Class 20 Locomotive Society: Blog en-us (C) Class 20 Locomotive Society (Class 20 Locomotive Society) Sat, 27 May 2017 07:16:00 GMT Sat, 27 May 2017 07:16:00 GMT Bank Holiday Running at Butterley If you are looking for a good day out this Bank Holiday weekend, you will get a warm welcome at the Midland Railway, Butterley with the added bonus of 20227 running on Sunday 28th May and 20142 will be on passenger trains on Monday 29th, giving you a chance to travel behind the loco's in their London Transport Red liveries. Also 20189 and 20205 have both returned to the railway this week.

As an added bonus, it is Butterley Brick week, a festival of Lego. Where over 30 amazing models of people and places will be on display at the railway centre, including a 8 metre long Lego model of the Flying Scotsman and coaches. It will be be great day out for the family, for a small charge there is a Lego workshop where children can build an exclusive locomotive model to take home. 

See the link below for further details -


]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20142 20227 Midland Railway Trust class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Sat, 27 May 2017 07:12:51 GMT
Three To The Sea - Thirty Years On It's hard to believe that our sell out 'Three to The Sea' Railtour was Thirty years ago today. The tour ran from Sheffield to Brighton, hauled by 20030, 064 and 118 and 09005 for the final push from Preston Park to Brighton. The enthusiasm of the staff at Tinsley resulted in three immaculate loco's as a tribute to 30 years of Class 20's, two specially repainted green and all named after the rivers local to Sheffield, so it was River Rother, River Sheaf and River Don, all three performed faultlessly on the day.   

I'll never forget passing through the centre road at Leamington Spa on the return trip with 3000bhp hauling the train at a timed 87 miles per hour, the mighty Mel Thorley celebrating his 40th Birthday wearing a white boiler suit throughout the day and stopping for a pint the night before the tour at a now closed pub called the 'Cossack' near Sheffield Station, we didn't stay long - its not that the pub was Gay, but the regulars were...

Follow the links below for the for a scanned copy of the original article from our '20-20 Vision' magazine -

Three To The Sea Part 1

Three To The Sea Part 2

Three To The Sea Part 3

Apologies, for the article being spread over three documents, I had problems with my PDF writer... I hope its worth the effort to read, at least we knew what we were writing about, unlike the the 'Brighton Evening Argus' who went to the wrong person for their quote, see below. 

]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) Three To The Sea class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Tue, 02 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Loadbank Testing 20227 20227 was loadbank tested last Friday to smooth out the all or nothing power application which had been getting progressively worse and unpredictable. The loco was connected to our load-bank and set up to bypass the slow speed control, the load regulator reset with non slow speed circuit boards and the governor switches reset.

The wiring has been left so slow speed can be reinstated in future if required, but as the loco now runs perfectly with smooth progressive power delivery it will be unlikely we will be fiddling with it anytime soon. 

Thanks to Lee and Tim for their hard work resolving this issue once and for all


]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 20227 Midland Railway Trust class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:26:19 GMT
The Ups and Downs Of The Epping to Ongar Spring Diesel Gala Finally, D8001 has worked its first gala at the Epping to Ongar Railway last weekend, but the weekend was not without its ups and downs. Anyone who visits the line will be surprised and pleased that the only place thats level on the line is the yard and platform at North Weald, the climb away from the stop at Epping Forest provides an incredible hill start. For me the highlight of the weekend was the train early on Saturday evening with D8001 leading, hauling three packed coaches with the visiting class 33 and 37 at the rear banking. A memorable sight and sound, the photo below hopefully gives a good indication of how hard the loco was working. 

Having only worked a couple of test trains at Butterley since last running at the Nene Valley Gala some four years ago, there were some inevitable teething troubles, which gave an opportunity for 03170 to work one of our turns, whilst the voltage regulator which was causing problems was adjusted and corrected.

The railway operated an intensive service to get the most out of the locomotives over the weekend, including D8001 running until 9.30pm on Saturday night. All in all it was an excellent well run gala, we cant wait to see what they have got lined up for the September Gala, there are rumours there may be a visiting 50, watch this space.  


]]> (Class 20 Locomotive Society) 8001 class 20 class 20 Locomotive Society class 20 loco society epping ongar railway Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:46:09 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 LT 8. 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