|Built:||1968 English Electric|
|Works Number:||Vulcan Foundry 3785/D1156|
|Entered Traffic:||2nd April 1968|
|Power Unit:||English Electric 16CSVT|
|Electrical Equipment:||English Electric|
|Power Output:||2,700 HP||Weight:||117 Tons|
|Maximum Speed:||100 MPH||Length:||68' 6"|
|Train Brakes:||Vacuum and Air||Height:||12' 9"|
|Train Heating:||ETH||Width:||8' 10"|
50015 has run for some time on 4 out of the 6 available traction motors but is otherwise in very good health and always proves popular. Valiant is fitted with ETH equipment so is able to work trains during the heat season, often being seen on the Santa services in the run up to Christmas.
During 2014, Valiant was taken to Longsight for tyre turning, plus the loco was identified as needing a new set of batteries. As if this wasn't enough to deal with, 50015 suffered a KV10 power board failure on the 1st of July. The KV10 has been repaired but also swapped out with a spare unit and Valiant has since undergone successful loaded testing.
Following problems with a planned trip away to the North York Moors, Valiant was allowed out and was well received along with 37109 as vistors at the Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala in early October 2014.
50015 had the honour of hauling the Diesel Diner on Saturday 7th of March as part of the Spring Diesel Gala 2015 and visited the Nene Valley Railway for their Diesel Gala over the 11th and 12th of April along with 33109 Captain Bill Smith RNR.
In early 2016, whilst undertaking a routine oil change, it was decided to do a 'proper job' on the oil priming system. Beleive it or not, the Class 50s, despite their many technological systems, were built with a manual oil priming pump, similar to those found on 08 Shunters! An electrical priming pump has being fitted along with changes to the related pipework. As of September 2016, Valiant is back in traffic.
If you can help with a donation towards the recent repairs and general upkeep of '15 then please click through to the 50015 Website