Class 20

D8001 & 13018 Chinnor 19 May 1996

D8001 & Class 08 13018 approach Chinnor on 19 May 1996 with a train from Thame Junction, during the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway's Diesel Gala. This line runs along the base of the Chiltern Hills, the wooded slopes of which can be seen on the right. Although the lowest numbered Class 20 under TOPS, this was in fact the second locomotive to enter traffic. The first, D8000, became 20050 upon renumbering.

D8001 & D8568 Thame Junction 19 May 1996

D8001 joins forces with Class 17 D8568 during the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway's Diesel Gala on 19 May 1996. An ironic pairing, as the Clayton Class 17 was introduction to solve the problem of the Class 20's single cab design. Unfortunately, whilst the visibility from the cab of a Class 17 was excellent, the loco's reliability certainly wasn't! Consequently, another batch of the ultra reliable Class 20s had to be built to replace the replacements! The vintage pair are pictured rounding the curve where the Chinnor lines diverges from the former Thame branch. Thame Junction is the present northern terminus of the line, situated just out of sight behind the bushes to the right. The train has just run round there, and is now heading back to Chinnor.

D8001 Calehill Heath (Charing) 19 July 2002

D8001 is pictured at work with an overhead wiring train on the partially completed Channel Tunnel Rail Link at Calehill Heath (near Charing) on 19 July 2002. There is something ironic about such a vintage locomotive being used on the most prestigious railway construction project in the country. Various privately owned Class 20s were employed on these trains, with the more prosaic Class 66s being used for the heavier ballast and permanent way workings.

8001 North Weald 24 September 2017

8001 did not take part in the Epping Ongar Railway's Diesel Gala on 24 September 2017, but spent the day parked in front of the shed at North Weald. The St George's flag and aerial in the background are part of the Harlow & District Amateur Radio Society's rally which was taking place in the adjacent field. It didn't seem to have anything like the number of visitors as the railway!

20005 & 20048 Firsby 17 August 1988

20005 & 20048 slowly approach the sharp curve at Firsby on 17 September 1988 with the 1E48 10:15 Skegness to Sheffield service. On this occasion it was lucky that it was a dull day, as otherwise this would have been a hopeless viewpoint. looking straight into the sun!

20010 & 20132 Milford Junction 12 May 1990

20010 & 20132 pass Milford Junction on 12 May 1990 with the Class 20 Locomotive Society 1Z21 13:15 Scarborough to Sheffield 'Vladivostok Avoider' railtour. There have been some very odd railtour names over the years, with some quite ingenuous wordplay. However, this is probably one of the quirkiest, although there's no denying that it certainly did avoid Vladivostok!

20010 & 20132 Ulleskelf 12 May 1990

20010 & 20132 pass Ulleskelf on 12 May 1990 with the Class 20 Locomotive Society 1Z21 13:15 Scarborough to Sheffield 'Vladivostok Avoider' railtour. Unfortunately this was a miserably dull day, so not the ideal weather for using Fujichrome RFP film, rated at only ISO 50!

20010 & 20082 Barton-under-Needwood 26 June 1991

20010 & 20082 pass Barton-under-Needwood on 26 June 1991 with a southbound loaded MGR. This is the site of Barton & Walton station (closed in 1958), the goods shed being the only thing to survive in the 1990s. A huge industrial estate and lineside tree growth have now ruined this view, although there is now a new footbridge in the background of this view, which is a quieter vantage point for photography compared to this very busy roadbridge.

20016 & 20081 Kingham 27 April 1991

They don't do railtours like this any more! Complete with wacky headboard, 20016 & 20081 shatter the peace of the Cotswold Line, as they pass through Kingham station on 27 April 1991 with the Class 20 Society 1Z40 15:47 Bristol Temple Meads to Derby 'Last Great Moose Hunt' railtour. This was the return working of that morning's Sheffield to Bristol 'Bristol or Bust' tour. Apparently the entertainment on board included a brass band! This was long before my Honda days, and even before I had a BMW. My Opel Manta can just be seen in what was then Kingham's tiny car park.

20020 & 20106 Scropton 12 August 1989

20020 & 20106 approach Scropton on 12 August 1989 with the 16:11 Derby to Crewe service. For a few weeks in 1989 pairs of 20s were used on this service due to a shortage of Class 150 units. As the stock was Mk 1 coaches without any air conditioning, and it was summer therefore in theory no heating was required, Class 20s were ideally suited for these trains, given that at the time there were some surplus locos, due to their replacement on various freight duties by Type 5 power.

20020 Kinneil 3 September 2000

20020 passes through Kinneil station on 3 September 2000, en-route from Birkhill to Bo'ness during the Scottish Railway Preservation Society's Diesel Gala. The Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway is situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. Kinneil station served as the line's western terminus between 1986 and 1988.

20021 & 20113 Lower Wick 12 July 1987

20021 & 20113 pass Lower Wick on 12 July 1987 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z36 07:00 Leicester to Carmarthen 'Welsh Rambler' railtour. The train has just passed underneath the M5 motorway. This was an extremely dull day, which explains the grainy Kodachrome 200 image, and also why I didn't bother to follow it to Wales for some more interesting pictures!

20021 & 20085 Madeley Junction 15 August 1988

20021 & 20085 come off the Ironbridge branch and rejoin the mainline at Madeley Junction on 15 August 1988 with another rake of empty HAA coal hoppers heading back to Silverdale Colliery from Ironbridge Power Station. Although once a common sight, I have relatively few pictures of Class 20s working MGR coal trains, as they were principally concentrated in the Midlands and Scotland and only very rarely ventured as far south as my local power station at Didcot, and even that was before I started taking pictures.

20022 & 20126 Banbury 11 July 1987

20022 & 20126 approach Banbury in failing light on 11 July 1987 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z26 12:36 Deepcar to Paddington 'Stilton & Branston Ploughman' railtour. The tour had travelled up to Yorkshire via the East Coast Mainline, hauled by the specially repainted Tinsley green pair (20064 & 20030).

20023 & 20010 Ratcliffe-on-Soar 1 July 1985

20023, the first of the class in Railfreight grey livery, is pictured with similarly liveried 20010, returning to Derby on 1 July 1985 with the Derby Works test train. The location, which is certainly not the best photographic vantage point, is Ratcliffe-on-Soar.

20025 & 20044 Ryecroft Junction 15 August 1988

20025 & 20044 pass Ryecroft Junction on 15 August 1988 with the 6E52 08:26 Wolverhampton to Scunthorpe steel empties. This picture couldn't be replicated today, and I don't just mean because Class 20s on steel trains have long been a thing of the past. All you would see here now is a tunnel of trees, whereas in the 1980s the admittedly not too picturesque blocks of flats in Walsall formed the skyline, complete with the tower of St Peter's church on the right, with the brick tower and spire of the now demolished Methodist church just next to it.

20026 Stanton Gate 7 March 1991

With the mass withdrawals of Class 20s in the early 1990s, storage space became a problem at Toton, so lines of condemned locos started to accumulate at nearby Stanton Gate. Heavily vandalised 20026 stands between 20045 and 20129 in the scrap line on 7 March 1991. This unusual view, with most of the bodyside doors missing, does give an interesting view of the engine and generator. 20026 was withdrawn in October 1990, and after briefly being stored at several locations, was cut up within the year.

20029 & 20048 Wychnor Junction 23 October 1989

20029 & 20048 head north at Wychnor Junction on 23 October 1989 with a rake of empty ballast hoppers. Both locos are wearing the yellow flash logo above the cabside numbers, indicated they are dedicated engineer's machines.

20031 & 20118 Ratcliffe-on-Soar 1 July 1985

20031 & 20118 head north pass Ratcliffe-on-Soar on 1 July 1985 with a short rake of ballast hoppers. Both these locos have survived. 20031 is one of the many Class 20s that have found a new lease of life on a preserved railway, in this case the Keighley & Worth Valley. 20118 however is still to be seen on the national network, although 30 years after this picture was taken, its use is a bit more specialised, principally underground stock movements.

20031 & 20069 Wetmore Sidings 11 August 1990

20031 & 20069 pass Wetmore Sidings on 11 August 1990 with the Midland Railtours 1Z09 09:30 Birmingham New Street to Sheffield 'Yorkshire Explorer' railtour. Unfortunately, like several railtours in the early 1990s, this was blighted from a photographic point of view by the use of the bizarrely painted Pilkington set of Mk1 coaches.

