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DELTIC ARRIVAL

The Class 55 English Electric Deltic group of diesel locomotives took over running the main London - Scotland service from the 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotives in the early 1960’s and remained in service until 1981.

  

D9019 entered service on December 29th 1961, based at Haymarket depot in Edinburgh, and received her Royal Highland Fusilier nameplates at a ceremony in Glasgow in September 1965. Renumbered 55019 in November 1973, the loco was one of only five members of the class to undergo and extensive general overhaul, this being carried out during an eight month visit to Doncaster Works.

 

As 55019 she was withdrawn on December 31st 1981, after hauling the 16.30 Aberdeen-York between Edinburgh and York - this was the final BR Deltic hauled service train. It was therefore appropriate that the loco should become the first to operate a train in preservation, an event which took place at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway eight months later, on August 22nd 1982. The locomotive remained on the NYMR until 1987, when she moved to the Midland Railway Centre and later the Great Central Railway.  Here she is seen at the latter with a train from Leicester.

 

 


More From The Slide Scanner 20/21

DELTIC ARRIVAL

The Class 55 English Electric Deltic group of diesel locomotives took over running the main London - Scotland service from the 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotives in the early 1960’s and remained in service until 1981.

  

D9019 entered service on December 29th 1961, based at Haymarket depot in Edinburgh, and received her Royal Highland Fusilier nameplates at a ceremony in Glasgow in September 1965. Renumbered 55019 in November 1973, the loco was one of only five members of the class to undergo and extensive general overhaul, this being carried out during an eight month visit to Doncaster Works.

 

As 55019 she was withdrawn on December 31st 1981, after hauling the 16.30 Aberdeen-York between Edinburgh and York - this was the final BR Deltic hauled service train. It was therefore appropriate that the loco should become the first to operate a train in preservation, an event which took place at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway eight months later, on August 22nd 1982. The locomotive remained on the NYMR until 1987, when she moved to the Midland Railway Centre and later the Great Central Railway.  Here she is seen at the latter with a train from Leicester.

 

 


comments (13)

If you have to photograph a diesel then I suppose a Deltic would be the diesel of choice. A good capture Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Les, I remember these of course from travelling to Kings Cross for many years on the way to and from work.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Apr 2012, 01:11
Kind of elegantly ugly, isn't it!

A bit like a slug on rails...
Brian Walbey: I agree Ray, but they were, and still are fine locomotives.
I love the people hanging out the windows!
Brian Walbey: Now that is what really irritates me when I'm taking a photo, it just didn't happen back in the days of steam trains, or not very often anyway, it knocks any feeling of authenticity in the image.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Apr 2012, 07:22
(Cough, cough - diesel fumes!) I'm with Ray on this. I believe these were quite revolutionary for their time but give me a steam loco any day from the nostalgic point of view.
Brian Walbey: Well I prefer steam Alan but these were important locos, I remember them from travelling to and from Kings Cross every day for work.
i remember having a railway book when I was a kid and the Deltic was the cutting edge of technology.
Brian Walbey: They certainly were at the time Bill, nowadays modern diesels make them look a bit lacking in performance.
  • Anyes
  • Canada
  • 7 Apr 2012, 08:29
Nothing beats railroad travelling to see a country. The people at the windows seem to enjoy themselves smile
Brian Walbey: I love train travel, the only way to travel as far as I'm concerned, but people at the windows really irritates me when I'm taking a photo, it just didn't happen back in the days of steam trains, or not very often anyway, it knocks any feeling of authenticity in the image.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Apr 2012, 08:41
Wonderful machines: no doubt you were familiar with them on the ECML in their heyday Brian
Brian Walbey: I was indeed Chris, I saw them every day whilst travelling to and from Kings Cross for work in the 60's and 70's, strangely though I went through a period of lack of interest in trains at that time, I guess it was so much of a daily routine, oh and girls, one especially, she is called Maureen.
echoing ray's thoughts. after the steam locos and before today's sleek emus, this one looks a bit odd cosmetically.
Brian Walbey: Yes they are much more streamlined these days and more powerful also.
Quite cute for a diesel smile
Brian Walbey: The were the height of technology during their time John.
Somehow, I could never love a diesel smile
Brian Walbey: Most sorts no for me Tom, but these were something special at the time.
I love the design of this locomotive Brian! Very nice capture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard. Yes they look big and strong for the job I always think.
I like the couple of 'ooligans trying to get more of their bodies out of the carriage than in it.
Brian Walbey: I don't actually Richard, you always get a few twits like this who actually take away the feeling of oldness because this never used to happen much back in the 60's and 70's.
Depressing to be able to remember when these museum pieces were state of the art. Thanks, Brian!
Brian Walbey: I know what you mean Graeme but at least several of these Deltics are still running, six to be precise.

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