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Fifty Class 50 diesel locomotives were built 1967-1968 by English Electric for British Rail.
These 100mph machines were fitted with electric train heating, and were the first complete class delivered in the then new BR blue livery.
They were originally numbered D400 - D449, but most locos soon lost the D prefix.
The locomotives were based at Crewe diesel depot and worked both passenger and freight trains on the West Coast Main Line north of Crewe to Glasgow and Perth.
The class were a common sight in Central Scotland, and having worked north overnight on the WCML found themselves used on local freight trains during the day.
From May 1970 to May 1974 the Glasgow Central - London Euston expresses used pairs of class 50s working in multiple.
After the completion of the WCML electrification in 1974, the class was reallocated to the Western Region of British Rail, and daily visits to Scotland ended.
On the Western, all fifty locomotives were named from 1978 onwards, with a Royal Navy theme used.
Withdrawal and ScrappingWithdrawal of the Class started in 1987, and their regular duties ceased in 1991.
The last 3 locos were withdrawn by British Rail in 1994.
Five class 50 locos were scrapped by M.C. Metals at Springburn:
|50003||NSE revised light blue, BR symbol||Arrived 04/04/92||Cut up 30/04/92|
|50018||NSE revised light blue, BR symbol||Arrived 15/06/92||Cut up 21/01/93|
|50037||NSE revised dark blue, WofE symbol||Arrived 15/06/92||Cut up 15/12/92|
|50046||BR Large Logo, black roof||Arrived 15/06/92||Cut up 19/06/92|
|50048||NSE revised dark blue, WofE symbol||Arrived 04/04/92||Cut up 29/04/92|
Although 50046 was cut up within 4 days of arriving at the Scrap yard, both cabs were preserved.
One of the cabs from 50037 was saved and moved to Bo'ness. It remained there until being moved south to Rowsley, Peak Rail, in September 2010.
Preservation19 of the class have been preserved, with some returned to mainline running.
One preserved loco, 50021 Rodney, was based on the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway from 1995 to 2002.
The loco which had been based on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, moved by road for display at Crewe Open Day on 21/8/95, then travelled onwards by rail to Bo'ness in October 1995. It was departed by road to Tyseley in September 2002.
50031 Hood and 50049 Defiance have visited Scotland on railtours in recent years.
Railtours and Mainline movements
|25.Aug.1985||50030||The Scots Streaker II||link||Plymouth - Edinburgh (and return)||Haymarket Open Day||Flickr|
|50030 Repulse, stabled at Haymarket until return leg. Flickr, Photo|
|14.May.1988||50009 & 50036||The Hoover Dambuster||link||Birmingham - Glasgow Central (return via Kilmarnock)||Double headed||Photo|
|50009 Conqueror and 50036 Victorious|
|05.Feb.1994||50033 & 50050||The Midland Scotsman||link||Birmingham - Glasgow Central (and return)||Double headed||Flickr|
|Running as D433 and D400, unnamed|
|16 Sep 2000||50021||Polmadie Open day (from Bo'ness)||(not working)|
|50031 & 50049||Celtic Hoover||link||Birmingham - Kilmarnock - Glasgow Central||Double headed||photo|
|50031 & 50049||Celtic Hoover||Glasgow Central - Beattock - Birmingham||Double headed|
|Running as D431 and D449, unnamed|
|04 Mar 2005||50031 & 50049||The Monarch of the Glen||link||Swindon - Fort William||Double headed|
|05 Mar 2005||50031 & 50049||The Monarch of the Glen||Fort William - Mallaig (and return)||Top and Tail||Photo|
|06 Mar 2005||50031 & 50049||The Monarch of the Glen||Fort William -Dundee - Perth - Dalmuir||Top and Tail|
|07 Mar 2005||50031 & 50049||The Monarch of the Glen||Dalmuir - Swindon||Double headed|
|16 Jun 2006||50031 & 50049||The Orcadian||link||Swindon - Inverness||Double headed||Photo|
|17 Jun 2006||50031 & 50049||The Orcadian||Inverness - Kyle (and return)||Top and Tail|
|18 Jun 2006||50031 & 50049||The Orcadian||Inverness - Wick - Thurso (and return)||Top and Tail|
|19 Jun 2006||50031 & 50049||The Orcadian||Inverness - Swindon||Double headed|
|Locos had an alternative identity on one side: 50031 as 50028 Tiger and 50049 as 50012 Benbow.|
|05 Oct 2007||50049||The Autumn Highlander||link||London Kings Cross - Perth (via ECML)||On rear. 55022 leading|
|50049||The Autumn Highlander||Perth - Inverness||On rear. 40145 leading|
|06 Oct 2007||50049||The Autumn Highlander||Inverness - Strathcarron (and return)||Top and tail with 40145|
|07 Oct 2007||50049||The Autumn Highlander||Inverness - Wick - Thurso (and return)||Top and tail with 40145|
|08 Oct 2007||50049||The Autumn Highlander||Inverness - Perth||With 40145 on rear|
|50049||The Autumn Highlander||Perth - London Kings Cross (via ECML)||With 55022 leading, 40145 on rear|
|19 Nov 2011||50049 & 50044||The Edinburgh Explorer II||Timings||Preston - Edinburgh (via ECML)||With 57001 on rear.||Photo|
|(50049 & 50044)||Fife Circle Mini-Tour||Timings||Edinburgh - Fife Circle (out via Dunfermline)||On rear, with 57001 leading.|
|50049 Defiance (large logo livery), 50044 Exeter (BR blue livery)|
|24 Jul 2015||50007 & 50017||(loco convoy)||Timings||Washwood Heath - Bo'ness (via WCML, Springburn)||Hauled by 31601, with dead 40106.||Flickr|
|25 Jul 2015||50007 & 50017||Bo'ness Diesel Gala||Timings||Between Bo'ness & Manuel Jn (B&KR)||Various workings||Photo|
|26 Jul 2015||50007 & 50017||Bo'ness Diesel Gala||Timings||Between Bo'ness & Manuel Jn (B&KR)||Various workings||=|
|01 Aug 2015||50017 & 50007||(loco convoy)||Timings||Bo'ness - Carlisle (via Springburn & WCML)||Hauled by 31601 from Linlithgow.||Flickr|
|50007 Hercules (BR Blue livery), 50017 Royal Oak (Network SouthEast livery)|