20032 & 20039 Havenhouse 14 June 1986

20032 & 20039 race through Havenhouse station with the 1E07 07:10 Sheffield to Skegness service on 14 June 1986. Class 20s were used regularly on these Summer Saturday trains to the coast from the mid 1970s until 1993. It wasn't just the Class 20s either, there were numerous other loco hauled trains to the east coast resort during the summer peak, as well as multi unit DMU lash-ups. Also, in the mid 1980s, despite the interesting traction on offer to places like Skegness, there were few other photographers about to record the scene. At that time the line between Sleaford and Skegness boasted much steam age infrastructure, including several Great Northern Railway somersault signals, as seen here.

20035 Toddington 18 June 2016

20035 (CFD 2001) arrived at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in April 2016 as a source of spares for the line's resident D8137. In terrible external condition, but still wearing the orange livery of former French owners, Compagnie de Chemins de Fer Départementaux, it is pictured in Toddington Yard on 18 June 2016, in the company of Class 73 E6036 & Class 26 D5343.

20041 & 20082 Appleford 12 September 1985

20041 & 20082 are hardly struggling as they pass Appleford Signal Box (since demolished) with the 6V19 06:32 Bescot to Didcot Speedlink on 12 September 1985. This train often only traveled as far as Oxford, where the bulk of the traffic ended up. However, sometimes military stores were conveyed, continuing on to Didcot, often with a featherweight load such as this single VEA van. Class 20s were surprisingly common on this working and by 1985 very nearly the only chance of seeing the type in the Oxford area.

20045 & 20142 Toton 16 October 1986

A group of track workers take a short break to watch 20045 & 20142 move slowly out of Toton Yard on 16 October 1986 with a rake of MGR empties. A couple of other Class 20s can be seen in this view, which now looks quite historic, especially with the lines of withdrawn vacuum braked hoppers stored in the distance.

20048 Heap Bridge 3 July 2011

20048 needs all of its 1,000hp as it tackles the gradient at Heap Bridge on 3 July 2011 with the 2J72 12:46 Rawtenstall to Heywood service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. Although Class 20s wouldn't have got to haul Mk2 coaches very often, this is nevertheless a superb recreation of the rail blue era, fortuitously helped by the rearmost two maroon coaches being hidden by the bushes!

20048 Heap Bridge 3 July 2011

20048 rolls down the gradient at Heap Bridge on 3 July 2011 with the 2J81 13:55 Heywood to Rawtenstall service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. Strictly speaking the two white discs being displayed here indicate a 1xxx working rather than a 2xxx (although after 1977 with the general abandonment of headcodes, this would have been used). It should really be displaying just the upper white disc for this particular working.

20059 & 20168 Arnside 25 April 1992

The photographers get their pictures, as 20059 & 20168 cross Arnside Viaduct on 25 April 1992 with the 2N42 15:32 Barrow-in-Furness to Preston, one of a number of services upgraded from DMU to loco hauled workings for the day by Regional Railways. Unfortunately by choosing this viewpoint there was no alternative but to go for a rather unconventional viewpoint for the 2C45 14:48 Manchester Victoria to Barrow-in-Furness, which would appear from the opposite direction barely five minutes later.

D8059 Kidderminster 4 October 2012

A couple of Severn Valley Railway volunteers take a short break in order to watch D8059 depart from Kidderminster station on 4 October 2012, with the 09:25 service to Bridgnorth. As often happens at Diesel Galas, this first train of the day was the only one that ran to time. 33108, which can be seen in the background disgraced itself, and had to be removed from its train, causing delays for the rest of the day.

D8059 & D8188 Eardington 19 May 2016

D8059 & D8188 reach the top of the 1 in 100 Eardington Bank, as they work the 11:23 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth service on 19 May 2016, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. Any earlier sunshine had disappeared by midday, so this view looking due south was made a lot easier.

20061, 20093 & 47444 Ribblehead 25 November 1989

20061 & 20093 pilot 47444 University of Nottingham on the 1E11 12:42 Carlisle to Leeds service on 25 November 1989, seen here crossing Ribblehead Viaduct. The addition of the Class 20s was purely to attract the haulage enthusiasts (and of course photographers!). It was certainly a worthwhile trip to the S&C on this occasion, not only for the interesting diesel traction in superb light, but also the bonus of 'Black Five' 5407 coming from the other direction on a railtour.

20064, 20030 & 20118 Balcombe 2 May 1987

One of the all time classic diesel railtours - the Class 20 Locomotive Society's 'Three To The Sea' tour of 2 May 1987. 20064 River Sheaf, 20030 River Rother & 20118 River Don are deep in third rail territory here, as they pass through Balcombe station with the 1Z26 09:24 Sheffield to Brighton special, undoubtedly the most famous Class 20 railtour of all time. 20064 & 20030 had only recently been repainted at Tinsley into nearly authentic original green livery.

20064, 20030 & 20118 Patcham 2 May 1987

20064 River Sheaf, 20030 River Rother & 20118 River Don climb away from Brighton and pass Patcham on 2 May 1987 with the 1Z26 16:28 Brighton to Sheffield 'Three To The Sea' railtour. They have just emerged from Patcham Tunnel (behind the house) and are heading up the valley towards Clayton Tunnel. This location no longer exists, as the A27 Brighton bypass now crosses the area of grass in the foreground on a high embankment. The road passes over the line approximately where the locomotives are, whilst just behind where I am stranding the line now runs through a short cut and cover tunnel, over which a slip road onto the A23 passes at an angle.

20065 & 20072 Hinksey 22 October 1985

Although far from common, Class 20s did make occasional appearances at Oxford in the mid 1980s, usually on the morning Speedlink trip working from Bescot. However, on 22 October 1985, 20065 & 20072 are pictured passing Hinksey Yard with a train of gravel, presumably (in view of the traction) from the Midlands. Ironically the wagons in the foreground are what any 20s in the area would usually have dealt with, being MoD containers from Bicester. Note the Royal Corps of Transport branding.

20065 Clay Mills (Hargate) 15 May 1987

With the Burton-on-Trent's Bass Tower and the chimney of the Victorian Clay Mills Pumping Station visible on the left, 20065 passes Clay Mills (Hargate) on 15 May 1987 with 8D15 08:42 Bescot to Toton Old Bank departmental working. The brake van would be needed for the return working of a rake of spoil wagons. A loco and brake van do normally make for an interesting picture, but a single Class 20 in the sun was definitely worth a picture. Also, I particularly like the balanced composition formed by the line of concrete pipe supports in the field.

20065 Clay Mills (Hargate) 15 May 1987

This is one of the few occasions on which I saw a single Class 20 working bonnet first in BR days. 20065 passes Clay Mills (Hargate) on 15 May 1987 with 8G15 12:56 Toton Old Bank to Bescot departmental. A couple of hours earlier it had heading north with just the brake van, working the 8D15 08:42 Bescot to Toton.

20066 & 20138 Shucknall 2 May 1993

20066 & 20138 pass through a typical Herefordshire landscape of hop gardens and orchards near Shucknall on 2 May 1993 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z21 12:13 Worcester Shrub Hill to Hereford 'Severn Slaps' railtour. This was one of a series of mini excursions run in connection with the Worcester Rail Day. Note the interesting choice of coaching stock - two of Tyseley's four car DMU sets, T412 (53116, 59446, 59591 & 51860) & T404 (53919, 59604, 59735 & 51853). A mixture of Class 115, 116 & 127 vehicles.

20069 Yaxham 14 December 1997

Although still in grey primer, with red oxide ends, 20069 was employed on 'Santa Special' duties on the Mid Norfolk Railway on 14 December 1997. This odd liveried apparition is pictured pulling into Yaxham with a rake of ex Network SouthEast Mk2s. Although the station building and goods shed both survive, only the down platform is still rail connected.

20075 & 20131 Staveley 23 May 1993

20075 & 20131 pass Staveley on the Windermere Branch with one of the Pathfinder Tours 'Lancastrian Mini Excursion' on 23 May 1993. This was the 1Z46 08:30 Crewe to Preston (via Windermere). 37708 & 37801 can just be seen on the rear of the train, about to cross the level crossing. Note the discreet white backed logos visible on the Class 20 bodysides. These were proclaiming ownership by BRT, and prior to their repainting in the striking BRT white livery.

