Class 20 Locomotive Society: Blog en-us (C) Class 20 Locomotive Society (Class 20 Locomotive Society) Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:08:00 GMT Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:08:00 GMT The End Of the Line According to Wikipedia, Project Ongar was the code name for 'the end of the line' for post war Royal Navy Torpedo development, according to the engineers working on it. The project ran from 1950 until the early 60's, when changes in propulsion from internal combustion to electric made the technology that was being developed redundant, the only thing that lived on was the guidance system.

Nothing liked the ten or more years 'Project Ongar' ran, It's been a three year saga getting one of our loco's to the Epping to Ongar Railway, but finally today D8001 has arrived at the railway after leaving Butterley last Thursday, we are pleased to confirm the loco will be there for the forthcoming diesel gala weekend and remain in regular operation on the railway until next Spring.

See below for link to the working timetable for this weekends gala -




]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society epping ongar railway Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:08:17 GMT
First Trains In New London Transport Livery On Sunday 20227 debuted in its new London Transport red livery at the Midland railway Trust, Butterley, having been recently finished by Boden's in Birmingham. The lined red is similar to the livery carried by 20142 as shown in the photo below, with a few subtle differences, 227 wears London Transport roundels rather than Metropolitan Crests and the number 8 has been added ready for naming later this year. The repaint was planned for the forthcoming LT Mainline Chiltern Line tour, now loosely scheduled for September.

There is still some work to do to paint the bogies, battery boxes etc, essential as the Norfolk sea air last year seems to have encouraged a little surface rust, in addition to the black bogies and undeframe the brake pipework will be highlighted highlighted in white, 

The last week has been spent preparing the loco for operation and being the school Easter holidays the two loco's in London Transport Livery have generated a lot of interest at Butterley. Including one family demanding to see their locomotives to photograph them, when asked what they meant by their loco's the father said he worked for London Underground and had made the journey to Butterley to see them - the loco's were later moved so he could take his pictures, but reminded that they were in fact owned by the CTLS and Michael Owen not London Transport.

Despite rain being forecast the weather held off and it was a busy day at the Midland Railway Centre, with 20227 and recently repainted GWR tank 5619 drawing the crowds and operating throughout the day. 

Thanks to the Midland Railway to allowing 227 to operate and to Lee for his hard work preparing the the engine. Steve and Lester for Bacon Cobs and and helping on the day. April is looking to be a very busy month with the D8001 at the Epping Ongar Diesel Gala next weekend.

Finally my favourite quote of the was from a female photographer I met on the bridge just down the line from Swanwick, she asked if she had missed the steamer going back to Butterley, when i said yes the reply was 'That's good I'm here to see the Twenty'  


]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20227 Midland Railway Trust class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:53:30 GMT
D8001 Ready To Go...South

After a very long day last Thursday all the faults on D8001 were finally resolved, the wiring to the firebell in the cab, a blown fuse on a traction motor blower, compressor and AWS fault all completed. After some fuel pumps tweaks the slightly smokey engine was sorted, all rounded off with an A exam and some final a final set of checks ready for transport to the Epping to Ongar Railway this week.

Thanks to Lee and Chris for their dedication and hard work working through the list of annoying faults.



]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 8001 Midland Railway Trust class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society epping ongar railway Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:12:43 GMT
Quite A Busy weekend...and First Glimpse of 227's Repaint

The repaint of 20227 to London Transport red has just been completed at Boden's, Birmingham and transport has been arranged to return the loco the Midland Railway, Butterley this week for scheduled exams and minor work before returning to North Norfolk Railway for the operating season.  The London Transport and mainline tour to the Chiltern's for 227 and 189 being postponed until later in the year. 

Meanwhile last weekend 20205 and 189 were operating on the Bluebell Railway at their diesel special event, with 50049, 73107, 73119 and resident 09018. The successful gala suffered a number of loco planned cancelling and was marred for us by some traction motor problems on 20205.

We continue to burn the midnight oil - well working until the early evenings, getting D8001 ready for its season at the Epping to Ongar Railway, following last weekends test train running, we continue to work through a number of minor wiring faults, the cab painting and re-pannelling is now pretty much complete a horn valve was replaced, the window screen wipers adjusted and set working again. The loco is due to depart to North Weald next week.  

Finally, thanks to Rob, Chris, Lester, Lee, Steve, Michael and Paul for their efforts over the last couple of months getting the loco's getting the loco's ready for the coming years running.

