By the mid-1980s the British Rail Class 50 fleet were allocated to either Old Oak Common (London) or Laira (Plymouth) depots and had been named after ships or shore establishments of the Royal Navy. The last of the fleet had undergone the refurbishment programme in 1983 and all except one were painted in the British Rail 'large logo' style of livery.

The introduction of High Speed Trains (HSTs) on some Western Region services saw the class transferred to other duties involving passenger train movements from Paddington to Thames Valley destinations, Bristol, Birmingham, Hereford and Plymouth. In addition there were several diagrams from Plymouth to Birmingham, secondary services in Cornwall and local services between Bristol and Taunton. By 1984, sufficient Class 50s were available for them to become the locomotive of choice on the Southern Region Waterloo-Exeter route.

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: 1983-1985

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50002, "Class 50"

50003_19840824_01

50003, "Class 50"

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50003, "Class 50"

50005_19840211_01

50005, "Class 50"

50006_19840828_02

50006, "Class 50"

50006_19850727_01

50006, "Class 50"

50007_19840717_01

50007, "Class 50", 87007, "Class 87"

50009_19840824_01

50009, "Class 50"

50015_19840211_01

50015, "Class 50"

50015_19840211_02

50015, "Class 50"

50021_19840824_01

50021, "Class 50"

50022_19840717_01

50022, "Class 50"

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50028, "Class 50"

50028_19840208_04

50028, "Class 50"

50029_19840105_01

50029, "Class 50"

50033_19840824_01

50033, "Class 50"

50033_19840824_02

50033, "Class 50"

50034_19840103_02

50034, "Class 50"

50036_19850719_01

50036, "Class 50"

50037_19840211_02

50037, "Class 50"