50019 Compton Beauchamp 19 May 1989

Just a few weeks after being painted into its distinctive 'Laira Blue' livery, 50019 Ramillies passes Compton Beauchamp on 19 May 1989 with an eastbound loaded ballast train. At the time there was very little 'gen', so I was quite surprised to see this unexpected new livery variation. Three Class 50s eventually wore this attractive colour scheme, and although I managed a few more pictures of both 50019 and 50008, I never secured a picture of 50037 in this livery. However, there is some consolation in the fact that virtually nobody else did either, as it only carried the livery for a few weeks before being transferred back from the DCWA engineers pool to the Network South East passenger pool.