]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20205 20227 8001 Midland Railway Trust class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Tue, 04 Apr 2017 20:52:22 GMT
D8001 Back in Operation - Finally It's been a long time, but we are pleased to say D8001 is finally back in operation for the first time since September 2013, working a test train at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley on Sunday 26th March, ready for the coming season. We were planning a Mini Gala with so many of the Class at the railway at once with the possibility of 8001 and 20007 running as a pair of Pilot Scheme loco's, but unfortunately it was not to be.

D8001 ran the test train with 20189, with the multiple wiring working fully, we found out both fuel gauges needed to replaced after she ran out of diesel on the second train, but after re-fueling and bleeding started again. The test run revealed a couple of other wiring faults, horn valve sticking and a couple of defective gauges to replace in the coming weeks, ready for the forthcoming season.

Over the past few months we have had to resolve a very long list of faults as a result 60 years of rust and not running for so long. The jobs ranged from resolving a wiring fault to the control desk to the loco start switch, only to have to remove the desk to replace a rusted brake pipe, then replace a a rusted section of air pipe to the horn switch (see photo below). To get to the pipe as it bent around the sub frame we needed to to remove the coupling hook - and on and on. The rusty pipework was a result of the floor under the desk being filled with spray foam, presumably to stop a draft, but creating a perfect moisture trap.  

The floor has now been rust proofed and sealed and where water was leaking in under the secondmans window was masticed and silcon applied around the whole cab/bonnet gap on both sides to hopefully seal it waterproof it once and for all. 


The cab paneling and floor has been replaced where looking worse for wear, the control desks have been prepared and re-painted and the whole cab repainted in green and cream. We have rebuilt the floor and trim, renewing panels where required.

We found neither speedometer worked, probably due to the conduit being completely full of water, where a running board drain drain discharged above it. The wiring was replaced and one speedo replaced to get them working again.

Numerous interesting wiring faults have been worked through and wiring replaced to get the loco to start properly and the exhausters working correctly.

Thanks to Chris, Lester, Lee, Will, Steve, Dom, Trevor and anyone I've missed for their hard work on 001 over the Winter which is finally starting to pay off. 



]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 8001 Midland Railway Trust class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:37:02 GMT
Own a Piece Of 20227  


Here's your change to get your own piece of 20227, we are selling a coffee table skillfully made from the cylinder liner and piston from cylinder B4 which was replaced during the loco's last D Exam. The table was loving engineered and created by our Lee Baines, it is one of a very limited production run and the only one with a cut away piston complete with gudgeon pin and con rod, so is a representation of how it was when removed.

The table is both a work of art and a piece of English Electric history, a genuine one off exclusive which and has taken in excess of 40 hours work to create. Its being offered for £800 and is offered with a chance of a cab ride in one of our locomotives, if you would like further details or are interested do not hesitate to contact us.       



]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20227 class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:08:30 GMT
The End Of The Line - That's The Central Line !!!

Following last years successful visit of 20142 to the Epping to Ongar Railway, we are pleased to announce that D8001 has been invited to visit the railway for the 2017 Season. Details are yet to be finalised, but it is planned for D8001 to arrive in time for the Spring Diesel gala on the 22nd and 23rd April and remain to take part in other events through to next year.

In the meantime we've been working through some issues including replacing some rusting air pipework under the drivers desk, replacing cab panelling, painting the cab desks and fitting new aluminium strips throughout the cab, ready for a repaint next month. Thanks to Lester, Trev, Will and Steve for their hard work despite sub-zero temperatures and snow flurries. We will be trying to organise some proving trains at Butterley in the next couple of months, watch this space. 


A visit to the EOR for D8001 has been discussed for the last few years, so it will be excellent for it to finally happen and will bring the pilot scheme loco within 15 miles of Devons road Depot where it was first based 60 years ago.



]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 8001 class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society epping ongar railway Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:33:47 GMT
Repaint Planned Finally Underway For 20227 After being announced a year ago the repaint of 20227 is finally about to start. The London Transport Large Roundel red and white livery has been carried by the loco since 2013 when it was repainted for 'Steam on the Met' was to be replaced by Rail Blue last year for its duties at the North Norfolk, but with its appearance planned for the forthcoming London transport Tour planned for 30th April - Date to be confirmed, something different will now take place.

