D400 News

UPDATE: 28 January 2015
D400 Fund Press Release

The D400 Fund, custodians of pioneer Class 50, D400 / 50050 Fearless are pleased to announce the sale of the locomotive to Boden Rail Engineering Limited

50050 Fearless will move from its home, Yeovil Railway Centre to a new home at Washwood Heath before the end of February.

50050 was not for sale, but the chance to return the locomotive to the mainline to operate with 50007 and 50017 was too good an opportunity to turn down. Health issues surrounding some of those involved with 50050 and the ever present worry over potential copper theft also played a part in this decision.

Neil Boden commented "The loco is in a good condition which we can turn around to a high standard thanks to the efforts made so far." 50050 is nearing the end of a bodywork and radiator fan overhaul which has seen large amounts of new metal welded into the locomotive. The fan motor has been overhauled as have the control units, resistors and wiring.

Richard Thompson from the D400 Fund commented "I am so pleased by this sale. I look forward to seeing 50050 back on the mainline, also at galas and celebrating the classes 50th anniversary in 2017"

Spare parts bought by the D400 Fund will be included in the sale. Parts bought by members of the group will be donated to our friends with 50027 Lion. Any funds left will be donated to the 50027 group. Our spare CU1 currently on loan to 50008 will be donated to that locomotive.

UPDATE: 9 January 2015

Happy New Year - great progress was made last year, thanks to all of our helpers, volunteers and donators.

50050 is now back inside the shed at Yeovil until mid February. This means its not visible on passing trains or via the platform at Yeovil. So please contact us if you wanted to see it in the next six weeks.

More rewiring and roof work planned.

Older News (2014)

(C) Copyright D400 Fund