Class 20 Profile and Models

Class 20

20132 'Barrow Hill Depot' at Crewe in September 2019. ©Clagmaster

The Class 20s (Also known as English Electric Type 1s) were produced by English Electric as part of the pilot scheme of new diesel locomotives for British Rail. They were designed around relatively basic technology to provide motive power on a range of light freight workings, although on rare occasions some did work on passenger services. Their single cab design led to some visibility problems, so they often operated in pairs with the cabs leading at either end. Remarkably, a number of the class are still in use on the mainline to this day, a testament to the robustness of this classic design. 

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive



English Electric at Vulcan Foundry
Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns

Build Dates

1957 to 1968

Total Built


Tractive Effort

42,000 lbf

Power Output

1,000 hp

Top Speed

75 mph

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

British Rail
Direct Rail Services
Harry Needle Railroad Co
GB Railfreight

Main Duties

Mixed Freight

In Service Until


Surviving Examples