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A 58 at Didcot


Although Steam Locomotives are far more photogenic, I do have a large number of Diesel and Electric pictures as well. I quite like this of a grimy Class 58 in the stabling sidings at Didcot Station in Oxfordshire in the livery of the English, Welsh and Scottish Railway.

The Class 58s were designed in 1977 and 50 of them were built between 1983 and 1987. They were all assigned to the Merry-Go-Round task of delivering coal tot he power stations, mainly in Nottinghamshire, from coalfields around the country.

As British Rail was broken up they went through several owners until finally EWS took control of them. Designed with a life span in excess of 37 years, none survived past their 20th birthday in service as the last train haulage was in August 2002. A number of these have been sold to Dutch Railways and some more maybe in France now. 58033's last train was the 1Z58 Crewe to Clacton working on the 26th August 2002, but it only got as far as Colchester Goods Yard after 16 years and 11 months in service. This picture dates from the 28th October 2001.

A 58 at Didcot


Although Steam Locomotives are far more photogenic, I do have a large number of Diesel and Electric pictures as well. I quite like this of a grimy Class 58 in the stabling sidings at Didcot Station in Oxfordshire in the livery of the English, Welsh and Scottish Railway.

The Class 58s were designed in 1977 and 50 of them were built between 1983 and 1987. They were all assigned to the Merry-Go-Round task of delivering coal tot he power stations, mainly in Nottinghamshire, from coalfields around the country.

As British Rail was broken up they went through several owners until finally EWS took control of them. Designed with a life span in excess of 37 years, none survived past their 20th birthday in service as the last train haulage was in August 2002. A number of these have been sold to Dutch Railways and some more maybe in France now. 58033's last train was the 1Z58 Crewe to Clacton working on the 26th August 2002, but it only got as far as Colchester Goods Yard after 16 years and 11 months in service. This picture dates from the 28th October 2001.

comments (5)

It's funny how we get nostalgic about diesels now, although most of us didn't like them at the time!
Les Auld: Our feelings mellow with age Bill, thanks for the comment.
Nice one ! I'm very fond of train since I was children with my first electric train smile
Les Auld: Me too Zeb, thanks for the comment.
Like the picture Les, lots of detail and character to this particular one, it must be all the grime. Your information is very interesting as well.
Les Auld: Can't beat a bit of grime Brian, thanks for the comment.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 22 Nov 2008, 22:52
I quite like the griminess too Les.

Looking at the exif, I'm quite surprised it's f4.8, because the whole thing is so sharp

Is this at the Didcot Rail Centre? I've seen it on riad signs but never visited, last time I was there the trains were still working! Yikes, that's a giveaway!
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment Ellie, it was taken at Didcot station next to the Railway Centre.
Nice picture! I love the post processing (well I guess I do exactly the same as you smile )
Les Auld: Probably do Paul, thanks for the comment.

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