What’s Next for Old Oak Common?

What’s next for Old Oak Common?

For many years, Old Oak Common depot has played an important role in the daily operations of the Great Western Mainline. Old Oak Common opened in 1906 and was where many steam engines were maintained. Since its closure to steam in 1965, it has been primarily used as a traction maintenance depot for diesel locomotives and high speed trains. The steam locomotives moved to Southall, which today, is the southern home for West Coast Railways locomotives. OOC has been popular amongst railway enthusiasts, for its annual open days and its British Railways history.

Old Oak Common Railway Depot
Old Oak Common Railway Depot in 2018, a DRS Class 57 can be seen in the background. Class 57s are used on the GWR Night Riviera services between London and Cornwall.

Over recent years, developments have taken place to the land surrounding the HST shed. New sidings and maintenance roads have been laid as part of the Crossrail program, to be home to the Crossrail Class 345 units, which will run between Shenfield (GEML) and Reading (GWML). In 2019, Great Western Railway will take over the Heathrow Express depot operations. South of the Old Oak Common TMD is the North Pole IEP depot, which is home to the new Great Western Railway Class 800 and Class 802 trains, which are slowly replacing the Class 43 trains.

Old Oak Common Heathrow Express Sidings
Heathrow Express Sidings, with Heathrow Express Class 332 EMUs just south-west of the Old Oak Common HST TMD depot.

On 8th December 2018, the last Class 43 High Speed Train ran to Old Oak Common depot, with 43093 and 43185 power cars, and a special headboard.

The below video embeded to popular railway Youtube Channel ‘The Spanish Inquisition’, shows the train at London Paddington.

The future of Old Oak Common

With the new sidings and maintenance roads in place for the new Class 345 Crossrail trains, the existing Old Oak Common depot will be bulldozed. In 2026, brand new interchange station Old Oak Common Railway Station will open to the public. The new Old Oak Common Railway Station will serve as a major hub for services on the Great Western Mainline, Crossrail, Heathrow Express and the High Speed 2 railway line. The HS2 line from London to Birmingham will be below ground level, whilst the Great Western Mainline services will run overground. There are also propositions for Chiltern Railways to serve Old Oak Common, using the Acton – Northolt line.

Comments 2

  • Wow, This Is just so much to take in With all the Changes happening i am sure gonna miss the OOC Depot and the Trains and services that operated out of there as well. This is Truely an Historic Time.

    • Very sad sight. I went past yesterday and they were already working on clearing the land. I think the train wash and one HST sheds with the black exhaust marks on the top front of shed was still standing. Very big sidings behind it with lots of Crossrail class 345s stored.

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