It was with great sadness that the diesel preservation community learnt of the untimely death of Neil Morgan (aka 'Slim'). Neil had been at the forefront of Class 50 preservation from the beginning back in the early 1990s. He was instrumental in 50031 Hood becoming the first mainline certified preserved Class 50 on Network Rail metals when it hauled The Pilgrim Hoover railtour in November 1997.
Thank-you for the legacy you have left us. May you rest in peace.
D7076 made a welcome appearance at the recent diesel gala at the East Lancashire Railway, this being its first run after a repaint in BR corporate blue livery. For me, it was the first time I'd seen an operational 'Hymek' in blue.
D7076 is one of four preserved 'Hymeks', but the only example from the later Mk II batch. Introduced in 1962, it was withdrawn just 11 years later but retained at the Derby Railway Technical Centre (RTC) alongside sister locomotive D7096 where both took part in dead load research for a number of years.
By the time D7076 was secured for preservation both it and D7096 were in a poor condition but it was feasible to restore one, using the other as a donor. In memory of D7096, which was subsequently reduced to a shell and scrapped, D7076 carries the other's number inside one of its cabs.
50026 Indomitable made a magnificent sight at the recent diesel gala at the Swanage Railway.
My waning interest in railways back in the mid-1980s meant that I missed the era when many Class 50s ran in Network SouthEast livery. I did not expect to like it much but the moment I saw this locomotive I had to admit that it looked (and sounded) absolutely fabulous. I certainly don't recall ex-works British Rail locomotives looking so good - indeed almost better than new.
I had never seen a Travelling Post Office (TPO) in action before so it was an interesting feature at the recent diesel gala on the Great Central Railway.
Locomotive 55016 Gordon Highlander was given the task and made an impressive sight as it powered at speed non-stop through Quorn & Woodhouse station with a rake of bright red TPO vehicles. I also surprised myself by managing to capture reasonable photograph of the event.
It was with eagerness that I made the 220-mile round-trip to see the inaugural run of 40145 at the East Lancashire Railway. Having been out of service for several years it was very satisfying to see the results of the huge amount of work undertaken on the locomotive by its owners the Class Forty Preservation Society.
The repainting of the locomotive in a BR corporate blue livery was an added surprise as this is how I remember them from my younger days.
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