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Preserved LocomotivesClass 50 BR/MAYBACH Co-Co Locomotive

BR Diesel-Electric, max. speed 90 mph

Power output Engine: 2,700 bhp (2,010 kW)

Tractive effort Maximum: 48,500 lbf (216 kN)

Continuous: 33,000 lbf (147,000 N)@ 23.5 mph (37.8 km/h)[1]

Contemporary and Heritage-Preserved, Diesel, Diesel-Electric and Electric Locomotives

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Diesel-Electric locomotive Class Co-Co Class 50 50008 THUNDERER (50 008, Ex BR D408, D 408) built in 1968 by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry Works, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire. Displayed at the 2012 RAILFEST at York NRM

Class 50 diesel locomotive 50008 Thunderer

A grubby Class 50 diesel locomotive 50008 "Thunderer" (Ex D408) Leicester UK Rail Leasing Depot (July 2019)

 

Diesels on the Great Central Railway: Class 50 Co-Co diesel-electric locomotive 50007 SIR EDWARD ELGAR with GWR styled number and name plate. 50 007 was built by English Electric at their Vulcan Foundry in 1968 (was D407, D 407). As 'boring' diesels go, its not bad looking!

 

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Midland Railway Centre, Butterley: Diesel Electrics 50007 and Class 45 108 (45108)

 

Diesel-Electric Co-Co Locomotive Class 50 50027 LION (other numbers D427, D 427, 50 027) built in 1968, parked in sidings south of Grosmont sheds of the NYMR. The blue livery is that of Network South East trains.


The British Rail Class 50 was a class of 50 diesel locomotives designed to haul express passenger trains at 100 mph.

Class 50 locomotives were rebuilt by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Willows between 1967 and 1968.

The Class 50's were initially on a 10-year lease from English Electric Leasing, and were employed hauling express passenger trains on the, then non-electrified, section of the West Coast Main Line between Crewe and Scotland.

Class 50 locomotives were initially numbered D400 - D449 and known as English Electric Type 4s.

Class 50 locomotives were purchased outright by British Rail (BR) at the end of the lease and became Class 50 in the TOPS renumbering of 1973.

The class 50's were nicknamed "Hoovers" by rail enthusiasts because of the distinctive sound made by the dynamic braking resistor cooling fan arrangement (removed at refurbishment).

Once the electrification from Crewe to Glasgow was completed the Class 50 locomotives were moved to the Great Western Mainline out of Paddington to allow the retirement of the remaining diesel-hydraulic locomotives then in use.

As trains on the GW Mainline steadily moved to High Speed Train operation from 1976, the Class 50's moved to hauling trains between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids, and also trains from London Paddington to Hereford and Worcester via Oxford until the majority of those trains too were taken over by IC125 operation.

The class 50 diesel locomotives were steadily retired from service in the late 1980s and early 1990s as their services moved to operation by second-generation DMUs designated as Class 159.


Class 50 Number All built 1967-1968

Name of Class 50 locomotive

Year withdrawn from service Status
Pre-TOPS

TOPS

D400 50050 Fearless 1994 Preserved
D401 50001 Dreadnought 1991 Scrapped
D402 50002 Superb 1991 Preserved
D403 50003 Temeraire 1991 Scrapped
D404 50004 St Vincent 1990 Scrapped
D405 50005 Collingwood 1990 Scrapped
D406 50006 Neptune 1987 Scrapped
D407 50007 Hercules 1994 Preserved
D408 50008 Thunderer

Renamed Sir Edward Elgar

1992 Preserved
D409 50009 Conqueror 1991 Scrapped
D410 50010 Monarch 1988 Scrapped
D411 50011 Centurion 1987 Scrapped
D412 50012 Benbow 1989 Scrapped
D413 50013 Agincourt 1988 Scrapped
D414 50014 Warspite 1987 Scrapped
D415 50015 Valiant 1992 Preserved
D416 50016 Barham 1990 Scrapped
D417 50017 Royal Oak 1991 Preserved
D418 50018 Resolution 1991 Scrapped
D419 50019 Ramillies 1990 Preserved
D420 50020 Revenge 1990 Scrapped
D421 50021 Rodney 1990 Preserved
D422 50022 Anson 1988 Scrapped
D423 50023 Howe 1990 Scrapped
D424 50024 Vanguard 1991 Scrapped
D425 50025 Invincible 1989 Scrapped
D426 50026 Indomitable 1990 Preserved
D427 50027 Lion 1991 Preserved
D428 50028 Tiger 1991 Scrapped
D429 50029 Renown 1992 Preserved
D430 50030 Repulse 1992 Preserved
D431 50031 Hood 1991 Preserved
D432 50032 Courageous 1990 Scrapped
D433 50033 Glorious 1994 Preserved
D434 50034 Furious 19.90 Scrapped
D435 50035 Ark Royal 1990 Preserved
D436 50036 Victorious 1991 Scrapped
D437 50037 Illustrious 1991 Scrapped
D438 50038 Formidable 1988 Scrapped
D439 50039 Implacable 1989 Scrapped
D440 50040 Leviathan 1990 Scrapped
D441 50041 Bulwark 1990 Scrapped
D442 50042 Triumph 1990 Preserved
D443 50043 Eagle 1991 Scrapped
D444 50044 Exeter 1991 Preserved
D445 50045 Achilles 1990 Scrapped
D446 50046 Ajax 1992 Scrapped
D447 50047 Swiftsure 1988 Scrapped
D448 50048 Dauntless 1991 Scrapped
D449 50049
50149
Defiance 1991 Preserved

 


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