Class 20 D8098 was built by English Electric/RobertStephenson & Hawthorns Ltd, Darlington in 1961, works No. 3003/8255. It was built in the pattern of the locomotives allocated to Scotland, with larger cab side windows and a cab recess for the automatic token catching equipment.

D8098 was first allocated to 65A, Eastfield, Glasgow and received its TOPS number 20 098 in May, 1974

It was stored unserviceable in December, 1982 but a reprieve sent it to Crewe for a last overhaul, emerging from there in August, 1983. During this overhaul its cab recess for the token equipment was removed.

D8098’s last depot was Thornaby (TE) and it was finally withdrawn in June, 1991 with a seized turbocharger.

The Type One Locomotive Company purchased the locomotive for £5250 plus VAT, and after a visit to MC Metals in Glasgow for removal of asbestos, it arrive on the GCR on 22nd May, 1992. After replacement of both turbochargers it returned to traffic 21st Nov 1992.

It was repainted into BR Green with full yellow ends over the winter of 1993 and appeared for the first time in this livery for the May Gala in 1994.

The locomotive has been a workhorse for the GCR working passenger trains, Permanent Way work and shunting. It was the first locomotive to travel from Rothley to Loughborough on the newly laid second track. It assisted the testing of the first batch of DRS Class 20s on the GCR in 1995.

It has assisted in many films, the first being She’s Out. It has appeared both in front of the camera and as a platform for the camera to shoot another train.

When she first arrived she was facing north, later to be turned using an Alleleys lorry, so that a bogie swap could be undertaken. She has been turned back to face north being one of the first locomotives turned on the new turntable at Quorn & Woodhouse. With this facility turning the locomotive is a lot cheaper and easier.

A power unit lift for overhaul should see the locomotive continue in service for a considerable length of time.

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