The loco started its journey by road to Bodens for delivery tomorrow, to have its slightly tired paint replaced with London Transport Lined Red as 20142, see below in readiness for the Tour, there is also speculation of a renaming - but you'll have to wait until the day to see.

More information on the tour, recent events and plans for the year to follow. 

Thanks to Paul Warden for the photo of 20227 when freshly painted.


]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20227 London Transport class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:12:19 GMT
London Underground Tour Class 20 Hauled to Quainton Road

The Class 20 Loco Society as part of the 60th birthday celebrations of the locomotive class are delighted to be working with London Underground on a special train hauled by 20227 and 20142 in September. Using the the newly certified TC set from Wembley Park LU to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton Road.

There are some more details on the Heritage Railways website, see link below -

However we will be able to provide details of the Class 20 tour with information on ticketing etc shortly, along with our other special events and running days planned for the coming year. 







]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20142 20227 London underground class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:26:20 GMT
A Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2017 We wish a Merry Christmas and our Best wishes for the New Year to all our members, associates and friends, thanking you all for your help and support over yet another eventful year.

Highlights this year include 20227 in mainline passenger traffic in Norfolk, after a long wait and plenty of work 8001 has been reunited with its power unit and generator and returned to operation. 

With it being the classes sixtieth anniversary we are looking forward to celebrating 8001's Birthday with some special events, we will let you know our plans for the New Year as they are confirmed. 


]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20205 20227 8001 class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Sat, 24 Dec 2016 14:36:35 GMT
Epping to Ongar Autumn Diesel Gala 2016

Michael Owens loco 20142 was one of the many attractions at the Autumn Diesel Gala at the Epping to Ongar Railway in September, operating its first passenger trains in its stunning and very appropriate London Transport Lined Red Livery. The Three day Gala from the 16th to 18th September featured an amazing variety of locomotives ranging from the 55019 the first Deltic to visit the line to resident shunter 03170.

The society provided assistance and support for 20142 over a very enjoyable and well run event, we are pleased to say we have been invited to return with a 20 next year.







]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20142 class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society epping ongar railway Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:32:28 GMT
Autumn Members Update

Here is our latest and longest members update, covering the work preparing 20227 for its very successful Summer running at the North Norfolk Railway, refitting the power unit and generator in 8001 and four months working through wiring faults and sorting brake valves, the adventures of 20189, 205 and 007 along with the superb designer coffee tables fabricated by Lee from used loco pistons and liners.

I hope its been worth the wait, if you fancy featuring dont forget to contact us and come along to help at the Midland Railway.

]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20205 20227 8001 class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:33:15 GMT
20057 Offered for Sale

Our associate Michael Owen is proposing to offer 20057 for sale in part restored condition, the above photo shows work in progress this Summer, the photo below was taken whilst cab welding was underway at the beginning of the year. The loco currently located at the Midland Railway is offered for sale for offers over £25,000, with possible settlement by installments, but subject to prompt removal from the MRT.

For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact the society and we will forward your correspondence to Michael.

]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20057 class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:15:00 GMT
20142 at Epping Ongar Autumn Diesel Gala Despite featuring some early adverts for the Autumn Gala at the Epping to Ongar Railway featuring D8001, we have reluctantly had to decline due to ongoing rectification of a long list of minor faults following the generator refurbishment and power unit works. However our friend Michael Owen has offered to assist and provide 20142 for the event on the 16th to 18th September which features 55019 and 08683 as visiting locomotives. For more details visit the EOR website or see our events page. 

Its been a frustrating few years, but hopefully the repairs will be completed to D8001 and it will be fully operational for preserved line running next year.

D8059 on the line near North Weald earlier this year.

]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20132 class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society epping ongar railway Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:08:18 GMT
Straight Outta Cromer - 20227 To The Rescue A dozen stranded passengers were saved by 20227 and the North Norfolk Railway when their lunchtime train from Sheringham to Cromer was cancelled, much to their delight they were picked up by the NNR Dining train and traveled in heritage stock hauled by our loco and one of their fleet of steam loco's. 

This is a real success and brilliant publicity for the railway who have been planning and working on agreements to run on local mainlines for some years, further trails are planned to run in August and September which could see trains from the NNR running as far as Norwich.

