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19 hours ago, smithlington smithe said:

50015 ‘VALIANT’ at Bury Bolton Street on the summer diesel gala July 2018 

 

and a cab pic complete with kettle

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I really do miss driving these, I have so many happy and quite vivid memories of thrashing them out of Padd, a bit naughty really but I was but a lad, encouraged by many an old hand 'not to be frit of it'. When in good fettle they just flew down the Thames Valley on the Oxfords and Newburys. Even better though were the Summer Saturday relief jobs down the B&H as far as Exeter, a quick trip to the chippie down the road then back up to London with another as fast as we could, within reason. Sigh.... ;)

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46 minutes ago, Rugd1022 said:

 

I really do miss driving these, I have so many happy and quite vivid memories of thrashing them out of Padd, a bit naughty really but I was but a lad, encouraged by many an old hand 'not to be frit of it'. When in good fettle they just flew down the Thames Valley on the Oxfords and Newburys. Even better though were the Summer Saturday relief jobs down the B&H as far as Exeter, a quick trip to the chippie down the road then back up to London with another as fast as we could, within reason. Sigh.... ;)

They sound like very good times,sometimes I wish I was a bit older so I could have appreciated them more at their peak as with some other locos as well,I’m guessing ‘not be frit of it’ means not to be scared of it?

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3 hours ago, Rugd1022 said:

 

I really do miss driving these, I have so many happy and quite vivid memories of thrashing them out of Padd, a bit naughty really but I was but a lad, encouraged by many an old hand 'not to be frit of it'. When in good fettle they just flew down the Thames Valley on the Oxfords and Newburys. Even better though were the Summer Saturday relief jobs down the B&H as far as Exeter, a quick trip to the chippie down the road then back up to London with another as fast as we could, within reason. Sigh.... ;)

 

When they went well, they certainly did. As a first-year apprentice at Swindon, travel back was Sunday evening, and there was a 50 hauled service around 8-ish IIRC. One evening we were barreling along between Didcot and Swindon when suddenly the anchors went on full. Didn't find out why, but Mk2Ds under full brake pulled up pretty swiftly and are quite noisey compared to disc braked stock. This would be 1980-81.

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3 hours ago, jonny777 said:

50006 'Neptune' near Westbourne Park in May 1980. 

 

 

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The building behind was the lost property store. I have never seen so many umbrellas until I went in that place. Then there was everything from scarves to mopeds. Apparently if it wasn't claimed within a certain time, it was auctioned off.

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On 17/12/2019 at 20:32, Trev52A said:

Nobody seems to have uploaded any pics yet of the recent Pathfinder Tours trip from Bristol which brought two 50s to Newcastle, so here we go:

 

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50049 'Defiance' + 50014 'Warspite' after arrival at Newcastle on 30th November

 

A nice change at Newcastle in between capturing the last few weeks of the LNER HSTs

 

Trevor

 

Lovely photo Trev. That livery really suits them and they were turned out immaculately. So much better than the dreadful NSE ice cream van livery! 

 

Regards

 

Guy

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1 hour ago, Rugd1022 said:

Photo c/o Old Oak man Scott Fowler, unidentified 50 in platform 1 at Padd c.1984, in platform 2 is one of our ETH fitted 31s with the empty stock for the 'Down Midnight'....

 

 

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50006. The lefthand handrail above the tail light goes inwards instead of outwards.

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Earlier this week a pair of 50s went to Laira, taking three redundant Caledonian Sleeper Mk3s from Wembley. The light was dire but I managed to get some shots, linked here from my Flickr.

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Not my favourite livery on a 50 I must admit (or anything really) but it must be said the GB 50s are smartly turned out, a credit to Eastleigh works. The weather was naff and I'm working nights. Dead certain for an interesting working then! Staying local to home, a quick shot before dinner and work of 5Z50 from Wembley to Laira at Pixash Lane, Keynsham. Sounding excellent as the driver opened up approaching the bridge, 50007 'Hercules' (though masquerading as 50014 'Warspite' on this side) was leading a trio of former Caledonian Sleeper Mk3 carriages with 50049 'Defiance' on the rear. The carriages have been obtained to supplement the GWR Night Riviera operation, presumably by donating parts for spares.

 

Jo

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On 19/12/2019 at 15:23, jonny777 said:

50008 'Thunderer' at Gloucester with a cross country service in 1979. 

 

 

 

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50009 'Conqueror' and 50022 'Anson' double head a service through Teignmouth in 1986. 

 

 

 

 

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Hi, FYI the 50008 picture is in Cheltenham Alston Sidings and stock formations suggest at Paddington - Cheltenham service, or vice versa...

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