It was reported today (11th) that two more of GWR's class 43 power cars have received names, 43005 'St Michaels Mount' and 43187 'Cardiff Castle'. The plates were reportedly affixed at Laira depot so hopefully they will be back in service soon. That leaves just three of the original allocation of 24 names unplaced, 'Castle an Dinas; Berry Pomeroy Castle and Powderham Castle.
Regards for now
Driver Nick Dyke
The Class 50 had been badly damaged in a derailment at London Paddington in November 1983, while hauling the 2135 Penzance-London Paddington Sleeper train. It is understood that it derailed when taking a 25 MPH rated point at around 60 MPH. The ‘50’ slid for 100 metres, with its bogies ripped from underneath. It smashed into the ramp of Platform 8. Miraculously the driver escaped serious injury, while three passengers were hospitalised.
The Class 50 was taken to Doncaster Works and, following assessment, authorisation was given to repair it. The ‘50’ began its journey to Yorkshire on January 17 1984, but it would be January 4 1985 before it hauled a train (a test trip from Doncaster to Newcastle).
The locomotive would survived in traffic until April 1990, when it was withdrawn from the NSSA pool at Laira. It was scrapped by Coopers Metals at Old Oak Common in July 1991.
The information here is courtesy RAIL January 1984.
Exeter St Davids
Paul Barlow & Roger Winnen