Visiting Locomotives

In this section: Metropolitan E Class No. 1 | BR Class 20, D8001

Metropolitan Railway E Class No.1

Picture: David Lloyd

The star of London Underground's 150th Anniversary Steam Specials makes a return visit to this former LU branch line. Scheduled to be with us until late 2018, No.1 will share the operation of our steam services during its stay.

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British Railways Class 20 D8001

Picture: Katie Pickersgill

Class 20 D8001 is to stay with us for an initial period of 18 months with a possible extension.

The first 20 Type 1 Bo-Bo 1000 H.P. locomotives arrived at Devons Road engine shed in the East End of London at the end of the 1950's. In the heart of Bow it was a sprawling site and became the country’s first all-diesel depot in 1958. 

We are delighted to welcome green liveried D8001 (20001) 'back home' (well almost within the sound of Bow Bells if the wind is blowing in the right direction). This loco has undergone extensive restoration and an engine overhaul over the past few years and we are very grateful to the Class 20 Locomotive Society for the loan of this iconic locomotive, celebrating it's 60th birthday in 2017.

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