Who has not heard of James Bond? Since 1963, James Bond has been one of Britain’s best known film characters. Many well known men have played the womanizing British Secret Agent, from Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Pierce Bronson. After a 6 year hiatus due to legal issues, James Bond returned in 1995 played by Pierce Brosnan. The movie was Goldeneye, and there was much hype leading up to the release of this latest Bond film. Bond was last portrayed by Timothy Dalton in 1989’s “License To Kill”.
I have always enjoyed 007 movies, and even the original books written by Ian Flemming. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, I have to give this movie a 7.5 out of 10.
Now, to the part you have been waiting for, INFORMATION ON THE TRAIN used in the movie.
The railroad scenes were shot on the Nene Valley Railway in Kings Cliffe, England. A heavily modified British Rail Class 20, D20188 along with two similar modified British Rail MK 2 coachs were used.
The class 20 locomotives were designed around relatively basic technology, the 73-tonne locomotives produce 1,000 horsepower with an EE 8SVT MK.ii prime mover and are geared for operating at 75 mph. They were designed to work light mixed freight traffic, and are not equiped with train hearing equipment. Locomotives up to D8127 were fitted with disc indicators in the style of the steam era. However, when headcodes were introduced in 1960 the locomotive’s design was changed to incorporate headcode boxes. Although older locomotives were not retro-fitted with headcode boxes, a few of the earlier batch acquired headcode boxes as a result of heavy repairs. Class 20’s were unusual for British designs, having been built with a single cab. This caused serious problems with visibility when travelling long hood forward. In these circumstances the driver’s view is comparable to that on the steam locomotives that the Class 20s replaced.
The Class 20 saw only limited service on passenger trains. A small number were fitted with a through pipe for steam heat, primarily for use in conjunction with a Class 37 locomotive on the West Highland Line. Otherwise their use was limited to summer relief services, particularly to Skegness, often under the adopted name of “The Jolly Fisherman” and starting from carious stations like Burton-on-Trent, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby and Leicester. They were also occasioned other holiday resorts on the east coast of England. Use of the class as a pilot unit and short distance diversions of electric-hauled trains over non-electrified lines was not unheard of but these uses were very minimal at the most.
The shift of light mixed freight to the road network left British Rail with an oversupply of small locomotives. The Class 20s, however, could be MU’ed together and so handle heavier traffic. Most spent the majority of their working lives coupled nose to nose in pairs to provide a more useful 2,000 hp unit and to solve the visibility problems.
Most have now been withdrawn but a few remain with DRS and other minor and industrial operators. Several which are usually operated singly have been fitted with nose-mounted video cameras in order to solve the visibility problems.
A total of 26 Class 20’s are preserved in England as of this writing, plus a few that operate on DRS.
I am no expert of British Rail locomotives, but I find them fascinating. After seeing GE and EMD locomotives all the time, its refreshing to see something different.
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