20075 & 20131 Saxondale 21 July 1993

20075 & 20131 pass Saxondale with the 1E86 08:12 Leicester to Skegness service on a miserably dull 21 July 1993. This was the last year of regular Class 20 haulage to the east coast resort. Mixed rakes of coaches were common at this time, but here we have the odd combination of exactly half the train formed of Regional Railways Mk 2s, while the other half is made up of InterCity liveried Mk 1s. Note the remnants of the recently lifted track on the left, the last vestiges of this former four traction section, latterly used for test purposes including at one point a section of continuous paved track.

20075 & 20128 Prestatyn 20 May 1995

British Rail Telecommunications liveried 20075 Sir William Cooke & 20128 Guglielmo Marconi pass Prestatyn on 20 May 1995 with the 1T76 13:05 Crewe to Llandudno special, one of the North Wales Coast Motive Power Day specials, organised by the Crewe Rail Events Committee.

20077 & 20172 Chinley 19 June 1984

For a while during the mid 1980s Class 20s worked the heavy limestone trains in the Peak District, replacing Class 25s and 40s, but before the introduction of Class 37s. Indeed in 1986 a batch of Class 20s were renumbered into the 203xx series to denoted that they had been specially modified for these workings. Prior to this, on 19 June 1984, 20077 & 20172 are seen passing Chinley with the 6F42 13:11 Tunstead to Oakleigh ICI limestone.

20078 & 20151 Winwick 12 March 1990

20078 & 20151 pass Winwick on 12 March 1990 with a Bickershaw Colliery to Fiddlers Ferry Power Station MGR. Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, the loco's birthplace can be seen directly above 20078. Class 20s were a common sight on coal trains in this area for many years, but were in sharp decline by the time I got around to visiting the area. This is one of the few pictures I have of these locos on MGR duties, a type of train for which they were very well suited, and on which they were very popular with the crews.

20078 & 20151 Beeston 11 September 1990

While a small group of track workers attend to a point on the mainline, 20078 & 20151 pull out of the loop at Beeston on 11 September 1990 with a southbound coal train, formed principally of HAA MGR hoppers, but with four HBAs at the head of the train. Less than fifteen minutes earlier 20196 & 20105 had worked a similar train in the opposite direction.

20081 & 20016 Droitwich 27 April 1991

20081 & 20016 approach Droitwich on 27 April 1991 with the Class 20 Society 1Z40 08:40 Sheffield to Bristol 'Bristol or Bust' railtour. I used to think that all the rusty machinery and general clutter on the right spoiled the picture, but that is nothing compared to the huge radio mast that now blocks the view! The 20s worked back in the afternoon over the Cotswold Line.

20081 & 20016 Pilning 27 April 1991

Either an interesting comparison between brand new and 1950s vintage diesel locomotive designs, or just very bad timing, depending on your point of view! 20081 & 20016 climb out of the Severn Tunnel on 27 April 1991 with the Class 20 Society 1Z40 08:40 Sheffield to Bristol 'Bristol or Bust' railtour, while 60010 waits its turn to pass through the tunnel with the 6B08 12:25 Langley to Waterston empty oil tanks.

20081 & 20016 Salwick 15 February 1992

20081 & 20016 pass Salwick No.1 Signal Box on 15 February 1992 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1T32 07:30 Euston to Morecambe 'Lune Ranger' railtour. It is pictured here in a welcome patch of sunshine, en-route to Poulton-le-Fylde and Burn Naze. 47489 can just be seen on the rear of the train.

20084 Bescot 10 March 1984

20084 heads a line up of classic diesel traction at Bescot on 10 March 1984. On the extreme left is 45020. Just visible in the background is 47234, with 20185, along with an unidentified Class 20 and 31 in front of it. Coupled to 20084 is 20169, with an unidentified Class 47 behind. In the 1980s there was not the paranoid health & safety culture of today, and it was quite easy to wander round Bescot depot at will.

20087 & 20138 Tutbury 4 September 1991

20087 doesn't appear to be in the best of health, as it passes Tutbury along with 20138 on 4 September 1991, heading for the North Wales coast with the 2D64 08:11 Derby to Llandudno Regional Railways service. Apologies for the very poor quality, but 08:30 on a dull September morning and Fujichrome 100 is not an ideal combination!

20087, 20132 & 20187 Nethertown 14 August 1993

With the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in the background, 20087 Saltley L.I.P., 20132 & 20187 pass Nethertown on 14 August 1993 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z44 05:48 Bristol Temple Meads to Carlisle 'Triple Chopper Tripper' railtour. This was in the days when I used to think nothing of travelling great distances in one day for just a couple of pictures of a railtour. In this case the round trip from Oxfordshire to Cumbria amounted to 563 miles!

20088 & 20194 Clay Mills (Hargate) 17 May 1991

Only a single Class 20 received the Trainload Freight triple grey livery, and even then without any of the normal sector brandings. Unfortunately, I only ever saw 20088 once in this colour scheme, and that was in atrocious light. So here for the record is 20088 partnered with conventionally liveried 20194 slogging past a very gloomy Clay Mills (Hargate) on 17 May 1991 with northbound MGR empties. 20088 was withdrawn a few months later, but then had a second working life, as it was used in France during the construction of the Channel Tunnel.

20090 & 20120 Madeley Junction 6 May 1991

20090 & 20120 slowly approach Madeley Junction on 6 May 1991 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z49 08:05 Paddington to Ironbridge Power Station 'Velvet Glove' railtour. 47813 can just be seen at the far end, under the shadow of the roadbridge. At the time Class 20s were rapidly being withdrawn, while Class 47/8s were ubiquitous, so its obvious where everyone's interest was centered!

20090 & 20132 Firsby 21 August 1992

With a wave from the driver, 20090 & 20132 slow to 25mph for the severe curve at Firsby, as they work the 18:10 Skegness to Derby service on 21 August 1992. This was the penultimate year that these vintage locos were used on passenger trains to the bracing East Coast resort.

20095 & 20227 Beeston 11 September 1990

An interesting (and slightly overpowered!) DMU substitution pictured at Beeston on 11 September 1990. Problems with the introduction of Sprinter units in the early 1990s occasionally resulted in loco hauled substitutions, often with Class 47s, but on this occasion something much more unusual. 20095 & 20227 work the 09:16 Birmingham New Street to Lincoln service. The woman walking her dog obviously doesn't appreciate the rarity of the traction!

20096 & 20025 Standish Junction 1 July 1990

20096 & 20025 pass Standish Junction on 1 July 1990 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z43 Gloucester to Bristol Temple Meads railtour, one of a series of special trains using heritage traction run in connection with the Gloucester Rail Day. Over 30 different trains operated during the day, using two pairs of 20s, two pairs of 37s, 56034 & 58004.

20096 & 20075 Markham Colliery Junction 1 September 1991

20096 & 20075 approach Markham Colliery Junction on 1 September 1991 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z30 08:15 St Pancras to Bolsover Colliery 'Beast and Bicycle' railtour. Hidden beneath the bridge in the background are 37888 & 37705, which would return the tour from Bolsover.

20096 & 20905 Long Marston 17 December 2005

20096 & 20905 leave the former Army depot at Long Marston on 17 December 2005 and head back to Gloucester, after arriving with the two former Virgin Cross Country HST power cars (43121 & 43158) and two Mk3 coaches which can be seen in the background. The state of the track in the depot must be giving cause for concern, as the locos took the line between the HST and the stored coaches (necessitating two more reversals) rather than using the extreme left hand track when running round. In addition to this there was a problem with the point on the exit from the yard, and the locos were shut down for a period until someone arrived with a point clip, the previous attempts at kicking the point over were deemed not to be sufficient!

20096 & 20107 Hatton 9 July 2013

I couldn't resist this going away shot of 20096 & 20107 on the 7X10 02:27 Amersham to Derby Litchurch Lane underground stock at Hatton on 9 July 2013. A pair of blue disc fitted Class 20s are always worth a picture. 20905 & 20901 were doing the honours at the front of the train.

20096 & 20107 Kirby Bellars 5 September 2014

Running 25 minutes early, 20096 & 20107 pass Kirby Bellars on 5 September 2014 with the 7X23 09:33 Derby Adtranz Litchurch Lane to Old Dalby, conveying London Underground S-stock. 20132 & 20118 were bringing up the rear.

20096 & 20107 Melton Junction 5 September 2014

Melton Junction can just be seen underneath the roadbridge in the background, with the line to Old Dalby diverging to the right. 20096 & 20107 bring up the rear of the 7X23 09:33 Derby Adtranz Litchurch Lane to Old Dalby London Underground S-stock move on 5 September 2014. Lead locomotives 20132 & 20118 are hidden underneath the bridge.

