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Bombardier took over management of Willesden depot from London Overground in mid-November 2016. With the changed arrangements it became clear that the continued daily stabling of 86259 at Willesden would become 'uneconomic' and a new 'Home' would have to be found. Thankfully West Coast Railway Co. and Network Rail have given 86259 a home in one of the engineering sidings alongside Rugby station but the site for maintenance of the loco has yet to be confirmed.


Shown below is a map of the 'busy' track layout in this area together with another of the immediate area around the station at a larger scale. The 'business' of the track layout has put the webmaster in a reflective mood, the results of which are also shown below.


Wide-area Schematic of Rugby Station

Large Map


Any old iron? Any old iron?
Any, any, any old iron?
You look neat. Talk about a treat!
You look dapper from your napper to your feet.
Dressed in style, with a brand-new tile,
And your father's old green tie on.
Oh I wouldn't give you tuppence for your old watch chain,
Old iron, old iron."


For those unfamiliar with Cockney rhyming slang, napper = top of head, tile = hat, tuppence = 2 old pence (of which there were 240 such to the pound sterling!).


Close-up Schematic of Rugby Station

Close Up

Rugby Stabling







86259 sitting alongside its modern-day counterpart, in this case 88003, in the engineering sidings at Rugby station. 259 has seen a good few 88s recently; the current objective is to try to keep the class 88s all at similar mileage(!). A Class 56 loco in the livery of Direct Rail Services can be seen in one of the station platforms.