On Monday 30 April 1984 at Euston Station, London the electric loco 86 258 was named 'Talyllyn, the First Preserved Railway' by David Mitchell, Under Secretary for Transport. Also present was Talyllyn Railway loco No 3 SIR HAYDN with the exhibition train sponsored by the Development Board for Rural Wales. (A full account is in Talyllyn News 123 and an account of a day in the life of 86 258 in issue 186).
The locomotive was re-dedicated on Wednesday 9 May 2001 at Birmingham International Station and the nameplate pictured above was replaced by a larger plate to mark fifty years of railway preservation.
(Talyllyn News 190 carries the story)
86 258 was withdrawn from Virgin XC duties in July 2002 and stored in Glasgow. It was moved to Brush of Loughborough in 2005 for trial conversion into a dual-fuel battery locomotive, a project that was later aborted, and in 2007 the loco was taken to MOD Long Marston for storage. On 29 December 2009 it was reported that it had recently been transported to the European Metal Recycling (EMR) site at Kingsbury, Tamworth for disposal.