D8098 Thurcaston 5 March 2000

D8098 passes Thurcaston on 5 March 2000 with the 12:00 Loughborough to Leicester North service. The Great Central Railway's resident Class 20 has carried a range of liveries in preservation. Arriving it BR blue, it then wore green with full yellow ends for the latter half of the 1990s, before being repainted into this green with white roof livery (as the early Class 20s were originally delivered in). Latterly it was repainted into green with small yellow panels.

D8098 Quorn & Woodhouse 12 September 2009

D8098 arrives at Quorn & Woodhouse on the Great Central Railway with the 2C27 13:40 Loughborough to Rothley service on 12 September 2009, during the line's Diesel Gala. 37314 is on the rear of the train and will the 2D09 14:00 return train.

D8098 Woodthorpe 12 September 2009

D8098 passes Woodthorpe with the late running 2C32 14:50 Loughborough to Rothley service on 12 September 2009, during the Great Central Railway's Diesel Gala. Gold ochre liveried Class 31 D5830 can be seen on the rear of the train.

D8098 & D8137 Hayles Abbey Halt 28 July 2017

D8098 & D8137 pass the recently opened Hayles Abbey Halt on 28 July 2017 with the 2C53 09:30 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service. This was the first train of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's three day summer Diesel Gala.

D8098 & D8137 Southam 28 July 2017

D8098 & D8137 pass Southam on 28 July 2017 with the 2C53 09:30 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. D8098 was visiting from the Great Central Railway. The two Class 20s display livery variations from either end of the BR green period. D8098 shows the locos as delivered in the early 1960s, with no yellow panels at all, while D8137 shows the final version, with full yellow ends, from the late 1960s / early 1970s.

20106 & 20020 Bramshall 12 August 1989

20106 & 20020 pass Bramshall on 12 August 1989 with the 2P82 14:47 Crewe to Derby service. For a few weeks in 1989 pairs of 20s were used on this service due to a shortage of Class 150 units. 2000 hp for 3 coaches is certainly adequate, and with no requirement for ETS, Class 20s were exactly right for the job. Nowadays I'm sure that these trains would be run in top'n'tail formation, or more likely just cancelled!

20106 & 20113 Duffryn 28 July 1991 20106 & 20113 pass Duffryn on 28 July 1991 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z81 06:28 Liverpool Lime Street to Onllwyn 'Vulcan Valley Venturer' railtour. Note the red flag across the up relief line, indicating weekend engineering work in the Newport area.
20107 & 20096 Frisby-on-the-Wreake 28 August 2015

20107 & 20096 bring up the rear of the 7X23 09:33 Derby Adtranz Litchurch Lane to Old Dalby new London Underground S-stock move at Frisby-on-the-Wreake on 28 August 2015. The more brightly coloured 20311 & 20314 are the lead locomotives.

20107 & 20096 Old Dalby (Asfordby Depot) 28 August 2015

After having arrived at Old Dalby (Asfordby Depot) on 28 August 2015 with the 7X23 09:33 Derby Adtranz Litchurch Lane to Old Dalby new London Underground S-stock, 20107 & 20096 and the barrier wagon detach, and move out of the way, so that 20311 & 30314 can propel the stock to the far end of the depot.

D8110 Riverford 7 January 1995

On a miserably dull 7 January 1995, D8110 passes Riverford Bridge, on the South Devon Railway. As the loco is based on the line, this could be an everyday scene, but look at the length of the train and the headboard. This is in fact the Pathfinder Tours 1Z61 06:46 Wolverhampton to Buckfastleigh 'Teign Dart' railtour, seen here retuning as the 14:25 from Buckfastleigh. The tour, which arrived from the Midlands behind 31417, also visited the nearby Heathfield branch.

20115 Gloucester Docks 30 June 1985

The driver climbs back onboard 20115, and the passengers make their way back to the train at Gloucester Docks on 30 June 1985, as the F&W Railtours 1Z60 'Severncider 2' railtour pays a visit to this unlikely location for a passenger train. 08836 is partially hidden by the poles at the other end of the train, waiting to take the tour back to Over Junction. Most of this is now history. 20115 was withdrawn in 1987 and cut up the following year, and the track has been lifted and is now a footpath. At least the headboard survives, and now belongs to me!

20117 & 20121 Stenson 22 January 1992

20117 & 20121 pass Stenson on 22 January 1992 en route from Willington Power Station to Toton with five crippled HAA coal hoppers. By this date the once common use of pairs of 20s in the area was rapidly coming to an end. The Stenson Junction to Derby line can be seen on the embankment in the background.

20118 & 20169 Rhosgoch 11 September 1993

A branch off of a branch! 20118 & 20169 pass the junction for the short lived private siding to the BP oil terminal at Rhosgoch on the Isle of Anglesey on 11 September 1993. They are working the Pathfinder Tours 1Z18 'Anglesey Odyssey' railtour, at this point running as the 14:32 Amlwch to Cardiff Central. This long winding branch line from Gaerwen Junction to Amlwch was closing due to Associated Octel's decision to transfer the sole remaining freight traffic to road haulage. The line has remaining intact but increasingly overgrown ever since.

20118 & 20169 Llangefni 11 September 1993

20118 & 20169 pass the creamery at Llangefni on 11 September 1993 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z18 14:32 Amlwch to Cardiff Central 'Anglesey Odyssey' railtour. Just visible in the bushes at the rear of the train are 37075 & 37225, which had worked the tour from Cardiff (the 20s being attached at Llandudno Junction). The branch was about to close with the cessation of Associated Octel's rail operations. Previously various chemicals had been handled, including chlorine, ethylene dibromide and bromide. Extra nasty chemicals to be added to the overburdened road network!

20118 & 20131 Cockwood Harbour 2 May 1994

20118 & 20131 Almon B. Strowger pass Cockwood Harbour on 2 May 1994 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z41 17:10 Paignton to York 'Torbay Exe-Cursioner' railtour. The 20s were replaced by 47547 at Derby. Showing excellent inter-company co-operation and planning, the 20s worked down to the West Country in the morning with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z20 08:33 Paddington to Exeter St Davids 'Big E' railtour.

20118 & 20132 Clay Mills 25 June 2014

20118 Saltburn-by-the-Sea & 20132 bring up the rear of the 7X09 15:55 Derby Adtranz Litchurch Lane to Amersham S Stock underground stock move at Clay Mills on 25 June 2014. The train is about to take the up relief line (note the 'feathers' on the signal in the background). 20227 & 20905 were the leading locomotives.

20118 & 20132 Kimbridge 8 September 2016

20118 Saltburn-by-the-Sea & 20132 Barrow Hill Depot look fantastic in the evening sun, as they passes Kimbridge on 8 September 2016 with the GBRf 1Z16 16:05 Swanage to Kings Cross 'GBRf 15' railtour. 73128 & 73213 can just be seen on the rear of the train. This was the first day of a mega four day tour covering much of the country. Not having visited this location before, I had correctly worked out that it would be one of the few spots in the area where the sun would be on the front, and was shadow free. However, I slightly underestimated the length of the early autumn shadows, so as the time approached for the tour to appear, I had to resort to a longer lens in order to clear the encroaching shadows. 

20118 & 20132 Pewsey 8 September 2016

20118 Saltburn-by-the-Sea & 20132 Barrow Hill Depot pass through Pewsey station half an hour after sunset on 8 September 2016 with the GBRf 1Z16 16:05 Swanage to Kings Cross 'GBRf 15' railtour. As this only involved a detour of a couple of miles on my way home, I thought I might as well attempt this twilight shot. This was stretching things to the absolute limit, as the station's new LED lights are not particularly bright. ISO 6400 1/1000sec f2 yielding a barely useable image, but I do rather like the combination of stations lights and the sunset in the background.

20121 & 20117 Stenson Junction 22 January 1992

20121 & 20117 pass over frost covered tracks, as they approach Willington Power Station on 22 January 1992 with ten empty HAA MGR wagons. Both locos would be put into store a few months later with the cessation of East Midlands Class 20 coal workings.

20126 & 20122 Weston-on-Trent 16 October 1986

An uninterrupted mid 1980s view of Weston-on-Trent, but with an ominous portent of things to come. Note the newly planted line of Leylandii trees in the foreground. Since this picture was taken they have grown considerably and now completely block out this view. 20126 & 20122 pass by with MGR empties on 16 October 1986.

