BR Class 20 20177

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 20 20177
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20177 at Kidderminster, 2017
Built By English Electric Vulcan Foundry Works, Newton-le-Willows
Configuration Bo-Bo
Power type Diesel Electric
Status Scrapped
Loco Number 20177
Other Numbers D8177
Built 1966
Designed By English Electric
Type Class 20
2010 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway for stripping for spare parts
2017 Left, presumed scrapped
Length 46ft 9¼"
Weight 73t

Diesel Locomotives

20177 was 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. The locomotive was resident on the SVRSevern Valley Railway between 2010 and 2017 as a source of spare parts for the owning group's other locomotives. A brief description and history of the class can be found on the 20048 page.

20177 in service

D8177 was built by the English Electric Company’s Vulcan Foundry as Works No 3648 of 1966. It was allocated to Nottingham Division, entering service in November 1966 and remaining there until withdrawal from service in July 1993. The locomotive was renumbered to 20177 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]

20177 in preservation

Some of the post-BRBritish Rail or British Railways history of 20177 may be seen in photographs on the Preserved Diesels website. 20177 was used by EWSEnglish, Welsh & Scottish Railway, a rail freight company at Toton[2] where it was photographed in mid-2002 in a poor state of repair (link). By October 2002 the locomotive had been acquired by present owners, the Somerset & Dorset Locomotive Company and moved to their site at Yeovil. There the locomotive began the process of being stripped for spares for the Company's other locomotives D8059 and D8188 (link). 20177 moved to Tyseley in 2004 with D8059, from where it moved to Kidderminster in 2010.[3]

20177 was moved to Boden Rail, Washwood Heath in September 2014 to be further stripped for spares[4], following which it returned to Kidderminster circa February 2015[5].

Following the departure of the owning group's other two locomotives in September 2017, 20177 left the SVRSevern Valley Railway by road in October 2017 and was photographed at the scrapyard of C.F. Booth Ltd., Rotherham,[6] and has since been confirmed as scrapped.[7]

See also

Diesel Locomotives
Classes of locomotives used on the Severn Valley Branch in commercial service


  1. BRDatabase website
  2. UKLocos database (link)
  3. SVR-Online Forum
  5. Railway Illustrated
  6. SVR-Online Forum, retrieved 2017/10/19
  7. SVR-Online Forum, retrieved 2017/12/04


20177 on Preserved Diesels website
BR Class 20 on Wikipedia