Class 20 Locomotive Society | Brian Lees - The First 35 Years

Brian Lees - The First 35 Years

June 05, 2016  •  1 Comment

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. 




Steve Grantham(non-registered)
That's me 3rd from the left on the bottom row. Still a member now (as far as I know).
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