English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives: Blog http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog en-us (C) 2017 English Electric Archive martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:11:00 GMT Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:11:00 GMT http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/img/s/v-5/u1034745318-o642330614-50.jpg English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives: Blog http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog 120 90 The Great Gathering http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2017/9/01 50049, 50044, 50026, 50017, 50007, "Class 50"OOC_111_20170902_06Class 50 line-up at Old Oak Common

To celebrate the end of 111 years maintaining Western Region locomotives, Old Oak Common depot opened its doors to the public. To mark their 50th year, there was also a gathering of 7 Class 50 preserved locomotives, some of which had been based at the Old Oak Common depot. It was a truly awesome sight to see them lined-up.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) class 50 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2017/9/01 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:00:00 GMT
What Might Have Been http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2017/4/01 50031, "Class 50"50031_20170408_0350031 Hood at Severn Valley Railway, Bridgnorth

I finally managed to see 50031 Hood following its extended period away undergoing heavy repairs to both its internal machines and also its bodywork. Compare this photograph to that previously in 2013.

I must admit to rather liking the livery in which it is now painted. Although none of the class were out-shopped in this manner, it gives an idea as to what might have been had the class survived for a while longer.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 50 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2017/4/01 Sat, 15 Apr 2017 06:00:00 GMT
And Then There Were Five http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2016/11/01 50007, "Class 50"50007_20160401_0750007 Hercules at Mid-Norfolk Railway, Thuxton

It was with great pleasure that I heard the news that the The Fifty Fund had recently purchased 50007 Hercules.

The locomotive is pictured here at Thuxton on the Mid-Norfolk Railway during the 2016 diesel gala.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) class 50 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2016/11/01 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Modern Traction http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2016/10/01 68022, "Class 68"68022_20160920_0368022 Resolution at Lowestoft

I'm not a fan of most modern traction, dominated as it is by characterless Class 66 locomotives. However as soon as I saw and heard a Class 68 I was more than a little impressed.

Sounding a bit like a modern Hymek with their high-revving engines, coupled with some impressive power output these locomotives are set to be a modern classic. The fact that their owners have a liking to give some of them names previously used on Class 50s is an added bonus.

Pictured above is 68022 Resolution, resting in the sun at Lowestoft, ready for a service to Norwich. The name on this locomotive had previously been used on Class 50 member 50018.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) class 68 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2016/10/01 Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:00:00 GMT
Hello To Another Old Friend http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2016/4/01 50017, "Class 50"50017_20160401_0150017 Royal Oak at Mid-Norfolk Railway, Dereham

It was with great pleasure that I got to see 50017 Royal Oak during the recent diesel gala at the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

This was the first Class 50 I saw in late 2004 having rekindled my interest in railways and not seen any of the class in operation since 1985. Back in 2004, it was inoperative and languishing in Birmingham Railway Museum, Tyseley sporting an unattractive maroon livery. The current owner and those who returned it to an operational order can be justifiably proud of their achievement that it can roar once more.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) class 50 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2016/4/01 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 06:00:00 GMT
Diesel Maintenance Facility http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2016/3/01 50035, 50044, 50049, "Class 50"50044_50035_50049_20160220_0150044 Exeter, 50035 Ark Royal & 50049 Defiance at Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster - Railways Illustrated (2016), May, pp. 36

Over the last 20 years the majority of the diesel fleet on the Severn Valley Railway have been maintained out in the open yard at Kidderminster. A consortium of the locomotive-owning groups and the railway itself embarked on a project to provide better facilities at Kidderminster.

The culmination of this project was the construction of a new diesel maintenance shed which was finally completed in early 2016. This facility has three separate roads, a full-length pit and a heavy-lifting crane.

Seeing three locomotives from The Fifty Fund all being maintained under one roof evoked memories of the class at Oak Oak Common and Laira depots in the 1980s.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) class 50 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2016/3/01 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Back To Blue http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2015/5/01 50035, "Class 50", 25035, "Class 25"50035_20150510_1650035 Ark Royal & 25035 at Swanage Railway, Swanage

After a number of years in a fictitious Loadhaul livery, 50035 Ark Royal made its first appearance at the Swanage Railway in standard BR corporate blue livery.

 

With the centre headlight removed from both cab ends and the headcode plated over, it provided an impression of how the class appeared in the late 1970s before their refurbishment.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 50 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2015/5/01 Fri, 15 May 2015 06:00:00 GMT
Obituary http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2014/10/01 50049, "Class 50"50049_20141003_0150049 Defiance at Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster Town

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.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 50 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2014/10/01 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:00:00 GMT
Repainted Hymek http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2014/7/01 D7076, "Class 35", HymekD7076_20140704_05D7076 at East Lancashire Railway, Bury Bolton Street - Severn Valley Railway 2015 diesel gala publicity

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.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 35 Hymek http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2014/7/01 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:00:00 GMT
Better Than New http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2014/5/01 50026, "Class 50"50026_20140510_1450026 Indomitable at Swanage Railway, Swanage

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.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 50 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2014/5/01 Thu, 15 May 2014 06:00:00 GMT
TPO Demo http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2014/4/01 55016, "Class 55", Deltic55016_20140329_0155016 Gordon Highlander at Great Central Railway, Quorn & Woodhouse

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.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 55 Deltic http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2014/4/01 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 06:00:00 GMT
Back On Form http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/12/01 40145, "Class 40"40145_20131109_0440145 at East Lancashire Railway, Rawtenstall

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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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 40 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/12/01 Sun, 01 Dec 2013 07:00:00 GMT
Two-tone Classic http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/10/01 55009, "Class 55", Deltic55009_20131004_0855009 Alycidon at Severn Valley Railway, Bewdley

Two Deltics were visitors to the 2013 diesel gala at the Severn Valley Railway. Having lived in York during the late 1970s and 1980s these machines will always bring back fond memories.

