worked its last train in January 1992 and was withdrawn in March 1992 due to power unit damage thereby, becoming the 43rd Class 50 locomotive to be withdrawn after over 23 years of active service. Engine hours stood at 8,706.
Two years after its withdrawal, 50029 was finally moved to the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
by Operation Collingwood
where it then sat outside for a number of years. In July 2002 the Renown Repulse Restoration Group
purchased both 50029 and 50030 Repulse
to prevent their scrapping following the demise of Operation Collingwood. They were both subsequently moved to Rowsley at Peak Rail
, where they now both reside.
Recently, 50029 has been cosmetically restored to British Rail large logo livery to make it look more presentable to visitors, a condition of its acceptance at the railway. Some of the locomotive's power unit components have been removed and two cylinder heads lifted to enable a detailed inspection of the damaged crankshaft which led to its withdrawal back in 1992.
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