Somerset & Dorset Loco Company

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The Somerset & Dorset Locomotive Company Limited was incorporated in May 2000, with the principal activity being the purchase, restoration and hire of locomotives.[1]

The Company owns and operated two BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 20 locomotives formerly based at the SVRSevern Valley Railway, D8059 and D8188. A third Class 20, 20177 was resident on the SVRSevern Valley Railway for the purpose of providing spare parts. In July 2007 D8188 was lent to the SVRSevern Valley Railway to assist with rebuilding following the storm damage.[2] In winter 2008/09 an agreement was reached for the locomotive to become a permanent member of the SVRSevern Valley Railway fleet.[3]

The SVRSevern Valley Railway Diesel Shed webpage (archived) listed as at 2016 'Somerset Traction Ltd (D8188)' as one of the groups involved in the Kidderminster diesel depot project.[4]

In June 2017 the Company's locomotives were described as "operational, although no longer used by the SVRSevern Valley Railway" and in September 2017 the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway announced D8059 and D8188 had joined their fleet.[5]. The remains of 20177 left the SVRSevern Valley Railway in October 2017.


  1. Companies House (Link)
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 166
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 164
  4. SVR Diesel Shed webpage (archived) (Retrieved 18 July 2018)
  5. SVR "Meet The Loco" web page