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.
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