 8031) at Haworth workshops on the KWVR. 20031 was built in 1962 by English Electric at Robert Stephenson & hawthorn works at Darlington.
The British Rail (BR)
Class 20, also known as an English Electric Type 1, are a class of
diesel-electric locomotive essentially designed for moderately heavy
freight work (but often work in pairs on heavy freight trains), with a
limited use in hauling passenger trains. A total, of 228 Class 20 diesel
locomotives in the class were built by English Electric between 1957 and
1968, the large number being was partly due to failure of earlier
designs within the same power range to provide reliable locomotives.
and Class 20 diesel locomotive Class 20/0 20107 (20 107, D8107, D 8107 built 1961, below, surrounded by lots of other diesel locomotives at Barrow Hill)
The Barrow Hill Roundhouse: Green liveried BR Class 20 Bo-Bo diesel locomotive Class 20/3 D8132 named BARROW HILL DEPOT (D 8132) built in 1966 by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry between Newton-le-Willows & Earlestown in Lancashire.
NYMR Diesel Gala 2011: Class 20/0 diesel locomotive visitors. Double header of Class 20 096 (20096, D9096, D 9096) and 20107 (20 107, D8107, D 8107) at Grosmont station on the NYMR, both built in 1961. The Bo-Bo Type Class 20's were built by English Electric with a power classification of 1000 hp. The Type 20/1 locomotives were built by English Electric between 1957 and 1968 and often operated in pairs coupled nose to nose in pairs also gave better visibility i.e. a driving cab at each end for convenience. These diesel locomotives carry British Rail Blue from the 1970s and 1980s.
NYMR Diesel Gala 2011: A double header of two Class 20s entering Grosmont station with a passenger train from Pickering, Levisham and Goathland.
NYMR Diesel Gala 2011: Class 20 20096/20 096 was built by English Electric in 1961.
NYMR Diesel Gala 2011: Class 20 107 (diesel locomotive 20107) was built by English Electric in 1961.
NYMR Diesel Gala 2011: The D20's double header of 20096 and 20107 approaching Levisham with a train from Grosmont and Goathland.
Above & below: DRS operated Class 20 locomotives Class 20/3 20302 (was Class 20/0 20084) at York Station (on the right is Class 20 20303, was Class 20/0 20127)
The Class 20/3 diesel locomotives were refurbished from Class 20/0 locos from 1995-1996 by Brush Traction at Loughborough and from 1997-1998 by RFS (E) Industries Ltd. at Doncaster.
DRS operated Class 20 Class 20/3 20305 (was Class 20 20095) at York station (on the left is Class 20 20312, was Class 20 20042)
Class 20 20305 is named 'Gresty Bridge'
Class 20 class 20/3 20305 'Gresty Bridge' at the stabling point at the south-west corner of York station (on the right. adjacent is Class 20 20312) and below Class 20 20305 in cleaner condition!
DRS Class 20 diesel 20303 parked by York station
A pair of 'dirty' DRS operated Class 20 diesel-electric locomotives hauling a high pressure jet track cleaning equipment train (RHTT) west through Barnetby Station. The very dirty pair of locomotives were Class 20 Class 20/3 20305 (Ex Class 20/0 20095) at the front and Class 20 Class 20/3 20304 (Ex Class 20/0 20120) at the rear. These is known as a Railhead Treatment Train (RHTT). Both of these Class 20 locomotives were refurbished as Class 20/3 in 1996-1996 by Brush Traction at Loughborough.
Class 20 D8000 under repair and restoration in the workshops of York NRM
A 2 x duo of Class 20 locomotives 'top and tailing' a two tanker train (explain? see * note below) near the GBRf depot at Peterborough (snapshots from a East Coast mainline train!). The two GBRf locomotives on the right are Class 20 20905 and Class 20 20901, couldn't identify the two Class 20 locos in BR blue and yellow livery.
* A note from a Richard Hanes: Class 20 locos were (still are?) used to take London Underground stock to and from Derby for maintenance, and for the delivery of newly built trains. LU use special couplings and to interface with the Class 20 locos with the 'barrier' tanker wagons that have normal couplings at one end and LU couplings the other. The train in your photo would split into two and the LU stock would be coupled between the two halves. Why they needed four class 20 locos for the run (and why they used tankers for the coupling conversion) remains a mystery. For easy stock manipulation a driving cab at each end would obviously be beneficial, but I would have thought a single Class 20 at each end would have been adequate? Originally the use for "barrier wagons" was to isolate hazardous cargo from the rest of the train, but the term is also used for coupling adaptors as here.
A pair of DRS operated Class 20 diesel locomotives 20305 and 20308 at York station.
Class 20 diesel locomotive D8169 (20169) being restored on the Stainmore Railway, Kirkby Stephen East.
Class 20 D8098 9D 8098, 20098) built by English Electric in 1961 (photo GCR Loughborough, July 2015)
Class 20 diesel locomotive D8188 double heading with 33035 at Bridgnorth station with passenger service to Kidderminster on the Severn valley Railway (waiting and departing from Bridgnorth, Mixed Traffic Day in May 2016)
The two iconic insignia of British Rail (on the Class 33) and British Railways (on the Class 20 diesel D8188)
Class 20 diesel locomotives 20007 an 20205 by Keighley station, June 29th 2018, used to bring in a mainline diesel locomotive as part of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, 50th Anniversary gala week in June 2018
A very colourful Class 20 diesel locomotive 20166 on Wensleydale Railway (August 2019)
Class 20 diesel locomotive 20007 in the yard of UK Rail Leasing, Leicester (Dec 2019)
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