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Damon Cross
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Upminster Depot

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Details: For comparison with the previous photo, I dug out this shot of battery loco L65 at Upminster Depot during the open day on the 5th of May 1990. This is one of 6 locos built by Metro-Cammell in 1985 and 1986 to a revised design. The basic configuration was the same as the previous builds but the profile was changed slightly (compare with the older loco coupled behind) and the ends were tidied up with integrated lights. The side cab doors were replaced by large sliding windows, access normally being via the end platforms that were therefore fitted with substantial hand-rails. Interestingly this batch appears to have not been very successful, and all were taken out of service by the mid 1990s. Most of them can still be seen, off-tracked at the end of Ruislip Depot (visible from the Metropolitan Line). Note the train alongside is carrying one of several experimental liveries that were tried before settling on the blue skirted variant.

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Rob MorelAll six of this type (L62-L67)of Battery loco reported cut up during March/April after standing stored off track and minus bogies in a corner of Ruislip Yard. Cut on site .Mon 07/05/2012, 22:45