This locomotive was purchased in near operational condition, having been withdrawn with only minor faults.

"Hood" has made history on several occasions, most notably in November 1997 becoming the first mainline certified preserved class 50 on RailTrack (now Network Rail) metals when it hauled The Pilgrim Hoover railtour. 

The loco has been a stalwart of the Fund fleet for many years.

Newly painted in Intercity colours, 50031 Hood stands outside Kidderminster Diesel Depot on 30th September 2016. Photo: Ade Holman

Following the failure of the Train Heat Generator at Swanage in May 2014, the loco was withdrawn from traffic for repairs andsome much needed body work attention. The work was carried out by RVEL in Derby, and we are indebted to them for their assistance. The standard of workmanship speaks for itself when you stand next to the loco.

Always a firm favourite with Class 50 aficionados, Hood has been undoubtedly one of the media stars of 2016 following a decision by the owners to paint the loco in Intercity livery. Class 50's never carried IC colours, but did come incredibly close (far closer than many people realise!) in the late 1980's. It is therefore very much a 'what might have been' livery.

On September 17th the loco was rededicated by the HMS Hood Association. New crests (in the large style, as carried by 50035) were unveiled in an emotional ceremony, and in front of a large crowd at Kidderminster. The loco then worked the second leg of the diesel diagram to Bridgnorth and back, with invited guests on board. 

Our sincere thanks to the HMS Hood Association and the SVR for their assistance with the event.

Hood's re-dedication ceremony on 17th September 2016. Photo: Dave Redbourne

Shiny! Hood's newly unveiled crests. Jon Dunster and Admiral Phillip Wilcocks (of the HMS Hood Association) having done the honours. Photo: Dave Redbourne

 The loco is now available for traffic and is expected to see extensive use during the 2017 season. Do come and see it if you haven't already. It is really rather stunning, if we say so ourselves!