20127 Denby 22 April 1989

20127 leaves Denby Colliery on 22 April 1989 with the British Rail 1T15 12:10 Derby to Wirksworth 'Denby Dawdler' railtour. Hidden behind the building is 20114, which had led the tour up the branch from Little Eaton Junction. The train would reverse again at Little Eaton Junction, in order to head north to the Wirksworth branch. This was one of three similar tours run on this day.

20128, 37207 & 31439 Lickey Incline 24 February 1996

Apologies for the poor technical quality of this image, which has been included here after numerous requests. In near darkness, 20128, 37207 & 31439 North Yorkshire Moors Railway storm up the 1 in 37 Lickey Incline with the A1A Charters 1T70 15:39 Worcester Shrub Hill to Preston 'Jewel In The Crown' railtour on 24 February 1996. This amazing combination of English Electric motive power with a Class 20 unbelievably leading the ensemble bonnet first is almost certainly a unique occurrence and had to be photographed whatever the weather! Although nearly dark, the sun was occasionally trying to peek out through gaps in the clouds. This was not good, as this viewpoint is straight into the sun. Note the glint on the tops of the two lead locos.

20129 & 20163 March 16 August 1988

20129 & 20163 stand awaiting their turn of duty at March depot on 16 August 1988, with recently withdrawn 45108 in the background. March loco depot was easy to photograph, as these sidings just ended next to an unfenced road. Unfortunately this has all been swept away, and there are no railway lines in the vicinity now, and even the nearby Whitemoor Yard has been cut in half, with a prison built on part of it.

20129 Beeston 11 September 1990

20129 passes Beeston on 11 September 1990 with an eastbound breakdown train. Note the Blue Circle cement depot in the background, which at this time was still in use, although not for much longer! 20129 had an even shorter time left, being withdrawn a month after this picture was taken. After a brief period of storage next to the main line at Stanton Gate, it was towed to Carlisle, and then Mossend in August 1991, and was then cut up at M.C. Metals, Springburn, the following month.

20131 & 20128 Skegness 3 September 1993

20131 & 20128 stand at a seemingly deserted Skegness station on 3 September 1993, prior to working the final 1M86 18:12 Skegness to Leicester train, bringing to end a couple of decades of Class 20 passenger train haulage to the east coast resort. I remember having to wait here for some considerable time for the sun to come out, but luckily the weather improved towards evening, allowing an excellent shot of the train at Firsby.

20131 & 20128 Firsby 3 September 1993

In golden evening lighting 20131 & 20128 slow down for the almost 120 degree curve at Firsby with the last ever Class 20 hauled Skegness summer passenger service, the 18:12 Skegness to Leicester on 3 September 1993. The train carries the 'Jolly Fisherman' headboard, which at various times was the semi-official name for the Class 20 hauled trains to the Lincolnshire resort. The passengers are obviously aware of the historic nature of the event, as they are seemingly all leaning out of the windows to watch the bizarre spectacle of the train suddenly changing direction in the middle of nowhere!

20131 & 20118 Whiteball 2 May 1994

20131 Almon B. Strowger & 20118 pass Whiteball on 2 May 1994 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z20 08:33 Paddington to Exeter St Davids 'Big E' railtour, one of a number of tours run in connection with the Exeter Rail Fair. It was running 45 minutes late, due to being re-routed via Bristol instead of Castle Cary, owing to a freight train failure.

20131 & 20128 Frodsham 17 September 1994

20131 Almon B. Strowger & 20128 Guglielmo Marconi pass through Frodsham station on 17 September 1994 with the Pathfinder Tours 1T70 13:45 Manchester Piccadilly to Latchford Sidings section of the multi-traction 'Lancastrian' railtour.

20132 & 20118 Kirby Bellars 5 September 2014

20132 Barrow Hill Depot & 20118 Saltburn-by-the-Sea bring up the rear of the 7X23 09:33 Derby Adtranz Litchurch Lane to Old Dalby, conveying London Underground S-stock, at Kirby Bellars on 5 September 2014. 20096 & 20107 were the lead locomotives.

20132 & 20096 Melton Junction 5 September 2014

The first signs of autumn at Melton Junction, as 20132 Barrow Hill Depot & 20118 Saltburn-by-the-Sea run wrong line from Melton Mowbray with the 7X23 09:33 Derby Adtranz Litchurch Lane to Old Dalby, conveying London Underground S-stock on 5 September 2014. 20096 & 20107 are at the rear of the formation. For some reason, the 25 minutes early arrival at Melton Mowbray had now been converted into 40 minutes late running. Realtime Trains was no help, claiming the train had already arrived at Old Dalby nearly an hour before!

20132 & 20118 Tackley 7 September 2016

Immaculately turned out 20132 Barrow Hill Depot & 20118 Saltburn-by-the-Sea pass through Tackley station on 7 September 2016 with the 5Z15 11:43 Burton-on-Trent Wetmore Sidings to Eastleigh ECS. This was in preparation for GBRf's 15th anniversary four day railtour, which would take in such diverse locations as: Swanage, Great Yarmouth, Inverness and Liverpool! I chose this location as the station nameboard would clearly show that the 20s were travelling down the Cherwell Valley, something that hasn't been a common occurrence since the Bescot Speedlink trips of the 1980s, and it wasn't that common then!

20137 Toddington 10 August 1995

20137 basks in the morning sunshine in Toddington Yard, on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, on 10 August 1995. This is the kind of picture that fully exploited the quality possible with the Pentax 6x7. A static subject in full sun, tripod mounted camera, 1/60sec f16. Higher quality than most present day digital cameras, but a scanned file size of 200MB!

20137 Stanley Pontlarge 10 August 1995

Still looking reasonably smart in its ex BR Railfreight red stripe livery (if you ignore the rust patches!), 20137 passes Stanley Pontlarge on 10 August 1995 returning from Far Stanley and bound for Toddington, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. Tom Rolt, the railway and canal preservation pioneer lived a few yards from the location.

20137 Winchcombe 10 August 1995

Thursday 10 August 1995 marked the official entry into traffic of 20137 on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. It is seen here on that first day, leaving Winchcombe with the 16:00 Toddington to Far Stanley service.

20137 Hailes 11 August 1995

20137 passes a fine show of Rosebay Willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium) near Hailes on 11 August 1995, whilst working the 13:00 Toddington to Far Stanley freight. This was one of a number of demonstration freights run during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railways Diesel Week. Although very rare in the later days, such as depicted here by the Railfreight livery, short freights headed by a single Class 20 were relatively common in the early days of the class.

20137 Greet Tunnel 11 August 1995

20137 emerges from Greet Tunnel on 11 August 1995 with the 15:00 Toddington to Far Stanley service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. Given the excellent weather and the prospect of photographing a Railfreight red stripe Class 20 on this scenic route, I was surprised at how few photographers there were around.

20137 Toddington 11 November 1995

Still in ex BR condition, 20137 stands in Toddington Yard, on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on the night of 11 November 1995. For those interested in such things, this was taken on a Pentax 6x7, on Fujichrome 100, with an exposure of 2 minutes at f8.

20137 Hailes 9 November 1996

Prior to its repainting into green livery, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's 20137 (D8137) was used during the line's 1996 Autumn Diesel Gala in red undercoat. It makes a striking and very unusual sight as it heads down the long straight from Hailes on 9 November 1996 with the 10:50 Toddington to Far Stanley service.

20137 Greet Tunnel 9 November 1996

20137 emerges from Greet Tunnel on 9 November 1996 with the 12:05 Far Stanley to Toddington service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. It was halfway through its transformation from Railfreight liveried 20137 to green liveried D8137, and worked the gala trains in this striking red undercoat. As I have numerous pictures of it in both its Railfreight guise, and even more in its subsequent green colour scheme, this striking 'livery' makes an interesting comparison.

20137 Hailes 9 November 1996

The red oxide primer of 20137 (D8137) catches the afternoon sun at Hailes on 9 November 1996, as the loco passes underneath the roadbridge with the 14:10 Toddington to Far Stanley service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala.

D8137 Gotherington 4 October 1997

D8137 approaches Gotherington on 4 October 1997 with the 16:15 service from Toddington. The loco is in sparkling ex-works condition, after a recent repaint into original BR green. It had previously operated trains on the line in the as acquired from BR railfreight livery, and even red oxide primer!

