50007 Sir Edward Elgar Nameplate 2 February 1991

50007 received the name Sir Edward Elgar on 25 February 1984, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the celebrated English composer. At the same time the loco was controversially painted green to mark the 150th anniversary of the Great Western Railway. Nearly seven years later on 2 February 1991 the paintwork is in a very poor state, when seen here at Gillingham. Note how dark the original green paint scheme was, subtly different to its later repaints. Also note just how many screws are holding the nameplate on. Nobody is going to unscrew that in a hurry!