Monday 29 July 2019

Gloucester & Warwickshire Diesel Gala, 26th July 2019: 50035 'Ark Royal'

D435 was completed at English Electric Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, and placed into traffic on 30th September 1968, in D05 (Stoke Division), later Crewe Diesel. Renumbered to 50035 in January 1973. Transferred to the Western Region in January 1976, initially to Bristol Bath Road, but reallocated to Laira in early December that year. Named Ark Royal on 17th January 1978. Reallocated to Old Oak Common in June 1980.

Refurbished November 1980 - March 1981 at Doncaster (ZF). Intermediate overhaul April to July 1986. Last passenger working 14th July 1990, withdrawn on 3rd August 1990.

My personal record shows that I first saw the locomotive on 14th October 1983, a Friday, and I think while returning from a week working in London area.

It appeared as 50135 in Loadhaul scheme at Eastleigh Works Open Event in May 2009, and at the Swanage Railway, in 2010, 2015 and 2016.

Class 50 Fund history

50035 arriving at Winchcombe from Toddington.

Arriving at the new station at Broadway, completed for passenger use, but with ongoing expansion to the second platform.

Light engine at Toddington awaiting the next train - the run-around at Broadway requires a repair.

Between Greet Tunnel and Winchcombe.