The Class 50 Alliance (C50A) has completed the acquisition of diesel electric locomotive 50007 Hercules, from Neil Boden, for mainline contract work.

“The purchase has only been possible thanks to the tremendous generosity of Phil Swallow and a small number of our existing shareholders, who have kindly provided the finance necessary to secure 50007. The C50A has to repay this loan over the next two years, and we’re now embarking on a major fund raising campaign to encourage shareholders old and new to become part-owners in not only Hercules, but the rest of the fleet. 

“We mustn’t underestimate the scale of the fund raising task ahead, and I urge anyone with an interest in Class 50s to consider making an investment, however large or small. Only with the support of our members, can we continue to keep the Class 50s in action, and secure the future of our fleet,” he added.

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We were honoured to be invited to take several locomotives to the recent Old Oak 111 Open Day, laid on by GWR. The convoy was worked from Kidderminster by 50049 and 50007, and included 50035, 50044 and D1015. (Photo by Ade Holman)

Those that attended the event were met with the incredible lineup of 50007, 50017, 50026, 50044, 50049 and 50050 together, with 50035 also lined up separately as part of a 'Legends of the GWR' display. (Photo by Dave Redbourne)


Our volunteer co-ordinator Steve Tripp will be taking part in the Stafford Half Marathon on 19th March to raise money for the Fund. Steve has entered several similar events previously, and would be very glad of your support.

If you would like to contribute to Steve's fund raiser, please click the Donate button. 




If you follow our Facebook and Twitter pages, you'll be aware that the generators out of 50007 were in a poor state when removed at Kidderminster. Following a trip to Bowers they are all now freshly overhauled, and waiting to be delivered back to Kidderminster for refitting in the loco. 

I know we sound like a stuck record sometimes, but this work really does not come cheap. Do please consider making a donation or buying a share or two if you can. As you can see from these pictures, we do spend it wisely!

All photos courtesy of Tony Middleton.

What a difference a few weeks makes. When I get a moment I will add some of the 'before' pictures so you can see just how much work has gone into this. 
 All this looks rather cleaner than when they were first removed from the loco. Exhibit A:  
The banding on this generator can be seen to have very visible damage. Make no mistake. This was a very large, very expensive bang waiting to happen. To all those folks that thought we were nuts to buy the loco and then pull it apart, now you see why!  


In association with

CELEBRATE three major anniversaries by joining us on an exclusive Railway Magazine charter train from Euston to Glasgow on October 7.

This once-in-a-lifetime special is being staged to commemorate:

The 120th anniversary of The RM

The golden jubilee of the Class 50s 

The diamond jubilee of ‘The Caledonian’ express

Some of the rail industry’s biggest names have agreed to combine their expertise for what is almost certain to be one of the most sought-after charity railtours of 2017. 

Pathfinder Tours, Riviera Trains, GB Railfreight and the Class 50 Alliance have joined forces with The Railway Magazine to re-create the glorious era of double-headed Class 50s on the West Coast Main Line. 

The 13-coach train will recall the days of the late-1960s and early ’70s when Anglo-Scottish expresses were hauled by electric locos to Crewe, where ‘Hoovers’ took over for the run north to Glasgow – a situation that prevailed until the WCML was fully electrified in 1974. 

Our train will be entitled the ‘Caledonian’ – to mark the 60th anniversary of the famous express of that name in 1957 – a decade before the first ‘50s’ were introduced in 1967 and seven decades after The RM was launched in 1897. 

The 21st century ‘Caledonian’ will run on Saturday, October 7, departing London Euston behind a Class 86 (or 87) electric loco at around 06.00 and calling at Watford Junction, Milton Keynes Central, Rugby, Nuneaton, Stafford and Crewe, where the electric will be changed for a pair of ‘50s’. 

The two English Electric thoroughbreds will then power the train up the famous Shap incline and, after calling at Carlisle, continue over Beattock bank to Glasgow Central.

 It is believed that in doing so, they will become the first members of their class to reach the Scottish city this century. 

Arrival will be at about 13.30, with an expected 100mph running over sections of the route. 

After servicing, the Type 4s will head back to Crewe at around 16.00, making the same stops as outward for a total 480 miles of ‘Hoover’ haulage. 

Arrival back in the capital is scheduled for around 23.40. 

To complement the historic authenticity of the motive power, the stock for the train is expected to be predominantly British Rail blue & grey. 

Every passenger will receive a souvenir programme, a charity raffle will be held during the journey, and it is hoped to have a licensed bar on board. Proceeds from the tour will be donated to a leading railway charity, to be announced next issue. 

Fares for this special train are: 

Standard class: £99   child £50

First class plus: £159   child £119

Premier dining: £249  child £209

Table for two seats in First Plus and Premier carry a £28 per person supplement.

Seats for the ‘50s at 50’ tour are limited and demand is expected to be extremely high. 

Bookings open on March 1 on a first-come, first-served basis and are being handled by Pathfinder Tours on 01453 835414 or 834477. 

You can also book online at: or by post to Pathfinder Tours, Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester, Gloucestershire GL5 5EZ.