Locomotive 20227 ‘Sherlock Holmes’ returns to North Norfolk Railway

Class 20 No. 20227 sherlock holmes arrived at the North Norfolk Railway in time to operate services on the line through this summer.

sherlock holmes will be available to operate the line’s popular Cromer restaurant trains which run on select Wednesdays and Thursdays from May to September, as well as the ‘North Norfolkman’ restaurant train which runs on the main line between Sheringham and Cromer. It will also make a round trip on heritage railway tracks to Holt.

The locomotive dates from 1968, when it was the last of 228 Class 20s built by English Electric from 1957 to 1968, making it one of the most successful early diesels.

They were used extensively on freight trains, but only on occasional passenger trains, notably on summer specials to seaside resorts such as Skegness.

Credit: Stuart Clarke

Now owned by the Class 20 Locomotive Society, which saved three of the heritage diesels, 20227 has arrived in Sheringham by road after nearly a year away from North Norfolk to undertake work on the main line. He also spent six months at the Epping Ongar Railway helping with their trains.

sherlock holmes is no stranger to special trains, as it hauled a number of commemorative trains for the London Underground in the mid-2000s and sports the eye-catching maroon livery worn by Metropolitan Railway locomotives.

Commercial Director Graham Hukins said: “We are very pleased to have ‘Sherlock Holmes’ back online. Special trains for Cromer need a locomotive at each end as it is not possible to move a locomotive end to end at Cromer station so 20227 will direct the trains as they leave our tracks and will cross the Sheringham Level Crossing and the Network Rail Line Bittern while a steam engine will be aft ready for the return journey.

“The use of 20227 will not be limited to Cromer runs, it will also be used on some of our special events this summer and will also work alongside the line’s steam fleet on a number of other days.”
Full details of the line’s services, including special restaurant trains, can be found at www.nnrailway.co.uk.

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