BR Class 20 D8188

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 20 D8188
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D8188 near Eardington
Built By English Electric Vulcan Foundry Works, Newton-le-Willows
Configuration Bo-Bo
Power type Diesel Electric
Status Operational
Loco Number D8188
Other Numbers 20188
Built 1967
Designed By English Electric
Type Class 20
2007 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
2016 Refurbished at Washwood Heath
2017 Left the SVRSevern Valley Railway
Length 46ft 9¼"
Weight 73t

Diesel Locomotives

D8188 is a BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 20 Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotive, otherwise known as an English Electric Type 1The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of up to 1000 bhp. A brief description and history of the class can be found on the 20048 page.

D8188 in service

D8188 was built by the English Electric Company’s Vulcan Foundry as Works No 3669 of 1966. It was allocated to Nottingham Division, entering service in January 1967 and remaining there until withdrawal from service in January 1990. The locomotive was renumbered to 20188 on 1 January 1973 under TOPSTotal Operations Processing System, an American computer system adopted by BR from the late 1960s to number and manage rolling stock..[1]

D8188 in preservation

Some of the early history of the locomotive in preservation can be seen in photographs on the Preserved Diesels website. 20188 was fitted with mock armour for an appearance as a Russian locomotive in the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye, filmed on the Nene Valley Railway (Link). In August 1995 the locomotive was owned by Waterman Railways and photographed at Crewe (Link).

The locomotive's present owner, the Somerset & Dorset Locomotive Company, was incorporated in 2000. Photographs after this date show the locomotive at the Mid Hants Railway (2001-2002) and the Swanage Railway (2003-2007).

The locomotive was lent to the SVRSevern Valley Railway to assist with rebuilding following the storm damage, arriving 29 July 2007.[2] The locomotive saw frequent use in the following months.[3] In winter 2008/09 an agreement was reached for the locomotive to become a permanent member of the SVRSevern Valley Railway fleet.[4] Following a period of maintenance at Washwood Heath in 2015, D8188 returned the SVRSevern Valley Railway in February 2016.[5]

In 2017 the locomotive toured several heritage railways. In June 2017 the locomotive was described as "operational, although no longer used by the SVRSevern Valley Railway" and in September 2017 the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway announced it had joined their fleet.[6] Following a period at the Spa Valley Railway, D8188 moved to the Mid-Hants Railway in August 2021 to join sister locomotive D8059[7].


See also

Former Residents
SVR-based diesel locomotives visiting other events
Classes of locomotives used on the Severn Valley Branch in commercial service


  1. BRDatabase website
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 166
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 161
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 164
  5. SVR "Meet The Loco" web page
  6. SVR "Meet The Loco" web page
  7. National Preservation Forum


20188 on Preserved Diesels website
BR Class 20 on Wikipedia