Old Oak open day

Rail (UK) - - Front Page - Richard Clin­nick As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­dia.co.uk @Clin­nick1

GREAT Western Railway is hold­ing an open day at Old Oak Com­mon on Septem­ber 2.

The de­pot marks the con­tri­bu­tion the west Lon­don de­pot has made to the Great Western Railway since it opened on March 17 1906, 111 years ago.

The event, OOC111, will dis­play trains and lo­co­mo­tives that have op­er­ated on the route, and the op­er­a­tor plans to an­nounce the full line-up soon.

RAIL un­der­stands that as well as mem­bers of the GWR High Speed Train fleet there will also be new Class 800 In­ter­city Ex­press Trains on dis­play, var­i­ous Hy­draulics and ex­am­ples of lo­co­mo­tives, in­clud­ing Class 50s, that have worked past the de­pot or were based there.

GWR said tick­ets will go on sale shortly and de­mand is ex­pected to be high. All prof­its will go to the de­pot’s cho­sen char­ity Place2Be, which pro­vides men­tal health sup­port for chil­dren in schools and whose pa­tron is HRH The Duchess of Cam­bridge.

Dur­ing its 111-year his­tory, Old Oak Com­mon staff have main­tained ev­ery­thing from the Kings and Cas­tles from the steam pe­riod, to the diesel-pow­ered Westerns and War­ships in the hy­draulic era.

In 1976, the site was the main­te­nance hub in the Western re­gion for the newly-in­tro­duced HSTs.

The op­er­a­tor will start re­plac­ing its HST fleet this year with the new IEP trains that are main­tained at nearby North Pole de­pot.

In May 2016, GWR’s St Philips Marsh de­pot raised more than £20,000 for char­ity with a cel­e­bra­tion of 40 years of the HST ( RAIL 800).

The last open day at Old Oak Com­mon was held on Au­gust 5/6 2000 by EWS in part­ner­ship with RAIL. This was held on the site of the now-de­mol­ished ‘Fac­tory’ and lo­co­mo­tive de­pot. This part of the OOC site will re­open next year as the main Bom­bardier de­pot for the Cross­rail Class 345 Aven­tra fleet.

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