I attended two galas at the Great Central Railway, Loughborough during the summer that I haven't shown images from as yet. This week features a few of the highlights during those events.
Owned by the Deltic Preservation Society number D9009 Alycidon was at Loughborough for a considerable time during the summer. Here she departs Quorn for Leicester on a passenger train, a slightly lower speed journey than when she ran on Scotland bound expresses on the East Coast Main Line from Kings Cross.
Named at Doncaster Works on July 21st 1961 before introduction to traffic, D9009 maintained the 'racehorse' tradition of the LNER by commemorating the winner of the 1949 Ascot Gold Cup. Based at Finsbury Park in North London, Alycidon was one of eight 'racehorse' Deltics stabled there. In May 1981, she moved to York after the closure of Finsbury Park and was one of four Deltics prepared to work a series of farewell railtours during their final six months of operation. Her final outing in BR service was on January 2nd 1982 as standby locomotive for the 'Deltic Scotsman Farewell'.
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