D8137 Hailes 4 November 2006

D8137 is pictured halfway between Hailes and Winchcombe on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 4 November 2006 with the 11:30 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service. This was during the line's Autumn Diesel Gala, which saw an intensive service on this section of line, as in between the Cheltenham trains such as this, there were additional local passenger and freight trains running as far as Winchcombe.

D8137 Toddington 4 November 2006

D8137 is pictured just to the north of Toddington station, on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 4 November 2006. During the line's Diesel Gala freight trains were worked between Toddington and Winchcombe, and due to capacity problems resulting from the intensive train service, these trains started from the newly laid extension towards Stanway Viaduct. D8137 is moving off with the 13:12 freight to Winchcombe, which was brought in earlier from Winchcombe by 37324 which can be seen in the background. The 15 arch Stanway Viaduct is just around the corner behind the 37.

D8137 Toddington 4 November 2006

Token exchange at Toddington, as D8137 arrives with the 13:25 freight train from Winchcombe on 4 November 2006, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. Obviously the 1V60 headcode is not appropriate to this train, which should really be a 6 or 7 headcode. Nevertheless, a picture of a Class 20 working bonnet first is always welcome.

D8137 Bishops Cleeve 4 November 2006

In glorious late afternoon autumn light, D8137 passes Bishops Cleeve with the 15:00 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service on 4 November 2006, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. An effort had to be made to take some pictures on the southern end of the line, even though only a third of the trains went beyond Winchcombe during the gala!

D8137 Cheltenham Racecourse 4 November 2006

A superb glint effect and a perfect end to an excellent day's photography on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway during the Diesel Gala on 4 November 2006. D8137 accelerates away from Cheltenham Racecourse with the 15:50 service to Toddington., with buildings of the racecourse prominent in the background. Despite the use of a deep lens hood, it was necessary to take this picture one-handed, with the other hand used as an additional shade to stop the setting sun reaching the lens.

D8137 Didbrook 5 November 2006

An excellent choice of location to photograph the 10:52 Toddington to Winchcombe freight on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway during the Diesel Gala on 5 November 2006. D8137 and its short train just fit in the gap between the bushes at Didbrook, with Toddington's home signal visible in the background. Recent vegetation clearance means that this view is simply taken from the side of the road.

D8137 Greet 5 November 2006

D8137 approaches Greet with the 11:52 Toddington to Winchcombe service on 5 November 2006, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. The train is just approaching the so-called 'Chicken Curve', which marks the end of the long straight from Hailes.

D8137 Hailes 1 April 2007

D8137 passes Hailes with the 13:12 Toddington to Winchcombe freight on 1 April 2007, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. Recalling the early 1960s pick up freight era, with a motley collection of wagons behind a single Class 20 running bonnet first. A perfect recreation, apart from a very slightly inappropriate headcode!

D8137 Greet 6 April 2008

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Spring Diesel Gala on 6 April 2008 was greeting by some unseasonable snow. Most had melted by midday, but there is still a little at Greet, as D8137 accelerates away from Winchcombe with the 11:15 Cheltenham Racecourse to Toddington service.

D8137 Greet Tunnel 5 April 2009

D8137 has just emerged from Greet Tunnel on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway whilst working the 10:45 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service on 5 April 2009, during the line's Diesel Gala. Note the large clumps of mistletoe growing in the tree directly above the locomotive's bonnet.

D8137 Greet 5 April 2009

At least one passenger on board the 11:50 Cheltenham Racecourse to Toddington train wonders what on earth I am doing lying down in the grass near 'Chicken Curve' at Greet on 5 April 2009. The answer is to get a sufficiently low angle to frame D8137 with the overhanging branches of the tree. D8137 was the only non rail blue loco taking part in the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala.

D8137 & 20154 Dixton 10 July 2009

With a spectacular carpet of Rosebay Willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium) in the foreground, D8137 & 20154 pass Dixton on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with the 12:50 Cheltenham Racecourse to Winchcombe service on 10 July 2009, during the line's Diesel Gala. The Winchcombe to Toddington section of the line had been given over to shunter hauled services for the day.

D8137 Dixton 11 July 2010

D8137 ambles through the cutting at Dixton, on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, having just passed the yet to be commissioned Gotherington down distant signal. It is working the 13:30 Toddington to Gotherington service on 11 July 2010, during the line's Diesel Gala. Because of a landslip just the other side of Gotherington station, all trains were being working in top'n'tail mode, and 37248 can just be seen on the rear of the train.

D8137 Hailes 2 October 2010

D8137 passes Hailes on 2 October 2010 with the 11:10 Toddington Distant Signal to Gotherington service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. The Class 20 had taken over from 37248, which had worked the train for the first ¾ mile across Stanway Viaduct and into Toddington station.

D8137 Southam 9 July 2011

D8137 passes Southam with the 10:00 Winchcombe to Cheltenham Racecourse service on 9 July 2011, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. The wooded slopes of the Cotswold Hills form the backdrop to this picture.

D8137 Southam 9 July 2011

A conveniently placed patch of Rosebay Willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium) brightens up the dull day at Southam on 9 July 2011, as D8137 passes by with the 10:35 Cheltenham Racecourse to Winchcombe service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. Cheltenham Racecourse station is hidden by the trees directly above the first coach.

D8137 Winchcombe 9 July 2011

D8137 leaves a rain soaked Winchcombe station on 9 July 2011 with the 15:00 service to Cheltenham Racecourse, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. A moderate wideangle was used in order to include the Great Western lower quadrant signal in the foreground.

D8137 Stanton 26 July 2013

D8137 passes Stanton on 26 July 2013 with the delayed 2C61 11:24 Laverton to Cheltenham Racecourse service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. The late running was caused by the earlier failure of 45149, which had to be rescued by E6036. The light blue apparition on the rear of the train is 45149, easily visible from a distance in undercoat!

D8137 Southam 25 July 2015

With a car boot sale in full swing in the field on he left, D8137 passes Cheltenham's fixed distant signal near Southam, as it works the 2C55 10:00 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service on 25 July 2015, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala.

D8137 Southam 31 July 2016

In early 2016 the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's resident Class 20, D8137, acquired full yellow ends, although the rest of the loco was not repainted. On 31 July 2016, during the line's Diesel Gala, it worked the 2C57 10:50 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service, seen here passing Southam.

D8137 Southam 31 July 2016

D8137 passes Southam on 31 July 2016 with the 2T62 12:40 Cheltenham Racecourse to Toddington service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. Note the contrast between the freshly painted full yellow end, and the loco's rather faded green livery.

D8137 Hailes 8 October 2016

D8137 passes the site of the soon to be reinstated Hailes Abbey Halt on 8 October 2016, as it works the 2C59 11:45 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. The original Hailes Abbey Halt was opened on 24 September 1928 by the Great Western Railway, who spelt it 'Hayles Abbey Halt'. It was for the use of visitors to the nearby ruins of the Cistercian Hailes Abbey, although it did involve a fair walk! It was closed in 1960, and by the time the line closed in the mid 1970s, there was nothing remaining.

D8137 & D8098 Southam 28 July 2017

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's resident D8137 and visiting D8098 pass Southam on 28 July 2017 with the 2B54 10:20 Cheltenham Racecourse to Buckland service, during the line's Diesel Gala. Cheltenham Racecourse station is just behind the trees in the background.

20138 & 20066 Bromsgrove 2 May 1993

20138 & 20066 pass Bromsgrove on 2 May 1993 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z21 09:50 Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill 'Severn Slaps' railtour. The stock unusually consists of a couple of Tyseley's hybrid Class 115/116 DMU sets, T404 (51853, 59735, 59604 & 53919) & T412 (51860, 59591, 59446 & 53116). The oil depot in the background has since been demolished.

20140 & 20154 Church Leigh 12 August 1989

20140 & 20154 pass Church Leigh on 12 August 1989 with the 2P86 12:49 Crewe to Derby service. The shortage of Class 150 DMUs led to the unexpected, but very welcome, substitution of these pairs of Class 20s. 20140 has not received the orange stripe that was being applied to most locos around this time, as a warning about the possible presence of overhead live wires.

20142 Berwyn 20 May 1995

20142 was in use during the Llangollen Railway's Diesel Gala on 20 May 1995. It is seen here pulling away from Berwyn station with the 12:00 Llangollen to Glyndyfrdwy service, with the River Dee in the background. It would shortly lose its tatty BR blue livery in favour of green, which it retained until recently (with either full yellow ends or small warning panel), until reappearing again in blue.

