Locomotive History
50015 is one of 50 Class 50 diesel-electric locomotives built by The English Electric Co Ltd at Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows during 1967 and 1968. Our loco was accepted by British Railways on the 2nd of April 1968 carrying the works number 3785/D1156 and with original 'D' number, D415.

The whole class were named in 1978/9 after Royal Navy Warships, continuing the tradition from the recently withdrawn 'Warship Class' diesel-hydraulic locos. 50015 was named 'Valiant' on the 21st of April 1978.

Valiant was finally withdrawn at Plymouth Laira on the 5th of June 1992 having been stored since December 1991. Initially bought from BR by Pete Waterman, 50015 was later transferred to the Manchester Class 50 Group. The loco arrived at Bury at the beginning of October 1992 and worked her first train on the 3rd!

From November 2002 Valiant was stored awaiting attention to various problems and remained out of action until 2007 when the Bury Valiant Group took over ownership. The loco was reassessed and, with some remedial work, started and re-instated to run on 2007 Santa Specials.

Much has been done to improve the condition of the loco since and Valiant has been a reliable perfomer. The loco is currently running with 2 of the 6 traction motors isolated but she is strong and sounding better than ever!

A total of 18 class 50's have been preserved, some related web addresses can be found on the links panel.
English Electric Class 50 Factfile
Built 1967/68 English Electric
Newton-Le-Willows, England
Power Unit English Electric 16CSVT
16 cylinders, 246 litres
Traction Motors 6 x English Electric 538/5A
Power Output 2700 HP
Max Speed 100 MPH
Weight 115 Tons (117 Tonnes)
Length 68 feet 6 inches
Height 12 feet 9 inches
Width 8 feet 10 inches

Ok, so everyone is looking for donations and support, but it's not all about you sending us your hard earned!

One great way of supporting Valiant is to come along and have a ride behind her on a running day or special event. You get to enjoy a ride behind a 50 and both the loco and railway earn some money, everybody wins!

Getting involved as a volunteer at Bury Diesel Group is another way of helping out. More details can be found at the ELR diesel Group website.

If you would like to make a donation we would love to hear from you. Please see the panel opposite for details.

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If you'd like to get involved or wish to make a regular or BACS donation please send an email to valiant_at_50015.org with '50015' in the subject line.

For more general information on the work of the ELR diesel department see www.elrdiesel.info or for the East Lancashire Railway in general see www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

Website, Photo Contributions, etc

For general website queries, to send information about the loco history, photos or if you spot any dead links etc send an email to 50015_at_brdw.co.uk with '50015 Website' in the subject line.

All Submissions are valued however not all photographs can be used,
copyright remains with the respective holders as credited.
Photo courtesy Chris Lord

50015 is a member of the heritage diesel fleet based at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway