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Class 50 50007 Hercules


50007 is perhaps best known as being the Laira celebrity loco, being renamed Sir Edward Elgar and painted in Brunswick Green for the GWR 150 celebrations in 1985. At the time this was a controversial move, perhaps more to do with the change of name than the colour. As a result, 50007 spent its final years travelling the country for depot open days and special events as well as its regular duties.

50007was purchased from another mainline operator in 2016 to become our third mainline certified loco, joining 50044 and 50049 in having all the necessary equipment and certifications. In recognition of the contract that we hold for ad-hoc work with GBRf, the loco is currently painted in their corporate colours. When 50007 joined our fleet, work was carried out on the engine and generator before 50007 (numbered 50014 and Warspite on the opposite side) returned to mainline work.

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