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D8098

D8098 was built to the original type one design from the 1955 Modernisation Plan. It was built in 1961 by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns, who were by then part of the English Electric group, and thus received two works numbers. It was first allocated to Eastfield shed in Glasgow, where it spent a large portion of it's life. It had moved to Tinsley in Sheffield by the early eighties when it spent several months in store, as did many other engines in the class that were surplus at that time. The engine ended up in the North East, and was withdrawn in June 1991. It was sold to Type One Locomotive Association and arrived on GCR on May 22nd 1992, The first run in preservation was on September 12th 1992, and it entered traffic on November 21st 1992. The engine was repainted in later BR green with yellow ends for diesel gala March 25-27th 1994. The yellow ends were repainted green in 1996 for the Hornby Dublo weekend


Info from Great Central Railway Website

D8098

D8098 was built to the original type one design from the 1955 Modernisation Plan. It was built in 1961 by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns, who were by then part of the English Electric group, and thus received two works numbers. It was first allocated to Eastfield shed in Glasgow, where it spent a large portion of it's life. It had moved to Tinsley in Sheffield by the early eighties when it spent several months in store, as did many other engines in the class that were surplus at that time. The engine ended up in the North East, and was withdrawn in June 1991. It was sold to Type One Locomotive Association and arrived on GCR on May 22nd 1992, The first run in preservation was on September 12th 1992, and it entered traffic on November 21st 1992. The engine was repainted in later BR green with yellow ends for diesel gala March 25-27th 1994. The yellow ends were repainted green in 1996 for the Hornby Dublo weekend


Info from Great Central Railway Website

comments (17)

This is an interesting picture Bill, and very interesting to read about this train. My fianc'e just loved looking at this.
Bill Phillips: I am pleased he liked it. i guess he would love the various preserved railways we have here, many with steam of course.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Dec 2011, 00:41
Ye gawds!

Someone stole its chimney!

And...its wearing slippers instead of workboots!
Bill Phillips: It is in disguise Ray
For some reason we used to call these Class 20s "Choppers" although I cannot now remember why. A good view of this loco though Bill.
Bill Phillips: Perhaps it is best forgotten Les grin
A rugged looking bit of kit, Bill. B/W suits well.
Bill Phillips: Looks unfussy and i understand they were very successful
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Dec 2011, 08:09
These class 20s were a terrifically successful design of locomotive. Before the advent of the classes 56/66 they used to be used in tandem as quite considerable power units. Whether or not they were used on MGR workings is unclear: they may not have been fitted with creep-control
Bill Phillips: I confess to total ignorance apart from the blurb I pasted from the website. They have a solid functional look about them though
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Dec 2011, 08:13
This is a machine! She deserves a name worth her power and energy - and I would like to see this photo in colour, in green- if there were still the " yellow ends", I would call her "Yellowbear", but Yellowbear is male!
Bill Phillips: A lot of engines have male names so you could call her yellowbear Philine and I would be honoured
They'll just never be as interesting as steam, though, will they?
Bill Phillips: They don't have the romance but they have their fans
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 8 Dec 2011, 10:54
Lacks the look of power
Bill Phillips: There was a fair bit of grunt behind that bland exterior i think vintage
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Dec 2011, 11:47
"Diesel do nicely" I expect was said when they were handed over. I like the "eyes" on the buffers.
Bill Phillips: fit for purpose
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 8 Dec 2011, 12:13
This has a strange ugliness and compactness, yet a sort of beauty too, in a strange sort of way. It appears a highly efficient machine. I wonder if the Pig is showing this in colour? I might dart off to take a peek.
Bill Phillips: He is not. It is an example of functional so i suppose if it does what it was supposed to do it is a successful design. No charm like a steam locomotive though!
Functional but rather uninspiring, needed a bit of styling.
Bill Phillips: It is no head turner like a castle or a King smile
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Dec 2011, 12:31
I know not a lot about trains, I know a bit more now with your write up, but it looks really good in B/W Bill smile
Bill Phillips: I know very little about Diesels and not that much about steam really but i like railways
I'm intrigued by what looks like four doors with handles, Bill. Do you know what they really are?
Bill Phillips: They are four doors with handles and i suppose they give access to the mechanical gubbins.
Looks like a reliable sort but I don't know much about them. B/W suits it but I haven't seen the colour version
Bill Phillips: Think very green Janet
Really good workhorses these Class 20's, they usually run in pairs on the big railway.
Bill Phillips: Not pretty though
Sometime, I feel, that colour is the better choice to show yellow or green, and to cheer things up a bit.
But you knew I would say something like that, so I don't think I am upsetting you. sorry if I am.
Bill Phillips: I will happily agree to differ Sheila smile I really love doing b&w and i think I would like to do a book of B&W pictures one day. I will send you a signed copy if I ever get round to doing it grin
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Dec 2011, 22:28
I remember these as a kid - they looked terrifyingly modern - and I had a Hornby version!

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