Old Oak Common in 1970

On a Summer weekend in 1970, Peter Collins visited Old Oak Common shed just west of Paddington station. He was allowed to take some photographs around the remaining turntable and inside the shed and repair shop ('The Factory').

These superb post-steam shots capture the Western Region's locomotive types, both Diesel Hydraulic and Diesel Electric at rest and also under repair. From an immaculate Warship to a particlualrly grimy Hymek, the photographs capture what a diesel depot was like at the time.


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 'The Factory' some time in 1970. Better known as Old Oak Common shed, this view of the turntable captures the variety of Diesel Hydraulic and Diesel Electric traction used on the BR Western Region at the time. Whilst not all the locos are known, the line up includes (clockwise from top-right): 1071 'Western Renown', 2 Unidentified Class 31s, an unidentified Hymek, 1038 'Western Sovereign', an unidentified Western, Class 47 D1639, an unidentifed Western, Class 31 5535, Hymeks D7033, 7025, Warship 821 'Greyhound', Hymek D7049, Class 47 D1747 and two further Class 47s. Spotters would have got 16 locomotives in one location, just like in steam days! 
 Keywords: 1970, BR, Black and White, D1038, D1071, D1639, D1747, D5535, D7025, D7033, D7049, D821, GWR, London, Old Oak Common, Shed, Western, turntable
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 A distant shot of the turntable showing Hymeks D7071, D7049, Warship D821, Hymek D7033 and Class 31 D5535 all smoking nicely on tickover! 
 Keywords: 1970, BR, Black and White, D1639, D1747, D5535, D7049, D7071, D821, Factory, GWR, London, Old Oak Common, Shed, Western, turntable
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 The Western Class 52s were such handsome locomotives and these two are gathered around the last-remaining turntable at Old Oak Common motive power depot along with a couple of duo-green Brush Type 4 Class 47s in 1971. It was somewhat bizarre that a steam-age piece of equipment should still be needed in diesel days.
This turntable was one of four at Old Oak originally laid out in a rectangle and all would have been inside a single vast building providing covered accommodation for many of OO's top-link Kings, Castles, Halls and the nocturnal night-owls, the 47xx 2-8-0s, during the day plus all the locvally allocated pannier tanks.
Demolition of OOC began in March 1964 prior to all steam locos being moved away to Southall early in 1965. This is all that was left some 6-7 years later but the depot still remained open. 
 Keywords: 1970, BR, Black and White, D1747, Factory, GWR, London, Old Oak Common, Shed, Western, turntable
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 Old Oak Common turntable in 1970 with a Briush Type 4 Class 47 number D1747 on the left in nearly original dual-tone green condition except for full yellow cab-ends. An unkempt Hymek Class 35 number D7049 is on the right and both are facing a Western Class 52 across the table which is of the girder beneath type and would originally have been totally boarded in when there were four of them . 
 Keywords: 1970, BR, Black and White, D1747, D7049, Factory, GWR, London, Old Oak Common, Shed, Western, turntable
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 Old Oak Common turntable in 1970 and the accident-damaged front corner of a down-at-heel Hymek fronts an exceptionally well-kept Warship Class 42 number 821 'Greyhound', later to be adopted by preservationists whilst a Brush Type4 Class 47 1639 awaits its next turn of duty in the background.
The first Brush Type 4 Class 47s to be allocated to OOC started to arrive during the winter of 1963/4 to take over the Birkenhead services from the Westerns and were thus forced to share the original Churchward quadruple turntable shed with the steam allocation. 
 Keywords: 1970, BR, Black and White, D1639, D821, Factory, GWR, London, Old Oak Common, Shed, Western, turntable
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 Original green and very early railblue liveries feature in this shot of locomotives at rest outside Old Oak Common 'Factory'.
The Brush Type 4 Class 47 number D1657 is either waiting to go in for repair or has just received an exam and is awaiting return to service. It is in its original livery as applied at Crewe. The Hymek Class 35, the number of which is uncertain, but may be D7006 is very much in early condition with green superstructure and lime-green lower band, with only a small yellow warning panel on the cab front, the windows of which have the original grey pauinted surround. Left in the open outside on a dead-end siding It would seem that it does not have much more life stretching ahead of it.
In contrast, shed pilot 350bhp diesel shunter Class 08 number D4003 is in early rail blue with British Rail logo on the cab-side. 
 Keywords: 1970, BR, Black and White, D1657, D4003, D7006, Factory, GWR, London, Old Oak Common, Shed
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 Hymek Class 35 numberi 7029 is parked outside the Old Oak Common 'Factory' awaiting repairs. Possibly, it will be the recipient of the spare Hymek power bogie seen in the foreground.
The loco also displays one of BR's crass displays of modernisation at all costs, whereby the cast 'D' has been painted out so that everyone would be fooled into thinking what an up to date non-steam railway system it now was. 
 Keywords: 1970, BR, Black and White, D7029, Factory, GWR, London, Old Oak Common, Shed
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 All the GWR 'A' code sheds had their own, quite substantial, lifting shops where locomotives requiring repairs more complex than just running and servicing problems, could be accommodated and dealt with.
Old Oak Common's was known colloquially as the 'Factory' and this shot was taken inside in 1970.
Western Class 52 number D1042 'Western Proncess' is in for some work and displays, under its running number, the sticker provided on all locomotives after the end of steam on BR, depicting such information as its maximum speed, brake force, route availability etc. 
 Keywords: 1970, BR, Black and White, D1042, Factory, GWR, London, Old Oak Common, Shed, Western
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 1971 and the end of the line for the Warships. Whilst many were dumped at Swindon Works, this was Old Oak Common's contribution.
D817 'Foxhound' is in intermediate maroon livery with original size numbering whilst 823 'Hermes' behind is in full rail-blue livery.
Whilst I have never forgiven BR for eliminating steam so wastefully and unnecessarily quickly, it was sad to see these idiosyncratic locos consigned, so soon after build, to the same ignominious end. 
 Keywords: 1970, BR, Black and White, D817, D823, Factory, GWR, London, Old Oak Common, Shed, Western

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