D8142 Lenham 19 July 2002

Unusual work for a preserved Class 20. D8142 is employed on a Channel Tunnel Rail Link wiring train at Lenham on 19 July 2002. Workers connect up the overhead wires, as I quickly take the picture before the rapidly advancing bank of cloud blocks out the sun. With numerous trains all working on the same section of track, and a lot of them operated by Class 20s, it was certainly worth a visit to the area during the summer of 2002.

20142 & 20189 Shrewley 10 July 2013

20142 & 20189 bring up the rear of the 7X09 15:54 Derby Litchurch Lane to Amersham underground stock move at Shrewley on 10 July 2013. 20314 & 20311 can just be seen on the front, leading the train towards Hatton. This is the delivery run of yet another train of S Stock from Bombardier at Derby.

20142 & 20132 North Stafford Junction 12 November 2013

20142 & 20132 approach North Stafford Junction on 12 November 2013 with the 7X10 02:27 Amersham to Derby Litchurch Lane underground stock, being retuned to Bombardier for modification. Classmates 20901 & 20107 are on the rear. I had hoped for a bit more autumn colour here, and also a little more sun! It was sunnier earlier on, but as this would have been backlit anyway, perhaps it doesn't matter that much.

20143 & 20130 Madeley Junction 15 August 1988

20143 & 20130 approach Madeley Junction on 15 August 1988 with the 6J65 13:15 Curzon Street to Penyffordd empty cement tanks. Running exactly to time, and with a pair of work stained blue liveried Class 20s on the front. What could be better? Well, full sun rather than just cloudy bright would have been nice!

20143 & 20214 Mostyn 11 August 1991

20143 & 20214 pass Mostyn on 11 August 1991 with a Point of Ayr Colliery to Fiddlers Ferry Power Station MGR. Although 20214 survives in preservation, all the rest is now history. 20143 was cut up in 1993, apparently by mistake, as it too had been acquired for preservation. By 1991 the days of Class 20s on coal traffic were numbered, and in fact Point of Ayr Colliery only survived for a few more years, bringing an end to coal production on North Wales.

20144 & 20128 Great Hale 11 August 1984

With an unofficial headboard provided by the Class 20 Locomotive Society, 20144 & 20128 pass Great Hale on 11 August 1984 with the 1E86 08:16 Leicester to Skegness. In the 1980s the Skegness line was a Mecca for rail enthusiasts on a summer Saturday, with various loco hauled trains converging on the east coast resort. Heckington church can be seen on the right, and the station, complete with disused goods shed can just be seen on the left.

20145 & 20228 Harrowden Junction 21 May 1989

20145 & 20228 pass Harrowden Junction on 21 May 1989 with the 1T14 15:55 St Pancras to Leicester special on 21 May 1989, one of a number of special trains hauled by freight motive power, during the InterCity Diesel Day. With fourteen trains, and ten different locomotives of seven different classes, this is the kind of well organised mega day out that just doesn't happen any more.

20151 & 20059 Hargrave 4 September 1991

20151 & 20059 pass Hargrave in soft autumnal backlighting on 4 September 1991 with the 2D90 16:44 Llandudno to Derby service. This train was diagrammed for a pair of Class 20s during the summer of 1991, and after a day's photography in the midlands, it was definitely worth the effort (and the petrol!) to drive up to the Chester area just for this one picture.

20154 & D8137 Hailes 10 July 2009

The first train of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Summer 2009 Diesel Gala was this recreation of the late 1960s with a pair of headcode box fitted Class 20s in faded green livery. Visiting 20154 & the line's resident D8137 pass Hailes on 10 July with the 09:30 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service. This was the only through working of the day, before the line was effectively divided into two with shunters operating between Toddington and Winchcombe and mainline locos between Winchcombe and Cheltenham.

20166 Dreason (Charlie's Gate) 26 September 1993

Still sporting its RFS Channel Tunnel livery and number (2015), 20166 passes Dreason (Charlie's Gate) on 26 September 1993 with the 15:55 Bodmin General to Bodmin Parkway service during the Bodmin & Wenford Railway's Diesel Gala. Neither cow seems particularly bothered by the white apparition, or the English Electric noise!

20166 Dreason (Charlie's Gate) 23 September 1995

20166 River Fowey passes Dreason (Charlie's Gate) on 23 September 1995 with the 16:30 Bodmin Parkway to Bodmin General service during the Bodmin & Wenford Railway's Diesel Gala. A very appropriately named loco, as it had just crossed over the River Fowey, shortly after leaving Bodmin Parkway.

20167 & 20153 Bearley 14 August 1983

20167 & 20153 approach Bearley on a blisteringly hot 14 August 1983 with the D.A.A. Railtour Society's 1T06 09:20 Euston to Butterley 'Butterley Bulldog' railtour. This was before my railtour chasing days, so I don't have any pictures of the other array of motive power that was used on the train throughout the day, including another pair of 20s, a pair of 37s, and two different pairs of Class 31s. That doesn't include the preserved traction that was used on the Midland Railway Centre line!

20168 & 20059 Leven Viaduct 25 April 1992

20168 & 20059 cross Leven Viaduct on 25 April 1992 with the 2C47 12:48 Manchester Victoria to Barrow-in-Furness, one of a number of services upgraded from DMU to loco hauled workings for the day by Regional Railways to tie in with a series of mini railtours run in the area by Pathfinder Tours.

20168 & 20059 High Marnham 27 June 1992

20168 & 20059 leave High Marnham Power Station on 27 June 1992 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z28 'Dukeries Collier' railtour. The tour, which had started from St Pancras, also visited a number of collieries in the Worksop area. Note the fan of largely disused, and partly lifted sidings in the background.

20172 & 20077 Chinley 19 June 1984

20172 & 20077 pass through Chinley station on 19 June 1984 with the 6H44 11:05 Oakleigh to Tunstead ICI stone empties. Class 20s had just taken over these duties from Class 25s and 40s. Despite the recent track rationalisation, the now isolated platform on the right was still intact in 1984, complete with operational lighting. 

20173 & 20189 Kingsbury 31 May 1989

20173 & 20189 pass Kingsbury on 31 May 1989 with the 8G15 Toton to Bescot departmental working. Note the variety of wagons, both vintage and relatively modern, and the inclusion of three brake vans. Also of note is 20173's non-standard livery. It is still in BR blue (yes, it really is under all that grime!), but with the addition of a red solebar and a number just above the coupling.

20175 & 20010 Madeley Junction 15 August 1988

20175 & 20010 slowly approach Madeley Junction on 15 August 1988 with the 7G56 14:28 Trentham Junction to Ironbridge Power Station MGR coal. The train would diverge from the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury line just a few yards further on. Even as late as 1988, the majority of trains to Ironbridge were worked by pairs of 20s.

20178 & 20195 Thrupp 25 April 1986

20178 & 20195 head away from the camera, and into the fog at Thrupp on 25 April 1986. As the most likely train to bring Class 20s to the Oxford area in the mid 1980s was the 6V19 06:32 Bescot to Didcot Speedlink, this is presumably the locos off that train going back to the Midlands, as there was presumably no traffic available on this particular day.

20178, 31280, 45106, 31126 & 47014 Tinsley 11 August 1990

Condemned 20178 heads up a line of similarly knackered locos at Tinsley on 11 August 1990. It had been withdrawn the previous year, but would languish at various locations before finally being cut up at MC Metals, Springburn in April 1992. Behind it are: 31280, 45106 (clearly showing the fire damage that led to its withdrawal), 31126 & 47014.

20184 & 20115 Cheltenham 21 August 1985

20184 & 20115 approach Cheltenham from the south on 21 August 1985 with an interesting engineer's train, comprising redundant vans (some minus doors) and a rake of ballast wagons. The wooden bodied vans and the inclusion of a blue and grey former passenger coach certainly make this stand out. In addition, Class 20 were certainly not common at Cheltenham by the mid 1980s.

D8188 Kidderminster 4 October 2012

D8188 leaves Kidderminster on 4 October 2012 with the 10:45 service to Bewdley, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. Water appears to have been collecting in the tarpaulins on the wagons in the foreground for so long, that rushes have started to grow!

D8188 Foley Park Tunnel 4 October 2012

D8188 approaches Foley Park Tunnel on 4 October 2012 with the late running 11:57 Bewdley to Kidderminster service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Autumn Diesel Gala. The black livery is the former Waterman Railways colour scheme.

