was one of the two class members that worked the final railtour, The 50 Terminator
, in March 1994. The tour went from London Waterloo to Penzance and back into London Paddington. The locomotive was withdrawn the same month due to it being surplus to requirements, thereby becoming one of the final two Class 50 locomotives to be withdrawn after over 26 years of active service. Its engine hours stood at 8,599.
After its withdrawal, 50050 was purchased by a private individual and was based at the former British Rail depot at St Leonards in Sussex. In 1998 the locomotive was re-certified for mainline use by Deltic 9000 Locomotives Ltd (DNLL) who operated the locomotive on various charter and service trains. The D400 Fund
was formed in 2003 in order to return the locomotive to use for DNLL. However financial problems caused DNLL to cease trading during 2004 and 50050 was solely in the care of this group. In 2004, the locomotive was moved from the Birmingham Railway Museum
at Tyseley to the Yeovil Railway Centre
, where extensive repairs continued to the electrical systems and bodywork.
In 2015, 50050 was bought by a private individual and relocated to the former Alstom facility at Washwood Heath, Birmingham. It is now fully restored once more and painted in British Rail corporate blue livery.
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