Mighty Old Oak open day shaping up

WITH the Old Oak Common open day celebrating 111 years of the depot just a few weeks away, the organisers are firming up on exhibits for the one-day event on September 2.

GWR Railmotor No. 92 and trailer will appear, contrasting with Chiltern Class 121 No. 121034, while the steam heritage movement will be represented by 0-6-0PT No. 6430 and 60163 Tornado while ‘Hall’ No. 7903 Foremarke Hall has also been requested. ‘King’ No. 6023 King Edward II needs gauging clearance.

Hydraulic power on show at a previous Old Oak Common open day on August 17-18, 1991 with (from right) D1015, D821 and D7018 in front of the ‘factory’. CHRIS MILNER

Modern traction exhibits will include Classes 08, 31, 57 (possibly DRS and GWR), celebrity HST power cars Nos. 43002 and 43185, Class 50 Nos. 50007 Hercules, 50017 Royal Oak, 50026 Indomitable and 50035 Ark Royal, No. 66779 Evening Star, a hydraulic quartet of Class 14 No. D9514, No. D821 Greyhound, D1015 Western Champion and Hymek No. D7017.

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Modern passenger trains will include a Class 800 Intercity Express Train (IET), Class 180 and a Class 387 EMU. There will also be an HST power car naming. All exhibits are subject to availability, and likely to see some alteration before the event.

Tickets cost £20 adult, children under 15 £10 and family (2+2 or 1+3) £45. VIP depot tour tickets are sold out. All proceeds will be donated to the Place2Be, which provides mental health support for children.

For event details see www.oocopenday.com

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