50 007 “Hercules”
Fifty enthusiasts in general were up in arms on 25th February 1984 when 50007 appeared at Paddington Station in Brunswick Green livery and named ‘Sir Edward Elgar’. Today some twenty-eight years later and we still get comments from people regarding the livery, Paint it Blue, Paint it Blue as ‘Hercules’ or ‘Hercules’ Rules ok are three of the comments we regularly here from people who would like to see the loco re-painted into blue livery or better still large – logo.
50007 Carried standard BR Blue livery for a period of fifteen years from 12th March 1968 when new until March 1983 when she was refurbished at Doncaster Works.
The loco was returned back to traffic from Doncaster Works in March 1983 carrying the new striking Large – Logo Livery.
However, this livery was only carried by the loco for a short period of time before 50007 was repainted into Brunswick Green Livery at Laira depot in February 1984 and as carried the livery ever since.
50007 was named ‘Hercules’ at Laira depot during a routine ‘B’ Exam on 6th April 1978 and carried the name until 8th February 1984 when the Plates were removed at Laira depot.
On 25th February 1984 the loco was re-named ‘Sir Edward Elgar’ at Paddington Station and has carried the named ever since.
Preserved in 1994 and moved to the MR-Butterley 50007 still carries its Brunswick Green Livery and Brass number and name plates etc.
So here’s your big change to return 50 007 back has ‘HERCULES’. You want to see 50 007 back in Large – Logo as ‘Hercules’ well it’s time to put your money where your month is so to speak.
We agree to paint the loco blue if you fund the repaint. The current cost of re-painting the loco into BR Large – Logo Blue will be in excess of £ 3,000. This will include body panel replacements where required, paint, decals and name plates. The loco also requires a new set of batteries which cost around £5,000. We are therefore launching an appeal fund of £8,000 to return 50 007 back to full running order as ‘Hercules’. Please note: if the above venture is unsuccessful all money raised will be spent on 50 007
Please make Cheque or Postal Orders payable to ‘ Class 40 Appeal ‘ and send it to:
Class 40 Appeal. 65 Darby Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 0PN.
47 117 (D1705) had a test run yesterday (Sunday 13th), and is seen at Loughborough (GCR) in preperation for this weekends Diesel Gala. Photo Rob Morel:
D9531 returns to traffic on the ELR Saturday service on the 19th May, now fully finished and commissioned after a lengthy overhaul and rebuild.
The loco will now enter regular service for the ELR and will be in use shunting, on works trains, passenger service and standby locomotive. It is also available for other railways events etc. (contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries)
Video of it in action on the 12th, on a final test run with D7076 is here http://youtu.be/X8J4TUewqrs and see attached picture of it during shunting the bogies for D5705 up to castlecroft depot for their overhaul to begin.