Old Oak Common
Depot Open Day
'Legends of the Great Western'
Class 50s lined up at the Old Oak Common open day on the 2nd of September in 2017 .
What a line up of 6 Class 50s in one place in 2017 and there was another one class 50035 Ark Royal as well which was on its own (photo below on this page).
Class 50007--Hercules--Class 50017 Royal Oak--Class 50026 Indomitable--
Class 50044 Exeter--Class 50049 Defiance--class 50050 Fearless.
Five of the 6 class 50s at Old Oak Common on the 2nd of September in 2017.
The same Class 50 line up from the other end
This Class 50 no.50035 Ark Royal was not in the Line up above.
About the Openday
It has now been 111 years in 2017 since The Oak Common Depot started servicing trains on the 17th March in 1906. The Depot is in west London in the UK.
GWR decided to celebrate Oak Common Depot's contribution in maintaining the Legends of the Great Western. It decided to open the depot for members of the public on Saturday the 2nd of September in 2017
In the depot’s long 111 year history, the depot's skilled staff have maintained, The Great Western Railways Kings and Castles, British Railways diesel-powered Westerns and Warships and class 50s and the HSTs. In 1976 the depot was the maintenance hub in the Western Region of British Rail for then new High Speed Trains (HST)
GWR put on a very good display at this open day of steam, diesel, electric locomotives, most of which have helped to make ‘God’s Wonderful Railway,’work.
The HST fleet still operates today (2017) this fleet of HSTs is soon to be replaced after over 40 years of very good service by the new Hitachi Intercity Express Train.
The High Speed Train' part of 'Old Oak Common Depot' is set close in 2018. This is when HST's on the Great Western Main Line will be replaced by the new InterCity Express Trains.
A new facility will be built for new Crossrail trains, were they will be serviced and maintained.
Maintenance of the new InterCity Express Trains will be carried out at North Pole IEP Depot situated opposite the site of Old Oak Common TMD.