My memory of these machines, in the twilight of their career, was of them looking tired in BR blue and being filthy. I recall the joy at the time when locomotive 55002 was out-shopped in the classic two-tone green, albeit with full yellow front ends.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 55 Deltic http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/10/01 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:00:00 GMT
Unbelievable http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/9/01 50031, "Class 50"50031_20130901_0650031 Hood and author at Severn Valley Railway, Bridgnorth

The other day I was a participant in a driver experience day at the Severn Valley Railway. I still find it almost unbelievable that something which I used to stare at in wonder all those years ago, I now have the opportunity to drive.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 50 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/9/01 Sun, 15 Sep 2013 06:00:00 GMT
Hearing The Memories http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/6/02 56097, "Class 56"56097_20130607_0156097 at Great Central Railway (Nottingham), Ruddington Fields - Railtalk Magazine, 82, pp. 120

I find it interesting that it's not only the sight of heritage locomotives that brings back memories but also their sound and smell. Hearing 56097 at full chat the other day during the diesel gala at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) brought back floods of memories, hearing these beasts crawl through Barnetby station with their turbochargers screaming as they hauled huge numbers of MRG hopper wagons full of coal.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 56 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/6/02 Sat, 15 Jun 2013 06:00:00 GMT
Deltic Duo http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/6/01 55009, 55019, "Class 55", Deltic55019_55009_20130527_0355019 Royal Highland Fusilier & 55009 Alycidon at Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot

I paid a half-day visit to Didcot Railway Centre the other day having heard that they were staging a small diesel gala. Amongst the other traction present on the day, I was pleased to see these two interlopers deep in the heart of Great Western territory.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 55 Deltic http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/6/01 Sat, 01 Jun 2013 06:00:00 GMT
Hello, Goodbye http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/4/01 50019, "Class 50"50019_20130407_0950019 Ramillies at Mid-Norfolk Railway, Wymondham Abbey

I seldom get to visit the Mid-Norfolk Railway so when the opportunity for a week-end break in Norwich coincided with a diesel gala I jumped at the chance. After several years, it was good to see and hear 50019 Ramillies in fine form.

This was scheduled to be one of its last workings as it is due an extensive overhaul in the near future that will see it out of operation for a lengthy period. I am hoping that it will be finished by the next time I manage to visit this railway again - in a couple of year's time.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 50 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/4/01 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT
Steaming http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/3/01 40135, "Class 40"40135_20130302_0240135 at East Lancashire Railway, Bury Bolton Street - Railtalk Magazine, 79, pp. 135

A marvellous sight greeted me upon my arrival at the East Lancashire Railway the other day - that of locomotive 40135 warming the stock using its operational boiler. There is something really evocative about steam heating. This method of warming carriages has long since gone with 1986 being the last booked year for regular use in British Rail. The Class 40 Preservation Society have done an excellent job to reinstate such a feature on this locomotive.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 40 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/3/01 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 07:00:00 GMT
A New Future http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/1/01 50033, "Class 50"50033_20070616_0750033 Glorious at Birmingham Railway Museum, Tyseley

The future for 50033 Glorious is becoming clearer with a possible sale to a third party. In 2003 the NRM decided to dispose of the locomotive, subject to a suitable home being found, because of an inability to commit to future maintenance and storage costs. 50033, still owned by the NRM, spent a period on loan to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway during 2004 until a home was found at the STEAM museum in Swindon as an indoor static exhibit. It had been planned for the locomotive to relocate to RailSchool, at the Royal Docks Heritage Railway in East London. This plan was abandoned and since 2007 it has been dumped outside in an unserviceable condition at the Birmingham Railway Museum, Tyseley.

On a separate note, a replacement power unit has been found for 50044 Exeter in Portugal and recently transported back to this country.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 50 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2013/1/01 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 07:00:00 GMT
Bitter Sweet http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2012/12/01 50044, "Class 50"50044_20121006_0650044 Exeter at Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster Town

It's with mixed emotions that 2012 draws to a close. On the one hand the year saw the return of 50026 Indomitable to an operational condition after 22 years. There was also the welcome move of 50027 Lion back to the Mid-Hants Railway where it will see far more use. On the other hand however, 50044 Exeter whilst looking spectacular externally, requires attention to its power unit costing tens of thousands of pounds.

This being the case, I urge readers to join the The Fifty Fund or make a donation. Without these funds we will be unable to continue mainline running with 50044, which will in turn reduce the opportunities for our other mainline locomotive, 50049 Defiance to operate on the mainline.

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martinhart@fastmail.co.uk (English Electric Archive - Class 40, Class 50 and Class 55 Deltic locomotives) Class 50 http://www.englishelectric.org.uk/blog/2012/12/01 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT