Towards the end of the 1980s, the majority of the Class 50 fleet were used mostly on the Waterloo-West of England, Paddington-Thames and Chiltern workings. The remainder were transferred to the Departmental Sector to provide the motive power for maintenance and civil engineer's trains.

Around this time the first locomotives began to be withdrawn. This started in February 1987 with 50011 Centurion sent to Crewe to be used as a test bed for overhauled power units. A further two locomotives, 50006 Neptune and 50014 Warspite, were withdrawn in 1987 followed by five locomotives in 1988 and another three in 1989. From here onwards class members were slowly taken out of service as they failed or became too expensive to repair, their parts robbed to keep other members running.

The majority of the Class 50 fleet met their demise at the scrap yard. Some however, thanks to numerous dedicated enthusiasts, have been preserved or are currently being restored for future generations at the many private railways across the country.

Dates: 1988-1995

50001_19920000_01

50001, "Class 50"

50002_19910000_01

50002, "Class 50"

50004_19920000_01

50004, "Class 50"

50006_19880000_01

50006, "Class 50"

50010_19890000_01

50010, "Class 50"

50012_19890000_03

50012, "Class 50"

50013_19880000_01

50013, "Class 50"

50014_19880000_01

50014, "Class 50"

50016_19920000_01

50016, "Class 50"

50018_19910000_01

50018, "Class 50"

50018_19920000_01

50018, "Class 50"

50020_19920000_01

50020, "Class 50"

50021_19900000_01

50021, "Class 50"

50021_19910000_01

50021, "Class 50"

50022_19880000_02

50022, "Class 50"

50023_19920000_01

50023, "Class 50"

50024_19910000_01

50024, "Class 50"

50025_19890000_01

50025, "Class 50"

50026_19920000_01

50026, "Class 50"

50027_19910000_01

50027, "Class 50"