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The naming of Class 20 diesel locomotive 20227

Two icons become one as heritage locomotive is named Sherlock Holmes
Two icons become one as heritage locomotive is named Sherlock Holmes

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The Sherlock Holmes stories have a long association with London Underground. Holmes lived at 221B Baker Street, which is near Baker Street Tube station.

On Sunday 29 April 2018 the Class 20 diesel locomotive 20227 was named ‘Sherlock Holmes’.

The special naming ceremony was carried out by Sir Peter Hendy, CBE, Chairman of Network Rail and former Commissioner of Transport at Transport for London, and Guy Marriott, President of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London and London Transport Museum Patron.

The naming ceremony took place at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre during a rare joint heritage train outing on London Underground and Chiltern Railways.

The event was organised by GB Railfreight, London Underground and London Transport Museum in partnership with Chiltern Railways and Network Rail.

Many people travelling through that part of London will be familiar with the Sherlock Holmes motif tiles that adorn the walls of Baker Street Tube station.

The Sherlock Holmes nameplates used for the naming of the class 20 locomotive 20227 last week, were first used nearly a century ago.

On 18 March 1927 locomotive no. 8 was first named Sherlock Holmes. This locomotive was withdrawn from service in 1962.

In honour of the original Sherlock Holmes locomotive which was numbered 8 in class, the Locomotive 20227 also now carries the no 8.

In addition, a special shedplate with the number 221b was also fitted to the locomotive to reflect the address of Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street.