20031

20031 at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway - Ted Osmotherly20031, originally numbered D8031, is a Type 1 diesel electric locomotive and a member of the only successful class of Type 1 locomotive built for British Railways.

It was built to the design of English Electric by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn in 1960 and is powered by an English Electric eight cylinder diesel engine 8SVT of 1000hp. It was withdrawn in September 1990 and was immediately preserved at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. It is believed that its visit to the GCR for the Diesel Gala of 7th and 8th September, 2013 is the first time it has left the KWVR.

The Class 20s were first introduced in 1957 for light trip working and building continued until 1968 but as this type of traffic disappeared from the railways in the 1960s they were mainly used nose to nose in pairs on coal workings in the Midlands although they could be seen all over the BR network. Some were based in the Scottish and Eastern Regions.

A total of 228 were built and some are still in service on the national network.

20031 is seen on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway photographed by Ted Osmotherley.

20031 arrived on the GCR on 4th September, 2013 and left on the 16th.

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