D8188 & D8059 Bewdley 19 May 2016

The bright yellow of the gorse flowers in the foreground make an ideal contrast to the dark green livery of immaculately turned out D8188 & D8059, as they accelerate away from Bewdley on 19 May 2016 with the 16:06 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. The 'Jolly Fisherman' headboard brings back memories of the famous Class 20 hauled trains to Skegness, that operated on summer Saturdays in the 1980s.

20189 Leeming Bar 5 September 2004

20189 stands at Leeming Bar station on 5 September 2004, attached to a rake of Wensleydale Railway branded ballast hoppers. Obviously this remote area of Yorkshire is on a busy flight path, judging by the number of vapour tails in the sky! 20189 is a well travelled locomotive, having visited several preserved lines as well as seeing use on the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and frequent use on London Transport specials.

20189 Rickmansworth 14 September 2008

20189 approaches Rickmansworth with the 11:58 Amersham to Harrow special train during the London Transport Museum's Heritage Day on 14 September 2008. Hidden out of view on the rear of the train is Metropolitan Railway electric loco 'Sarah Siddons'. Even at this head on angle the bizarre teak effect livery of the coaching stock is plainly visible.

20189 Amersham 14 September 2008

20189 accelerates away from Amersham station with the 13:58 special train to Watford, during the London Transport Museum's Heritage Day on 14 September 2008. Tucked out of view on the rear of the train is the former Metropolitan Railway electric locomotive Sarah Siddons. Two trains of Metropolitan Line A60 stock can be seen in the station in the background.

20189 & 20227 Radley 19 April 2013

20189 & 20227 pass through Radley station on the very gloomy evening of 19 April 2013 with the 0Z20 12:27 Butterley to West Ruislip light engine move. I have included this going away shot, as it shows the livery variation between the two recently painted locos. 20189 (L189) is wearing the older more restrained London Transport red, whilst 20227 sports the more modern colour scheme.

20191 Buxton 19 June 1984

I have never bothered much with depot photography, but here is the exception that proves the rule. The sight of 20191 parked bonnet first with nothing else in the way obstructing the view was too good to miss at Buxton depot on 19 June 1984. Withdrawn three years later, 20191 was cut up at Vic Berry's, Leicester.

20196 & 20105 Beeston 11 September 1990

20196 & 20105 pass Beeston on 11 September 1990 with a northbound loaded MGR. Although a regular sight in the area for many years on such duties, by the 1990s Type 5 freight locos were beginning to take over from these vintage English Electric machines. Therefore I was lucky to get another Class 20 hauled train at this spot within a quarter of an hour.

20197 & 20082 Bickershaw Colliery 12 March 1990

20197 & 20082 move slowly through the coal loader at Bickershaw Colliery on 12 March 1990 as their train is loaded with yet another trainload of coal for Fiddlers Ferry Power Station. As no run round facilities existed at Bickershaw, this train required another pair of 20s (20071 & 20063) at the other end of the train to bring the empties in. They are just out of sight in the background. Surprisingly these regular workings of four Class 20s on one train caused little excitement at the time. The same could not be said if it happened today! Bickershaw Colliery closed in 1992.

20197 & 20073 Moira West Junction 26 June 1991

20197 & 20073 slowly traverse the undulating track at Moira West Junction on 26 June 1991 with eastbound MGR empties. Unfortunately by the time I got around to visiting this location, Class 20s had given way to more modern motive power on most trains, and I was lucky to get this. Years of coal mining in the area has resulted in the track subsidence seen here. 

20205 & 20142 Bewdley 19 May 2016

20205 & 20142 approach Bewdley on 19 May 2016 with the 16:11 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. Note the non-standard grey roof on 20142. Both these locos are mainline registered.

20206 Dereham 14 December 1997

20206 passes the derelict Great Eastern Railway crossing keeper's cottage as it leaves Dereham on 14 December 1997 with the 11:00 Dereham to Yaxham Mid Norfolk Railway Santa Special. Photo taken from the conveniently placed A47 Dereham bypass bridge.

20210 & 20169 Chalford 4 August 1991

I suppose the novelty of wrong line working adds to the interest, but it certainly hasn't helped the photographic composition! 20210 & 20169 climb Sapperton Bank at Chalford on 4 August 1991 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z62 12:45 Gloucester to Kemble mini railtour, run in connection with the Gloucester Rail Day.

20210 & 20169 Stroud 4 August 1991

20210 & 20169 bring up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z62 13:20 Kemble to Gloucester mini railtour, as it passes through Stroud station on 4 August 1991. 60063 James Murray is already out of sight around the corner. This was one of a number of specials run in connection with the Gloucester Rail Day.

20214 & 20094 Clay Cross 9 April 1992

In soft evening light on 9 April 1992, 20214 & 20094 slowly come off the Derby line at Clay Cross with six loaded POA scrap wagons bound for Aldwarke. Class 20s were rapidly being replaced by more modern motive power (Class 60s) at this time, and indeed neither of these locos would see out the year, although at least 20214 did see railtour use a few months later.

20214 & 20121 Gilberdyke 19 July 1992

20214 & 20121 come off the Goole line at Gilberdyke on 19 July 1992 with the Pathfinder Tours 05:25 Swindon to Scarborough 'Two Roses Voyager' railtour. Obviously with a name like that it was not going to be a direct route, and although the outward run to the Yorkshire coast was fairly conventional, the return leg did of course involve a trip across the Pennines into Lancashire. The 20s were of course the highlight of the day, but 47823 was employed on the more mundane part of the journey to and from Sheffield.

20215 & 20142 Whitwell 1 September 1991

20215 & 20142 pass between the signal box and goods shed on the site of Whitwell station, whilst working the 2G91 12:46 Worksop to Chesterfield special on 1 September 1991. This was one of a number of special trains run in connection with the Worksop Open Day. The train would reverse a short distance up the line at Elmton & Creswell Junction, with 60069 (just visible on the rear) taking over to Chesterfield. Both the signal box and goods shed are long gone, but on the plus side, Whitwell station has reopened since this picture was taken.

20227 & 20188 Frampton Mansell 17 September 1989

At least one other photographer records 20227 & 20188, as they cross Frampton Mansell viaduct in failing light on 17 September 1989 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z21 16:55 Gloucester to Swindon railtour on 17 September 1989. This was one of a number of mini railtours run in connection with the Gloucester Rail Day.

20227 & 31162 Butterley 23 July 1994

20227 Traction & 31162 pull away from Butterley station on 23 July 1994 with the 13:20 departure for Riddings, during the Midland Railway Centre's Diesel Gala. 20227 had been named Traction earlier in the month, in connection with the launch of Traction Magazine.

20227 & 20142 Rearsby 28 March 2012

In glorious spring sunshine on 28 March 2012, 20227 & 20142 pass Rearsby with the 7X09 11:42 Old Dalby to Amersham underground stock move, comprising brand new S Stock units 21068 & 21067. 20905 & 20901 can be seen bringing up the rear. With not a cloud in the sky, and the train definitely running, it would seem that nothing could go wrong. However, just as the train came into view, a large piece of bright yellow farm machinery in the field behind the line decided to move into shot. Luckily it was travelling marginally faster than the train, and has just exited to the left!

20227 & 20142 Bagworth 28 March 2012

With Bardon Quarry visible on the horizon, 20227 & 20142 bring up the rear of the 7X09 11:42 Old Dalby to Amersham underground stock move on 28 March 2012, comprising brand new S Stock units 21068 & 21067. 20905 & 20901 are the lead locomotives.

20227 & 20189 Radley 19 April 2013

A bizarre spectacle at Radley on 19 April 2013. Fresh from a repaint into two different interpretations of London Underground livery, 20227 & 20189 pass through the station with the 0Z20 12:27 Butterley MRC to West Ruislip light engine move. I very rarely bother to photograph light engines, but the sheer novelty of the livery, and the rarity of Class 20s at Radley, made this worthwhile. I was already at Radley to photograph 56303 on the Didcot to Calvert flyash, so it was no hardship to wait a few minutes for this burst of colour.

20227 & 20905 Clay Mills 25 June 2014

A colourful spectacle at Clay Mills on 25 June 2014, as 20227 & 20905 slow down under adverse signals, prior to being be looped whilst working the 7X09 15:55 Derby Adtranz Litchurch Lane to Amersham S Stock underground stock move. More conventionally liveried 20118 & 20312 were bringing up the rear.