We are proud to play our part in this event and its even more good publicity for us getting featured in the Eastern Daily Press, mentioning the role played by the diesel loco, see link below -

]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20227 North Norfolk Railway class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society cromer Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:31:53 GMT
North Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala - Diagrams for the weekend

With 20227 running at the North Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala this weekend , please see the diagrams and running times for Saturday and Sunday as following links

We hope you all have a great weekend.

]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20227 North Norfolk Railway class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:07:55 GMT
Brian Lees - The First 35 Years Above - Members of the group pose with 20185 at Tinsley in 1987.

Brian has been was there at day one when we discussed the idea of preserving a class 20 whilst walking from Old Oak Common to Willesden thirty five years ago and has been group treasurer for as long as I can remember. Brian's memories of the group follow -

1.  Sitting on the floor at Ian Collins House putting together the first newsletter.

2. Trying to keep up with CJ's tuned White 1275 GT Mini on a society visit to Toton Depot in a 1000cc Mini and keep the convoy of cars together so no one got lost.

3. Having to pick up the sales stand when the hatchback opened up on the slip road to the A40, spreading the contents all over road after a very long day.

4. The terror trying to overtake a lorry, being on the wrong side of the road on the way to Norwich open day, the car was laden down with four people, plus the content of the sales stand and was far from responsive...

5. Cleaning 20002 at Sheffield Station on the night before our first railtour the Yorkshire Gyrator, it was hard to believe it was really happening.

6. Finding out we were the lucky bidder for 20227, the first preserved Class 20

Finally, its been great to meet plenty of new friends over the years, in fact Brian even met his wife Angela at a barbecue at a members house, its been a great experience. 



]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Sun, 05 Jun 2016 18:08:56 GMT
Another anniversary - But a Pretty Special One

It all started THIRTY FIVE YEARS ago, from the above small section of editorial in 'Railway World' the society started in June 1981. Amazingly from this little bit of publicity we received around 20 letters, met members who have remained with us throughout as active part of the group and even had an offer of a base from a preserved railway.

This was followed up by more editorial in 'Rail Enthusiast' in August, so by the end of the Summer we had a few members and the core of a committee.

Over the next few days we will be remembering some of the highlights and most memorable moments of our long term members.




]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society thirty five years Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Thirty Years Ago Today - The Yorkshire Gyrator It hard to believe but our first railtour the almost legendary 'Yorkshire Gyrator' ran 30 years ago today...

The tour ran from Sheffield to Knottingley where 20002 turned round nose first via the Leeds avoider and Harrogate to York for a lunch break, then back by the East Coast Mainline to Doncaster, Mexborough, Aldwarke and Treeton Junction back to Sheffield. A total of 157 miles was covered in the day, with the train consisting of 20002 and four Mark 2 coaches, of course it was a sell out with a ticket price of only £9. 

Today a five minute trawl of the internet finds the tour remembered as one of the best tour names of all times and one of the shortest (in train length) railtours, I personally will never forget the train pulling in to York Station and the sound under the Trainshed roof, it was amazing something really special. The tour went on the brilliant reviews in the press at the time, with David Maxey in Rail commenting on the furry Class 20 soft toy safety pinned to his shoulder and asking the burning question 'would you let your daughter marry a member of the Class 20 Society, the answer was its probably too early to say, but he would be able to give an opinion after a few more of the tours which followed over the next few years.

It was certainly a day that will be remembered for a long time by everyone that Gyrated around Yorkshire Thirty Years ago today, I'm not sure how many of us can still fit in the Souvenir T'shirts sold on the day !!!


]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20002 The Yorkshire Gyrator class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society yorkshire Tue, 03 May 2016 00:10:00 GMT
Meanwhile Back In Zone 6 Meanwhile back in Zone 6, the Epping to Ongar Railway had their Spring diesel gala on the 23rd and 24th April. Unfortunately we could not provide one of our loco's, but type 1 was provided by D8059 based at the Seven Valley Railway on loan from the Somerset and Dorset Locomotive Company.  

The gala also featured visiting 08 Shunter 13236 to work alongside the railways resident diesel fleet, despite the cold, there was a hail storm on Saturday morning !!! The event was a thoroughly enjoyable and a great success, what could be better ??? 

How about the possibility of a pilot scheme 20, alongside a Deltic and a mainline loco on loan from Old Oak Common, watch this space to see what could come off later this year.

]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) D8059 class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society epping ongar railway Mon, 02 May 2016 08:12:49 GMT