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Class 20 Gallery

Images of Class 20 Locomotives taken in the Taunton Area

10th June 2017
The first two days of the West Somerset Railway Diesel Gala weekend have gone without a hitch.The event attracted lots of visitors to the line and the Ale Trail (at Bishops Lydeard, Stogumber and Minehead) seemed popular and busy. On Saturday 10th June 2017 BR Green Class 20's No.D8188 (20188) and No.D8059 (20059) at pictured at Bishops Lydeard ready to depart with the 16:55 to Minehead. The pair have been experiencing problems with dual power throughout the weekend but continue to operate and keep to time on their diagrams, and seemed well received by gala visitors.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


7th June 2017
As the 2017 West Somerset Railway Diesel Gala weekend approached on the 7th June 2017 the final set of locomotives was delivered to Bishops Lydeard from Kidderminster by GBRf. GB hired a pair of Class 50's from The Fifty Fund to move the BR GReen Class 20's to the railway. No. 50049 'Defiance' 'Defiance' and No. 50007 'Hercules' 'Hercules' transported Class 20's No.D8188 & D8059 as the 0Z50 08:49 from Kidderminster. The Class 50's remained on the WSR during the weekend but were not used in the event, as their appearance was too late to change the WSR timetables and there were no trained crews available to drive them over the weekend.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


24th April 2017
Having visited the edge of Dartmoor the BR Blue Class 20 pairing returned north through Taunton hauling Class 45/0 No. 45060 'Sherwood Forester', Class 47/8 No.47828 and Class 33 No.33035. The three trailing locomotives had been on the Dartmoor Railway since before Christmas 2016 when they were operating Polar Express services on the line. Class 20 No.20169 leads the 0Z47 14:00 Okehampton to St Philips Marsh through Norton Fitzwarren on the 24th April 2017.
(Photo: Chay Farzenah)


24th April 2017
You would probably be correct in thinking anyone wanting to put money on a pair of BR Blue Class 20's passing Taunton during April 2017 could be classed as mad, but where the UK railway scene is concerned then it's probably a fair bet. Monday 24th April 2017 provided the incredible sight of BR Blue Class 20's No.20205 & No.20189 working light engine through Taunton. The 0Z20 09:20 Kidderminster - Okehamtpon operated in order to collect three locomotives from the Dartmoor Railway. The pair are seen passing 40 Steps, Taunton on route south.
(Photo: Chay Farzenah)


24th April 2017
The ensemble of former British Rail 'classics' heads north through Norton Fitzwarren on the 24th April 2017 working the 0Z47 14:00 Okehampton to Kidderminster convoy, with just 47828 slightly out of sync still wearing it's former DRS Blue. The Class 47 was booked to attend the Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala on the 17th-20th May where it was repainted int Intercity Swallow livery in time for the event.
(Photo: Chay Farzenah)


8th July 1984
BR Blue Class 20's No.20169 and No.20184 pass under the impressive signal gantry at 40 Steps, Taunton on the 8th July 1984 operating the 1Z38 05:05 Bristol Temple Meads - Bere Alston charter. The pair power The Devonshire Dart south with the majority of the passengers on board enjoying the noise. The charter was operated by F&W Railtours and visited Bere Alston, Plymouth Friary and Meldon Quarry.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


8th July 1984
BR Blue Class 20's No.20184 and No.20169 on the 8th July 1984 taking a rare diversion while returning The Devonshire Dart to Bristol Temple Meads. The 1Z38 13:45 Bere Alston - Bristol Temple Meads rolls onto the Taunton 'avoider' at 40 Steps to pass through to Taunton East Junction. The Class 20's worked the train through to Birmingham New Street before Class 37's No.37176 and No.37206 returned the train to Bristol Temple Meads.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


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